Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FAN Training on Parent Mentoring and Leadership September 13

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program at Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), will offer "Parent Mentoring and Leadership" training on Saturday, September 13th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Caramore Community, Inc., 550 Smith Level Road, Carrboro.

 The training is for parents who have experience raising a child with mental health issues who want to learn skills so that they can support and assist other parents living in a similar situation

Facilitated by FAN Advocates and members of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), the training will teach skills in the areas of effective mentoring, how to identify needs and set expectations, communication using active listening skills, conflict resolution, how to organize and document important records, and more. The training is provided free of charge.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Participants should bring a bagged lunch and beverage. Lunch is not provided. To register, contact Julie Bailey, FAN Program Director, at 919-942-8083, ext. 2, or email julie@mhatriangle.org by September 11th. Registration will close when seating capacity is reached.

About FAN

The FAN is a program utilizing best practice concepts based on System of Care core values emphasizing the importance of treatment delivery that's parent driven, family focused, youth guided, culturally competent and community based. FAN was developed as a program of MHAT in 2000 and operates to provide education, advocacy and one-on-one supports to parents raising children with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, high functioning Autism or are also court involved. For more information about the FAN program, visit www.mhatriangle.org

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Facing your Fears Program for Youth Ages 8 to 14 from UNC--TEACCH

The “Facing Your Fears” program is a group intervention appropriate for youth ages 8 to 14 years with high-functioning autism and anxiety. 

This intervention is aimed at teaching both children and their parents the strategies they can use to cope with anxiety and fear. Interested participants will complete an initial pre-screening over the telephone in order to learn more details about the group and to assess eligibility. Participation includes an individual informal assessment session during which each family will meet with clinic staff. 

Parents will be interviewed by a member of the team while their child meets with another member to complete an informal play based assessment. These assessments will be one hour in length. Group sessions will be 90 minutes in length and run weekly for 14 weeks. The sessions will be for the child and at least 1 parent (the same parent must be available to attend all sessions).

Interested participants should complete the form at the link and return it to Chapel Hill TEACCH Center (CHTC).

FYF Registration Form and Information

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sibshops for Kids who Have Siblings with Special Needs

Family Support Services Sibshops will be starting back up in September with 

Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs, an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting. It gives siblings the chance to explore their feelings in creative, light and fun ways. The program uses activities that bring difficult issues to the forefront and lets young people talk about what is usually not talked about.
Sibshops dates for 2014 – 2015
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill
For children ages 8 years old – middle school

Sibshops are provided at no cost to families. Registration is required to participate.

To register contact: