SCHEDULE

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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

July 1 - August 5, 2014

September 16 - October 21, 2014

Group II
grades 4 - 6

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

September 17 - October 22, 2014

Group III
grades 7 - 9

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

September 17 - October 22, 2014

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.
Portland (directions)

July 19, 2014 (this class is full), August 2, 2014; August 16, 2014, September 6, 2014; September 20, 2014; October 4, 2014; October 18, 2014; November 1, 2014; November 15, 2014; December 6, 2014; December 20, 2014

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)

         August 9      October 11      December 13

(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

September 13      November 8

(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)

September 13       November 8

(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, September 29 - October 20, 2014                6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

TOPSHAM:  Mondays, November 10 - December 1, 2014                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)

           August 9, 2014           October 11         December 13
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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STEP, BLENDED OR BONUS: NEW RULES FOR THE MODERN FAMILY

(for parent and professionals)

Presenters: Terri DeCoster, MS, and David Webb, Esq.
Monday, September 15, 2014     7:00 - 8:30 pm

FREE (please call or email to register)

No matter what you call it, stepfamilies have special rules of engagement that are different from nuclear families.  Stepfamilies go through predictable developmental stages.  Understanding these stages along with appropriate expectations and boundarieis can go a long way toward creating a harmoniious and successful family life...and avoiding the dreaded, "you're not my mother/father."  At Kids First, we have been listening to kids for years and will share what kids wish adults knew about stepfamilies.  This workshop is designed to benefit adults living in a stepfamily situation, as well as mental health or legal practitioners working with stepfamilies, but is not a replacement for the Kids First Program for Stepparents.

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

(for parents and professionals)

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014    5:30 - 7:00 pm

FREE (please call or email to register)

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents and their families face a unique set of issues when experiencing separation and divorce.  In addition, these family members must cope with the difficult processes that all families face when family upheaval occurs.  Please participate in a discussion that will help expand your thinking about the effects of family transition and dissolution with GLBT parents and their children.

ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE

OVERCOMING ROADBLOCKS TO RESOLUTION: STRATEGIES TO HELP
YOUR CLIENTS NAVIGATE BOTH THE LEGAL AND EMOTIONAL DIVORCE

Friday, October 17, 2014 (lunch provided)    8:30 - 3:30 pm.

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

$175/pp

(online registration will be available starting in August)

Our clients go through both a legal and emotional divorce/separation; different professional skills often can provide support and lead to less conflict and healthier results for kids.  This conference will help both legal and mental health providers recognize and effectively address common roadblocks that prevent a client from moving forward to resolution.  Topics will include new partners, substance abuse, forgiveness, and communication problems and more.  Confronting a client about problems while remaining a supportive advocate can lead to ethical dilemmas. This conference will apply for ethics continuing education credits for legal and mental health professionals.

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