Contact

Shelley Danser
678-686-5956
sdanser@skylandtrail.org

It is a support group where people can share stories, and you realize you’re around people who understand. STEP has outstanding speakers and is presented in an intimate environment, where you have an opportunity to learn and ask questions.

– Maryland, parent of a former client

Family Support Group (STEP)

Families play a vital role in the recovery of a loved one, yet taking care of a relative who has a serious mental illness can place considerable strain on the primary care givers and other family members. Recognizing the important role and needs of families, Skyland Trail offers the family Support, Training and Education Program (STEP).

The group provides family members with the knowledge, skills and support needed to cope effectively with the unique challenges associated with caring for someone with a mental illness.

During the first hour, a mental health professional provides education and training to the group. The second hour is a support group in which families discuss what they have learned, dilemmas they confront or feelings they experience.

Watch Video: How STEP Helps Families

“It is a support group where people can share stories, and you realize you’re around people who understand. STEP has outstanding speakers and is presented in an intimate environment, where you have an opportunity to learn and ask questions.” Listen as families describe their experiences with STEP.
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Open to Skyland Trail Families and the Community

STEP is open to any caregiver or family member engaged with an individual with mental illness. You do not have to be affiliated with a Skyland Trail client to participate. Family STEP is free for family members of Skyland Trail clients and alumni. There is a minimal fee for community participants with no current relationship with Skyland Trail.

Participate in Person, by Phone or by Video

Family STEP sessions meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at the Charles B. West Campus. We are pleased to be able to also offer STEP through video and call conference. Please contact STEP Facilitator, Shelley Danser at sdanser@skylandtrail.org or 678-686-5956 for more information about video and call conference.

STEP Calendar

Upcoming STEP Dates & Topics

July 2017

7/4/17
Holiday - No Meeting

7/11/17
Research

7/18/17
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

7/25/17
Hope Homes

On Our Blog: Families Receive Hope from STEP

How the STEP Program Gave Us Hope
"You have gotten him here, and he is safe. Now rest and let Skyland do its work.' That was the kind reassurance we received from other parents and family members on our first night at STEP, when we were exhausted and reeling from the effects of our son's crisis." Read more about the Merritt family's experience with STEP.
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