Meetings for Project HUGS as follows:
2nd Tuesday of each month - Stoughton
6:30 - 8:00pm at Lakeview Church
2200 Lincoln Ave. Stoughton
4th SATURDAY MORNING of each month - Madison
10:00-11:30am at Youth Services
1955 Atwood Ave. Madison (2nd floor of the Chase Bank Building)
ENTER the door on WINNEBAGO STREET across from MERMAID CAFÉ.
Parking is available in the lot on Atwood across from Youth Services
Lonna Temple – Parent with a Story and a Mission
Stacey met Lonna in the fall working on a committee, and is so pleased this dedicated parent and community member agreed to speak! Lonna is a passionate parent who has lived with an addicted child, learned ways to cope, and is moving forward to make a difference, helping professionals comprehend the family perspective. Her willingness to share her vast knowledge with others will help improve the system and others’ lives. Lonna’s wonderful nature will make this a great discussion!
Sat, Jan. 26 Madison
Lori Nebel, MS, LPC, Living Well Counseling Services, LLC
Lori is a counselor who believes everyone has the opportunity to live a life that is meaningful ~ full of purpose and contentment. Lori spoke a year ago and found a fan club with Project HUGS parents! Her messages about issue ownership, communication, forgiving oneself and self-care were spot-on. A parent herself with vast counseling experience, Lori is able to empathize, help parents dissect problems, and assist in coming up with beneficial ideas to take home.
Tue, Feb. 12 6:30-8 pm
Kari Montie, MSMFT & Alex Einsman, MSMFT - Atlas Counseling
In working with Alex and Kari, Meri and Stacey can attest to the fact that they both have amazing insight when it comes to teens. They help parents gain compassion and understanding about what may be underneath their child’s behavior while also showing compassion for parents. Alex specializes in treatment of LBGTQ youth and their families while Kari also focuses on treatment of women of all ages around issues of self-worth. The community is very fortunate to have Kari and Alex at Atlas Counseling.
Sat., Feb. 23 Madison
Anne C. Totero, MS, MFT – How Can I Help My Child?
Ann Totero, Psychotherapist at The Family Center & Human Service Clinician at Telurian UCAN Discusses
Mental Health Awareness Topics for Parents - Suicide Risk Prevention and Assessment
This group will focus on giving parents tools on what to look for and how to intervene if one of their children is in danger of harming themselves. Specific tools include warning signs to look for, risk factors, protective factors, and how to find resources if your child is having suicidal thoughts. This group will also touch on self-harm. Anne specializes in crisis intervention, training and working with the community on suicide risk prevention, assessment, and intervention. She treats adults with AODA issues and mental health diagnoses. Anne also treats individual, couples, and families, focusing on children, adolescents, and families.
Tue, Mar 12 6:30-8 pm
Parent Panel - Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, Have….
Parenting may very well be the toughest job ever. How have experienced parents fared? What ideas do they have for other parents? How did they survive?? Join a brave crew with 18+ year olds to hear what has worked, what still mystifies them, how they’ve weathered storms - and what brings them peace.
Sat., Mar 23 Madison
Atala Mitchell, MFA - A Welcome Return!
Atala is a clinical intern in Marriage & Family Therapy who first presented at a wonderful parent group on Dec. 1. She has a background in teaching dance, movement, Pilates, meditation, energy work, healing and centering practices. Her focus, in therapy or in teaching, is supporting people in bringing forth their personal talents, skills and inner strengths. Atala’s warm and encouraging nature readily draws people into relaxation and stress reduction. These techniques invite healthy reflection and can be incorporated into our busy days. Enjoy soothing teas & learn how to find peace and energy in your life. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for relaxation experiences.