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Blues Program for Teenagers

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6 sessions, 1.5 hours per session


The Blues Program is designed for teenagers, teaching skills that strengthen your power to push back against anxiety, stress, and depression.  Learn how your thoughts, feelings and actions interact to take control of your moods.  Join other teens in an online educational group and make positive changes in your life.

A permission form and assessment form will need completed in order to make sure this program is a good fit for your needs.  Please contact if you have any questions.


Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • High School Girls (including incoming 9th graders) - May 26 - June 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays
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Cooperative Parenting & Divorce

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Divorce is a reality for millions of families.   

Co-parenting is an intentional commitment to put the children first.

Join other co-parents in this free skill building program as you navigate the challenges of co-parenting.  Learn about tools that are proven to help parents:

  • Shield your children from parental conflict
  • Disengage from the former relationship
  • Manage anger
  • Establish a cooperative, long-term relationship with each other as co-parents
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Negotiate agreements in a business-like manner
  • Increase co-parenting respect
Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • August 4 - September 22, 2021; Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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Girls Circle

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6-8 sessions, 1.5-2 hours per session

Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls in middle school and high school, teaching skills that are designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence.  When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to express themselves more fully.  It also helps them critically think through their behavior and choices, raises awareness of their options and strengthens their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents. The Girls Circle aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships.

Incredible Years (formerly known as Family Nurturing)

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 (Approved program of the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency)

13 sessions, 1.5 hours each session
A free comprehensive program designed to support parents and their children (birth to 12 years old). Using the evidence-based Incredible Years Parenting Program, this 13-week program supports attachment and parent-child interaction, encourages positive parenting, and increases parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic development.

Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • July 6 - September 28, 2021; Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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Incredible Years Autism and Language Delays Program

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11 sessions

This 11-session program is geared to parents of young children (aged 2-9) on the Autism spectrum or with language delays in order to promote children’s emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Child-directed narrated play promotes positive relationships
  • Pre-academic and persistence coaching promotes language development and school readiness
  • Social coaching promotes friendship skills
  • Emotion coaching promotes emotional literacy
  • Pretend play promotes empathy and social skills
  • Promoting children’s self-regulation skills
  • Using praise and rewards to motivate children
  • Limit setting and behavior management
Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,

Parenting Wisely

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(A court-approved alternative adjudication program in Lancaster County)

1 session, followed by at-home online course completion.

Parenting Wisely, evidence-based curriculum, provides parents and youth (ages 9/10 and over) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build stronger parent/child relationships and to promote regular school attendance. This program is a highly interactive family education online program. Participants will be instructed how to use the online program by a COBYS Family Life Educator. The program may be completed at home or anywhere internet access is available. Computer access and educator assistance are available as needed. There is also a Parenting Wisely Young Child program available for parents of elementary-age children (ages 4-8). This program receives funding by the PA Department of Health through the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency.  The Parenting Wisely program is free for Lancaster County residents and referrals.  Residents of other counties may be charged a $25 fee. 

Read about one family’s experience with the Parenting Wisely course.

Families will learn to:

  • Strengthen family and school bonds;
  • Enhance family communication;
  • Help children develop responsibility;
  • Establish family policies against problem behaviors, including truancy, violence, drug and alcohol use, etc.;
  • Develop mutual support.
Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 -- 10:00-11:00 a.m.
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  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Seeking Safety

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Seeking Safety is an evidence-based group therapy program that focuses on coping skills in the present moment.

Many people affected by trauma may turn to addictive behaviors to try to manage difficult feelings. Seeking Safety discusses tools to help you manage these symptoms and to cope effectively.

Learn to navigate triggers and successfully build a life of safety, security and wellbeing.  People do not share stories of their traumas, but instead look towards the future and practice new ways to cope, safely.

Topics include: safety, stress and trauma, healing from anger, grounding, when substances control you, recovery thinking, community resources, healthy relationships, and boundaries.

Seeking Safety is an open-enrollment program.  Participants may join the group at any point and receive a certificate after participating in 10 complete sessions.

Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • Women Only Group - Ongoing online Zoom class -- Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
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Online Virtual Class, via Zoom,
  • Mixed Group - Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
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