Youth & Family Services Group Offerings
Call 301-809-3033 about group availability and to be put on a waiting list. Other groups are developed as the need arises and there is sufficient interest from the community. All group participants, both within the corporate limits of the City of Bowie, and in the County, are charged fees. Group fees are specific to a particular group.
"Active Parenting" groups for parents are offered in the fall and the spring, with additional groups held based on the need in the community and the availability of staff. This is a popular, educational group for parents with children of different ages, toddlers, 6 to 12 year olds, and teens. The focus is on learning practical parenting skills to develop self-esteem, cooperation and responsibility in children. Parents learn to improve communication with their children and practice new approaches to discipline. The cost is $60 for the series.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) groups are offered in the fall and the spring. This program consists of two simultaneous groups that focus on the "art of survival" when a child has a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity - one group is for parents and a separate group is held for their child. Adults learn about ADHD, new ways to help their child, and how the disorder in a child can affect the whole family. The children's group is a fun, interactive hour and a half that focuses on the improvement of social skills.
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Girls Count! is a program that offers groups for teen and pre-teen girls to assist them in exploring and learning how to nurture their true selves, share ideas about everyday issues, and learn about making important choices and decisions. Each eight-week session focuses on a theme such as self-image, assertiveness, decision-making, peer pressures, etc. This is a fun, interactive, after-school group with snacks provided.
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$60 fee (reduced fee for eligible girls)
Social Skills For Elementary Age Children
Social Skills For Elementary Age Children - Ages 8 -10 is a small interactive group for fourth and fifth graders that will help them navigate the sometimes complex skills required for developing positive relationships.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Happy Moms, Healthy Babies
Happy Moms, Healthy Babies – Teen mothers (age 17-22) and their babies (up to 18 months old) meet weekly to discuss the joys and the difficulties of motherhood. Join other young women in similar situations to share knowledge and provide support.
11 a.m. - Noon
$60 fee *(reduced fee for eligible young moms)
Self-Care for Moms
Self Care for Moms - How do we as women, while caring for others in our roles as mothers, wives and caregivers, stay healthy and balanced? If you are the mother of a child 18 or younger, join us for 6 weeks of special time for you. Sessions will include learning relaxation and coping skills, group discussion, and movement / stretching exercises to help work towards a balance in our own lives.
Transitions - Adjusting to life in a one-parent household regardless of the reason. The group involves two groups, one for the parent, the other for their elementary school aged children. The kids explore stressful life events using games, crafts and discussion, while parents learn about listening and problem-solving techniques.