Martha’s Vineyard Community Services provides a variety of groups for the community. Groups can be psychotherapeutic, psycho-educational or supportive. For more information on meeting times or any particular groups please call the contact person identified next to the group description or call 508-693-7900.
Novel CONNECTions is a non-traditional support group put on by CONNECT to end violence. for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The group reads and discusses works of literature with themes surrounding domestic and sexual violence, boundaries, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics while promoting healthy relationships, empowerment and self-care. The group focuses on themes related to healthy relationships and self-empowerment. For more information or intake contact Haven Huck at 774-549-9667 x102
Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Group is a support group for caregivers and provides a forum for caregivers to meet and connect with others in similar circumstances. Group support and discussions include topics such as wellness, meditation, challenges and joys of caregiving, reducing stress and increasing knowledge on caregiving issues and needs. The Caregivers support group is partially funded by a Title III Grant from Elder Services of Cape Cod.
The group meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30AM in the Island Wide Youth Collaborative conference room. For more information and confirmation of time and place please contact Lyndsay Famariss at ext. 210.
Driver Alcohol Education Groups
The Driver Alcohol Education Program is for first and second offenders who come to MVCS mandated by the Court.
- Drug and Alcohol Education (DAE) Group for first DUI offenders: The DAE is a curriculum based series of classes that are psycho-educational in nature and cover topics relating to substance use and driving. Topics include substance use, abuse and impact, health issues and communicable disease, dual diagnosis issues, violence prevention, interpersonal/relationship skills, life skills, conflict resolution, anger management and communication skills. Individuals are primarily referred from the court after a first DUI offense. x241
- Second Offender Aftercare (SOA): The SOA is a psychotherapeutic group for individuals who have been convicted of a second DUI. The group meets weekly and discussion topics includes substance use and abuse, impact of substance dependency, achieving and maintaining sobriety, and developing alternative coping methods. Individuals are referred by the Court. For more information, call 508-693-7900 x241.
Parents Apart is designed to assist parents in understanding the impact of divorce on children and provides parents with skills & tools to help their children adjust positively to the changes. To register and for more information on the group, call 508-693-7900 x225.
A mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. The group meets weekly on Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Vineyard House – Hazel Teagan room. For more information, call 508-693-7900 x411.
Transgender & Gender Non-Binary Support Group
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers a support group for youth and adults of all ages who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or any other of the multitude of identities on the transgender spectrum. The group meets Thursdays from 5-6:30 pm at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative (on the campus of MVCS). Call 508-693-7900 x274 for more information.
Readjustment Counseling for War Veterans: Island Counseling Center offers focused individual and group services to returning war veterans. A support group meets weekly to discuss the challenges of reintegrating after the war experience. Please contact Tom Bennett for more information and group times at 508-693-7900 ext. 211.
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For additional support groups offered in the community, visit www.firststopmv.org