Educators' Support Group
For K-12 teachers, paras, aides, specialists, administrators
Fridays, 4:30 to 5:30pm via Zoom
January 15 - March 26, 2021 (no group Feb 19)
This time of pandemic, political uncertainty, and heightened awareness of racial injustice is a profoundly difficult time to be an educator. Guided by the wisdom of Parker Palmer on preventing and recovering from burnout, we're offering a group for people who work in schools to come together and offer mutual aid and support. The group is appropriate for anyone who considers themself an educator of young people, even if (perhaps especially if!) you're taking time off or considering a career change.
The group will come together weekly for 10 weeks to vent and validate, offer and receive support from other people in similar situations, and explore coping, self-soothing and community-care strategies for coping with this overwhelming role.
The group discussion will be grounded in the themes of Parker Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach. Palmer created the Center for Courage and Renewal where folks can explore their inner emotional and spiritual lives as a way to recover from burnout. The book focuses on themes of connecting to fear, meaning, purpose, what learning even is, and community in teaching. Group members who are excited to can read along a chapter (ish) each week and folks who find that idea overwhelming are welcome to skip the reading and join in discussion and reflection on the themes of the book.
Participant minimum 5; maximum 9. Commitment for all 10 sessions.
Led by Miriam Zisook, LCSW
Cost: $30 per group
Quarter-Life Women's Support Group
For female-identifying people ages 23-28
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00pm via Google Meet
Reaching quarter-life comes with an abundance of challenges: adjusting to adulthood, navigating a career, creating and maintaining meaningful friendships and romantic relationships, learning how to care for oneself amidst competing needs, and asking bigger questions about the future. This group is designed to be a long-term process group where members can explore and support each other in navigating these aspects of life. Group topics include, but are not limited to: career, friendships, family relationships, dating and romantic relationships, and independence. As the goal of this group is to build strong relationships and work towards longevity, we ask all members to commit to attend the group for at least 3 months. Participant minimum 5; maximum 8.
Led by Bethany Kregiel, LMHC
Cost: $35 per group
Women's Support Group
For female-identifying people ages 28-33
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00pm via GoToMeeting
This group is a long-term weekly support group that has been running for almost 8 years. It is comprised of a strong group of women who are travelling through the same life stages together and are supporting each other along the way. We discuss relationships, family, career, loss, body image, mental health, and more. Typically members remain in this group for several years, and we ask for an up-front commitment of 3 months. Participant maximum 8.
Led by Vicky Brandt, LMHC
Cost: $35 per group