Parenting Resources & Support Groups

The following parenting support groups are available in the St. Cloud Area Community on a regular basis.

P.L.U.S. - Parents Learning Useful Skills by Working Well Mental Health Clinic
The group will discuss skills and techniques to assist parents and their families to lead fulfilling lives. Group members will also have the opportunity to problem solve barriers that have created difficulties for personal growth and parenting. To enroll in the group, please contact Jen Holmquist at (320) 654-2550 or email at jholmquist@goodwilleasterseals.org

Family Support Group
Meetings: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud
Contact: Mike at (320) 259-7101 or (320) 492-2024
Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - www.namihelps.org

St. Cloud Circle of Parents
Meets every Monday from 6 -7 p.m. at the Great River Regional Library
Contact: Roxy Foster at (650) 422-8914 for more information
Circle of Parents April 2018 calendar
Circle of Security parenting class starting March 19

Mental Health Crisis Line
24 hours a day/7 days a week
Text "MN" to 741741
To speak to someone about a crisis, in the Twin Cities metro area, call "**CRISIS (274747)" from a cell phone to talk to a team of professionals who can help you.
Outside of the Twin Cities, see the directory for mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota by county.

Hope Community Support Groups
Schizophrenia Support Group - Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Despression & Bi Polar Support Group - Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Contact: (320) 240-3324, 157 Roosevelt Rd, Suite 300, St. Cloud, MN 56301

M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) & Jubilee M.O.P.S. 
www.mops.org

Parent Voices of NAMI of St. Cloud 
Meetings: Combined group meeting of the Family Support Group and Parent Voices, the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Calvary Community Church;
Family Support Group meeting will also meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Calvary Community Church
Contact: (320) 253-3352 or parentvoicesofnami@gmail.com 
 
Three support groups are now under one roof!
Relatives As Parents (Families doing kinship care)
Granite City Foster Care (Foster care families in Stearns County)
Parenting on the Outside (Families who have been or are affected by incarceration)
 
Local support groups meet the third Thursday of every month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in St. Cloud.               
Our groups can offer you support in the following ways:
· Free meal offered
· Information and referrals to local resources
· Child care provided by Milestones
· Child and youth programming provided by The Village Family Service Center 
· Connection with other families who understand your situation
· Kids Nights Out
· Bi-Monthly Newsletter
Contact: Makayla at (320) 251-5081 ext. 220 or (800) 288-8549 or mwijeratne@milestonesmn.org
 
Buffalo Relatives as Parents Group (Kinship Caregivers)
Meetings: The second Thursday of every month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Discovery Center (301 2nd Ave NE, Buffalo). Find more information here.
Contact: Crystal at (320) 251-5081 ext. 18 or (800)-288-8549 or cpetersen@childcarechoices.net 

The Village Family Service Center
Anger Management group for Men
Anger Management group for Women
Domestic Violence group for Men
Parents as Partners
If there are any questions, please call our front desk at (320) 253-5930.

CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative

Mental illness does not discriminate. In any given year, one in four adults and one in five children experience a mental health disorder. Mental illness is real, common and treatable.

The CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) originated in 1995 after receiving funds from the State of Minnesota as part of the effort to transition mental health services from state hospitals to community based services. CAMHI's mission is to provide support for persons experiencing serious mental health problems to enhance their contributions to the community. The goal is to reduce the hospitalizations and provide mental health services closer to consumer's homes.

CAMHI's website was developed to provide mental health information and resources for children and adults in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. Whether you are a parent, provider, consumer, family member or friend, this site will provide a place where you can easily find accurate information, reliable resources, local support and a helping hand.

Examples of how we support families include community trainings, resource and provider search, a calendar of events and stories from families. Learn more about CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative.


Adolescent Mental Health Guide

Stearns County Human Services is excited to announce the launch of a new Mental Health resource – A Family's Guide to Child & Adolescent Mental Health. We hope you find this resource helpful. Please feel free to share it with others that you believe would benefit from the information.

This guide was developed by the Stearns County Human Services Mental Health Task Force and had input from the Youth Services Task Force, both of which are work groups of the Stearns County Human Services Advisory Committee.


Bullying - Breaking the cycle of violance

Below are a list of resource we've gathered over the years. 
A Call to Stop Bullying
Starting a new year at school can be a lot of fun: there are new friends and teachers to look forward to, old friends to meet up with, and a whole new experience to enter. Sadly, all of this can easily fade into the background if bullying arises. There are many different forms of bullying and it is important for everyone to know about them so that it can be recognized and dealt with when it comes up. Don't ever feel ashamed or scared of having to report an incident of bullying to a call center live answering service. Bullying, whatever the reason, is always wrong. There is always a way to deal with it, even if the situation may seem impossible. Read on through the rest of this article to learn how to spot the signs of bullying and how to protect yourself or friends from it. Click Here for more information and some great links 

Bullying Business
This informational web link is provided by the youth at The Brenham Community Center in Brenham, Texas.  Thank you for your hard work in researching about the topic of bullying and the role we all play to stop it.

You Count - Care Campaign
You Count. Two simple words that mean so much to a child looking for the inspiration and courage to get through a rough day. Even on their best days we, as parents and family members, want kids to remember our advice. The important reminder that you count. That's why Care.com has talked to bloggers, parents and families across the country to ask the question: What do you wish your kids would know every time they face a new day? Let's work together to inspire, motivate and encourage our children to be their very best. Click here for more information.
Strauss Consulting
Susan Strauss of Strauss Consulting provides training on a number of topics, including Harassment and Bullying. 

You'll see she is an expert related to bullying in education and the workplace. Note her new book,Sexual Harassment and Bullying  A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable.
 
Dr. Strauss is available to work with administrators, teachers, parents, etc. to better understand the law, the policies and the practices they should be implementing to protect the kids, and the school!

Dennis Warner "Beads on One String"
What began simply as a song about our "connectedness" in the world has now grown into what many describe as one of the best anti-bullying books and programs available for elementary schools. www.BeadsonOneString.net.
National Bullying Prevention Center
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.
PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth
 
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life - through all phases of a child's growth and development. The website combines social networking features with expert content from AbilityPath.org's team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.


Stop Bullying: Speak Up
With the Stop Bullying: Speak Up social pledge app, Facebook and Time Warner hope to start a national conversation about bullying and support schools in their bullying prevention efforts.The pledges for students and adults seek to get everyone on the same page about what they can do to stop bullying. And two actions are crucial to solving this issue: help stop and prevent bullying, and create a culture where bullying is not acceptable behavior, said Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network's vice president for social responsibility.


Safe Environment Materials - Training Videos/Materials

 
Teaching Tolerance
Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History. Order your free copy today!

Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one students ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.

Bullied includes:
  • A 40-minute documentary film (DVD), with closed captioning and with Spanish subtitles
  • A two-part viewers guide with standards-aligned lesson plans and activities for use in staff development
  • Additional materials online

Bullied is designed to help administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students, not just those who are gay and lesbian. It is also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed.
Guide to Bullying Prevention
Check out this article and list of resources by Kim Hart.
 
Cyberbullying Resources Online
With kids spending more and more time using technology, the issue of cyberbullying is one that many children deal with at some point or another. Cyberbullying is defined as bullying which occurs through the use of electronic technology. Cyberbullies often harass or harm the people they are bullying in a deliberate manner that often occurs repeatedly. Learn more about it at:
Cyberbullying Resources Online
15 Strategies Educators Can Use to Stop Cyberbullying
CYBER SAFETY: An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet

Internet Safety for Kids – Guide for Parents
Unless you're a Millennial or younger, you grew up in an era when the home was the safest place for kids to be. The dangers that lurked in the shadows quickly faded from our parents' minds once they saw us come safely through the door at dinnertime. Parenting now is a whole different ballgame. Some of the most insidious, intrusive, harmful entities live on the inside of that door - and in the case of cell phones (which our kids are using younger and younger every year), right in our children's hands. Click here to learn more >