Willows support groups provide parent-to-parent support for families with teens and young adults in residential or treatment programs. Working with industry educators, we offer information and resources to parents who have sent their teens to therapeutic programs. Willows provides a safe and confidential setting, and hosts meetings in Oakland, and Los Altos, California. We also promote ongoing education and awareness to help parents prepare for the process of transition and aftercare once their teens and young adults graduate and return to their homes and communities.

Willows meetings support the family system model and are structured to address the concerns of the entire family. Information about educational consultants, advocates, therapists, and programs are discussed, to provide parents with the information they need to begin their own research.

Our core mission is to provide:
• Support to parents to assist them in keeping their teens and young adults safe.
• Aftercare support to sustain a healthy recovery during the transition process, when teens and young adults return to their homes and communities.

We want to make a positive difference in the lives of parents with teens and young adults in high-risk situations. By offering hope, guidance, and resources to parents, our goal is to help parents look at what they can do to begin the process of change for the whole family.

If you have never attended a Willows support group before and would like to attend, please register by contacting Jan Rao at 650.868.1988, jrao@willowsinthewind.com.

Support Group Ground Rules
Confidentiality – Those who come to the meeting, names that are mentioned in the meeting, and stories that are shared in the meeting, stay in the meeting.
Sharing – Everyone is on their own journey and all ideas are welcome.
Active listening – Please listen with an open heart.
Respect – No interrupting or side conversations.
Be open minded – Don’t take anything personally or make assumptions, and be open to different points of view than your own.
Tolerance – Acknowledge that we each have unique experiences and someone else’s journey may not be the same as our own.
Patience – We are each in different stages of the process, so what may be relevant for you may not be relevant for others and vice versa.

Group Flow
Introductions – Round circle format.
Round circle discussion – Topics of interest chosen by meeting participants.
Wrap-up – 15 minutes before the close of each meetings so that parents can visit with each other and network.

Upcoming Support Groups
Los Altos Hills, CA (1:00-3:30 PM)
January 10, 2016
February 21, 2016
March 13, 2016
April 10, 2016
May 15, 2016
June 5, 2015
July 10, 2016

Oakland, CA (1:00-3:30 PM)
January 16, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 19, 2016
April 16, 2016
May 21, 2016
June 18, 2016
July 16, 2016