At Family & Childern Services

Current and upcoming workshops:

Learning To Breathe. A Mindfulness Curriculum For Adolescents.

The Bringing Baby Home Workshop

Learning To Breathe

Learning To Breathe.
A Mindfulness Curriculum
For Adolescents.

Being a middle schooler can be stressful, filled with uncertainty and confusion. Friends, school, sports, clubs — together these things may seem overwhelming and can add up to feelings of anxiety and sadness for our children. As parents, we want to help, but we aren’t sure how. Family & Children Services’ Counseling Center in Portage is offering a 6-week class for middle schoolers based on the "Learning To BREATHE" Program. Through simple and engaging activities, "Learning To BREATHE" offers middle schoolers a chance to get to know themselves better so they can start to manage their own stress and develop resilience. Our counselors will support and guide participants with the goals of improving focus, enhancing self-confidence, supporting emotional balance and gaining skills for managing stress.

Rina Battani, LMSW
Deb Faling, LMSW

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks (includes all materials and parent orientation)
Parent Orientation: Date TBD — 6:00 p.m.
Dates: TBD
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1302 West Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49024

To register please call: 269.344.0202

"These skills can help teenagers navigate effectively through a time in life that can be confusing, filled with uncertainties, and exceedingly stressful. These life-skills form the basis for building successful relationships, beginning with oneself."

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR, from forward of Learning to BREATHE

Bringing Baby Home

The Bringing Baby
Home Workshop

Bringing Baby Home (BBH) is a research-based workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by world renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the BBH program is perfect for parents who are interested in having a baby, expecting a baby, or already a parent to an infant or toddler (ages 0-3). The goal of BBH is to equip parents with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with various changes that typically occur during the first three years after a baby is born.

In the BBH workshop, parents will learn how to do the following:

This program will also help parents:

Erin J. Praedel, LPC, LMFT



November 11 and 12

Registration Closed

10 am – 5 pm (lunch on your own)

The Family Center at Family & Children Services
1608 Lake Street
Kalamazoo, MI

$225 per couple
Early registration discount available