Virtual Parent Support Groups
What Parents Are Saying...
"I have had my fair share of professional interventions but PHP is the most effective support system I have found. There's nothing more powerful than a group where you can share your experiences in an atmosphere of trust."
"The best thing is you can speak openly, and nothing you say goes anywhere. I never knew that if you had a problem you could talk about it and get help and understanding instead of criticism. Also you get answers for a lot of unanswered questions. I always leave group feeling better"
"I kept trying to convince myself that I could work things out on my own but eventually I couldn't lie to myself any more. It took a lot of courage to go to that first meeting. But when I got there, it was amazing to discover a place where parents could talk without being judged."
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I try a support group for parents?
A Parent Support Group is a place where you can come to talk about your experiences and gain feedback without being judged or criticized. The group can help you to develop positive parenting solutions in a respectful environment. If you yearn for help and support to improve relationships with your children, a Parent Support Group might be the place for you.
What is the cost of attending a group?
All groups are free.
Is it safe to participate in the virtual support group?
Yes, we use Zoom online meeting software which provides a secure connection to the group. All our meetings are password protected and only registered parents have the password.
Can I participate without giving my name?
We only ask for participants first name and last initial for our reporting requirements. So yes, you can be anonymous in the group.
I am shy. Do I have to participate with video?
Absolutely not, if you don't feel comfortable you can participate without video or call into the meeting with your phone.
What about if I don't have a computer or Internet connection?
No computer. No problem. You can participate by dialing into a phone number for the meeting.
How can I be sure that the everyone in the group is a parent?
Our registration process ensures that all our group participants are parents.
What is the difference between a Parenting Class and Parenting Support Group?
Parenting classes have an instructor who decides what the topic of discussion will be each week. There may be assigned readings and speakers. In a PHP Support Group, the parents decide what to talk about and are non-judgemental. Only the parents in group can decide to invite an outside speaker. If the Department of Children Families is requiring you to attend a parenting class, ask if a PHP Support Group would be ok instead.
Do you provide proof of attendance?
After 8 weeks of attendance the the group facilitator will provide anyone with an attendance certificate for your participation in our Parent Support Groups
For more information, contact Richie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-926-5008, ext 106.