Community Counseling and Family Resources

  • Early Childhood Partners

    Lisa Cheney of Early Childhood Partners provides free screenings for children ages birth to five whose parents have developmental concerns and questions.  Call Lisa at 978-468-5489 to schedule a 10 minute parent-completed developmental an/or social-emotional screening.

    Family Resource Center

    The Family Resource Center at North Shore Medical Center offers a behavioral health library, conferences and workshops, support groups, and educational series for parents and children.  Most programs are free or available for a nominal fee.  For more information on start dates, schedules, and registration, contact Ivette Thomson, Program Coordinator at or 978-354-2670.  Parents can also visit the Family Resource Center on the 4th floor of the North Shore Medical Center on Highland Avenue in Salem or via the web site at

    Current family education and support programs include:

    ADHD Parent Support Group: Parents support and guide each other through the challenges of parenting children with behavioral, social, and educational issues. This is a four week series scheduled in the spring and fall.

    Bipolar Parent Support Group:  Parents share strategies, resources, and support with other parents who have a child or adolescent with bipolar disorder.  Meets first Wednesday of the month from 12-1:30pm in the Family Resource Center.

    Depression Group for Teens:  Three part series meets Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm.  Registration required.

    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group:  Meets the first and third Monday of the month from 11am-12noon in the Family Resource Center.

    Mindfulness Groups for Children and Teens: Group for children ages 8-10 meets for eight Thursdays at the NSMC Medical Library.  A group for 14-17 year old high school students is offered as well.  Call the Family Resource Center for more information.

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:  A three part educational series for OCD sufferers of all ages and their families.  Meets Thursday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

    Parents Helping Parents:  Parent to parent support group meets Tuesdays from 10:30am-12noon in the Family Resource Center.  Call 1-800-882-1250 or the Family Resource Center for more information.

    Sibling Support Program:  Recreational peer support program for siblings with a brother or sister with any developmental, medical, or behavioral health disorder.  Groups are available for 8-12 year olds.  Meets at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers.

    Massachusetts 2-1-1

    Massachusetts 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that connects parents and families with community resources when a child under the age of 18 is experiencing issues with mental health or substance abuse.

    Massachusetts 211

    Children’s Friend and Family Services

    Children’s Friend and Family Services is a community mental health agency serving the North Shore that offers counseling, in-home therapies, and family supports.

    Childrens Friend and Family Services

    Lahey Behavioral Health

    Lahey Behavioral Health, a community agency serving Beverly and Cape Ann, has provided the following information for parents seeking mental health supports for children and adolescents.

A Sampling of Services for Youth and Families