Support Groups



Making the decision to enroll your child in a program can be agonizing. Doing so may leave you, the parent, feeling grief stricken, anxious, and emotionally depleted. Sharing what we learned is important to us. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a group of parents on the same journey.

Locations & Form Link
2021 Meeting Dates

Los Altos, CA   (1:00-3:30 PM)

January 10, 2021

February 7, 2021

March 7, 2021

April 11, 2021
May 2, 2021
June 6, 2021
July 11, 2021
August 8, 2021
September 12, 2021
October 10, 2021
November 7, 2021
December 5, 2021

Oakland, CA  (1:00-3:30 PM)

January 16, 2021

February 20, 2021

March 20, 2021

April 17, 2021

May 15, 2021

June 12, 2021

July 17, 2021

August 21, 2021

September 18, 2021

October 16, 2021

November 13, 2021

December 11, 2021


Confidentiality: What is shared and who is there, stays in the meeting.

Sharing: Everyone is on their own journey and all ideas are welcome.

Active Listening: Please listen with an open heart.

Respect: No interrupting or side conversations.

Be Open Minded: Don't take anything personally or make assumptions, and be open to different points of view than your own.

Tolerance: Acknowledge that we each have unique experiences and someone else's journey may not be the same as our own.

Patience: We are each in different stages of the process, so what may be relevant for you may not be relevant for others and vice versa.



Introductions: Round circle format.

Discussion: Round circle, with topics of interest chosen by meeting participants.

Wrap-up: 15 minutes before the close of each meeting so that parents can visit with each other and network.


Willows support groups provide parent-to-parent support for families with teens and young adults in wilderness, residential treatment programs, in transition, or those considering the option to share their experiences and glean support from one another. Working with industry educators, we offer information and resources to parents who have sent their teens to therapeutic programs. Willows provides a safe and confidential setting, and hosts meetings in Oakland, San Rafael, and Los Altos, California. We also promote ongoing education and awareness to help parents prepare for the process of transition and aftercare once their teens and young adults graduate and return to their homes and communities.

San Rafael, CA  (1:00-3:00 PM)

January 17, 2021

February 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

April 18, 2021

May 16, 2021

June 13, 2021

July 18, 2021

August 22, 2021

September 19, 2021

October 17, 2021

November 14, 2021

December 12, 2021

Note: Although occasionally professionals will take part in our programs, participation by individuals in any Willows’ program CANNOT take the place of professional medical, psychiatric or psychological diagnosis, treatment, or counseling. It is the responsibility of each individual to research and evaluate any organization, facility, or professional prior to making a decision.