JOIN PPAL, the Parent Professional Advocacy League and become a member today!
Did you ever wish you had someone to talk to who really understands what it is like? Many parent of children with behavioral, emotional, or mental health problems have said how isolated they feel at times. Talking with people who face the same challenges with their own kids sometimes helps.
Parent, Grandparent, Caregiver Support Groups are confidential and are for
- Sharing experiences in a non-judgmental setting of trust and acceptance
- Networking & exchanging information regarding community resources, current research, and treatment options
- Developing relationships with other parents and professionals and moving into advocacy.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to become members of PAL’s statewide network of families and become part of a Parent Support Group!
All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public!
WHEN & WHERE?
2nd Thursday of the month ~ Parent Support Group ~ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Malden YMCA 99 Dartmouth Street, Malden, MA
The New Monthly Group Begins on November 13, 2014
Childcare is Available
PLEASE CONTACT: Martha Cregan, PPAL’s Family Support Specialist, Mobile: 978-766-2600
or email: email@example.com
Serving communities of Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading,
The following 10 Descriptors Define the Values and Purpose of the PAL Groups.
- PAL support groups are an open community resource.
- PAL support groups are designed for families who are challenged by the mental health needs of their children and adolescents.
- PAL support groups are based on a parent-to-parent model and are facilitated by parents.
- PAL support groups are based on support; parent blaming is off limits.
- PAL support groups provide an opportunity for families to receive support, education and advocacy around the issues affected by their children’s mental health disabilities.
- PAL Support groups are NOT parenting classes.
- PAL support groups are voluntary. It is not appropriated that PAL groups be a component of a DCF treatment plan or part of a court ordered disposition.
- Family Support Specialists do not monitor attendance of families.
- PAL support groups function and look different in the different areas around the state. Some for instance, seem to attract parents of teens while others may attract parents with younger children. This is due in part to a self-selection process in which families attend if the group “fits” their needs.
- PAL support groups are confidential.
For more PPAL information refer to the website at http://www.ppal.net
The Parent Professional Advocacy League
PAL is funded by the Department of Mental Health and MSPCC/Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. PAL is also sponsored buy Lahey Behavioral health, North Shore Educational Consortium, the North Shore YMCA, and Life Alive-Salem.