The Elephant in the Living Room

Alcoholism/Chemical Addiction as a Family Secret.  An opportunity to learn the characteristics and stages of alcoholism/drug addiction in families with emphasis on limit-setting, safe disclosure, and self-healing.


  • RESOURCES: A Ghost in the Closet by Dale Mitchell and Treating Chemically Dependent; Families by John Edwards.
  • Length: Four 2-hour sessions
  • Size limit: 20
  • Facilitators: Marie Welsh Carter, MA, Chrissie Martin, MA

Moving Into New Roles in the Family

  • Graduation/College
  • Marriage
  • Children
  • Finding Peace after Divorce
  • Parenting Parents

Aging in Place?

  • Housing for elderly
  • Assisted Living/Nursing Home Care
  • Rebuilding Community


When to Refer for Treatment

  • Symptoms
  •  Evaluations
  • Temporary or Permanent Stressors


Breaking the Bonds of Family Alcoholism

The Research and the Reality.  A look at what current research tells us about treatment for chemical dependency and the treatment implications.

  • Length: 2 hours
  • Size Limit:  30
  • Facilitators: Marie Welsh Carter, MA, Chrissie Martin, MA

Parenting Successful Students

Making yourself a partner in your child’s education by clarifying expectations of school and student and teaming with teachers and staff to accomplish goals of your child.  Learn negotiating skills to create at win-win situation for all.

Resource: School- Smart Parenting and Seven Strategies for Developing Capable Students by Mike Brock.

  • Length: 2 hours
  • Size Limit: unlimited
  • Facilitators: Marie Welsh Carter, Ed Loeber

Parenting Solo

It’s Done All the Time!

Strengthen strategies for discipline and consistency in parenting when you have to go it alone.  Build some connections and ways to seek out support to lighten the load and make it fun!
Resource: How to Influence Children by Charles E. Schaefer and Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott.

  • Length: 2 hours
  • Size Limit: 16
  • Facilitators: Marie Welsh Carter, M.A.

Support Group for Clergy Spouses

A clergy wife herself, Marie offers a confidential and safe setting to integrate the satisfactions and disappointments/losses involved in partnering for life with ministers.

  • Assistance and support with discerning one’s own priorities, self realization, and call in relation to partner and community.
  • Length: 12 weeks (2 hours each)
  • Size Limit: 8
  • Facilitator: Marie Welsh Carter, MA