Providing Consultation & Direct Service
in the areas of Divorce and
Stepfamily Relationships


 
Divorce Support Groups and Workshops

If you are interested in finding out more about any of the groups or workshops, please see our events page or contact:

Michele Diamond, LICSW
Phone: 508-358-4455
Email: michele@divorcestep.com

Divorce Support Groups

One of the losses commonly associated with divorce is the loss of friends and extended family. Whether or not you wanted the divorce, the transition between living with your spouse to living without him/her, can be a very lonely period. If you're also feeling depressed during this time, reaching out to make new friends, or even contacting old ones, can feel like it takes just too much energy. A divorce support group provides a ready made network of other people who understand what you're going through and want to help.

How Divorce Support Groups Work
Group members contract for 6 weekly 90-minute meetings with an option to re-contract for another 6 weeks. The focus of the groups is on letting go of the past in order to move forward to a happy future. Membership is limited to 6 people so that everyone is assured ample time to participate.

Stepparent Support Groups

You should be happy, right? You've gotten re-married (or perhaps married for the first time to someone with children from a previous relationship) and have a whole new ready-made family. Unfortunately, people are often unprepared for the very predictable problems that arise when combining 2 families. Perhaps you don't feel supported by your new spouse in dealing with your stepchildren or your stepchildren act like they wish you were never born and there are even times when you wish that the stepchildren were never born! These are very normal issues that stepparents encounter. Talking with others in similar situations can be a great relief and provide wonderful strategies for dealing with the everyday stresses of stepfamily life.

How Stepparent Support Groups Work
Members of stepparent support groups meet twice a month for a four month period, a total of eight 90 minute meetings. Members are asked to contract for 4 sessions at a time. Group size is limited to 8 people or 4 couples. Both members of the couple are highly encouraged to attend, however if this is not possible, just one may attend.

Adult Workshops

Workshops are held periodically, usually for approximately 2 hours on a variety of subjects. Workshops are interactive and based on a specific topic such as getting along with your ex, getting along with your new spouse's ex, preparing for an significant life event when divorced, etc. See our events page for information regarding current workshops.

Kids Groups & Kids Workshops

Children often worry and think that their parent's are the only ones who have gotten divorced and/or remarried or they aren't sure how to tell other children about the changes in their family. They may also be reluctant to talk to their parents about it for fear of upsetting them. Fun, activity based groups for children of similar ages serve as a great relief for kids to find out that they're not alone and that their feelings are normal. They are encouraged to talk with their parents about their feelings and are given helpful tools that will make it easier for them to do so.

How Kids Groups & Workshops Work
Children from both divorced (or divorcing) families, as well as stepfamilies, meet together in either workshops or groups. Workshops meet for 2 Saturdays in a row, 2 hours each week for a total of 4 hours. In this short period of time, children that are reasonally well adjusted to the changes in the family learn that they are not alone, are given the opportunity to express a range of feelings about what they are going through and learn some some tools to express these feelings. After children complete the workshop, an appointment is scheduled with the child's parent(s) so that the group leader can be helpful to the parent in addressing any concerns or questions that they have regarding their child's adjustment.

Children's groups follow the popular "Rollercoaster's Program" and meet weekly for 8 weeks , an hour each week, after school. Parents are invited to attend the group with their child during the final meeting. The program utilizes discussions, games, role-plays and artwork to help children cope with feelings of loss, manage anger and improve self-esteem. Regardless of whether the child has reacted strongly or mildly from the changes in the family, they can benefit from this experience. Call to find out more about what's best for your child.

 


 

 

Comments from
Support Group Participants

"…And I guess I wanted to tell all of you that you're not just 5 people I see once a week in a support group…you are 5 of the most caring and supportive friends. I want to thank everyone for your support…"

"Michele-Thank you for leading such a wonderful group. It has been remarkably helpful to me and I greatly appreciate the group and your insights during this extraordinarily difficult time…"

"Michele- Thank you for everything....the money I've spent on the group and the babysitters required to get there is the best money I've ever spent. YOU should be getting $375 an hour, not my lawyer!!!"



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