Wellspring Counseling Services to Host Second Offering of New Parenting Group

The Angry and Defiant Child: A Group for Parents Who Have Tried EVERYTHING

Wellspring Counseling Services is excited to offer a second series of the new parenting group for families in the greater Waterbury area. ‘The Angry and Defiant Child: A Group for Parents Who Have Tried EVERYTHING’ will take place at Wellspring’s Outpatient Offices on Straits Turnpike in Middlebury this winter.

Join Wellspring therapists Kathy Dowling, LMFT and Heather LaVallee for this family-centered approach to parenting children with challenging behaviors. Facilitated video discussion and workbooks, along with interactive group support, will guide participants in learning to respond rather than react to their children.

This 9-week series will begin on February 7 and take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost of the 9-week series is $80 per family (sliding fee scale available). Babysitting subsidies are also available. Space is limited.

To register or learn more, please call 203-758-2296.

This group has been funded, in part, by the Healthy Communities Fund of the Connecticut Community Foundation. Participation in this group is limited to residents of: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

About Connecticut Community Foundation

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation is a philanthropic foundation created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to administer charitable and scholarship funds. Learn more at www.conncf.org.

Wellspring Reception Receives New Furniture with Help from Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Wellspring recently received a grant for new furniture for their Bethlehem Campus reception area courtesy of the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.

Through the generosity of this grant, Wellspring will be able to purchase much-needed new sofas to upgrade their reception area, making the space for visitors, clients, and their families both inviting and welcoming.

“We are extremely grateful to the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation’s Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund for helping us replace our aged furniture,” shared Wellspring Co-Founder, Phyllis Beauvais, Ph.D. “This grant is helping us create a warmer, more inviting environment for those whose lives we touch.”

About The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.:
As your Northwest Connecticut community foundation, our mission is to enrich the quality of life for residents of our 20 town service area in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner through the generosity of fundholders. We seek to enrich the quality of life for residents of Northwest Connecticut by inspiring local philanthropy, convening stakeholders in community welfare, strengthening the regional nonprofits network and fostering collaborative funding partnerships. To learn more about the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc., please visit their website at: https://northwestcf.org.



Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School Celebrates Ten Graduates in 2016

Students Thankful to Discover True Selves & Bright Futures

This year the Arch Bridge School, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), awarded diplomas to ten students of the graduating class of 2016. Themes of the graduation ceremony on our main campus in Bethlehem were: finding our way, learning who we really are, and looking forward to a bright and healthy future. This was the first graduation to take place at Wellspring’s new Dodds Family Center for Arts and Athletics.

Reflecting the relational quality of our program, several aspects of the ceremony make Arch Bridge School graduations special. As they receive their diplomas, students are not simply given a handshake and sent back to their seats. Rather as each diploma is handed out, a member of the faculty delivers a thoughtful and personalized speech honoring the graduate’s accomplishments and progress. These personal presentations are filled with stories of transformation, tears and laughter. This year, the staff speeches included a few props such as a coveted Student of the Month tee-shirt and a tiara with scepter set. Graduates are also invited to speak at the ceremony if they wish.

“It was really difficult for me to write this speech because every time I tried to describe Wellspring, it sounded like they paid me,” one graduate said in her address. “Like when you see the Girl Scout cookie boxes where the girls are really happy – that’s me at Wellspring. Arch Bridge is by far my favorite high school experience. The staff and students were always kind and funny. Eventually I was oddly happy to wake up and go to school in the mornings. I have never been more thankful for a school.”

Another student said, “Wellspring is truly a magical place…if you take advantage of what it offers, you will transform into your true self. One of the most important things I learned here is that Wellspring will always stay with you, even after you leave.”

Keynote speaker at the ceremony, Liza Amir, a former resident of Wellspring, inspired students by sharing her experience from the heart and speaking about her success and happiness since her time on campus.

“Change might be scary and intimidating, but it is also very exciting,” Liza imparted. “Have the confidence to work towards your goals, and the self-worth to know that you deserve them.”

“Who will you be?” Liza asked. “Where will you be in a year? Ten years? I am talking to you as proof of what is possible…Wellspring saved my life. It has been 18 years since I was a resident at Wellspring. If you had told my 16-year-old self when I was a resident here that I’d be where I am today, I probably would have laughed at you. Today I am an artist, wife, mother, friend, sister and daughter. I have a fulfilling career that I love, a husband who is truly my partner and soul mate, an amazing son, meaningful friendships and a deep authentic relationship with my family. It took a lot of work. It all takes work.”

Liza’s advice for the graduates, and that could apply to everyone: Trust yourself and have faith in yourself. You don’t have to be perfect but be sure to learn from your mistakes. Remain humble and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Several students also shared their talents and sang with emotion in duos and groups – including a beautiful a capella rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

The members of the graduating class of 2016 will be moving on to college, jobs or travelling abroad. Five eighth grade students were also recognized for moving up to high school and many other students were acknowledged for their hard work and progress as they head back to their public schools, prep schools or step-down programs.

Wellspring Joins Connecticut Community Foundation’s Give Local Challenge

On May 3rd and 4th 2016 Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School will join other nonprofits in the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Give Local online giving event. This 36-hour online giving challenge provides community members a platform to invest in and celebrate the work of local nonprofit organizations across Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

We are excited to share that their participation in Give Local 2016 will be further amplified through the generous pledge of a $40,000 gift of matching funds provided by members of Wellspring’s board of directors and alum parents.

Donations made between 7 a.m. May 3rd and 7 p.m. May 4th  May 5th will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and their sponsors. To learn more, or to make your online donation during the campaign, please visit www.wellspring.org/givelocal.


Contests Wellspring is eligible to win through Give Local 2016:


Tuesday, May 3


7:00 am – 10:00 am

$1000 awarded to the organization raising the most money between 7:00 and 10:00 the morning of May 3


9:30 am – 10:30 am

$500 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors between 9:30 and 10:30 the morning of May 3


10:30 am – 11:30 am

$500 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors between 10:30 and 11:30 the morning of May 3


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

$500 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors between 11:30 and 12:30 on May 3


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$1,000 awarded to the Bethlehem, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Thomaston, or Watertown based organization with the most unique donors between 1:00 and 4:00 the afternoon of May 3


4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

$1,000 awarded to the health organization with the most unique donors between 4:00 and 7:00 the evening of May 3


Most Unique Donors the First Day

$1,000 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors prior to midnight on May 3


Wednesday, May 4


Night Owl

$250 awarded to the first organization to receive a gift after midnight on May 4



$1,000 awarded to the organization that receives a donation closest to sunrise in Waterbury (5:45 am)


Most Unique Donors of Give Local

$2,000 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors during Give Local 2016


Grand Prize for Most Money Raised

$2,000 awarded to the organization that raises the most money during Give Local 2016



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