Groups & Workshops
Let’s build bridges – not walls.
Adoption-competent therapists, Brenda Vaccaro, PsyD and Edye Swidler, LMFT, lead 5-weeks of intensive psychoeducation and support around the experience of parenting adopted children/teens, tackling the impact of adoptee trauma, loss, and developmental challenges on parents/families, building emotional confidence, strengthening a less reactive, therapeutic parenting approach, restoring hope, and launching realistic self-care.
DBT Skills Group
Facilitator Jasminka Rainey, ASW (80212) has specialized training and experience in DBT, particularly for individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Since DBT is exclusively a skills training program, we’re able to accommodate both teens and adults. We strongly encourage at least one parent/caregiver to regularly attend group with teens.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage intense and/or painful emotions, solve problems more effectively, and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas:
- Mindfulness focuses on improving the ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
- Distress Tolerance is geared toward increasing tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it.
- Emotion Regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness consists of techniques that improve communication with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Lupe Rodriguez, LCSW and Elisa Louizos, LCSW, will provide you with the most powerful tools to support your mental health and wellness: simple movement (e.g., walking, yoga, etc.), nature, and evidenced-based psychotherapy. Sidewalk Support can help you cope with stress and depression, improve your mood, reduce tension and anxiety, enhance brain plasticity, increase self-regulation, and heighten feelings of well-being. It also can strengthen the mind-body connection and increase your energy.
Sidewalk Support is likely to be the right fit if you…
- want therapy but feel intimidated by face-to-face sessions;
- tend to clear your mind or do your best brainstorming when you’re exercising;
- are efficiency-minded and want to get in “steps” along with some self-development.
Look Inside Yourself
Here’s how this creative process can help participants build a better life:
– Identify hopes and desires, then select images that represent them.
– Create a loud & clear visual message.
– Capture what’s meaningful in pictures and written words.
– Preparing for action mentally engages our bodies in that direction.
– Consistency is the key.
– Seeing a vision board everyday stimulates action.
– Train the mind, body, and spirit to fulfill dreams and goals!
Participants can prepare for the workshop by reflecting on values, relationships (or desire for one), health and wellness, career goals, leisure time, what they want to learn or how they want to grow.
ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Youth Grief Support Group
Our Elk Grove community partner, Together We Heal Community, has invited Spark Center to collaborate along with Affinity Community Counseling to provide FREE support to teens who are grieving following the loss of a loved one. We’re eager to lend the expertise of our team member, Elisa Louizos, LCSW, who will be co-facilitating this group with colleague, Crystal Jones. This group promises to fill up fast, so please reserve your spot today by calling (916) 837-6150.
Live Your Best Life
Dr. Takla’s workshop for teen girls will focus on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as supporting your teen’s self-development in the areas of distress and frustration tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and learning how to adapt more effectively to life’s ups and downs. Screening interviews will be required in order to determine needs and appropriateness for participation.
Retrain Your Brain
This workshop, led by life coach and behavior analyst, Marlene Rose, was developed to help you leave behind the thinking patterns that negatively affect your mood and behavior, interfere with positive outcomes in relationships, contribute to conflict and misunderstanding, undermine confidence, and dampen creativity and authenticity.
Walk A Mile in My Shoes
A discussion group facilitated by Community Outreach Coordinator, Travis Nelson, MS and developed for African American men who would like to explore their struggles and successes and learn how to cope and respond more skillfully to stressors related to work, (co)parenting, relationships, & racial trauma.
Adoptees-Only Support Group
Spark Center is proud to host PACER’s drop-in, peer-facilitated support group—led by adoptee Jim Dunn—which offers a safe and confidential community where individuals living with an adoption experience can come together to share, be heard, and learn from one another.
Adoption Triad Support Group
Spark Center is proud to host PACER’s drop-in, peer-facilitated support group—led by adoptee Jim Dunn and first/birth mother, Linda Orozco—which offers a safe and confidential community where individuals living with an adoption experience (including first/birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families) can come together to share, be heard, and learn from one another.