Support Groups

Our counselors offer many support groups for people of all ages dealing with a variety of life’s challenges. When you feel overwhelmed, just give us a call and make tomorrow a better day.

Family Center & HCBS Parent Support Group*
RSVP required. Contact: (516) 485-5976
Who: For parents of children with an emotional disturbance to come together to socialize, support, and network.
When: Group meets second and fourth Tuesday of each month
Time:  6:30- 8:30 pm
Where: 400 Oak Street, Suite 104, Garden City, NY (drive to back and around building to FCA entrance)
Eligibility: Caregivers of children ages 5- 18 who have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and reside in Nassau County.
* Childcare is provided to children between 5 and 18 years of age.

Family Center & HCBS Spectrum Parent Support Group*
RSVP required. Contact: (516)485-5976
Who: For caregivers of children who have both a Mental Health and an autism spectrum diagnosis
When: Group meets first and third Tuesday of each month
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: 400 Oak Street, Suite 104, Garden City, NY (drive to back and around building to FCA entrance)
Eligibility: Caregivers of children ages 5- 18 who have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Autism Spectrum Diagnosis and reside in Nassau County.
* Childcare is provided to children between 5 and 18 years of age.

Hempstead Prevention/Family Support Team
RSVP required. Contact: (516) 485-4289
What: 8 session workshop in conjunction with the Nassau County District Attorney’s (NCDA) office.
When: Group meets Wednesday nights from 6:00- 7:30 pm
Where: 100 Centre Street, Hempstead, NY
Eligibility: Parents who attend the NCDA Council on Thought and Actions program or our Voc-Ed program.

Hempstead Prevention Services
RSVP required. Contact (516) 486-7200
What: 12-session parenting education support group to educate participants about the negative impact of drug and alcohol abuse and/or addiction on the family.
When: Group meets on Tuesday nights from 6:00 – 7:00 pm or Thursday afternoons from Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: 126 No. Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY
Eligibility: Most participants have or have had addiction to alcohol and/or drugs; many have been referred by Child Protective Services, Department of Social Services or Family Court.

Family Mediation & PINS Diversion Groups:

Creative Reflections
RSVP required. Contact: (516) 741-0604
What: Creative Reflections is a creative arts group offering activities in which art, writing, music and conversation are utilized. Group members work on reflection of their past, decisions, relationships with others and themselves, relaxation tips, coping skills, and future goals.
Who: For teens
When: Tuesdays
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 100 East Old Country Road, Mineola, suite 18

Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)
RSVP required. Contact: (516) 741-0604
What: MRT is an evidence based group that seeks to decrease delinquent behavior by increasing moral reasoning and improving decision making. Its cognitive-behavioral approach combines elements from a variety of psychological traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth. MRT takes the form of group and individual counseling using structured group exercises and prescribed homework assignments.
Who: For teens
When: Wednesdays (ongoing)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: 100 East Old Country Road, Mineola suite 18

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
RSVP required. Contact: (516) 741-0604
What: Strengthening Families is an evidence based program comprised of three skills courses: Parent, Teen, and Family. Dinner is provided. Parent and Teen groups run separately at the same time, and then combine for a Family group. The skills discussed are useful in strengthening family relationships and improving communication. Research indicates that there was a reduced risk for many adverse behaviors in the teens of the families who participated in Strengthening Families.
Who: For Families (parents and teens)
When: Thursdays
Time: 6:00pm- 8:30pm (Dinner provided and served at 6pm)
Where: 100 East Old Country Road, Mineola suite 18

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