G.E.A.R Parent Network

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G.E.A.R. Parent Network

The G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, is the place where Gaining Empowerment Allows Results. G.E.A.R. is run by parents for parents providing services for parents of children with emotional and behavioral health concerns.

About Us

We are parent-to-parent support. Here is how we can help you.

No parent should suffer alone and in silence when a child is struggling with his or her mental health.

Parenting can be challenging under the best of circumstances. But when a child, teenager, or young adult struggles with emotional, mental or behavioral health problems, parenting can be overwhelming and isolating.

We provide parents and caregivers who are concerned about their children’s mental health with an opportunity to find and support each other in a confidential and safe space.

We provide FREE support to parents and families. Our supports include:

1:1 parent-peer support to parents/caregiversEmotional support and family-centered trainingEducational workshops and conferencesPositive parenting skills education and peer mentoringSocial and networking events to reduce isolation, enhance natural supports, and promote resiliency factorsIncreased awareness of children’s behavioral health needsAdvocacy in the Maine’s system of care for comprehensive, coordinated, community-based, trauma-informed and family/youth-driven services.

Download our guide for how we help. 

Are you a parent of a child/youth who has behavioral health concerns and you are looking for employment as a parent/family peer specialist?

See available jobs now

Parent-Peer Leadership Institute

Maine’s Certification training for Parent/Family Peer Specialists who work in Maine Behavioral Health Homes.

The Institute was developed and formatted by families for families with consultation and shared materials from the National Federation of Families, their state organizations and chapters. We believe that meaningful and effective parent/family participation as partners in the support of our children require specific skills that harness and enhance the valuable contribution of the parent/family perspective.

These skills are embodied in the following:

Effective parent/family involvement requires a working knowledge of children’s mental health, the needs and experiences of parents and family members, and the issues affecting the system ofThe presentation of the individuals and organizations expressing the parent/family voice must enhance the credibility, value, and opportunities for meaningful inclusion.To provide effective parent‐to‐parent support in a variety of settings.To develop and sustain an effective local and statewide network of parents and champions of children’s behavioral health needs.To effectively participate in micro and macro level of system change.To provide consistency across the state with regard to parent-peer support providers hiring practices, qualifications, necessary skill sets, job duties, and supervision.

We are now accepting applications for our January 2023 training.

Upcoming Dates: January 23rd, 25th, and 27th 2023
Location: Virtual
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30 – minute lunch break on your own
Cost: $375
Questions: Contact G.E.A.R. Parent Network Director, Cindy Seekins at 207-441-7216 or cseekins@crisisandcounseling.org

Download Application

Download Printable Flyer

Upcoming Events

“Take Action Against Bullying”

“The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” Video Presentation by Author Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed

“Managing Stress During the Holidays”

“Managing Stress During the Holidays”

“Seasonal Affective Disorder”

“Managing Caregiver Stress: Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” Video Presentation by Author Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Oh, My!”

“ACEs, Being a Trauma-Informed Parent: Linking Childhood Trauma to Long-Term Health & Social Consequence”

“Ho-Ho-Ho Creating Holiday Ornaments with your Kids!!”

View Calendar

I learned that the approach from G.E.A.R. is different than the typical behavioral help that we began to know. What I liked most about my parent partner was that she came from a place of understanding and knowledge that no book could teach you. Having someone who has been there, or if not, knows parents who have, gives me a little bit more hope than I had in the beginning. To be honest, sometimes it is just nice to have a regular person, a peer, because sometimes a person with a big degree, credentials, fancy car, fancy clothes and preconceived expectations is not 100% what we need.

G.E.A.R. Program Participant

Administrative Offices

10 Caldwell Road
Augusta, Maine 04330

Crisis and Counseling Centers

visit crisisandcounseling.org

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