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HRS Community Support Forum: Parenting High School Juniors and Seniors: 6pm Weds starting 5/20

When: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm beginning 5/20/2020

Time Frame: 1 hour / 4 weeks

Modality: Online video conference

Registration: Carly Inkpen, LICSW: cinkpen@hrshelps.org

Facilitators: Steve Rose, Ph.D. and Carly Inkpen, LICSW 


COVID-19 is creating new parenting challenges. It can be hard to know how to best support your teens as their school, college, and social plans are disrupted in unprecedented ways. 


Families are grieving the loss of important milestones and rites of passage. Children may be withdrawn, angry, anxious, frustrated, or difficult to connect with. Your teen may feel that their emerging sense of independence is being taken away. The uncertainty of the situation makes it especially difficult to make big decisions about the future. 


This HRS Community Support Forum offers the opportunity for parents to discuss these issues, share ideas, and support one another. The 4-week group is facilitated by a psychologist and a social worker and will meet weekly for one hour. You can drop in for one meeting or attend all four – whatever works for you. 

We will explore a range of topics and strategize together about how to address group members’ challenges. Possible topics include: 

• Finding creative ways to celebrate milestones 

• Grief and the concept of ambiguous loss 

• Giving teens space vs. pushing them to connect 

• The importance of validating your child's feelings of frustration, sadness, and disappointment 

• How to support your teen in maintaining safe social connections 

• Should I be worried about my child? 

• Other subjects that feel relevant to the group 


This support group is primarily aimed at parents of high school juniors and seniors who are experiencing disruptions in their graduation and college plans. However, if your child is slightly older or younger and you’re interested in this group, feel free to email us and we can discuss whether the group could be a good fit for you. 




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