In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, FRIENDS will be going virtual. Learn more

Virtual Parent Groups

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In our efforts to stay connected in this time of social distancing, Friends is really excited to begin offering Virtual Parent Groups. This is a space to keep us connected, share ideas and concerns, and to reinforce the understanding that we are all in this together.

Details: Each session will be limited to the first 12 people to register. You will know that you got a ‘spot’ when you receive a registration confirmation email with the Zoom info. If you do not receive this within 24 hours, assume you are on the ‘waitlist.’ We will work to add more parent groups if there is interest! We appreciate your patience in advance while we navigate this new virtual platform (and technology!).

Please register at least one day in advance. Once registered, please email the facilitator directly with topics you may be interested in discussing. Their email addresses may be found in their biographies below.

User tips: We will be using Zoom. If you are new to this program, please visit Zoom’s FAQ for tech questions (this seems to work best on the Google Chrome browser). To ‘join’ the meeting, simply click the URL listed in your confirmation email at the start of your parent group.

Upcoming Parent Groups

5/16/20 11:30am ET
Virtual Parent Group with Jason Cassell
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Jason Cassell, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist who has been in practice since 1999. He is board certified in clinical social work, and has advanced training in psychoanalysis, trauma, and mindfulness. He is in private practice in New York City where he treats men, women, adolescents, and couples, including many patients who stutter. He helps his clients process and work through their feelings of shame, fear, and pain. In the past he has conducted workshops for speech therapists on counseling techniques at FRIENDS, the National Stuttering Association, the American Institute for Stuttering, and New York University. His wife Kristel is a person who stutters and he has been a part of the stuttering community for the last 10 years. Email Jason

5/18/20 7:30pm ET
Virtual Parent Group with Lee Caggiano
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Lee Caggiano, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F is the Director of Stuttering Therapy and Resources of Northern Colorado and treats children, adolescents and adults who stutter. Lee is the mother of a son who stutters and is co-founder and Director of FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter. She is committed to providing a high level of parent education and training and has developed and coordinated workshops for children who stutter, families and professionals for the past several years. She has presented at local and national conferences regarding the needs of young people who stutter and their families. Lee serves as a consultant to many school districts as well as teaching the graduate level fluency courses at New York University, Queens College, and Long Island University-Post. Email Lee

5/30/20 12:30pm ET
Virtual Parent Group with Tricia Zebrowski
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Tricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa, and a speech-language pathologist specializing in stuttering. Her clinical, research and teaching expertise is stuttering intervention, with a special focus on teenagers who stutter. For over 20 years, Tricia directed UISpeaks for Teens, a residential therapy program for teens who stutter. Her most recent work attempts to uncover the ways of thinking that facilitate teenagers’ decisions about their stuttering. Email Tricia

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