Children, Teen and Family Program at The Gathering Place is comprehensive and designed to meet the needs of children and teens living with cancer. Family-centered programs provide age-appropriate support and psycho-educational activities provided for the whole family.
Please refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions while a The Gathering Place. Many people undergoing treatment are sensitive to smells and find it makes them feel ill. Thank you.
Support group for parents/caregivers of a child or teen with cancer currently in or post-treatment. This group will provide a safe space to discuss the difficulties of having a child/teen dealing with cancer and its impacts, and to receive support from a community of others facing similar experiences. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS
This interactive and creative group is designed to connect and support the entire family (caregivers, children, and siblings) in coping with the impact of childhood cancer. Families can also connect with each other to know they are not alone in this experience. Meets the second Saturday of every month, 10:00-11:00am. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS
This Family Fun Day is all about expression through art. Studio Go from the Cleveland Museum of Art will lead the activity. For young families impacted by cancer to have fun and socialize.
Just as a group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope, this monthly workshop is for young families to reflect, build community, and learn skills to process grief together. Meets the second Saturday of each month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S
New grief group for parents/partners with school age children who have had a spouse/partner die from cancer. This virtual group is a supportive space for parents/caregivers to process their grief. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S
The year is stretched out by one more day, so let's stretch our bodies! This program will incorporate child-friendly yoga that the whole family can do in the comfort of their own home. Presenter: Jen Nebraska, RYT 200
Drop-in virtual support group for parents/caregivers with cancer and their care-partners. Over the lunch hour, meet with other parents/caregivers who understand what it's like to parent through cancer. Meets virtually on the first Tuesday of the month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S
Come together with other teens (13-17) who get the challenges of dealing with cancer (as patients, cancer in a loved one, or grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer.) Donuts will be provided. Facilitator: Whitney Hadley, MA, MSW, LSW, OSW-C
Connect and build community with teens (13-17) who have been diagnosed with cancer. Meets the second Saturday of every month, 10:00-11:00am. Facilitator: Whitney Hadley, MA, MSW, LSW, OSW-C
Supportive and psychoeducational group for children ages 4-12. Over the course of 5-weeks, participants will use The Little Spot by Diane Alber to learn how to identify, manage, and cope with big emotions relating to their loved one's cancer. Age appropriate activities and supportive discussions will assist participants with the development of new coping skills among peers with shared experiences. Facilitators: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S, Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS, & Whitney Hadley, MA, MSW, LSW, OSW-C