Parents Meeting The Challenge

Parents Meeting the Challenge (PMC) is an 8 session educational program that provides parents and primary caregivers the opportunity to learn, share and connect with others who face similar challenges in caring for children/adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. This program provides tools, strategies and information to help parents and caregivers meet the challenges of parenting/taking care of a child with emotional and behavioral disorders, to navigate the system and advocate for their child’s mental health needs. See course dates and register online below.

Volunteer parents, who bring both knowledge and personal experience, have been trained and certified by NAMI NH to teach Parents Meeting the Challenge. Participants receive a copy of the Guidebook for Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disorders and a Participant's Manual that includes science-based information and current publications on children/adolescent emotional and behavioral disorders.

“It provided me with HOPE and new ways to meet my child’s needs.”

The curriculum will cover:

  • Facing mental illness in the family
  • Brain biology
  • Common childhood emotional disorders
  • Developmental stages
  • Managing family stressors and identifying service needs
  • Crisis planning
  • Negotiating the child serving systems
  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Self care
  • Special education

2014 Spring Class Schedule

If a program is not listed in or near your city/town, please complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. Classes are scheduled based on expressed interest in a city/town. Applicants will be contacted to confirm receipt of their registration or to notify an applicant  of a program being offered in or closest to your city/town .

If you have completed the PMC Education Program and are interested in how you can “pay forward” what you learned, please consider signing up for the PMC Teacher Training that will be happening in the winter of 2014.

Inclement Weather: In case of inclement weather call 1.800.242.6264, ext. 313 after 7:00 a.m. on the day of the class for cancellations.

Location: Allenstown, NH
When: Mon., March.  31, 2014 through Mon., June 2, 2014
Time:  6:00 to 8:30 pm
Childcare:  To arrange childcare contact  Vicki Therrien, at or call 470-5499.   The childcare is provided by IMPACT, Grace Capital Church Youth Group.
Register online or by calling Debbie Davidson (603) 225.5359 ext. 314
Location:  Laconia, NH
When: Thurs., March 27, 2014 through Thurs., May 29, 2014
Time:  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Note:  No class will be held on Mon., April 4 and Mon., April 24, 2014
Childcare: 5 slots will be available  To arrange childcare contact Erika Lea.  Please register early as there are only  5 slots available for childcare.  The childcare is provided by the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.
Register online or by calling Heidi Cantin at (603) 225.5359 ext. 310
Location:  Nashua
When:  Thurs., March 27, 2014 through Thurs., May 29, 2014
Time:    6:00 to 8:30 pm
Note:  No class will be held on Thurs., April 24 and Thurs., May 1, 2014
Register online or by calling Heidi Cantin at (603) 225.5359 ext. 310
(Note: Registration for any of the programs  remains open until the completion of the 3rd class.)
Special thanks to the Allenstown School District, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire and Nashua School District for their support of the PMC program.  The Laconia program is financed under an Agreement with the State of NH, DHHS, Division of Behavioral Health, with funds provided in part or in whole by the State of NH and/or United States Department of Health and Human Services. The Allenstown and Nashua programs are funded through the SAMHSA Transformation Grant-FAST Forward Grant.

Have questions? Contact Debbie Davidson or Heidi Matthews Cantin to learn more.

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