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Rocking Horse Circle of Support Program Begins New Session March 27th

Provides Assistance to Pregnant & Parenting Women Seeking to Reduce the Effects of Substance Abuse in Their Lives.

United Counseling Service is pleased to announce that The Rocking Horse Circle of Support program, an educational support group for low-income mothers living in Bennington County, will be starting a new ten-week session on March 27, 2017 at 339 Dewey Street in Bennington.

Meeting from 9:30am to 11:30am every Monday for ten weeks (March 27-June 5),  the program offers assistance to pregnant and parenting women who are seeking to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their lives, acquire improved life skills, and learn more about safe, nurturing parenting. Transportation, childcare and light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for  participants. The Rocking Horse Program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Any pregnant and/or parenting woman of childbearing age who may be questioning their own drinking and/or drug use behaviors or experiencing the effect of someone else’s substance use can benefit from the group. The program follows a dedicated ten session curriculum that frames substance use in four major domains: substance use and women’s health, substance use and relationships, the effects of substance use on the family, and substance use as it influences life management. A substance abuse counselor and mental health clinician facilitate sessions.

Studies conclude that Rocking Horse participants increase understanding of the risks of drinking, drug use, and smoking during pregnancy. Participants also report an increase in their confidence at handling stress and parenting their children. For information on the program, or to discuss a referral, call 442-5491 and speak with Christine Ouellette or Amy Breese.

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