HRS is proud to offer these Community Support Forums made possible by a grant from the Community Fund for Wellesley COVID-19 Relief Fund. More Community Support Forums are on the way, please check the website again soon for updated information.
Facilitated by Marla Rosenbloom, LICSW and Donna Cvitkovich, PsyD
Parenting young children during the elementary years brings both joy and challenges at the best of times. An unprecedented pandemic like COVID-19 only exacerbates the challenges of parenting, adding increased stressors and uncertainties to parents’ lives. Join a small, intimate group of parents in supporting one another and building community during this time. The group is facilitated by a licensed psychologist and a clinical social worker. We will explore a range of topics including practices around building structure and routine, self-care, and managing anxiety. A particular focus will be given to developing skills for mindfulness and adaptive thinking patterns. Together we will partner in helping our children and families thrive.
Wednesdays, 6-7pm, beginning May 20
Facilitated by Steve Rose, Ph.D. and Carly Inkpen, LICSW
Registration: Please email Carly Inkpen at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 is creating new parenting challenges. It can be hard to know how to best support your teens as their school, college, and social plans are disrupted in unprecedented ways. Families are grieving the loss of important milestones and rites of passage. Children may be withdrawn, angry, anxious, frustrated, or difficult to connect with. Your teen may feel that their emerging sense of independence is being taken away. The uncertainty of the situation makes it especially difficult to make big decisions about the future. This Community Support Forum offers the opportunity for parents to discuss these issues, share ideas, and support one another. You can drop in for one meeting or attend all four – whatever works for you. This support group is primarily aimed at parents of high school juniors and seniors who are experiencing disruptions in their graduation and college plans. However, if your child is slightly older or younger and you’re interested in this group, feel free to email us and we can discuss whether the group could be a good fit for you.
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Facilitated by Allan Wyatt, Psy.D.
Registration: Please contact Dr. Wyatt at email@example.com or 508-276-1223.
In these times of social distancing people are seeking ways to connect with each other. This Community Forum aims to support senior citizens who might wish to talk together. These will be open discussion groups of eight to ten people, taking up, for instance, what people are experiencing in these unusual times, how they are coping, and what their concerns are moving forward. The meetings will be accessible through either internet video or phone call-in.
Facilitated by Linda Galper, LICSW
Registration: Please contact Linda Galper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandparents across the country are currently “grounded” from seeing their grandchildren who may be so near yet so far. However, being apart does not mean staying unconnected as grandparents and grandchildren turn to technology and other means to keep their relationship strong. Staying connected with their grandchildren allows grandparents to maintain their ties and lessen feelings of isolation. Grandparents can also help their own children who may be working from home and trying to cope with homeschooling and increased childcare demands. This HRS Community Support Forum offers the opportunity for grandparents to share ideas and support one another. We will explore together a range of topics and strategies, including: reading stories on FaceTime or zoom; helping with homework assignments; share cooking class; play interactive games; tell jokes; create “cousins time”; have a talent night; or share movie night.
Time and day to be determined.
Facilitated by Joyce Saret, LICSW. and Mark Kline, Psy.D.
Registration: Please contact Joyce Saret at email@example.com.
Coping with a new and unpredictable illness creates stress and anxiety. COVID-19 also requires self-isolation, which means less personal contact with loved ones and your support network, which can truly complicate recovery. This Forum will provide a safe and private atmosphere to meet (via Zoom) with other recovering patients and share experiences and coping techniques. Some issues that we will address include: tips for dealing with feelings as you emerge from quarantine; impact of your illness on your family and friends; challenges in relationships with your caregivers; concerns about the course of COVID; residual health anxiety; and challenges of self-care while meeting work and family needs.
Time and day to be determined.
Facilitated by Kiley Gottschalk, Psy.D. and Tracey Hurd, Ph.D.
Caring for a loved one with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 related challenges (i.e. quarantining, special health safety needs, etc.) is uniquely challenging. This forum will provide a space to talk openly about the often-conflicting emotions (including love, anger, despair, joy, and others) that arise when providing this care. The group welcomes people actively caring for others, as well as those with past experience. Family caregivers often provide treatments, monitor symptoms, work to prevent disease spreading, and act as gatekeepers about practices of isolating and quarantining. Many feel ill-equipped to offer this care, despite the need to do so. Concern about our own possibility of infection, uncertainty about recovery of the COVID-19-involved family member, complex feelings of stigma, and mental and physical exhaustion can be overwhelming. Many caregivers suffer from burn-out or “compassion fatigue.” This forum will provide compassionate facilitated discussion with an emphasis on increasing caregiver support and self-care. Participants will be encouraged to share their stories.
Click here for Tips for Caring for Yourself and Loved Ones during COVID-19.
About HRS Community Forums
HRS Community Forums are a public service created in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. These are not therapy groups and, as such, are not meant to provide therapy or to cultivate a therapeutic relationship the facilitators. If you are experiencing significant psychological distress or a mental health emergency, please consult with your current mental health provider or go to your nearest emergency room.
All HRS Community Forums are free of charge.
For more information, contact us at 781-235-4950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.