SCHEDULE

of

Workshops for parents,

Groups for children and parents

Education for Parents and Professionals 

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FOR CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

SEPARATION & DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUPS

for CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS
All programs are offered at Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 104 in Portland, ME unless otherwise indicated.
Group I
grades 1 - 3

Meets on Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:45pm

January 6 - February 10, 2015

March 3 - April 7, 2015

May 5 - June 9, 2015

Group II
grades 4 - 6

Meets on Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

January 7 - February 11, 2015

March 4 - April 8, 2015

May 6 - June 10, 2015

Group III
grades 7 - 9

Meets on Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

January 7 - February 11, 2015

March 4 - April 8, 2015

May 6 - June 10, 2015

Group IV
grades 10 and above

opportunities are available for those interested in co-facilitating support groups for younger children.  Please contact Kids First by phone or email if interested (761-2709 or info@kidsfirstcenter.org).  Community service credit is available.


To register your child(ren) for a group please call the Center. Both parents must provide written consent for their child to attend Groups I - III.
Course Fee: $90.00 / $70.00 per child if more than one child attends.
Financial assistance is available.


FOR PARENTS
All programs are offered at Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101 in Portland, ME unless otherwise indicated.

KIDS FIRST PROGRAM

Meets Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(starting in June, will meet one Thursday/month)

Portland (directions)

December 20, 2014 (this class is full); January 3, 2015; January 17, 2015; February 7, 2015; February 21, 2015; March 7, 2015; March 21, 2015; April 4, 2015; April 18, 2015; May 2, 2015; May 16, 2015; June 6, 2015; June 18, 2015 (THIS IS A THURSDAY); July 18, 2015; August 1, 2015

Course Fee: $60 

Register online.
Financial assistance is available for people unable to pay the full fee for a program.


KIDS FIRST PROGRAM Meets Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Biddeford (directions)

February 14    April 11    June 13    August 8

(location of program:  Southern Maine Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Biddeford)

Course Fee: $60

Register online


KIDS FIRST PROGRAM Meets Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Farmington

January 10    March 14    May 9    July 11

(location of program: Franklin Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Chisholm room, Farmington)

Course Fee:  $60

Register online

 

KIDS FIRST PROGRAM Meets Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Topsham (directions)

January 10    March 14    May 9    July 11

(location of program: Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham)

Course Fee: $60

Register online

Kids First is also offered in the following locations. Please call local numbers for current dates and registration information.

Augusta-Waterville-Skowhegan 207-859-1514
Belfast 207-338-2200 x109

Lewiston

Norway/South Paris

207-783-3990

207-333-6425


KIDS FIRST PROGRAM FOR WOMEN
This program is offered quarterly in Portland.   Please call 207-761-2709 for specific dates and times
Course Fee: $60    Register online.


NEXT STEP PROGRAM: PUTTING CONFLICT ASIDE
Meets for four consecutive weeks, 3 hours each week

  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

PORTLAND: Mondays, March 2 - March 23, 2015                6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

TOPSHAM:  Mondays, April 27 - May 18, 2015                   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
(directions to Topsham)

                     

Course Fee: $180 per person   Register online


KIDS FIRST PROGRAM FOR STEPPARENTS
Meets Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  (offfered every other month)

  December 13    February 14    April 11    June 13    August 8
Course Fee: $60.00 per person / $100.00 per couple   Register online.


SEPARATION, DIVORCE & DADS GROUP
Meets the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please call 761-2709 for more information, or if you wish to be put on an email reminder list.
Course Fee: $10.00/session, collected at end of each session.


INTENSIVE CO-PARENTING EDUCATION (ICOPE, formerly knows as KIDS FIRST PROGRAM FOR PARENTS IN HIGH CONFLICT)
Meets for nine consecutive weeks. Parents must be court-ordered to attend this course by a judge or magistrate and parents must send a copy of the court order to the Center (Kids First Center, 222 St. John Street, Suite 101, Portland, Maine 04102) or (fax to 207-780-0059).  We will contact you once the court order is received.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

for PROFESSIONALS and/or PARENTS

All programs are offered at the Kids First Center
222 St. John Street  Suite 104  Portland ME (unless otherwise indicated)

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Designed for parents and/or professionals, these workshops are offered at the Kids First Center in Portland.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Optional: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for a fee of $25 to be charged at time of registration.

LIVING THROUGH DIVORCE: CALMING THE STORM

(for parents and professionals)

Presenter: Elizabeth Young, creator of Meditations for Everyone"

Monday, January 12, 2015    7:00 - 8:30 pm

Through this intentional, self-care meditative program, learn to let go of the harmful feelings of guilt and self-doubt that often result from divorce and find the calm within you.  Help your family the most by reducing stress and being present and healthy.

SEPARATION, DIVORCE & THE VERY YOUNG CHILD

(for parents and professionals - CEUs available pending approval)

Presenters: Betsy Van Betuw, LCSW & Elizabeth Stout, Esq./GAL

Monday, February 2, 2015    7:00 - 8:30 pm

This workshop examines developmental needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers, their expected responses to separation and divorce and best co-parenting practices.

GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER FAMILIES:
PARENTING THROUGH SEPARATION, TRANSITION & DIVORCE

(for parents and professionals - CEUs available pending approval)

Presenters: Frank Brooks, Ph.D. & Susan Wiggin, LMSW

Thursday, April 9, 2015    5:30 - 7:00 pm

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents and their families face a unique set of issues when going through separation & divorce in addition to the difficult process that all separating families experience.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

(for parents and professionals - CEUs available pending approval)

Presenters: M. Thomasine Burke, Esq., Pamela Waite, Esq., & Steve Young, LCSW

Monday, May 4, 2015    7:00 - 8:30 pm

This workshop explores conflict resolution both in the legal and practical context.  Learn how mediation and the conflict resolution model can help parents shift away from an adversarial position and towards resolving differences that are in the best interests of their children.

 

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