MHANJ in Union County – Intensive Family Support Services Family Support Group

The Mental Health Association in Union County’s Intensive Family Support Services program offers Support Groups for family members who have a loved one who is an adult with mental illness. All of the groups are free of charge and require no advanced registration. For additional information call Joyce Benz, LCSW, or Parantap Pandya, MA, at (908) 810-1001.  All of our groups meet on the second floor at our office at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206, Union, NJ 07083. The groups begin at 7:30pm. The office is accessible by elevator.

Schedule for Next Three Sessions

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   

Topic: Involving Families in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Summit Oaks

Presenter:  Anna Arbolino, LSW

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017  

Topic: Coping Group

 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Topic: Stretched Not Broken:   A Caregiver’s Toolbox For Reducing and Managing Stress

America’s #1 Stressologist

Presenter:  Carol Rickard, LCSW

 

 

 

NJCR’s Education and Support Group Schedule for Family Members of People with Substance Use Disorders

The entire family is affected when addiction is present. People coping with substance use disorders need intervention and services. Loved ones who care for them may be scared or confused and often don’t know where to go for support and guidance. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is offering free Support and Education Groups that can help. Each group is facilitated by a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Family Peer Specialist who is familiar with the effects of addiction on the family as well as the New Jersey system of care. These sessions provide a safe, non-judgmental environment offering proven, helpful strategies, about addressing addiction and recovery. Participants may also benefit from guidance and group support.

Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MHANJ in Union County, 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ. R.S.V.P. is requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Pam Taylor at ptaylor@mhanj.org or 855-652-3737. See below for dates and topics.

February – March 2017 Schedule

February 14, 2017 – What is Self-Care?

Explore how to remain in control of your life and well-being in the midst of an addiction crisis. Learn how to take care of your loved one without losing yourself.
 
February 16, 2017 – Overcoming Stress and Anxiety
Got stress? Learn the hidden dangers, as well as tips and techniques, to help you navigate through stressful and anxious life moments as you deal with the exhausting presence of substance use.
February 21, 2017 – Post Traumatic Growth

What is Post Traumatic Growth? This topic will demonstrate how pain can lead to gain, wholeness and the start of the healing process.

February 23, 2017 – Self-Love/Silence Self Criticism 

Discover ways to embrace self-love as you take on the needs of others and how to silence your inner critic.
February 28, 2017 – Coping with Hopelessness

Learn ways to find light and hope in the battle of addiction. Gain strategies to get through life’s hard times even when we think we can’t.

March 2, 2017 – Fear and Worry

Living with addiction is tough. Learn tips and strategies to minimize crippling fear and worry, and to help get back up when life knock

 

“Too Much Stuff” Support Groups In Atlantic and Union Counties

The Mental Health Association invites those who may be experiencing clutter challenges to join our drop in support group.  This is a safe space for individuals who have an emotional attachment to things to learn and share.

Union County:  This ongoing support group meets every other Tuesday at 1 p.m. beginning January 10, 2017 (January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7) at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206-208, Union, NJ at the Mental Health Association in Union County. For more information call 732-226-7443.

Atlantic County:  The Atlantic County group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 1pm at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suite 8-Galloway, NJ.  For further information, contact Carolyn Quinn at 609-652-3800, ext. 303

 

 

Consumer Connections Accepting CORE Training Applications for Spring Session in Burlington County
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Consumer Connections program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Spring CORE Training to be held in Burlington County.
Consumer Connections and the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services will prioritize 2017 training efforts toward individuals who are already working in peer positions in Division funded programs and have not pursued the CORE training or credentialing as a Certified Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP). This focus on our existing peer workforce means that there will be limited spaces available in 2017 CORE sessions for individuals not currently working in peer positions.  We encourage those individuals to apply as early as possible, to increase their chances of being selected for training.
The 2017 application process will include the completion of an online training application and the submission of a referral form (self-referral or employer referral).  Application packets are only considered complete once both documents are received by Consumer Connections. The application process and required paperwork for Consumer Connections has changed in 2017.  Prior versions of the application or other forms will NOT be accepted in 2017.
Applicants will be contacted by a Consumer Connections representative to confirm receipt of documents within 1 week of submission. If selected to participate in the CORE training, students will be required to attend 22 specified days of training in the spring.
For those without computer access, information can also be obtained by contacting either Chrissy Schayer, Director, 908-810-1001 extension 316, or emailing Consumerconnections@mhanj.org.
All inquiries must be received by February 10, 2017.

Click here to apply for CORE training in Burlington County.

Questions? Need more Information?
Please feel free to contact us for more information by emailing Consumerconnections@mhanj.org or calling Chrissy Schayer, CPRP,
Director of Consumer Connections at (908) 810-1001, extension 316.
2017 Winter Union County Wellness Program and Support Groups
More than Just a Support Group:
2017 Winter/Spring Union County Wellness Program and Support Group Sessions for
Peers and the Community
 
Are you interested in improving your wellness and your outlook on life? The Peer Outreach Support  Team program of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), in Union County, is pleased to  offer a variety of mental health and wellness sessions to help nurture and improve the emotional  well-being of our community. Sessions will be led by outside guest instructors and trained staff members.
Peer Outreach Support Teams provide peer-to-peer support based on each peer sharing lived experience  with his/her behavioral health and recovery. The following groups will be held during this Fall and Winter.  There is no cost to participate; registration is not  required. Each session is scheduled for a Tuesday* evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the MHANJ in Union County’s location,  2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083, unless otherwise indicated below. For more information, please call 908-810-1001, ext. 318 for Nell Dixon or ext. 319 for Jeff Demuth.
*Please note that our regular meeting night has changed from Wednesday to Tuesday.
February 7 – CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGIES
 
February 21 – MEDDLING FAMILY & FRIENDS…HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM?
 
March 7 – TRAPPED IN MY OWN SHAME 
 
March 21 – THE STRUGGLES OF TRUSTING OTHERS
 
April 4 – REBUILDING STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS
 
April 18 – IT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I EVER HAD TO MAKE
 
May 2 – MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE WAS…BUT NOW IT IS…
 
May 16 – MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
 
May 30 ­- 10 STRENGTHS I KNOW I HAVE THAT OTHERS DON’T ALWAYS SEE 
Location of Groups:
Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Union County
2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083


For More Information:

908-810-1001, Ext. 318 (Nell) or 319 (Jeff)

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Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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