Family Support

Mental Health Association’s Family Support Service

320 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Contact:  Angie Coville, Intake Coordinator
(585) 325-3145 x117

or contact us online

Make a referral

The Mental Health Association provides support to families of children with emotional or behavioral health challenges

A Family Peer Advocate is a caregiver who has experienced what you’re going through

We offer:

  • Support by phone, in person, in groups or individually
  • Assistance with school issues—education advocacy
  • Teen support
  • Assistance in identifying and developing natural supports
  • Caregiver discussion, education and skill-building groups
Family Support Services Family Education Brochure – August, 2019 Servicios De Apoyo Familiar Educación Familiar Agosto, 2019
Family Support Services Family Education Brochure – September 2019 Servicios De Apoyo Familiar Educación Familiar Septiembre, 2019
Family Support Services Fact Sheet Hoja de Datos para Servicios de Apoyo Familiar
Temper Tamers  Coffee Club
Daytimers Parents of Teens Support Groups
PEACE Groups Strengthening and Empowering Families with Young Children

Family Education Workshops

For more information about The following workshops and to register (required),
please call 585.325.3145 x122

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Thursdays, August 1, 8 & 15, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Whole-Brain Child

Strategies on how to raise happy, resilient children.
Powerful tools for helping children to develop the emotional intelligence
they need to be successful in the world.

For caregivers of school-age children.
You may attend any or all parts of this three-part series.

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Wednesday August 7, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Self-Defeating Behavior

Families under stress produce adolescents under stress.
Many such young people become at risk for a variety
of emotional and behavioral problems.

For caregivers of preteens and teens.

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Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Guiding Behavior in Young Children

Why misbehavior occurs, ways to stop it, and how to create a plan for desired behavior.

For caregivers of preschool-age children.

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 Monday August 12, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Winning at Parenting

One of the most frustrating aspects of being a caretaker is having to handle
an angry child, who simply refuses to do what you ask.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Active Parenting of Teens

Let’s discuss parenting styles and address drugs, sexuality, and violence.

For caregivers of preteens and teens.

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Monday, August 19, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

Teaching friendship and social skills in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Skill of Saying No


Some ideas for helping kids say no about various new situations
they’re likely to encounter in their teen years.

For caregivers of preteens and teens.

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Friday, August 23, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Last One Picked, First One Picked On

Some kids are often isolated and rejected by peers, lacking
social skills to make and keep friends.
Learn how to help kids develop these skills.

For caregivers of children of all ages.

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Monday, August 26, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

The Motivation Breakthrough


Six basic motivational styles for inspiring the most withdrawn and reluctant child.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Communication Is Crucial

Communication is a vital tool for building strong, parent-child relationships.
Learn a practical approach to productive interactions within families.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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Family Education Workshops for September 2019

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Monday September 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Cyber Safety

Strategies to help you protect your children by
teaching them to be safe and make smart decisions.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Social & Emotional Coaching

 Do you want to learn how to use coaching to encourage
your child’s expression of feelings?

For caregivers of children ages 1-3.

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Thursdays, September 12 & 19, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Teenage Brain

 Explore how the mind develops and learn to harness the power of your
relationship with your adolescent to move your teen toward well-being.

For caregivers of preteens and teens.

You may attend either or both sessions of this 2-part series.

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Fridays, September 13, 20 & 27, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Improving Parent-Child Relationships

Learn how to take calm action to accomplish the challenging job of raising children.

For parents of children ages 3 through the tween years.

You may attend any or all parts of this three-part series.

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Monday, September 16, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

The Single-Parent Family

In a two-parent family today, parenting can be pretty difficult.
In a single parent family, it can be more than twice as tough!
It’s a challenge, but it can be done!

For caregivers of children of all ages.

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Monday, September 23, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Middle Childhood

During middle childhood, children gain body awareness, learn large
amounts of information, and establish relationships with others
outside their families. Explore how children begin to manage their
own behavior in middle childhood and start to find their place in the world.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Praise & Encouragement

Learn the difference between praise and encouragement
and how to effectively give both to your child.

For caregivers of children ages 3-6.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

When the Chips Are Down

Dealing with behavioral problems quickly and effectively and how
preventive action can anticipate many problems before they start.

For caregivers of school-age children.

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