INSPIRE is a free  6-week Parent Support Group Program for parents of children with special needs (4-9 years old) which will be led by Patty Marquis, LICSW. The sessions run from 9:30 to 11 AM on 6 Monday mornings from January 22 until March 5, 2018 (please hold March 12 in the event we need a snow date).  Offered in a convenient Concord location.


The group will consist of 8-10 members. Each member is asked to make a 6 week commitment to the group.  In order to sign up, please register at the following link:




Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and for the long haul. The group will come up with meaningful topics to them which may include how to:

  • Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis.
  • Nurture their individual identity beyond their parenting identity.
  • Cope and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child.
  • Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others and healing disconnections.
  • Gain new perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with their child.


Facilitated by Patricia Marquis, a seasoned LICSW social worker in private practice in Concord, who counsels individuals, couples and families.  She has been a parent educator and leader of parent groups since 1977.  Patty brings her solid knowledge of child development, her counselling experience and her mindfulness mindset to inspire parents to deepen their empathy for themselves and their child.