Kid's Turn (San Francisco, CA)
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Re: Great Co-Parenting Therapist Needed
I'm sure other people will recommend them as well, but Kids
Turn (kidsturn.org) offers co-parenting classes. You might
have to wait a couple of months for one that fits your
schedule, but I found the classes to be really helpful. Just
being in the same room with other divorced parents was
really useful, and Kids Turn gives some good tips and tricks
about how to make things go more smoothly. Kids go to
classes too -- one of my daughters found the class useful,
but the other one didn't get much out of it.
Re: Divorce & Children's Issues
A friend in social work was generous enough to pass on the following
regarding _counseling for a 4yo_:
"... tell her that she should sign herself and her
child up for Kid's Turn, which does psychoeducational groups for divorced
and separating families (415-437-0700). She can also call Kaiser to find
out what her mental health benefits are and then ask her pediatrician for
referrals to a Kaiser therapist that works with kids. If that doesn't
work then she can call WestCoast Children's Center (527-7249) and if they
can't see them they can refer out.
Hope this is helpful. (1998)
Sounds like you are asking about a group called "Kid's Turn". I have
been a workshop leader for them. It is a six-week workshop, meeting
once a week, either on Saturdays during the day, or a weekday evening.
Because of vacation schedules, they usually don't conduct workshops
during the summer, but you should call them to check on that. Ideally,
both of the parents attend, but it is a requirement that at least one
attends. For each workshop, there are two parents' groups, so that
former spouses are not in the same group. They work on parenting and
communication skills for divorced/separated parents. Kids' groups are
divided by age: 5-7, 8-10, and 10-14. (A support group for teens was
being discussed, but I'm not sure whether that got off the ground or
not). The kids' workshops focus on communication skills and peer
support. The entire workshop is focused on
kids, and is not a group therapy opportunity for
the parents. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on income. The Oakland
sessions are at the Presbyterian Church on College Ave , near Dreyers.
There are workshops in Alameda, SF, Marin, and Walnut Creek, as well. I
don't know what the full price is exactly, but would guess around $200
or so per family. 835-8445 is the East Bay # for the organization.
Their main office is in SF.(I don't have that # handy). They don't make
millions off of anyone. Good luck.
I participated in a program for families going through
separation/divorce called Kids Turn. It is excellent.
I believe it is based in San Francisco and has workshops
throughout the Bay Area. I don't have a current phone #.
I don't know the names of good books for you and your kids re:divorce,
but I do know of a good workshop for you and your kids to attend: A
Kids Turn 510.835.8445. This is a terrific resource for families during
a difficult transition. Good luck. jhelwig
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