Summer Support Group - Parent Lunch Bunch
Step outside the office and enjoy your lunch with other adoptive parents!
Do you worry that you have the only child in the world who glues the dog’s tail to the floor and dials 911 on your phone when you take a 2-minute pee by yourself?
Does your teenager act like you have bubonic plague if you slightly brush against them in the kitchen? You are not alone on your journey as an adoptive parent!!
Hop on Zoom for an hour and connect with other Maryland parents who really get it.
There are no power point slides or lecturing in this group – it’s a totally
open hour for parents to share and connect. The group facilitator, an experienced family therapist, creates a safe and open space for caregivers to feel truly heard and seen. We encourage folks in this group to make connections with others in
their area offline and in person. How great would it be to find someone with a family like yours to have a coffee or play date with?
Come all six weeks or drop in when you can!
WHEN: 12:00PM - 1:00 PM(EST), runs weekly for 6 sessions - 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20.
WHERE: A Zoom link for the support group sessions will be sent once your registration is approved.
ABOUT THE FACILIATOR:
Heather Sowers, LCSW-C, Board Certified Telehealth Professional Level
I serves clients throughout Maryland via telehealth. Heather Sowers,
LCSW-C has spent the last 30+ years dedicated to improving the lives
of children, youth and families. She began her professional journey in
a residential treatment center working with pre-teens who were wards
of the state in the early 1990s. She witnessed firsthand how painful it
is for children to be separated from their families and how inhumane
policies of the facility itself further traumatized children and staff. This
experience sparked in her a desire to better understand adverse
childhood experiences and how to best help families impacted by
From the Florida swamps to the Montana wilderness, Heather has
worked with diverse clients in non-traditional and experiential settings
such as gardens, farms, camps and outdoor schools. Because of her
extensive training in Adventure Based Counseling, she brings a high
level of innovation and creativity into the therapy setting and conveys
a sense of positive presence that is tangible – even over Zoom! She’s
learned from extensive in-home work that families engage more easily
with therapists who dare to be goofy and think outside-of-the-box.
Heather especially loves facilitating dynamic, interactive group
experiences for kids and teens who may feel less than thrilled about
Heather is thankful for the training she received in Ecosystemic
Structural Family Therapy while working as a therapist for the state
funded Family Based Mental Health Services program in Pennsylvania,
providing intensive in-home family therapy aimed at preventing out of
home placements. Most recently, Heather served as a school-based
therapist in rural northern Harford County, MD where over 30% of her
caseload was comprised of informal kinship care families – children
living with grandparents or other relatives.
Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Montana at Missoula and a Master’s degree in Social Work from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.