ACE Awareness is focused on helping families deal with the challenges the pandemic has brought on by offering parents, grandparents, and other family members who are caring for children a range of tools they can use to bring periods of peace and calm into their world and that of their children.

Our new online series, Parenting in the Pandemic: Tools for Surviving and Thriving, is a calendar of interactive workshops designed to deliver tools and information  to promote good mental health at a time when the pressures and stressors in our lives might feel overwhelming.

These sessions are being offered to replace the direct support and counseling that were bring provided at the four Universal Parenting Places before COVID-19 struck. The UPPs are judgment-free community-based centers that provide professional counseling with a licensed therapist; information, emotional support, and referrals for family-related issues and concerns. They also offer opportunities for families to participate in stress-reduction and parent-child bonding activities.

The three-month virtual event series is supported by the Shelby County Commission via funds it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A variety of topics and experiences will be featured, ranging from mindfulness exercises and grief therapy to family celebrations and holiday crafting. A number of experts in child development and trauma-informed programs have been invited to help parents unpack emotions and participate in creative bonding events with their families.

Here are the upcoming sessions:

November 14, 2020:

November 16, 2020:

November 18, 2020:

November 21, 2020:

November 23, 2020

November 28, 2020

November 30, 2020

December 2, 2020

  • 5:00pm(CST), “Family Fun Christmas Ornament Decorating Class,” with  Kim Kenner, Owner of Creole Creative Canvases – SOLD OUT

December 9, 2020

December 12, 2020

December 19, 2020

  • 10:00am(CST), “Coping for Teens in Challenging Times,” with  Janine Halloran, LMHC, founder of Encourage Play LLC and Coping Skills for Kids. Register by December 4 for a free kit!

This page will be updated as more workshops are added. For more information on any of the above events, visit our Facebook page or click the above links to register.