Family Leadership Circle: Portland, ME area

Select Mondays

All are Welcome

We invite you to join us for an in-person parenting group at Family Leadership Center HQ. Each week we will focus on one of The 4 Crucial Cs*. Together, we will transform challenges into opportunities to grow the 4Cs.

Dates & Times

Next meeting: July 1, 2024
7:30 – 8:30pm


The Family Leadership Center Hearthroom
162 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME
Parking available on the east side of the building. Enter through the red door.

Who’s Invited?

Parents, Teachers, Caregivers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Neighbors and anyone who wants to connect about raising and collectively supporting children. Family Leadership Center supports the work of raising children to grow up able to function and contribute in a meaningful way. Together, we are raising young people to support a strong family and community. A peaceful world starts at home.

RSVPs Welcome

Email for more information and to secure your spot.


Out of a commitment to make this work accessible to all, these sessions will continue to be offered at no cost to participants. Donate Now

What are the Parenting Circles based on?

Answer: Adlerian theory Alfred Adler (1870-1937) was a physician, psychiatrist, philosopher, humanitarian, educator, and author. Born in Vienna, Austria, he shared his ideas around the world and his ideas are still actively practiced today in school systems, counseling, psychotherapy, public health, mental health, business, and the arts.  The essential components of Adlerian theory include:

  1. People are whole beings: all aspects of life are interrelated.
  2. Every person is equally deserving of dignity and respect.
  3. People are social beings with essential needs: to belong; to be capable; to feel significant, to know they matter
  4. People have these needs in their work, friendship and intimate partnerships. (These are life-long tasks.)
  5. All behavior has a purpose with the goal moving one towards meeting the essential needs
  6. Positive change comes from encouragement, which focuses on strengths
  7. People create a framework (life-style) for how they can have their needs met in the first five years of life, and one may move within this framework their entire life, unless it is examined.
  8. Personal freedoms exist with social responsibility.

The foundation is that everyone is worthy of: dignity, respect, equality, courage, purpose, belonging.

Why a Learning Community for Parents?

Research shows that adult learning happens best through conversation and experience. Exploring ideas together in a safe, connected space helps us to discover and apply new ideas and approaches. The important work of raising families is worthy of this kind of space. Together we can grow, experiment, and become the parents we want to be.


What are The 4 Crucial Cs?

Download our guide here.

*A Reference Note on The 4 Crucial Cs

Alfred Adler identified the four core needs: belong, improve, significance, encouragement. Ansbacher, H. L., & Ansbacher, R. R. 1956. The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler, Basic Books. New York. 

Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew translated Adler’s core needs into the Crucial Cs: Connect, Capable, Count, Courage. Bettner, B.L. & Lew, A. 1989. Raising Kids Who Can. Connexions Press. MA.