Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff:

    As stakeholders in the Chester School System, I’d  like to connect you to “Community Resources” that are available to support your child and your family.

    Periodically, information will be forwarded to you via a mass blind email regarding workshops, seminars, support groups, articles, online supports as well as other types of services/information. Please keep in mind some of this information may not pertain to your family’s specific challenges.

    If you would like to be added to this list, please email me at suzanne.donohue@chester-nj.org. Also, please reach out to me regarding any questions that you have about this or any community resources in your area.


    Suzanne Donohue, MSW/LSW

    Certified School Social Worker 

    Disclaimer: THE Chester "Parent Resource Center" (PRC) does not endorse any person, therapy and/or service. Those listed on this website are submitted as recommendations by various individuals in the Chester Community. THIS LIST WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AND EXPAND. 

    If you would like to be removed from this list or if you would like to send recommendations or additions to this list, please email me at:  suzanne.donohue@chester-nj.org  


    September/October 2016





    JUNE 2016

    Thank you for being a part of our "Resource Email Group". Remember...if you have any “Resources” that you would like to share, I’d be happy to include them in a “Resource Blast”. Also, if you know anyone that would like be added to these emails, please contact me.  

    Please email suzanne.donohue@chester-nj.org   if you would like to be removedfrom this list.

    Thank you.

    Suzanne Donohue


    Disclaimer: THE Chester "Parent Resource Center" (PRC) does not endorse any person, therapy and/or service. Those listed on this website are submitted as recommendations by various individuals in the Chester Community. THIS LIST WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AND EXPAND. PLEASE SEND RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADDITIONS to Suzanne.donohue@chester-nj.org  


    Need Help? – Dial 2-1-1

    You are encouraged to dial “2-1-1” 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you need help in understanding and finding available assistance services. Language translation and TTY services are offered to any caller. You can also search our database for services in your local community or Chat Live with an experienced community resource specialist. 2-1-1 will help identify with you the best local resources to fit your individual needs during times of distress or for life’s everyday situations. 

    Wednesday, June 15 -

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Managing Your Child's Behavior - A Workshop for Parents

    This seminar teaches effective behavior management strategies for parents of children with challenging behavior.   Facilitators will introduce parents to an engaging and interactive curriculum which includes education on how to analyze causes of misbehavior, and to use this information to develop appropriate discipline strategies.  The primary focus is on limit-setting, effective ways to handle tantrums, creating behavioral incentive systems that really work, and managing sibling conflicts.   Parents will gain confidence in their ability to manage stress and to cope with parenting challenges.  While these tools are appropriate for parenting all kinds of challenging children, they are especially applicable for working with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

    Sessions will meet on Wednesday evenings over the course of a seven week period: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 20, 27 (Follow up session on September 21).

    Each weekly session is from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Registration and prepayment is required. The cost for the entire seven week series is $99 per family (spouses and other family members do not need to pay twice). Registration and prepayment is required. The cost for the entire seven week series is $99.  Qualifying families can receive up to 100% of this fee by applying for the Children's Specialized Hospital Benefit Fund.

    Teen Girls 13 - 17 years:

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

    from 6 to 7:15 pm in Montville

    The Montville group will run for 10 weeks.

    Teen Girls  13 - 17 years:

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

    from 7 to 8:15 pm in Short Hills

    The Short Hills group will run for 8 weeks.

    Our Teen Groups Address the

    Many Challenges Teens Face Today: - Teen Depression

    - Cutting & Self-harm - Social Anxiety - Low Self-Esteem


    We Use CBT, DBT, and creative projects

    to make our groups meaningful and fun!

    Groups meet weekly.

    For more information or to enroll, contact us at:
    (973) 794-6888

    Visit our Two New Jersey Locations:   112 Main Road, Bldg #2 Montville, NJ 07045   748 Morris Turnpike, #207 Short Hills, NJ 07078

    MAY 2016

    Great Article by "Empowering Parents" Website--How Parent Role Modeling and Coaching can work to teach children skills-

    *****I saw the most amazing thing on the playground the other day: a little girl wanted her dad to help make a little boy share the slide, and dad…refused to help.

    Before I get into that, though, let me tell you about the little boy.

    He was being bratty, standing on the slide, not letting anyone else use it. If another child came near the slide, he screeched and yelled, “No!

    He threw several mini-tantrums, laughing like this was the funniest thing ever.

    Has this ever happened to you?

    Few situations are more difficult to deal with than having a child who is aggressive (verbally or physically) toward other children. While it’s not uncommon behavior, it can be embarrassing and frightening when your child screams, hits, scratches or kicks to get his or her way. Sometimes, like in this young boy’s case, a child might think he’s “playing” when his behaviors are anything but playful.

    The interchange on the playground went on for a few minutes, and the little boy’s mother watched as the dad and daughter worked through the problem. “Daddy, please make that boy share,” the little girl asked.

    I loved Dad’s response:

    “No. You can do this. Please go ask him to share with you.”

    She walked over to the slide and asked the boy to share. Again, he declined. The girl went back to her father.

    “He said ‘no.’ Will you tell him to share?”

    Once more, Dad said no. “It’s hard when kids won’t share. Would you like to ask him again?”

    The little girl went back to the bottom of the slide and looked up at the boy. “I would like to use the slide, too. Please share with me.”

    At this point, the boy looked at his mom. “This little girl is asking to share,” she said. “We’ve talked about how we share. What needs to happen here?”

    After a few seconds of hesitation the little boy dropped to his bottom, turned and crawled back up the slide, letting the little girl have her turn.

    It worked!

    I love this interchange because it demonstrates so much of what we talk about on Empowering Parents: act as a coach for your child, model appropriate behavior, and remain calm and cool in the face of tantrums.


    APRIL 2016

    We will host "Morning at the Morris Museum" on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 9:30 AM. We invite children and adults with special needs to experience the Museum early in the day before we open to the general public. Please ask your families to join us and get an early start on our Dino Day Family Festival. Highlights of the morning will include gallery access as well as dinosaur-themed crafts and activities.


    The flyers are attached for you to share (in PDF and JPEG formats). We would appreciate your help in getting out the word, especially during April which is Autism Awareness Month. We think you will agree that the Museum works best when it serves everyone in the community.


    #AccessABILITY is the Morris Museum's pioneering series to expand programs and services offered to individuals with disabilities. Please contact me for more information about these programs or if you would like paper copies of the flyers, nromain@morrismuseum.org or phone 973-971-3714.



    The NJCTS Youth Scholarship Program has been made possible through generous gifts from donors and with funds raised through the NJ Walks for TSprogram. 



    Back by popular demand, Dr. Buzz Mingin will present: Empowering Parents Series at Spring Run School in Flemington on April 6th and 7th from 6pm-8pm. Please join us!  RSVP to Aimee at aruiz@fso-hsw.org



    Tickets are On Sale

    Pathways Rock Band Concert

    April 30, 2016

    Free Dinner at 6:00pm before the concert at 7:00pm!

    Tickets on sale online at www.PathwaysKids.org,

    Barry's Montville Pharmacy & Montville Recreation.


    The Pathways Rock Band iin concert promises to be a very inspirational evening! Children of abilities perform on stage together. We also have the Pathways' DJs and Dancers performing. We will be hosting a free dinner before the concert so you can meet the performers and get their autograph!

    MARCH 2016

    RE: Workshop for children in grades 5th-9th

    “Bullies NO More!”


    A Mending Arts® Series



    We want YOU because TOGETHER we can put an end to bullying!


    Who:           Youth in grades 5th - 8th residing in Morris County looking to raise awareness to prevent and eliminate bullying.

    What:          Discover your voice and become empowered by learning about the interpersonal experiences of the bully, the victim, and the bystander. Through this creative, interactive workshop youth will create anti-bullying campaigns, create & use masks to gain understanding of the various roles and take part in a variety of other unique experiences.  Together with a Drama Therapist and an artist, children will have the opportunity to connect with other children through the power of art and movement.

    When:         Tuesday’s from 6:00-8:00 pm April 5, 2016 – June 21, 2016

    Where:       Family Intervention Services at 20 Vanderhoof Ave. in Rockaway NJ 07866

    How:           Complete an application and pay a $25 registration fee (make checks payable to Family Intervention Services, Inc.). The application can be sent to the above address or emailed to azeis@fisnj.org. Some scholarships are available for low income families.

    Application Deadline: March 25, 2016

    Questions? Call Allison Zeis at 973 -586-5243 ext. 320


    Resource: Workshop

    Bright Futures for Kids: A FREE Support and Education Group for Children Ages 4-12 who are affected by addiction.

    Topics Include:

    -Problem Solving

    -Decision making

    -Peer pressure


    -And much more....

    When: Every Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Where: Carrier Clinic, Bell Mead, NJ (Classroom #3, near Atkinson Amphitheater, Route 601)

    Activities and Refreshments are provided

    908-281-1513 or



    Great Article by About Renee Jain, MAPP


    Anxiety…it happens to every child in one form or another. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments.

    1. “Can you draw it?”

    Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with an outlet for their feelings when they can’t use their words.

    2.  “I love you. You are safe.”

    Being told that you will be kept safe by the person you love the most is a powerful affirmation. Remember, anxiety makes your children feel as if their minds and bodies are in danger. Repeating they are safe can soothe the nervous system.

    3. “Let’s pretend we’re blowing up a giant balloon. We’ll take a deep breath and blow it up to the count of 5.”

    If you tell a child to take a deep breath in the middle of a panic attack, chances are you’ll hear, “I CAN’T!” Instead, make it a game. Pretend to blow up a balloon, making funny noises in the process. Taking three deep breaths and blowing them out will actually reverse the stress response in the body and may even get you a few giggles in the process.

    4. “I will say something and I want you to say it exactly as I do: ‘I can do this.'” Do this 10 times at variable volume.

    Marathon runners use this trick all of the time to get past “the wall.”

    5. “Why do you think that is?”

    This is especially helpful for older kids who can better articulate the “Why” in what they are feeling.

    6. “What will happen next?”

    If your children are anxious about an event, help them think through the event and identify what will come after it. Anxiety causes myopic vision, which makes life after the event seem to disappear.

    7. “We are an unstoppable team.”

    Separation is a powerful anxiety trigger for young children. Reassure them that you will work together, even if they can’t see you.

    8. Have a battle cry: “I am a warrior!”; “I am unstoppable!”; or “Look out World, here I come!”

    There is a reason why movies show people yelling before they go into battle. The physical act of yelling replaces fear with endorphins. It can also be fun.

    9. “If how you feel was a monster, what would it look like?”

    Giving anxiety a characterization means you take a confusing feeling and make it concrete and palpable. Once kids have a worry character, they can talk to their worry.

    10. “I can’t wait until _____.”

    Excitement about a future moment is contagious.

    11.  “Let’s put your worry on the shelf while we _____ (listen to your favorite song, run around the block, read this story). Then we’ll pick it back up again.”

    Those who are anxiety-prone often feel as though they have to carry their anxiety until whatever they are anxious about is over. This is especially difficult when your children are anxious about something they cannot change in the future. Setting it aside to do something fun can help put their worries into perspective.

    12.  “This feeling will go away. Let’s get comfortable until it does.”

    The act of getting comfortable calms the mind as well as the body. Weightier blankets have even been shown to reduce anxiety by increasing mild physical stimuli.

    13. “Let’s learn more about it.”

    Let your children explore their fears by asking as many questions as they need. After all, knowledge is power.

    14. “Let’s count _____.”

    This distraction technique requires no advance preparation. Counting the number of people wearing boots, the number of watches, the number of kids, or the number of hats in the room requires observation and thought, both of which detract from the anxiety your child is feeling.

    15. “I need you to tell me when 2 minutes have gone by.”

    Time is a powerful tool when children are anxious. By watching a clock or a watch for movement, a child has a focus point other than what is happening.

    16. “Close your eyes. Picture this…”

    Visualization is a powerful technique used to ease pain and anxiety. Guide your child through imagining a safe, warm, happy place where they feel comfortable. If they are listening intently, the physical symptoms of anxiety will dissipate.

    17. “I get scared/nervous/anxious sometimes too. It’s no fun.”

    Empathy wins in many, many situations. It may even strike up a conversation with your older child about how you overcame anxiety.

    18. “Let’s pull out our calm-down checklist.”

    Anxiety can hijack the logical brain; carry a checklist with coping skills your child has practiced. When the need presents itself, operate off of this checklist.

    19. “You are not alone in how you feel.”

    Pointing out all of the people who may share their fears and anxieties helps your child understand that overcoming anxiety is universal.

    20. “Tell me the worst thing that could possibly happen.”

    Once you’ve imagined the worst possible outcome of the worry, talk about the likelihood of that worst possible situation happening. Next, ask your child about the best possible outcome. Finally, ask them about the most likely outcome. The goal of this exercise is to help a child think more accurately during their anxious experience.

    21. “Worrying is helpful, sometimes.”

    This seems completely counter-intuitive to tell a child that is already anxious, but pointing out why anxiety is helpful reassures your children that there isn’t something wrong with them.

    22. “What does your thought bubble say?”

    If your children read comics, they are familiar with thought bubbles and how they move the story along. By talking about their thoughts as third-party observers, they can gain perspective on them.

    23. “Let’s find some evidence.”

    Collecting evidence to support or refute your child’s reasons for anxiety helps your children see if their worries are based on fact.

    24. “Let’s have a debate.”

    Older children especially love this exercise because they have permission to debate their parent. Have a point, counter-point style debate about the reasons for their anxiety. You may learn a lot about their reasoning in the process.

    25. “What is the first piece we need to worry about?”

    Anxiety often makes mountains out of molehills. One of the most important strategies for overcoming anxiety is to break the mountain back down into manageable chunks. In doing this, we realize the entire experience isn’t causing anxiety, just one or two parts.

    26. “Let’s list all of the people you love.”

    Anais Nin is credited with the quote, “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.” If that statement is true, then love is anxiety’s greatest killer as well. By recalling all of the people that your child loves and why, love will replace anxiety.

    27. “Remember when…”

    Competence breeds confidence. Confidence quells anxiety. Helping your children recall a time when they overcame anxiety gives them feelings of competence and thereby confidence in their abilities.

    28. “I am proud of you already.”

    Knowing you are pleased with their efforts, regardless of the outcome, alleviates the need to do something perfectly – a source of stress for a lot of kids.

    29. “We’re going for a walk.”

    Exercise relieves anxiety for up to several hours as it burns excess energy, loosens tense muscles and boosts mood. If your children can’t take a walk right now, have them run in place, bounce on a yoga ball, jump rope or stretch.

    30. “Let’s watch your thought pass by.”

    Ask your children to pretend the anxious thought is a train that has stopped at the station above their head. In a few minutes, like all trains, the thought will move on to its next destination.

    31. “I’m taking a deep breath.”

    Model a calming strategy and encourage your child to mirror you. If your children allow you, hold them to your chest so they can feel your rhythmic breathing and regulate theirs.

    32. “How can I help?”

    Let your children guide the situation and tell you what calming strategy or tool they prefer in this situation.

    33. “This feeling will pass.”

    Often, children will feel like their anxiety is never-ending. Instead of shutting down, avoiding, or squashing the worry, remind them that relief is on the way.

    34. “Let’s squeeze this stress ball together.”

    When your children direct their anxiety to a stress ball, they feel emotional relief. Buy a ball, keep a handful of play dough nearby or make your own homemade stress ball by filling a balloon with flour or rice.

    35. “I see Widdle is worried again. Let’s teach Widdle not to worry.”

    Create a character to represent the worry, such as Widdle the Worrier. Tell your child that Widdle is worried and you need to teach him some coping skills.

    36. “I know this is hard.”

    Acknowledge that the situation is difficult. Your validation shows your children that you respect them.

    37. “I have your smell buddy right here.”

    A smell buddy, fragrance necklace or diffuser can calm anxiety, especially when you fill it with lavender, sage, chamomile, sandalwood or jasmine.

    38. “Tell me about it.”

    Without interrupting, listen to your children talk about what’s bothering them. Talking it out can give your children time to process their thoughts and come up with a solution that works for them.

    39. “You are so brave!”

    Affirm your children’s ability to handle the situation, and you empower them to succeed this time.

    40. “Which calming strategy do you want to use right now?”

    Because each anxious situation is different, give your children the opportunity to choose the calming strategy they want to use.

    41. “We’ll get through this together.”

    Supporting your children with your presence and commitment can empower them to persevere until the scary situation is over.

    42. “What else do you know about (scary thing)?”

    When your children face a consistent anxiety, research it when they are calm. Read books about the scary thing and learn as much as possible about it. When the anxiety surfaces again, ask your children to recall what they’ve learned. This step removes power from the scary thing and empowers your child.

    43. “Let’s go to your happy place.”

    Visualization is an effective tool against anxiety. When your children are calm, practice this calming strategy until they are able to use it successfully during anxious moments.

    44. “What do you need from me?”

    Ask your children to tell you what they need. It could be a hug, space or a solution.

    45. “If you gave your­­ feeling a color, what would it be?”

    Asking another person to identify what they’re feeling in the midst of anxiety is nearly impossible. But asking your children to give how they feel with a color, gives them a chance to think about how they feel relative to something simple. Follow up by asking why their feeling is that color.

    46. “Let me hold you.”

    Give your children a front hug, a hug from behind, or let them sit on your lap. The physical contact provides a chance for your child to relax and feel safe.

    47. “Remember when you made it through XYZ?”

    Reminding your child of a past success will encourage them to persevere in this situation.

    48. “Help me move this wall.”

    Hard work, like pushing on a wall, relieves tension and emotions. Resistance bands also work.

    49. “Let’s write a new story.”

    Your children have written a story in their mind about how the future is going to turn out. This future makes them feel anxious. Accept their story and then ask them to come up with a few more plot lines where the story’s ending is different.

    FEBRUARY 2016

    ***A great article from "Empowering Parents"

    When I was eight years old, my friend was invited to a neighborhood birthday party and I wasn’t. There was ice cream cake and the promise of a piñata. I was devastated.

    My parents could have asked the neighbors to invite me. They could have sent me along to the party uninvited. They could have come up with a special afternoon so that I would be distracted during the party.

    But they didn’t do any of these things. My parents let me experience this disappointment without intervening. That night before bedtime, my mother sat down and talked with me about my hard afternoon, but that was it.

    What my parents did that day was very important. Here’s why.

    I speak with many parents who go to great lengths to help their children avoid disappointment, stress, and adversity. I understand this instinct.

    But by doing so, they are unintentionally shielding their child from learning opportunities. A child who has been protected from unhappiness may have trouble dealing with disappointment as a child and as an adult. Coping with disappointment is key to a successful, balanced life.

    As a parent, take the time to teach your child how to deal with disappointment. It’s an incredible gift.

    Instead of trying to prevent or “fix” difficulties for your child, be with them in their disappointment. Allow them to feel sad, left out, or angry. Let the moment happen and then talk to them about how to move forward. Resiliency is a valuable skill that will serve them well in childhood and adulthood. 

    “In order for children to learn how to do hard things, you have to let them go through hard times. There is no way to truly master something without experiencing it.” – Sara Bean, M.Ed., Elementary School Counselor

    The Sara Bean quote above is from a great article, one that many parents have found helpful: Why Fixing Things for Your Child Doesn’t Help.

    Darlene, Empowering Parents Coach


    An honest, up-close look at a group of high school students identified as “twice exceptional”—highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. 2E indicates where our next generation of “outliers”—geniuses, mavericks, and dreamers—may come from and what it’s like to be their parent or teacher.

    Despite being told as a child he would never walk or speak, Vance accomplished the impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.  
    A family friendly short film.

    March 16, 2016 | 6:30PM *Doors open at 6PM NYU Tisch School of the Arts 721 Broadway,  Screening Room 006, New York, NY 10003 Follwed by Q&A with 2E filmmaker

    March 18, 2016 | 9:00AM The Cooper Union | 41 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003 *2E film only
    ******RESOURCE: : Transportation Service for Medicaid (New Jersey Family Care) Clients

    Sometimes we all need a little help...

    If you or your child has Medicaid (NJ Family Care)... and you need a ride to a medical or mental health appointment~~there is a service to help you.


    Reservations 1-866-527-9933

    LogistiCare Delivers Transportation Management that Works and is the nation’s leading manager of medical transportation programs for government agencies, managed care organizations, self-funded insurers, hospitals, transit authorities and school boards. The company currently manages more than 1,000 transportation providers and coordinates more than 18 million trips for more than 6 million people each year. 


    RESOURCE:  Upcoming Workshop & Support Groups


    Parent Raising Children with Challenges Support Groups – 10:30am-12:00pm, Feb. 10th

    Family Partners Morris & Sussex Counties, 67 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860.

    Join us to discuss the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Meet other families in the community experiencing challenges with children and grandchildren who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Learn about services available to you, participate in personally relevant parent workshops and have the opportunity to build a support network 


    Specialized Support Group

    Spectrum Support Group –  6pm-7pm, Monday Feb. 8th – Must Register

    Family Partners Morris & Sussex Counties 67 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860.

    If you are a parent, grandparent or a caregiver of a child or adolescent with an autism disorder, we invite you to attend The Spectrum Support Group, a forum to share resources and gain peer support. Please RSVP by February 5th by calling 973-940-3194.

    Cheire Lozaw

    Community Outreach


    Family Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties




    RESOURCE: Spanish Parenting Resource

     Deirdre's House :Offering a Spanish-Speaking Education Program for parents having difficulty parenting. It is a FREE, 12 week program.

     The group allows parents/caregivers to have a support system and discuss topics that with most adolescents, are difficult to manage and become an added tension and stress in the lives of these students.



    Mirella Suarez

    Child Advocate/ Internship Coordinator


    8 Court Street

    Morristown, NJ 07960

    Main: 973. 631. 5000

    Fax: 973. 829. 8683

    Deirdre's House Website


    POWER-Solving Social Skills Groups

    at Behavior Therapy Associates

    Does your child have difficulty:

    Making friends?          Understanding feelings?

    Solving social problems?          Getting along with others?

    What is POWER-Solving?

    POWER-Solving is a social skills curriculum for teaching young people critical social-emotional skills they need. It has been applied successfully in classrooms, summer programs, clinical settings and home environments.

    What are Social Skills Groups?

    Social Skills Groups provide an opportunity to learn critical social skills in a safe and fun environment with peers. The 3D approach of Discuss, Demonstrate and Do enhances the learning opportunity.

    What is the Format?

    A child group and a parent group will meet separately at the same time for 10 weekly meetings. The parent group will focus on Behavior Parent Training as well as generalizing the POWER-Solving® skills to the home, school and community.


            All sessions will take place at Behavior Therapy Associates, 35 Clyde Rd., Suite 101, Somerset, New Jersey.

    *Based upon interest, additional groups may be forming in

    South Jersey (Cherry Hill) area as well.


            All groups will begin in February 2016 during after-school hours. The exact day of the week and time of day will be established with personal preferences considered.


    The fee is $999.00 and includes the 10 child groups, the 10 parent groups and the POWER-Solving® workbooks.

    (For returning children, the format is modified with fewer parents groups; the cost is $669) 


    How do I register? 

    Call 732-873-1212 or email info@BehaviorTherapyAssociates.com

    to register and for more information.

    **Space is limited.**

    NJ Center for Tourette Syndrom: CALL-IN SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS

    Join us from wherever you are!
    Call in and don't worry about finding a quiet place to talk. We don't mind hearing dogs barking or kids playing in the background.

    Please reserve your spot in the support group call by clicking the RSVP button below 

    or call 908-575-7350.





    Upcoming Workshops


    Beginning in early February, Therapeutic Options will be hosting a series of workshops for parents and community members, facilitated by our own Dr. Mark Pesner.

    If you are interested in attending any of the workshops, please RSVP by responding to this email, contacting us at info@therapeuticoptions.net, or calling us at 973.276.9040, ext 11. Space is limited so please let us know soon!



    Behavior Problems at Home: An Interactive Workshop

    Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

    Many children have trouble controlling themselves at home. Behaviors such as oppositionalism, inattention, homework refusal, argumentativeness, sleep problems, etc. can cause disruptions to family life, strife between parents, sibling anger and ineffective strategies to deal with those behaviors. Please join Dr. Mark Pesner to share your experiences, develop a better understanding of your child's behaviors and to learn new, more effective strategies to change your child's behaviors.

    New! "Tween" Girls 9 - 12 years:

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

    from 7 pm to 8 pm in Montville

    Teen Girls 13 - 17 years:

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

    from 7 to 8:15 pm in Montville

    Teen Girls  13 - 17 years:

    Saturday, January 9th, 2016

    from 11 am to 12:15 pm in Millburn


    Teen Boys 13 - 17 years:

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

    from 7 pm to 8 pm in Montville

    Our Teen Groups Address the

    Many Challenges Teens Face Today: - Teen Depression

    - Cutting & Self-harm - Social Anxiety - Low Self-Esteem


    We Use CBT, DBT, and creative projects

    to make our groups meaningful and fun!

    Groups meet weekly for 10 weeks.

    For more information or to enroll, contact us at:
    (973) 794-6888


    CHADD Parent to Parent Family Training on ADHD Class    Sign up Today!!

    Dates: Sundays January 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 2016.

    Time: 1:30-3:30pm

    Price:  $125.00  for Chadd Members (includes work book)

                   Non Chadd Members will need to join at www.chadd.org


    Register Today: Call 609-921-3266 or email: k.mcgavern@gmail.com

    Location:  All Saint's Church, Princeton, NJ

    What is Parent to Parent? 

    This class will provide educational information and support for families who are dealing with AD/HD and learning to navigate the challenges od AD/HD across the lifespan. This class was developed by and is sponsored by CHADD, the national organization of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder, and all teachers are trained and certified by CHADD

    The topics included in this unique program are:

    • Overview of AD/HD
    • Assessment of multi-modal treatment
    • Impact of AD/HD on the family
    • Creating age appropriate positive behavior interventions
    • Developing parenting strategies and interventions that strengthen family relationships
    • Understanding the federal laws: an overview of 504 and IDEA
    • Working with the schools: building an education team that works
    • AD/HD across the life span and adults with AD/HD 

     ·         Participants receive extensive materials to support them, including articles, reference materials, handouts and homework assignments

    - See more at: http://www.chadd.org/Training-Events/Parent-to-Parent-Program.aspx#sthash.JQFvO3Gw.dpuf







      Call-in Support Groups for Parents

    Please reserve your spot in the support group call by clicking the RSVP button below 

    or call 908-575-7350.



    NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc.

    50 Division Street, Suite 205, Somerville, NJ 08876

    908-575-7350     www.njcts.org


    RESOURCE: 2NDFLOOR APP/Helpline for tweens and teens

    If you are between the ages of 10 and 24, live in New Jersey, and need to talk about an issue or problem that you are facing call 888-222-2228 anytime or text us at 888-222-2228.


    We're very excited to share the news with you that we now have an app for 2NDFLOOR!   Youth & young adults in NJ can now reach 2NDFLOOR via phone, text or message board on the app.  Apple users can search for 2NDFLOOR at the App store and download the app for free.


    For those who need to reach 2NDFLOOR, having an app available streamlines the process of reaching out to us and eliminates any undo stress of searching for our contact information.


    PLEASE share this information with all students and young people and also feel free to forward to any other professional contacts. 


    We are happy to continue to serve the youth of NJ in the traditional means and proud to also now offer this new advancement.


    1. “Group” for youth struggling with Anxiety

    2. Webinars/Workshops

    3. WEBSITES 

    1. Group: Freedom From Anxiety is an intervention group for youth struggling with anxiety symptoms. This group is an interactive treatment program that addresses anxiety in youth and teaches healthy coping strategies to manage their thoughts and feelings in a positive way.

    The spring session starts on March 24th, at the CarePlus/Fair Lawn, NJ Facility, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Two curriculums are utilized to address the needs of different age groups (6 to 12-year olds, and 13 to 17-year olds). Insurance is accepted for this program. To refer a child, or for more information, call CarePlus Admissions at 201-986-5000.

    The program integrates a behavioral approach (such as relaxation training and interactive activities) as well as a cognitive approach (including problem solving). This group setting encourages healthy inter-personal relationships.

    Program Goals: Through this 8-week therapy group, youth will learn effective and personalized coping skills to assist in a variety of challenging situations. The focus of the sessions will be:

    §  Recognizing feelings

    §  Awareness of physiological responses when feeling anxious

    §  Identification and modification of anxious self-talk

    §  Identification of triggers

    §  Practice opportunities of newly acquired skills in common anxiety eliciting situations

    These goals will be met through the use of:

    §  Relaxation techniques

    §  Thought-stopping strategies

    §  Role plays


    More information:

    *Symptoms of anxiety in children may include excessive worry most days of the week, trouble sleeping at night or sleepiness during the day, restlessness or fatigue during waking hours, trouble concentrating, and irritability.

    “Anxiety is a natural feeling that everyone has. The way we deal with our anxiety can vary from person to person and can affect us physically and emotionally. Stress, anger and feelings of being worried are common symptoms of anxiety. With early intervention, healthier coping skills can be acquired to deal with every day stressors,” stated Sabrina Coppola, LCSW, Assistant Director of CarePlus Innovations.

    During the 10 weekly sessions, the children will learn coping skills needed to assist in a variety of anxiety-provoking situations. These include a focus on emotional education, awareness of bodily reactions when anxious, identification and modification of anxious self-talk, relaxation techniques, role plays and reinforcement techniques, and the practice of newly acquired skills in anxiety eliciting situations.


    2. Webinars and workshops

    • Stressed Out: Helping Children |and Parents Manage Stress — A free webinar from the NYU Child Study Center with childhood anxiety expert Rebecca Berry. Includes tips on identifying a child’s stressors and strategies for lowering their anxiety. 1 p.m. April 14. Register at:http://bit.ly/19fNapQ
    • NYU Child Study Center in Hackensack is planning a parent workshop but has not set the dates. For more info: 201-465-8111
    • Parent workshop at Columbia |University Clinic for Anxiety and |Related Disorders. For more info: Call Dr. Sandra Pimentel, 212-246-5740.

    3. Websites

    • Copingcatparents.com: From Dr. Philip Kendall of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University, this site has resources tools and tips from experts.
    • ADAA.org: Anxiety and Depression Association of America has resources and instructive videos, as well as information on types of anxiety and treatment.
    • Worrywisekids.org: From Dr. Tamar Chansky of Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., site offers information and resources.
    • Anxietybc.com: Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia offers a special tab for youth and young adults, along with the help for parents.


    • “Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety,” by Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D.
    • “You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child From Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life,” by Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.
    • “Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias,” by Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.


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