CHH Spring 2012 Programs
St. Paul’s Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary since launching in September, 2010. How far we have traveled over the course of a little more than a year! CHH brings you a great spring line-up of programs including:
- Counseling Services
- Spiritual Growth
- Parenting and Child Development
- Tween and Teen Wellness
- Health and Well Being
- Enrichment and Education
Registration is open for all of these - you can register online or you can register by sending an email to
. Read more below for a description of Fall Offerings.
Description of CHH Fall Offerings
Individual, Couples or Family Counseling
CHH counselors offer therapeutic sessions to those in need. Schedule an appointment with Sara Concini, Meg Donald, the Rev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold, Melissa Huemmer, Lydia Kaus, Rob Womack.
Individual Spiritual Direction
Seeking spiritual guidance? A session with The Rev. Nancy Titus, RN, can help. Nancy offers a holistic - mind, body, and spirit - perspective to spiritual direction.
Communication with God: Approaches to Prayer
This class, led by spiritual director Rev. Nancy Titus, RN, will explore prayer practices such as listening, writing letters to God, breath prayer and prayer of the heart. Whether you are new to prayer or a seasoned veteran, this class is for you!
Parenting and Child Development
Recognize, Reduce and Respond: The Cycle of Parenting a Stressed-Out Child
Does your child complain about being tired and overwhelmed? Is he wired or wound up? Is she withdrawn? It might be stress. Come learn more about identifying, recognizing and managing childhood stress. Elizabeth Worley will present a two- hour collaborative workshop for parents, who will leave with concrete, realistic strategies to support their children when dealing with the inevitable stressors of life.
Worry Wart or Wallflower: Strategies for Helping Your Cautious, Anxious or Shy Child
Having a shy child can be challenging. As parents, we fluctuate between protecting and pushing. In this two-hour workshop, parents will learn how to reframe their child’s behaviors in order to better support their social and emotional needs. In this workshop conducted by Edla Prevette, parents will receive practical strategies to help their children be more successful in social settings.
Parenting Alone or With a Village?
Are you a single parent? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you wish you had support? This class is for you! We will discuss delegating family responsibilities, taking care of yourself, creating support systems and more. This group will be a stepping stone for a support group if there is an interest. You are encouraged to bring your own concerns or questions as this group will be an open discussion forum. Meg Donald, CHH intern and single parent for 21 years, will be facilitating the group.
Homework Buddies and Skills Club
Does your child need help with a particular subject? Does he/she need motivation to complete homework? From math and science to reading and social studies, we can help by matching your child with a tutor that fits his/her needs and/or by providing a positive environment for peer studying. This program consists of two separate aspects that you can participate in: one, supervised homework sessions with fellow students, and two, tutoring in a specific area. Pre-registration and assessment required for tutoring. Weekly commitment encouraged for tutoring.
- Date: Wednesdays, April 11-May 16
- Time: 6-7:30 pm
- Location: Parish Hall/Library
- Cost: Free
- Register here
Tween and Teen Wellness
Blurry Boundaries with Teens: Do's and Don'ts for Parents
Presented by returning instructor Dr. Kristen Wynns, of Wynns Family Psychology, this discussion will focus on:
- The dangers of being BFFs with your teen
- How to be close but not too close with your teen
- Tools for having appropriate boundaries and limits with teens
- The impact of social media on teens and how involved parents should be with Facebook, texting, etc.
- Ways to enhance your teen’s self esteem and sense of self
Princesses and Drama Queens: Helping Tween and Teen Girls Navigate Their Social Lives
Girl World—a place of high drama and emotional lows! Mean girls, cliques, bullies, targets, bystanders...why can’t girls just get along? Join Tammy Finch, PhD, for a fast-paced, informative and practical tour of your daughter’s friendships. We will examine how girls make and keep friends, the power of friendship groups and BFFs and take a close look at the phenomena of relational aggression. We will consider when and how you can intervene to help your daughter navigate stormy relationships. We’ll cover how you can coach your daughter to stand up for herself and others and how to set limits and boundaries with her friends.
The Birds and Bees in Cyberworld: Teen Sexuality Education in Today's Sexualized Culture
Today’s teens and tweens live in a hyper-sexualized culture: television, movies, internet. They must safely navigate sexualized messages, images and misinformation. This workshop will help you understand the pressures your t(w)een faces and how you can help. We will explore t(w)een culture related to the use of pornography, examine t(w)een misperceptions about sexuality, suggest crucial topics to discuss with your t(w)een, explore skills your t(w)een needs to keep safe and, most importantly, offer real-life, practical strategies for successful communication between you and your t(w)een. Join us for an eye-opening, intelligent examination of adolescent sexuality.
Middle School Madness: Skills, Tips and Techniques for Surviving and Thriving in Middle School
Camp for Students Entering Middle School
This week-long, half-day camp, led by Melissa Huemmer, LCSW, will provide students with the skills and knowledge s/he needs to get off to a great start in middle school. This camp is open to any student entering middle school and features the following topics:
Students attending this camp will take home a binder full of helpful techniques and tips, as well as the book Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are by Anne Fox, M.Ed.
- Academics 101: Organization, Study Skills and Time Management Basics
- Who’s Popular, Who’s Not: Navigating Middle School Friendships
- Chill: Stress Management for Serious Students
- Being YourSELF: Handling Peer Pressure, Resolving Conflicts and Making Decisions
- Relationship Savvy: Dealing with Teachers, Parents and the Opposite Sex
Middle School Survival: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Parenting Tweens
Information Session for Parents of Students Entering Middle School
As part of the Middle School Madness camp, Melissa Huemmer, LCSW, is presenting this complimentary parent education session. It will be an information-packed, fast- paced tour of parenting an adolescent, including must-have skills and strategies for helping your child navigate the middle school years.
Health and Well Being
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) "Emotional Regulation"
Dr. Sally Harbold is offering the teachings of DBT in segments that will continue year round. You can participate in an offering at any time. Emotion Regulation helps us to feel free to “have our emotions and not let them have us!” This class will review practical and easy steps toward acceptance of all our feelings as well as self care in emotional times (without judgment or confusion). Life is emotional! Learn to live well with your emotions. Meg Donald is co-facilitating.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) "Distress Tolerance"
We have come full circle on the DBT skills of Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. Now, in July, we go back to Distress Tolerance, remembering how that skill first came known to us and now how it works in light of the other skills we have learned. This is both a beginning point for DBT, a second round of learning for the continued integration and practice of leading a mindful and effective life as we deal with daily stressors, the emotions we carry, the relationships that challenge us and the practice of mindfulness. Join us if you are new or are already on the journey.
Better Than Wine: Simple Practices for Cultivating Emotional Balance and a Peaceful Heart
Stressed? Exhausted? Angry? As women in a “be perfect” culture, we often focus our lives on meeting the needs of others while we shortchange our own personal development and well being. During this one-day retreat for women only, Tammy Finch, PhD, will introduce you to simple practices that cultivate emotional balance and a peaceful heart. Through gentle movement, breathing and meditation practices plus sharing of research on creating happiness, you will come away with a set of simple, sustainable practices that will help you feel more relaxed, centered and empowered. Retreat fee includes the book Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Science of Happiness, Love and Wisdom take home audio recordings of practices. All body mobility levels welcome! No previous yoga, movement or meditation experience needed. Please dress in layers in comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, pillow and yoga mat or two, if possible.
Hatha Yoga Class: Increasing Your Awareness
This class is designed to increase your awareness about your body and its connection to your mind and your surrounding environment. Not only will you become aware of the physical strength in your body but you will also learn where and how you carry your stress and how to best alleviate that stress. We will explore a variety of postures, breathing techniques and meditations in a supportive and fun environment. At times we will flow between poses and focus on holding them to learn proper technique and allow time to connect with the body. This is a great class for beginners, but it will also be challenging enough for the seasoned practitioner.
Enrichment and Education
MOMS-Ministry of Mothers Sharing
Ready to take time for yourself? Consider joining Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) for our seven-week course. It’s an opportunity for women to explore topics such as friendship, stress, self esteem and spirituality while they face the challenges of raising a family.
MOMS TNT (Teens and Tweens)
Whether you’ve already enjoyed the original MOMS course or are a first timer, this group is geared toward mothers of tweens and teens; it takes the familiar elements of MOMS while also addressing issues with parenting adolescents and maintaining spiritual integrity.
Financial Session #1: Financial Actions To Take After the Great Recession
Keith Prevost, financial planner, will provide an overview of events that led to the market decline of 2008/2009. The session will include how individuals and families can prepare for and recognize future events, plus general strategies that are useful in a stable market.
Financial Session #2: Planning for a Confident Retirement
Keith Prevost, financial planner, will focus on financial aspects individuals should prepare for as they approach retirement. Whether you have one year or fifteen until retirement, this course will outline the necessary steps to make it a more successful transition.
Lydia Kaus, LPC, LCAS, will discuss the myths and facts about addiction, helping participants to gain a clearer understanding of the progression of behavior. Information about warning signs for various types of addictions will be provided, as well as information about identifying high-risk populations and the various resources available for treatment.
Grief Support Groups
The loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult events an individual will face. You may eventually find comfort in sharing with others who are also experiencing the same feeling of loss. Groups address such issues as anger, guilt, processing the pain, commemorating loved ones and identity loss/redefining oneself—among many others. Time is provided for sharing and discussion among group members.
Groups are formed on an as needed basis