The GEAR Parent Network is excited to announce a no-cost workshop titled “Understanding Child Birth Order” to be held online on Monday, July 8th, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This insightful and informative session is designed to help parents, caregivers, and professionals understand the dynamics of birth order and its impact on child development and family interactions.

Workshop Details:

During this workshop, participants will explore how a child’s position in the family can influence their personality, behavior, and relationships. The session will cover the following key topics:

  1. The Role of Birth Order in Personality Development: Understanding how firstborns, middle children, last-borns, and only children typically differ in traits and behaviors.
  2. Influence on Family Dynamics: Analyzing how birth order can affect sibling relationships, parental expectations, and family roles.
  3. Practical Strategies for Parents and Caregivers: Providing tips and techniques to support each child’s unique needs and foster a harmonious family environment.

The workshop will be led by Shannan King, a nationally Certified Family Support Specialist (CFPS) and Regional Family Support Coordinator.

How to Register:

To register for the workshop, please visit and complete the online registration form. Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and additional details about the workshop.

About the G.E.A.R. Parent Network program:

The GEAR Parent Network is a program of Crisis and Counseling Centers that is dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers by providing valuable resources, education, and support. G.E.A.R.’s mission is to empower families with the knowledge and tools they need to foster healthy, happy, and thriving children.

For more information about this workshop or GEAR Parent Network, please visit or call toll-free in Maine (800) 264-9224.

About Crisis & Counseling Centers

Founded in 1970, Crisis & Counseling Centers is a multi-service mental health and substance use agency headquartered in Augusta, Maine, dedicated to hope, healing, and recovery. Crisis & Counseling Centers’ staff treats and supports the emotional well-being of Maine communities by preventing suicide, combating addiction, and teaching individuals the skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives through a comprehensive treatment continuum that includes Crisis Mobile Resolution and Crisis Stabilization Unit services; mental health, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders treatment; statewide parent/caregiver support through its G.E.A.R. Parent Network program; Children’s Targeted Case Management; Parents Case Management for pregnant women or parents living with substance use disorder; and medication management including Medication-Assisted Recovery.

More information is available online at

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Maine Crisis Line is available 24/7 by calling (888) 568-1112.

Contact Information:

Amber Kruk
Co Executive Director for External Affairs, Programs, and Quality Assurance
Crisis and Counseling Centers
(207) 626-3448 ext. 1113