Support Groups 

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Support Groups

Get help with questions or concerns about your child or loved one's

possible or confirmed use or abuse of substances.

Our support groups are open, free and all are welcome.

 Parent Connection can offer help and guidance to those struggling with issues of substance abuse. For information or referrals, please call (203) 270-1600. Calls are strictly confidential. You will be directed to other agencies and services available, as appropriate.

We offer the following weekly support groups:

Hope & Support Group 

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. The groups are facilitated  by a licensed therapist and provide a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances.  

Fairfield/Milford Hope & Support Group

Mondays 7-9 pm 71 River St. Milford, CT

Meets in person each Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. 

Park behind building and enter through the RED door.

For further information, please contact Dorrie at 203 270-1600.

Watertown Hope & Support Group

Tuesdays  7 - 9 pm beginning on 1/12/21.

This newest group will initially meet virtually on Zoom with the goal of in-person

meetings hosted at Walnut Hill Community Church as soon as it is determined

safe to do so. Please contact Lynn at 203 217-0025 or Janet at 860 685-1326.

 

Zoom Meeting ID: 852 9317 5629  Passcode: 732718

Newtown Hope & Support Group

Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm at 2 Washington Square, Newtown, CT.

Meets in person each Thursday at the offices of the Parent Connection. 

For further information, please contact Dorrie at 203 270-1600

Bereavment Group 

 A compassionate venue for those who have lost a child or loved one due to substance abuse or catastrophic circumstances.

Monthly Bereavement Group

First Wednesday of the month 7-8:30 pm

 2 Washington Square, Newtown, CT

The Bereavement group will meet on Zoom until further notice. In-person meetings will meet in the Lecture Room at Parent Connection as soon as it is determined safe to do so. For further information please contact Dorrie at 203-270-1600 

Zoom Meeting ID: 880 5831 9217  Passcode: 835494

Get help with questions or concerns about your child's or loved one's possible or confirmed use or abuse of substances.

Our support groups are open, free and all are welcome. Donations are always appreciated.

Our Newtown Hope & Support group is being supported by the generosity of Newport Academy.  Newport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents and families struggling with mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. We offer a compassionate, family-systems approach, providing gender-specific, holistic programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Our primary mission is to empower teens and restore families.

Our Watertown Hope & Support group is being supported by the generosity of the

Jonathan Simko Scholarship Foundation. 

Meet the Facilitators

Lynn Tidgwell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lynn Tidgwell  Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for the past 12 years. She was drawn to this profession after being inspired by the many mental health professionals who gave their support throughout her family’s struggle with substance use disorders. It was their compassion, empathy and skill that were a lifeline for her, and she wanted to give the same to others who similarly struggled.

Lynn's core belief is that unconditional love must guide all of our actions with loved ones. This is a transformative process for most of us, and our groups provide a powerful source of encouragement for each of our unique journeys.

Lynn will be facilitating this group in honor of her son Daniel who lost his life to a substance use disorder.

Janet Rooney, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN)

Janet Rooney is a Psychiatric APRN with over 25 years of experience. She has worked in out-patient and in-patient psychiatric facilities doing direct care as well as leadership positions. Janet has taught psychiatric nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently she has a private psychotherapy practice in Wallingford, CT. Janet also co-facilitates a Hope and Support Group in Middlefield, CT. Janet will be co-facilitating this group in honor of her son Luke who lost his life to a substance use disorder.

Linda Jones, LMFT, MS, RD

Linda has been a licensed therapist in the mental health field for over twenty five years, helping clients in their process of healing. As a Nutrition Therapist and more recently, a Marriage and Family Therapist, she has worked with individuals, couples and families to support change, health and recovery. Linda meets clients where they are at, in a supportive and emotionally focused approach with empathy and compassion for growth.

Linda facilitates the monthly bereavement groups at Parent Connection to provide group members support during all stages of loss, in a safe loving space. The group explores thoughts, feelings and monthly topics to examine grief and loss with an extremely loving group that understands. Bereaved parents and family need support to heal, refocus and reclaim a new and different life.  

Linda has had the privilege of facilitating the bereavement group in honor of her son Tyler, who had autism and passed away in 2009.  

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203-270-1600

 

Email 

Info@NewtownParentConnection.org

Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

Meeting Information Here

Bereavement
A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
Meeting Information Here


First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm

 

Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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