Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals


Family Center events, Family Center Fundraisers, even Community Events are listed in our comprehensive calendar of events.

September 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Everyday Mental Health: What You Need to Know 2nd session

Parents, students and community members are encouraged to attend and hear the vulnerable, inspiring, personal story of former U-M football player and national mental health advocate, Will Heininger, as he shares his journey with depression and anxiety. The evening will include Will’s story and a Q&A session. Presented in partnership with Kevin’s Song and CARE of Southeastern Michigan.

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September 26, 2018, 5:30 pm

Mental Health First Aid Training: For Adults Working/Interacting with Youth 2nd session

This eight-hour training (two four-hour sessions) is intended for adults who are working or interacting with youth, to detect and respond to mental health issues. The session includes a five-step action plan demonstrating how to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. Presented in partnership with Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc. Participants earn a three-year certification.


October 1, 2018, 9:00 am Until April 29, 2019

Play Central

A drop-in setting for parents, grandparents and caregivers to play with their children while socializing in an indoor play setting. Play Central follows the Grosse Pointe Public School System calendar so holidays and snow days will be observed. $5 per family per visit

Get a free visit coupon at Play Central Flyer 2018-19


October 2, 2018, 9:30 am

Meet & Greet for Professionals

Connect, exchange business cards and brochures with other community professionals working with youth, adults and families (educators, therapists, physicians, attorneys, dentists, clergy, etc.)

Presented in partnership with The War Memorial and the Grosse Pointe News. 
Welcome Sponsor: A.H. Peters Funeral Home.
Special offer for attendees: 50% off for new Grosse Pointe News advertisers from October 2 through November 1. New subscriber special: $35 (21% discount).


October 4, 2018, 6:30 pm Until November 1, 2018

Early Childhood Parenting Class

EC Triumphant Fall 2018


October 9, 2018, 7:00 pm

Empty Nest: A Bittersweet Transition

Many of us put so much into the raising of our children that once they are launched it can leave an awful hole in our lives. But this transition is also a beautiful thing that allows our children to spread their wings in the way we’ve prepared them to do. It also gives us a new freedom we haven’t had for many years – but now with the wisdom of our maturity to enjoy it more richly. Join us for a presentation that will explore the complexity of this transition.

Featuring Mary Petersen, LMSW, ACSW, Private Practice Psychotherapist


October 15, 2018, 6:30 pm Until November 19, 2018

Active Parenting Teens

A 6-week series includes communication and discipline skills as well as new emphasis on the hot topics of School Success, teen bullying, and Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs. Class closed after 2nd night. Book provided Active Parenting Teens. Those parents who receive a Certificate of Completion at the last session will also receive a $10 Target gift card.

Register online:  or call 586-541-2273
Registration deadline: 10/22/18

$5 per family **scholarships available if needed


October 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

The College Preparation Process for Parents and Students

Pick One Class in Each Session
Session A
Know How to Go for 9th and 10th grades (Room 1) Introducing students and parents to the college exploration process including academic and non-academic components.

Using Online College Resources for 11th and 12th grades (Room 2) Demonstrating a variety of college research resources appropriate for upperclassmen. Attendees are invited to bring their own device and interact with sites. 

Session B
Know How to Go for 11th and 12th grades (Room 1)
Examining the elements of college application know-how and familiarity with financial aid. 

Using Online College Resources for 9th and 10th grades (Room 2) Demonstrating a variety of college research resources appropriate for freshmen and sophomores. Attendees are invited to bring their own devices and interact with sites. 

Featuring Grosse Pointe Public School System presenters Beth Walsh-Sahutske, MA, LPC and Milissa Pierce, MA, LPC


October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm

Vaping: What We Know, What We Don’t, and Teenage Use

Learn what is an e-cigarette, what are the potential dangers and how can we talk to our youth about it. This is a rising trend among middle and high schoolers and having an understanding about this risky behavior can help you plan for the necessary conversations. FREE

Featuring Ascension physician, Sean Cassleman, D.O. Presented in partnership with Ascension St. John Hospital and the Grosse Pointe Academy.


October 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way. FREE

Featuring Lauren Cetnar, Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Association and SOC (Services for Older Citizens). 


November 14, 2018, 7:00 pm

Socially Challenged: Acquiring Skills Necessary for Everyday Interactions

Social skill deficits accompany many diagnoses, including: anxiety, ADHD, ASD, and speech-language impairments. The understanding and use of pragmatic language skills are essential for success across all contexts. We will explore ways to provide support and learning opportunities for children, tweens, teens and young adults who find social interaction challenging. FREE

Featuring Amy McIntyre and Michelle Harr with SPARC Speech & Language Therapy Services, and Kristy Schena, Founder of Kids On The Go. Presented in partnership with SPARC Speech & Language Therapy Services and Kids On The Go


November 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Security Awareness for the Savvy International Traveler 

Geared for tourists who’d like to be more aware of international security issues. This program will highlight safest places in airports, hotels, etc., whom to contact if you’re in trouble, keeping your mind alert and aware of which sites you should approach with caution, country-specific issues, and resources travelers can use to educate themselves prior to travel.  FREE

Featuring Aimee Fluitt, former FBI employee and counterintelligence contractor/trainer for NASA.