How To Seminars

Grow A Strong Family Presents: How To Seminars

Grief: Learning to Move Forward: As Lu (2016) points out, “When a loved one is struck with a serious mental illness, family members experience the loss of the individual they once knew, and are left to cope with learning how to live with a person who is physically present, but psychologically and emotionally different.”  When a loved one has a mental health diagnosis, typical transitions, hopes, expectations, and dreams require a re-write.  Family members experience a sense of loss, sadness, disappointment, discouragement.  The relationship has changed.  Roles are revised.  Triggers abound which cycle through the lifespan and the grief seems to know no end.   

Join us as we discuss this painful component of loving someone with a mental health diagnosis.

Monday, February 6, 7:00-8:30 PM 12 Mudge Way Bedford MA Room 152.  Registration required through www.bedfordrecreation.org or 781-275-1392.  Fee: $25

 Talk to loved ones more effectively Talk Text Email Tweet Message:  Communication can vary on many dimensions.   It can be direct or indirect, formal or informal, clear or blurred, etc. Trying to have a conversation with someone who holds onto her distorted thoughts in spite of overwhelming evidence is challenging, frustrating, and can lead to angry outbursts that hurt both of you.  There are proven tools that can effectively enable you to get your point across without fighting.  Learn the basics.  Practice in “real time.”  This is an introduction to better communication.    Learn how to “get out of the fight!”

Wed, Feb 8, 7-8:30pm, Concord Carlisle High School; Code FL101.  Registration required through www.ace.colonial.net or 978-318-1432.  Fee: $25

Monday, February 27, 7:00-8:30pm, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford MA Room 152.  Registration required through www.bedfordrecreation.org or 781-275-1393.  Fee: $25

Avoiding Power Struggles is for those of us who are tired of fighting with our loved ones who have mental health or behavioral health diagnoses over… anything!  Why do they hook us into fighting?  Why do we go there with them??? How can we step out of the battle?  How can we be more effective??

Learn what purpose power struggles may serve.  Pick up three strategies for avoiding the power struggles. 

Monday. January 30, 7:00 -8:30 Pm.  12 Mudge Way, Bedford MA Room 152.  Registration required through www.bedfordrecreation.org or 781-275-1393.  Fee: $25

Monday, March 6, 7-8:30 PM Concord Carlisle High School; Code FL102.  Registration required through www.ace.colonial.net or 978-318-1432.  Fee: $25

Who cares for the caregiver?  Learning how to actively schedule self-care is a vital skill when nurturing and supporting loved ones with mental illnesses.  Give yourself the gift of an evening to acquire some skills that don’t require huge amounts of time or commitments that you may not be able to fulfill.  You might even have fun while remembering how to have fun!

Monday, March 13, 7:00-8:30 PM 12 Mudge Way Bedford MA Room 152.  Registration required through www.bedfordrecreation.org or 781-275-1392.  Fee: $25

Tuesday, March 14, 7-8:30 PM.  Concord Carlisle High School; Code FL103.  Registration required through www.ace.colonial.net or 978-318-1432.  Fee: $25

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