MISSION AND HISTORY
The focus of TFT is on the needs of teens related to bereavement and loss through education and counseling.
We build hope for future generations by facilitating opportunities such as a yearly four day bereavement retreat as well as workshops and seminars throughout the year.
Laraine Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice for the last 20 years in Southampton, NY. Time For Teens, Inc. is a not for profit organization that was primarily created to hold an annual four day bereavement retreat for teens. Ms. Gordon’s innovation has been to create an environment geared toward grieving adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19.
Time for Teens, Inc. (TFT) has received the official United States Patent and Trademark Office certificate of registration on the Principal Register for the name "Time for Teens", as well as for the TFT logo, signaling growth and expansion for the not for profit. Established in 2007, TFT is the only bereavement organization focused on using creative expression and experiential therapy to support teens who have suffered the loss of a loved one between the ages of 12 – 19 through the healing process. In addition to their annual bereavement retreat held here in Southampton, TFT offers other programs throughout the year, counseling scholarships and informational workshops for professionals and families in the community.
TFT sought registration of the brand to reaffirm its commitment to the public, to signal its potential for expansion nationwide, and protect the not for profit’s exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection of the services provided. In addition, the organization on June 1st opened its first office located in the heart of Southampton Village at 149 Hampton Road. “Having a presence in the community allows us to get creative with the types of programming we offer and be more visible to those who need our services, the resources are endless,” says Ms. Gordon.
The annual bereavement program is a four-day retreat built on a therapeutic intervention model of experiential therapy, which offers powerful visual and physical ways to express grief and pain following a traumatic event. The retreat was designed by Laraine Gordon, Founder and Certified Social Worker who says this format is beneficial to teens that sometimes resist using traditional talk therapy methods.
“We are proud to announce that Time for Teens has now registered its mark with the Patent and Trademark Office. This exciting news follows our expansion into our bright new office located in Southampton Village — the heart of The Town of Southampton,” says Ms. Gordon. “Fresh programs focused on teens and their families will continue to develop from the strong foundation that has been built with the intention of bringing it to other communities across the country.”
The 2012 Time for Teens Bereavement Camp was held at the home of Southampton business owner Jeannie Mackenzie. “There is no limit to how TFT can nurture and help those that have been affected by such difficult circumstances. I am thrilled to give back by offering my home to hold the camp this year,” says Ms. Mackenzie.
Founded in 2007 by Laraine Gordon, LCSW-R, Time for Teens, Inc. addresses the specific needs of grieving teens. Experiential techniques are employed along with creative expression and activities such as kayaking, golf, swimming and improvisational exercises are employed. In addition to the bereavement camp program, Time for Teens holds workshops and seminars for teens and families throughout the year, visit www.time4teens.org to learn more about TFT, our teens, and our upcoming programs and events.
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