Parent Cafes hosted by the Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable

posted Sep 13, 2012, 10:51 AM by Maria Geueke
The Roundtable will be offering a series of 3 Parent Cafes. The goal of the Cafes is to support parents of young children in the enhancement of the Protective Factors that will allow them to keep their families safe and strong. The topics of the 3 Cafes will focus on these factors under the headings of: Taking Care of Yourself; Being a Strong Parent; Building Strong Relationships with Your Children. The series is for parents with children up to 8 years old.

The Cafes are focused on parents talking to parents in a comfortable, safe environment; in an atmosphere that feels like a café; sitting at tables with a “host” and not a discussion leader. Questions are provided at each table to serve as conversation starters and the role of the host is to record the discussion. Prior to the discussion, dinner is served to families and then childcare is provided while parents visit the “Café” and share thoughts, feelings, experiences, they need to talk about. Cafes are about bringing up challenging situations, as well as emotions, and bearing witness to each other with the goal of building the Protective Factors
that will allow them to be strong parents.

This Parent Café project is supported by a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on linking medical care to community resources. The grant was obtained by Dr. Bill Copeland at Greenfield Pediatrics in conjunction with the Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable.

Dates that have been set for the Cafes are Thursday September 27, October 4, and October11. Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:00; followed by Café Talk from 6-7:30. Assistance with transportation will be provided if needed. Parents are urged to attend all 3 sessions to discuss the topics listed above and, more importantly, to build relationships with other parents of young children.

For further information contact:
Judith Weinthaler, LICSW
774-6252 X110