G.E.A.R. Parent Network

The G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, is the place where Gaining Empowerment Allows Results. G.E.A.R. is run by parents for parents providing services for parents of children with emotional and behavioral health concerns.

About Us

We are parent-to-parent support. Here is how we can help you.

No parent should suffer alone and in silence when a child is struggling with his or her mental health.

Parenting can be challenging under the best of circumstances. But when a child, teenager, or young adult struggles with emotional, mental or behavioral health problems, parenting can be overwhelming and isolating.

We provide parents and caregivers who are concerned about their children’s mental health with an opportunity to find and support each other in a confidential and safe space.

We provide FREE support to parents and families. Our supports include:

  • 1:1 parent-peer support to parents/caregivers
  • Emotional support and family-centered training
  • Educational workshops and conferences
  • Positive parenting skills education and peer mentoring
  • Social and networking events to reduce isolation, enhance natural supports, and promote resiliency factors
  • Increased awareness of children’s behavioral health needs
  • Advocacy in the Maine’s system of care for comprehensive, coordinated, community-based, trauma-informed and family/youth-driven services.

Download our guide for how we help. 


Special Events

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (April 5th)

A new parent coaching model that can help children regulate 

Parent Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT is the best coaching model available to help parents and children ages 2 to 7 to reintroduce joy to their relationship, calm challenging behaviors, increase child self-esteem, and help the child learn to follow the parents’ directions. There are a number of different parenting classes and approaches. PCIT differs from other parenting programs because it works with parents and their children together. PCIT therapists provide parents with coaching support in the moment in using the PCIT skills.

Parent-Peer Leadership Institute (March 22, 24 & 26th)

The Institute was developed and formatted by families for families with consultation and shared materials from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, their state organizations and chapters.

We believe that meaningful and effective parent/family participation as partners in the support of our children require specific skills that harness and enhance the valuable contribution of the parent/family perspective.

These skills are embodied in the following:

  • Effective parent/family involvement requires a working knowledge of children’s mental health, the needs and experiences of parents and family members, and the issues affecting the system of
  • The presentation of the individuals and organizations expressing the parent/family voice must enhance the credibility, value, and opportunities for meaningful inclusion.
  • To provide effective parent‐to‐parent support in a variety of settings.
  • To develop and sustain an effective local and statewide network of parents and champions of children’s behavioral health needs.
  • To effectively participate in micro and macro level of system ch
  • To provide consistency across the state with regard to parent-peer support providers hiring practices, qualifications, necessary skill sets, job duties, and supervision.

We are now accepting applications for our March 2021 training.

Upcoming Dates: March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of 2021.
Location: Go To Meeting
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break on your own
Cost: $375 
Questions: Contact G.E.A.R. Parent Network Director, Cindy Seekins at 207-441-7216 or cseekins@crisisandcounseling.org

Upcoming Trainings

Administrative Offices

10 Caldwell Road
Augusta, Maine 04330

Crisis and Counseling Centers

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Proud member of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health