Giving Tuesday


The families we work with, and those who have not yet found us, need your help in their struggles with mental illness. Your support for Wellspring on this year’s #GivingTuesday is welcome and appreciated!

Your one-time or monthly gift will help change the the lives of a group of people in need of treatment. You may also make a gift by check, made out to Wellspring, 21 Arch Bridge Road, PO Box 370, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Be sure to indicate that your gift is for Giving Tuesday.
Questions? Contact us at or 203-266-8027.
Wellspring is excited to participate in #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.


Parenting Group for Families in Greater Waterbury

Wellspring Counseling Services is excited to share the launch of a 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 fall.

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

This 8-week series will begin on October 13 and take place on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The cost of the 8-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

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:



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.

Arch Bridge School at Wellspring – NASET School of Excellence 2016-2017

The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring, a leader in therapeutic education, has been honored as a 2016-2017 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence.

According to NASET, “Selection as a NASET a School of Excellence is the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through our professional association. The recognition is bestowed on private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.”

“The NASET Award to the Arch Bridge School at Wellspring is another affirmation for the dedicated teachers and staff. The quality of their work and relationships to their students continues to be exemplary,” said NASET Executive Directors Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, in a written statement.

Arch Bridge School is also featured on the NASET School of Excellence website, as can be seen in this year’s recipients listing online.

The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring serves children in grades 1-12 and has earned multiple commendations from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education. The school offers academics and college preparatory courses, allowing students to meet their unique academic objectives while in our day school or residential treatment programs. The Arch Bridge School has a long history of success in serving youth with emotional and psychological issues along with learning vulnerabilities. At Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School youth develop the skills and resources they need to return to a public school setting, return to home, or enroll in college.

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas.

The mission of NASET is to render all possible support and assistance to professionals who teach children with special needs. NASET seeks to promote standards of excellence and innovation in special education research, practice, and policy in order to foster exceptional teaching for exceptional children. Learn more at


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