NICU Parents Support Group

Do you and your baby have NICU experience?

DESTATS - CPAP - ROP - GAVAGE - NIPPLING - TOUCHTIMES...

SOUND FAMILIAR?

If your baby was in the NICU, you may be experiencing parenthood in a unique way. If you feel your NICU experience is still impacting you, your family, and your bonding with your baby... then please join us for a very special support group for parents of NICU graduates - facilitated by an experienced NICU psychologist and a parent-infant dyadic therapist. 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Join us for an eight-week program: Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, from November 10, 2017, to January 12, 2018 (we will take November 24 and December 29th off). Click here to download a flyer.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $80/session; or $50 off total if purchasing ALL 8 sessions in advance. Contact Esther Chon or Allison Bowne-Schreiner


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Brave Bobcats: A Social-Emotional Enhancement Group & Workshop

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R.

Join us for our 8-week, Social-Emotional enhancement group designed primarily for children with an ongoing educational component for parents to learn more about supporting children to become socially and emotionally competent and learning an array of activities in managing social anxiety.

Come and learn more about:

  • Becoming emotionally competent
  • How our senses affect our emotions
  • What it means to be in and out of our "Just Right" zone
  • Manage big feelings through yoga and various games, arts and crafts
  • Engaging in social situations with empowerment and courage
  • and more!

More About the Group

We are eager to kick off our Fall 2017 "Brave Bobcats" group for socio-emotional regulation and competence for kids dealing with social anxiety and/or Selective Mutism. Here is how it works: the group is facilitated by an occupational therapist and a mental health therapist; the parents and the kids initially participate in a sensory-motor/art activity together and then parents leave the room and will wait in the lobby. The kids will be engaging in various activities that promote regulation to then learn about how the brain works, various zones of emotional regulation, identification of feelings, engaging in fun games in the group, creating a "Brave Box" and more. Families will make a journal to track progress and communicate with the therapist any additional questions or concerns. Also, the families will learn about the curriculum so that they practice the same emotional vocabulary at home.

    UPCOMING SESSIONS

    This group will meet for a total of 8 weeks on Thursdays starting November 2nd, 2017 through January 11th, 2018 (we will have a few holiday breaks), from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm. The age group is 5-8 years old.

    The first and last day of the groups will meet for 75 minutes for the therapist to meet with the parents and review the curriculum and provide updates.

    The sessions will take place at The Center For Connection located at 1021 E. Walnut #200, Pasadena, CA 91106. To learn more about our Brave Bobcats socio-emotional regulation group.  Click here to download the flyer

    REGISTRATION

    Cost: Price is $600 for the whole 8 sessions, with $100 due before the first session to hold your spot and the rest due at the end of the first session.  

    *Early birds: sign up by October 25th and pay $500 total for the whole group (pay a $100 deposit with $400 due at the end of the first session)! 

    For more information and to register, contact Karla Cardoza at karla@thecenterforconnection.org.


    ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

    Dungeons & Dragons: A Social Skills Group

    Join us for a social skills group that rewards players with level ups, loot, epic swords and suits of armor, and tons of fun as we play Dungeons and Dragons*!

    Group members meet for 75 minutes weekly for 10 weeks to create characters with special powers and abilities and engage in a team-based, structured role-playing game with other adventuring peers. Facilitated by two clinicians playing the Dungeon Master and an in-game guide, group members get to solve complex problems, strategically plan their combat, and creatively use their characters’ unique abilities while being challenged to work together, or perish. Listening skills, patience, turn taking, flexibility, critical thinking, consequences, empathy, and communication will be challenged in an exciting and motivating way as their characters come face to face with monsters, traps, gold, dungeons, and of course dragons! Learn more downloading a copy of our flyer and registration instructions

    *For more information on how Dungeons and Dragons is being used in a therapeutic setting all over the country, visit: http://kotaku.com/therapists-are-using-dungeons-dragons-to-get-kids-to-1794806159

    UPCOMING SESSIONS

    Our Dungeons and Dragons Social Skills Group is starting soon!  Fall dates are every Tuesday evening, September 12th-November 14th, from 5:30-6:45pm (for 10 weeks total).  Our group will take place at The Center for Connection, located at 275 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91106. 

    REGISTRATION

    The cost is $400 dollars for the whole group, with $100 due before group starts to reserve your spot and the rest due at the end of the first session. (Make sure to sign up by August 29th to receive an early-bird discount of $50 off the total cost of the group!)

    For more information and to register, please contact Melanie Dosen (email: melanie@thecenterforconnection.org).