Family Peer Support Specialist Training in August

Pennsylvania will offer the Family Peer Support Specialist training for primary caregivers who are interested in becoming a Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS). A Family Peer Support Specialist is a person who is or has been the primary caregiver of an individual which includes children, youth or young adults experiencing emotional, behavioral or co-occurring challenges who inspires hope in family/caregivers.  This is a 5-day comprehensive training (August 26-30) using the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) Parent Peer Support Provider Practice Model. This Practice Model provides a framework for the essential functions of a Family Peer Support Specialist, offering core competency training and practicing of skills across the 6 phases of family peer support: Connect, Discover, Support, Empower, Prepare and Take Care. Click here for more info.

Support Group Meeting Next Week

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6:15-7:45 p.m. until school resumes in September. The next meeting is this Wednesday, July 24. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at 610-574-3319 or

Annual Summer Party and Potluck

Please join us for our annual party and potluck on Sunday, August 4, from 4-6 p.m. (at a Merion location – address provided upon registration), where you can meet others who may share similar experiences as well as Board members and officers of our affiliate. If you are unable to bring anything to share, that is okay, but we ask that you RSVP for the party by August 2 so that we can make sure to have enough food. Click here to register and let us know what you will bring.

Other Upcoming Local Events

1847 Financial and Connect Plus Therapy are sponsoring a workshop called Special Needs Planning for your Loved One with a Disability: Government Benefits, Estate Planning and Funding Strategies on Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Fun & Function Showroom (737 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth, PA 19072).

The Montgomery County Office of Mental Health is sponsoring a Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Thursday, August 15, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the SE Regional Mental Health Services Coordination Office (537 Foundry Road, Norristown, PA 19403). Click here for more information and to register.

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