Support Groups

The Elizabeth Stone House provides several support groups for individuals who are dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, parenting issues, domestic violence, financial struggles and homelessness. Child care is provided for all groups. New participants are always welcome. Please call Ruth Rollins at 617-409-5413, or for groups in Spanish, please call Yuri Pimentel at 617-409-5420 to schedule an intake appointment.

Domestic Violence Support Group 101
The Domestic Violence Support Group 101 is designed to help participants understand the domestic violence they have witnessed or experienced and find ways out of violent situations. The Domestic Violence Support Group combines the sharing of personal stories with instruction on learning to build and utilize a peer support network.                     Topics include:
Nurturing 2016• the definition of domestic violence
• warning signs
• myths, statistics and facts about domestic violence
• how domestic violence affects children
• safety planning
• self-esteem
• healthy relationships
• peer support

Domestic Violence Support Group 102
The Domestic Violence Support Group 102 is designed for ongoing participants who have or had abusive partners, family members, and other intimate relationships. The group uses many of the topics from 101 and continues with more in-depth learning. The group is an intimate setting that allows survivors to speak more in depth on their personal experiences, educates how to apply it in their daily lives and break the cycle of past and future abuse. All participants must complete one 10 week session of Domestic Violence Support Group 101 before attending.

Junta de Mujeres
El grupo de apoyo para la violencia doméstica está diseñada para ayudar a los participantes a entender la violencia doméstica que han presenciado o experimentado, y encontrar maneras de salir de situaciones de violencia. El grupo de apoyo para la violencia doméstica combina el intercambio de historias personales con la instrucción en el aprendizaje para crear y utilizar una red de apoyo entre pares.
Los temas incluyen:
• la definición de la violencia doméstica
• señales de advertencia
• mitos, estadísticas y hechos sobre la violencia doméstica
• cómo la violencia doméstica afecta a los niños
• planificación de la seguridad
• auto-estima
• relaciones saludables
• apoyo entre pares

Relapse Prevention
Relapse Prevention helps participants recognize the symptoms associated with drug and alcohol addiction and relapse. Participants are also educated on the medical effects of a variety of drugs. A 12-step recovery program, as well as peer support, is encouraged for participants in this group. While the Relapse Prevention group is an open group, it is recommended that newly recovering participants attend for at least six months.

Trauma Support
Trauma Support is designed to help participants understand how trauma affects their lives. The 10-week curriculum will give insight into coping skills that may have developed during times of crisis and how they can be transformed to help participants lead a healthier lifestyle.

Self-Esteem Group
The Self-Esteem Group meets for 8 weeks and helps participants build skills around self-confidence, self-improvement and responsible relationships. Some of the topics covered are maintaining good health practices, setting priorities, and communicating effectively.

Nurturing Group
Nurturing Group is a 10-week, curriculum-based course focusing on developing healthy parent-child relationships, family roles, and communication. Facilitators lead the weekly classes and emphasize the importance of self-care for parents. The curriculum is designed to support participants that have experienced domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness. Parents do not need to have current custody of their children to participate.

Parents’ Support Group
The weekly Parents’ Support Group focuses on parenting techniques and understanding child development. The group provides parents with a supportive venue in which to discuss their challenges and concerns, enhancing their parenting skills and sharing their progress, accomplishments and victories.

Parenting Classes
The Elizabeth Stone House partners with Families First to offer parenting classes. Recent topics included Limit Setting and Positive Discipline, Parenting Your Teenage Child, Parenting for Families with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Parenting in Public: Parenting While Living in Shelter. Classes run from 4-8 weeks.

Anger Management 
The Anger Management group is designed to help participants change problematic expression of anger. Anger Management is a 9-week, curriculum-based program addressing the following topics: What Anger Is, What Anger Looks Like, Anger and Parenting, Why We Choose Anger, the Origins of Anger, Suggestions for Dealing with Anger, Effective Communication, Anger and Addiction, Anger and Boundary Development and Self-Care. The group provides participants with the tools to express their feelings in an appropriate and productive manner, enhancing their ability to foster and sustain healthy relationships, stable home environments and positive work situations.

Money Smart
Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Financial education fosters financial stability for individuals, families, and entire communities. The more people know about credit and banking services, the more likely they are to increase savings, buy homes, and improve their financial health and well-being.
This group can be held at your program site at no cost to you and is also available in Spanish.

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