Classes & Support Groups

Classes & Support Groups

Now that you have read about children’s mental health on our site, the next most important step you can take besides seeking professional help is to join a class and/or a support group. It will give you more in-depth information, get your own questions answered, and meet with other people who have similar experience and will understand you, and people who can provide referral suggestions and valuable tips. Below are the classes you can find in Bexar County. Many of these organizations offer financial aid so don’t let the cost be a barrier. Note: these groups are educational in nature and not treatment service. For providers and treatment, please click here.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. In the NAMI Basics program you'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care.  Please visit their website to see all their availabilities.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a class to help adults recognize mental and behavioral health issues in children and teens, and to find ways to help them. It is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. CEUs are available for teachers. This is a full-day course, from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM, with lunch and break snacks provided. These classes are held on a regular basis. If you are interested in future classes please visit their website.

Clarity Child Guidance Center is pleased to announce a new session of parenting courses called Nurturing Parenting. The courses are offered in collaboration with Brighton Center. This is a 10-week series of a free parent training program focused on giving parents better insight into children and their style of parenting, so that parents may become the best they can be. Classes are designed around: - Discipline styles  - Effective communication  - How to deal with feelings Nurturing Parenting will provide participants with resources, skills and techniques to use at home when interacting with children. The courses will also teach parents to understand their role better and assist in appropriate handling of daily issues and problems, as well as help parents understand why problems arise. These free parenting classes also include free child care while parents attend the workshop, and dinner is provided. 

FOR MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER: (210) 826-4492 and ask for Ariel Valle.

Real teens talking about real issues. The Clarity CGC Teen Group is open to teenage boys and girls. It is facilitated by a doctor of psychology and allows adolescents to discuss topics relating to life, school, friends, and other issues, including mental health, in a safe environment.

WHAT: Teen Group 

WHEN:  Every Monday, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., beginning January 15, 2018 

WHERE: Clarity Child Guidance Center (Outpatient Services Facility) 8535 Tom Slick Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229 

COST: $25 per session (may be covered benefit under your insurance plan) 

FOR MORE INFO: 210.616.0300

Operation Parent Strong is in-home 6-week parenting classes for military families. This free program is open to all military parents interested in enriching and understanding their parenting style. 

Learn to: 

  • Build strong, healthy relationships
  • Provide positive change for problem behaviors
  • Prepare for school achievement 
  • Reduce family stress

Open to all service-connected parents with children 0-17 years.

To register contact (210)431-6466 ext928 or

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a free online Parenting Course for military families.

The course:

  • Helps parents deal with everyday problems and family issues that are unique to the military lifestyle
  • Features Stories from Veterans and Military families with interactive activities and practical parenting tips
  • Strengthens parenting skills and helps them reconnect with their children

For more information click, Parenting Course

The Parent Support Network of San Antonio Military, created by The Youth Mental Health Project, is a free, confidential parent support group for military and veteran caregivers with children (ages 0-24) who struggle with their mental or emotional health. 

  • Monthly meetings are in-person, confidential and free.
  • A child does NOT need to have a diagnosis.
  • Meetings are led by a trained Facilitator who is a parent or caregiver with personal experience raising a child with a mental health condition.
  • Parents work together to share experiences and resources.
  • Childcare is NOT provided.

To sign up, click the links below OR email

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