Parent Catalyst Leadership Group

PCLG NEWS  February 2020

Hennepin County Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) is hosting a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Caregivers. This two-day training includes peer support and a safe environment with the focus on YOU. We will explore ways of focusing on your wellness as a caregiver and share challenges and coping strategies. Participants will be able to identify helpful resources and return home with a toolkit to guide them through tough moments.

  • February 8 & 9, 2020
  • 9am-4pm 
  • Kaposia Hennepin Services,
  • 8100 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55426

 Reserve a place now – enrollment is limited!

Please note: Lunch is provided. No childcare is available.  REGISTER HERE.  


PCLG Parent Support Group – Join us!

  • Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm
  • Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Road

This parent-led support group offers a safe place where you can share the ups and downs of parenting a child with mental health concerns.

You can also join our private support group on Facebook:




  • FEBRUARY 15              11:00am-5:00pm

NAMI Minnesota is hosting a day- long event at the Mall of America. Families can learn how to have healthy minds and bodies with free activities from mental health organizations from across Minnesota, and lots of games and activities for children and teens.

Performances like Fidgety Fairy Tales and classes covering mental health include suicide prevention, anxiety, and basic mental health awareness will be held at the Parkview Meeting & Event Center, located in Nickelodeon Universe:



SPARC – Schools, Parents, and Resources Connecting

Medications 101: How They Work and When to Consult

Dr. Stein of Prairiecare will present information on medications. Please note: you do not need to live in District 622 in order to attend. For any questions or for information about childcare, please contact Marilyn Galloway – 952-913-7288

  • North St. Paul, Wed, Feb 3, 6:30-8:00pm
  • District Education Center (DEC), 2520 E. 12th Ave.

NAMI: Suicide Prevention – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide.  Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.  This is a one-hour class for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention.  Register here.

  • St. Paul, Wed, Feb 5, 12:00-1:00pm
  • NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave W, Suite 400


PACER: Mental Health, Special Education, and 504 Plans

Children or teens who have anxiety, depression, ADHD, or who have experienced trauma, often have challenges in school.  When their mental health needs affect learning, parents and others may struggle to know how to help.  This workshop will provide tips and strategies on supporting children and teens with mental health needs in the school setting.

  • Maple Grove, Feb 6, Thurs, 6:30-8:30pm


PACER: What Inclusion Means for My Child

Parents of children ages 3 to 5 will receive an introduction to Least Restrictive Environment and the principles of inclusion.  They will hear a panel of parents discuss their experiences with preschool inclusion.  Livestream available.

  • Bloomington, Feb 11, Tues, 6:30-8:30pm
  • PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd


NAMI: Hope for Recovery

Obtain information about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, communications skills, crisis management, suicide prevention and ways to help a loved one and improve communication, the mental health system and local resources.  This is a 6-hour class for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness. Lunch is not provided.

  • St. Paul, Saturday, Feb 15, 9:00am-3:00pm Register here
  • NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Avenue West, Suite 400
  • Excelsior, Saturday, Feb 29, 9:00am-3:00pm Register here
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St


PACER: Housing – Starting the Journey

Help your son or daughter get started with their vision for community living, housing, and services.  An overview of housing and service options will be provided in this first of a three-workshop series.

  • Bloomington, Feb 18, Tues, 4:30-6:30pm
  • PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd


Parenting with a Purpose

The St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative partners with PrairieCare to provide monthly group meetings on different mental health topics, along with resource sharing and support. This month’s topic is  “Vaping.”

  • St. Louis Park, Feb 27, Thurs, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd.


PACER: The ABCs of the IEP – Making It Work for Your Child

This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child.  We will use a PACER booklet to understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.  Parents will gain knowledge about how to participate effectively in the annual IEP meeting.  To participate in the workshop, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.

  • Bloomington, Feb 27, Thurs, 6:30-8:30pm
  • PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd


PACER: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate?

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs.  To participate in the workshop, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.

  • Bloomington, Feb 29, Wed, 9:30-11:30am
  • PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd


Hennepin County Consumer Information Sessions         January-April 2020 Schedule

Want to learn about Family Support Grants, Financial and Medical Programs for Children, Consumer Support Grants, Guardianship, Transition Services or more?  Check out this booklet from Hennepin County.




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