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    DeAnn Hollis


NEW DATE for School Counselor/Educator Grief Training

This workshop is designed for Counselors and Educators to help children who are experiencing loss due to death, divorce or other major family disruptions.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014  9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
4334 NW Expressway, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK  73116
Cost: $100. This includes a day-long workshop and Calm Waters’ School-Based group curriculum.
CEU’s: Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for LPC’s and LMFT’s.

To register, please mail, e-mail or fax a completed School Counselor/Educator Grief Training Registration form by: May 19, 2014
Attn: Program Director- Maribeth Govin
Fax: 405.841.4803

For further information please call 405.841.4800 or e-mail maribeth@calmwaters.org


Calm Waters Announces Free Support Groups
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency is now accepting registrations for Calm Waters’ Center-based grief and divorce support groups for children and families. An intake is required before groups begin.
For more information, please contact the Program Director  - Maribeth Govin at the Calm Waters office @ 405.841.4800. or email:  maribeth@calmwaters.org
Thank you!

Free Divorce and Grief Support Groups

Groups are for children, (ages 3-18 years) and their parents or caregivers.

An intake appointment is required
for each person attending a
Calm Waters Support Group.

For more information, please call Maribeth Govin at 405.841.4800 or email: maribeth@calmwaters.org



Divorce changes a family in many ways. It can be a confusing and painful process for parents and even more so for children. More than half of Oklahoma’s children will experience the divorce of their parents. When parents divorce, children often get caught-up in a quagmire of emotions. Shock, disbelief, fear, sadness, isolation and anger are all common feelings, but children may not understand or know how to handle them.


Divorce Support Group Schedule
Calm Waters’ Divorce Support Groups are scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Families attend one night per week for eight weeks.

Calm Waters is currently taking registrations for the upcoming session.


Divorce  Schedule

8 weeks of Tuesdays:
Starting March 25, 2014

8 weeks of Thursdays
Starting March 27, 2014


Grief  Schedule

Grief Sessions (Ongoing)

Calm Waters’ Grief Support Groups are scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday evenings starting January 20, 2014


Free Support Groups

Grief Support Groups (after a death)

Young Adult (Age 19-25) Grief Support Groups

Divorce Support Groups

School-based Grief Support Group

Parenting Through Divorce Seminars (court-approved)



Along with thousands of school-age children, Calm Waters Center for Children and Families is preparing to go back to school too. Last year, we provided free School-based Support Groups for 1,342 school-aged children in 72 schools throughout the metro area.

These children typically do not have access to grief support but are very much in need of it. By selecting “donate now”, you can help grieving children in your area that have family loss issues due to: death, divorce, foster care, deployment, deportation or incarceration of a parent.

In response to the tornado in Moore, we have expanded our services to include losses from community disasters. Please consider helping these children as they head back to school.


Training Opportunities

School Counselor / Educator Grief Training – Spring, 2014

Intern / Practicum Students

Community Crisis Interventions

School / Community Disaster

Creating New Traditions


Calm Water’s past events at link below:
Past Events

Download Forms

Divorce Group Registration Form

Grief Group Registration Form

Young Adult (Age 19-25) Grief Group Registration Form

Inter/Practicum Student Application

Parenting Through Divorce Registration Form

Volunteer Registration Form

School Counselor/Educator Grief Training Registration


A BIG Thank You to all of our VIP and Golf Sponsors!!

Charlie and Laurie Givens

Anonymous Donor

Greg and Lisa Mullen

Nigel and Sara Otto

Mike O’Keefe

Chaparral Energy

Keegan and Nick Harroz

Joe and Nancy Bradley


To purchase tickets to our VIP Event or our Golf Classic, you can click on the links below and go to the donate tab.

For VIP     http://calmwatersbigtop.gogive.it/

For Golf   http://calmwatersgolf.gogive.it/

Save the Date!!

Calm Waters would be honored to have you participate in our 2014 Golf Classic and attend “UNDER THE BIG TOP”, our inaugural VIP Event. For the first time in the history of our annual golf classic, Calm Waters is adding a new event.

Please join Honorary Co-Chairs, Becky and Barry Switzer for an evening of casual adult fun and games on Sunday, April 13th at 5PM at the Devon Boathouse. Enjoy live entertainment provided by local music duo C-Plus and carnival-style performers, taste Rococo’s delicious cuisine, bid on spectacular live auction items, and much, much, more.

On Monday, April 14th at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, plan on teeing off in our ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC. Enjoy a great day of golf with good friends, colleagues, or family members followed by dinner and an awards reception.

Two BIG events in two days to raise awareness and funding to help provide FREE grief support groups for metro area children dealing with death, divorce, or other significant family loss. Don’t miss out!

Since 1992, more than 25,000 children and their family members have received Calm Waters’ grief services. How do we manage to serve more than 2,500 individuals annually? It is because of your donations and support. For more information on becoming a sponsor, attending either event, or making a donation, please contact Jordan at 841-4800 or jordan@calmwaters.org.


In the 22 years of serving children and families in the Oklahoma City area, Calm Waters Center for Children and Families has assisted more than 25,000 lives since our inception. Calm Waters is a nonprofit organization that provides free Center-based support groups for children and families whose lives have been affected by death or divorce. School-based groups provide a safe-haven for children facing family loss such as: deployment, deportation, incarceration of a parent as well as support for community disasters such as the recent May tornadoes.

Thank you for your wise investment in our mission. Your support helps to heal broken hearts of children grieving. Through our FREE support groups, children realize they are not alone in their grief journey. A ‘special thank you’ to the helping hands of people like you who positively change young lives forever.

“Sadness. Confusion. Anger. Loneliness.”
These are some of the feelings that I felt when my father died. I was ten. Although I had a supportive family and community, I did not know anyone else who had lost their father. I needed a place where I could share my feelings and emotions, a place focused on children’s grief.
Over 25 years later, I found Calm Waters for Children and Families, but this time as a board member and facilitator. As a volunteer facilitator, I have come to realize how important Calm Waters is or the entire family-an hour away from their everyday lives and pressures to share their feelings and frustrations with others experiencing similar difficulties. This hour begins the healing process for many families.

I am honored to serve as chairperson for Calm Waters. With your assistance, we can reach even more children and families and provide much needed support both in schools and at our Center. Please join me in helping Calm Waters, a small organization making a large difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Begins help for one child

Begins help for two children

Helps one child attend a School-based Support Group for six weeks

Provides for one trained facilitator to conduct a six-week session

$500 – $1,000
Helps 5 to 10 children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

$2,500                                                                                                                                             Helps 25 children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

$5,000 or more
Helps 50 or more children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

Lisa Loosen Mullen
Board Chairperson
Calm Waters Center For Children and Families
You can donate at: www.calmwaters.org/donate/


Calm Waters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has seen great success due to the generosity of individuals, corporations and private foundations. If you would like to support our efforts to help grieving children, you may make your tax-deductible donation in three ways:

3 Ways to Donate to Calm Waters
1) Online
2) Visa, Master Card or Discover via telephone
3) Download form and mail

1) Click link below to pay online:

2) Visa, Mastercard or Discover

Calm Waters is happy to accept donations charged to your VISA, MasterCard or Discover using either our secure online donation form or by telephone.

3) Mail in your personal or corporate check to:

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
4334 NW Expressway, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Download Calm Waters’ donation form here and include with your check:


Below is a Worry Cloud, a picture of an activity that reflects messages kids like Madison write down as a group.  These are the kinds of things kids shouldn’t have to worry about- but they do.

Your gift of $25 will ensure that a child or other individual begins receiving help.  A gift of $100 enables a full circle of support.  We operate on a shoestring.  Our successes are obvious.  CAN YOU HELP?

MADISON, 8 years old, Edmond, Okla. wrote:
“Without my mom, everthing is different.  I miss the meals she cooked.  How she kissed me on the nose and snuggled with me.  I felt better going to Calm Waters and being around other kids who’d lost their mamas.  I wasn’t the only one.”

With your generosity, we’ll see the light of hope in the eyes of more and more children and families who urgently need our support!  Everyday we hear how much they appreciate your help.

Calm Waters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has seen great success due to the generosity of individuals, corporations and private foundations. If you would like to support our efforts to help grieving children you may use our secure online form, contact us  or donate items from our wish list.

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