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New parent support group to meet biweekly

Krystle Wagner • Nov 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Parents have a place to turn for support.

Beginning tonight, the Parent Support Group: Promoting Positive Youth Development will begin meeting every other week at The Momentum Center for Social Engagement, 714 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. There is no charge to attend the meetings, which will begin at 6 p.m. and are open to anyone who cares for children and teens.

Susan Herrmann, who has 26 years of professional experience as a social worker and a Ph.D., will facilitate the group.

The meetings will cover topics parents want to discuss — drug addiction, internet addiction, video games, peer pressure, bullying, relationships, suicide prevention, depression and other mental health issues.

“Any topic that a parent is concerned about is something that we’re going to talk about,” Herrmann said.

While Herrmann plans to bring resources to the group, they will also use videos and advice from fellow parents. She said groups are valuable because, although one parent’s approach might not work for them, it might work for others.

Herrmann has previously facilitated groups that have involved substance use, couples’ therapy and trauma recovery.

When the opportunity to lead the parents’ group arose, Herrmann, who moved to Michigan about three years ago, wanted to get a read of what’s going right in the community and how they can promote what’s already happening. She said it’s a good way to meet neighbors and take responsibility for fulfilling needs.

Herrmann said she hopes the parents in the group will feel empowered, inspired and motivated to be their best, and learn the importance of self-care.

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