Deschutes Support Groups

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Deschutes Support Groups

Bend Family Support Group - (Last Thursday)

Organized by
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Oregon
Phone
512-784-4066
Description

Currently meeting online via Zoom.

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

http://namicentraloregon.org/support/

Meeting time
Last Thursday of every month, 5:15pm -6:45pm
Meeting location

Currently meeting online via Zoom.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health: Stan Owen Conference Room
2577 NE Courtney Drive
Bend, OR 97701

Contact info

Contact Catherine Steffano at catherine@steffano.org or 512-784-4066

(Updated 05/2022)

Bend Family Support Group - Central Oregon Collective

Organized by
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Oregon
Phone
541-480-1960
Description

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

http://namicentraloregon.org/support/

Meeting time
3rd Tues of every month, 5:15PM - 6:45PM
Meeting location

We are currently only offering online meetings. We are hoping to get back to in person very soon.

Central Oregon Collective

62070 SE 27th Street
Bend, OR 97701
Location Map

Contact info

Eileen White at whitefambend@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/namicentraloregon


(Updated 5/2022)

Redmond Family Support Group

Organized by
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Oregon
Phone
541-480-1960
Description

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

http://namicentraloregon.org/support/

Meeting time
1st Saturday of each month, 10:00am - 11:30am
Meeting location

Redmond Chamber of Commerce
446 SW 7th Street
Redmond, OR 97756
Location Map

Contact info

Linda Jackson-Shaw at longjourneyhome40@gmail.com

Paul's Club

Organized by
Central Oregon Disability Support Network (CODSN)
Description

Dads and male caregivers are a very important part of the “family unit” who need time out too! We have designed this time for meeting other dads and male caregivers, learning, and sharing resources that will help to strengthen your families and the bonds with your children who experience diverse abilities. Food is provided.

No childcare provided or available.

https://www.codsn.org/support-groups.html

Meeting time
Meets the first Thursday of each month, 6pm - 7:30pm
Meeting location

Abby's Pizza
1115 NE 3rd Street
Bend, OR 97701
Location Map

Contact info

Scott Smallwood at smsmallwood@gmail.com

Additional Questions? Contact Callie@codsn.org or call 541-548-8559

(Updated 08/2021)

Parent Group

Organized by
Central Oregon Disability Support Network (CODSN)
Phone
541-548-8559
Description

*Currently offering virtual Parent Group

Join us to connect and share as parents raising young children with disabilities.

Register to Receive the Zoom Link - https://www.codsn.org/support-groups.html
Meeting time
Second Monday of every month from 7:00-8:00 pm
Meeting location

*During this time of social distancing we have changed a bit about how we are doing things! ALL in person events and support groups have been cancelled and we are expanding our virtual offerings.

Contact info

Contact Callie with questions at callie@codsn.org or 503-806-4564

(Updated 08/2021)

KEEP

Organized by
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon (FRC)
Description

KEEP is a FREE support group for certified resource and kinship parents with active placements ages 3+. It’s designed to enhance skills while supporting each family on their individual journey. It’s 16 weeks; we meet once a week, and groups are 90 minutes.

KEEP curriculum is evidence based with a trauma informed lens. Our facilitators bring in weekly lessons focusing on things like looking at challenging behaviors, introducing new skills, balancing encouragers and setting limits, promoting peer and school success, and managing stress.

Although psychoeducation is a big component, KEEP strives to provide very warm and non-judgmental space where local resource and kinship parents can have frank conversations, share personal experiences, exchange resources, and find ways to stay connected beyond 16 weeks that we are directly involved with them.

Our groups are small and intimate. A typical group is between 6-7 families with two facilitators. KEEP offers other great benefits. Earn up to 24 educational credits towards your recertification hours. Additionally, earn $25 per session, that is up to $400 that is available per family per group.

We look forward to connect with each family and get them started with their KEEP Support Group!


Meeting time
Evenings
Meeting location

Currently, all groups are remote using ZOOM as our online platform. Days and time are picked by participating families. Most request falling on weekdays and evenings.

Groups are offered year around on 16 week cycle. To learn more information, please fill out our self-interest form at https://www.keepfostering.org/pdx-foster-kin-paren...

Contact info

Teresa Mendoza 541-460-7505 teresam@frconline.org

Mayra Benitez 541-668-6150


(updated 05/2022)

Mom's Night Out

Organized by
Central Oregon Disability Support Network
Phone
503-806-4564
Description

These are no-host events where everyone pays for their own orders. All state and local guidelines will be observed during these groups.


Meeting time
Varies
Meeting location

Varies - contact CODSN for more details

More dates, times and locations to be determined

Contact info

Questions? Contact Callie at callie@codsn.org or 503-806-4564

(Updated 08/2021)