Join us this Sunday for a workshop on Crisis Prevention and Management

Join us this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. for our workshop: Crisis Prevention and Management for the Holidays (and year round). The workshop will be held at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). Ellen Berman, MD and Amanda Falivene-Rocco, LPC, CPRP will give advice for coping with the stresses of the holidays and for preventing and managing crises. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop plans, using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans), both for people with mental illness and for family members. Ellen Berman is a family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine (U Penn) and Amanda Falivene-Rocco is Director of an outpatient day program at a community mental health center in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact us at 267-251-6240 or  There is no need to register in advance.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle or high school child who is challenged with mental health symptoms. The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others. The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and will be held at Wayne Presbytarian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at or call 610-574-3319.

Feature of the Week: Problem-solving as a Wellness Tool

Problem-solving promotes wellness for individuals with mental illness and their family members. People who cope effectively with problems tend to work on one problem at a time, learn from mistakes, abandon what does not work, and stay open to suggestions from others.  For more info, see

Upcoming Events

Main Line Rehab Special Needs Workshop will be on Thursday, October 26, from 5-7 p.m. at Comfort Suites (700 Uwchlan Ave. in Exton, PA).  This workshop will provide an overview of financial & estate planning for families that have dependents with special needs. Presenters will address critical areas of concern, such as navigating and maximizing government benefits through an overview of programs such as SSI/SSDI, Waivers & Social Security. The workshop will also address important estate planning considerations such as Wills, Special Needs Trusts, and the differences between Guardianship and Powers of Attorney. Finally, it will make attendees aware of how special needs financial planning is different than traditional financial planning. Strategies will be presented to address funding of special needs trusts, tax planning considerations, and ensuring quality of life and lifetime care are maintained for loved ones. The goal is to make sure attendees learn the importance of integrating all the necessary pieces into one cohesive plan, so the vision they have for their child’s life can become a reality, whether they are here or not.  For more information, please contact Pat Bergmaier at or 215-317-4143.

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