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Upcoming events that G.E.A.R will be hosting this week
Holly Spence
Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 5-7 p.m.

“Take Action Against Bullying” Presented by Diane Bouffard, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator


Bullying has become such a widespread problem it is now being recognized as a major mental health concern for children and youth, having been found to leave long-term emotional scars and psychological effects similar to anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress. This workshop will help you identify the warning signs of both the victim and the bully.  Prevention and effective coping skills will be explored.


Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 6-8 p.m.

“What are Family Peer Specialists and How do they Support Maine Families? Presented by Jess Hall, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

The Family Peer Specialist (FPS) role has been in Maine to support families who have children/youth with special medical, emotional and behavioral health needs for over 25 years.  During the past 10 years this role has quickly evolved to being one of not only providing emotional support and resource sharing to also reducing feelings of isolation by providing opportunities to learn from and support each other; build family protective factors, resiliency and strength; and practice vital parenting skills in an environment free from shame, blame and judgment. Join us to learn about the family organizations in Maine who offer free parent peer support, the three levels of parent support, FPS credentialing, role functions and the benefits to the family and service delivery system when family peer specialists are utilized!


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Weekly Support Groups:

G.E.A.R. Families please note that we are currently hosting weekly Parent Support Groups on the following days:

  • Monday evenings 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday afternoon 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

To register please call our toll-free number 1 (800) 264-9224 or reach out to your Regional Parent Support Coordinator.

Jessica Hall

Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc Counties

G.E.A.R Parent Network

1 (800) 264-9224 or (207)322-7618

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