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Upcoming Events

At ASC Clinical, Coaching, & Connections Services, LLC in Hamden, Connecticut, we create programs that will allow the youth and adults to be inspired by mentors and coaches. Kindly visit this website often to learn more about our upcoming vocational planning seminars and other life mentoring and coaching events.

Coping Skills workshop
(coming soon)

Coming soon!  This coping Skills workshop is geared towards children ages 6-8.  During this 2-day, 45 minutes per session  workshop children will learn ways to cope with negative feelings such as anxiety, sadness, and anger.  All children will complete a copings skills toolkit that they can utilize at home and/or school.  Parents will also have access to a consultation session teaching them how to help their children manage their feelings and how to advocate for their children to use coping skills in the classroom setting. Cost is $90 for entire workshop.

Building Connections and Social Skills Group
(coming soon)
Group Students Smilling


Building Social Connections 


Mondays @ 4pm

April will be running a 6-week group focused on building social connections. 

This group is geared towards young adults ages 18 and up



This group is for you if you:

  • Have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum

  • Have not been diagnosed with Autism, but still feel “neuro-divergent”

  • Struggle with feelings of loneliness

  • Have difficulty establishing, building, and maintaining social relationships

  • Feel anxious about making friends but still wants them

  • Are working on self-acceptance

  • Want to work on building up your social skills

  • Want to build up your confidence

  • Feel bored and isolated from others

  • Would like to date, but need some guidance on social skills for dating

  • Need a safe space to feel accepted and connected to others

  • Would like to develop and practice better coping skills to manage depressed feelings and anxiety



Group Details:

* Required: A 30 minute pre-group session will be held with April to determine if the group will be a good fit for you and vice versa (billed through your insurance or self pay)

* The group will be virtual in order to allow anyone throughout the state of Connecticut to participate.

* At least one in-person meet up (not mandatory)

* Fee: Self-pay or insurance (Aetna, Husky, United Healthcare, Anthem, Cigna)

* Group will be held on Mondays 1x per week for about 1 hour @ 4pm 

* Limited space available


If interested please go to the Psychology Today Link below and click on “Email Me” 

(Do Not Call) and share with me your interest in setting up a pre-group session.


(If your insurance provider does not allow for group therapy, 

you will be responsible for the self-pay fee  


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline


Live Another Day - Live Another Day believes in equal access to life-saving mental health and substance use resources. This website provides extensive information on the best resources available. 



Detox Local - An excellent resource that features abundant information including mental health and substance use resources specifically for the


AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Community Resources

The following link will connect you to number physical, emotional, and financial resources for Connecticut:

Regarding Services and The COVID-19

We would like to update you on my practice policies, given COVID-19 and to invite you to continue having therapy sessions virtually if necessary.

First and foremost I wish you and your family health. Please make sure you are following the CDC precaution guidelines here:

If you or your family members are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, coughing, runny nose, etc) or if I am experiencing those symptoms, then your in-office appointment will be cancelled and moved to a telehealth session. If you in general feel more comfortable having a telehealth session during this time, then we will change it to a telehealth session without worry or concern.

Your medical insurance allows for telehealth therapy sessions! This is a great option for everyone. It will allow us to continue having therapy sessions, and work on goals, when it’s harder to get into the office for you or even for me. There is no change in fees to participate in telehealth sessions. To participate in telehealth sessions, please make sure you download the App in either the play store or IOS store. The app is free. It is called Telehealth by Simple Practice. You should be able to use your current Client Portal login. Please let me know if you need to reset your password.

IOS Telehealth:

Android Telehealth:

Due to school closures and possible quarantines, my schedule has changed, allowing me to open appointment slots during the daytime. If you choose to move your appointment time to a daytime slot or if we have telehealth sessions, you will not lose your regular afternoon/evening slot, and can go back it once the we all go back to our regular routine.

There is a lot of information in this email. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


April Smoke-Collins

Creative Writers Workshop

Dear friends,

I hope you and yours are hangin' in there during this intense and challenging moment in our history. Sending a big virtual hug across the miles. One of the silver linings of this crisis for me has been a return to my creative work. I would like to share this opportunity to find/re-discover a creative outlet with others, perhaps you, if you're interested.

Starting this month, I will offer a 3-week creative writing workshop online. All levels of writer are welcomed. There is room in this (donation-based) workshop for up to 10 writers. If you are unable to make a donation at this time, that is ok. The workshop will use basic practices of the fun and encouraging Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method (in which I am trained).

From the Amherst Writers and Artists website: "AWA is an international community of writing workshop leaders committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes & every writer has a unique voice. AWA workshops follow a proven method that affirms writers by building confidence, creating an atmosphere of equal exploration, and protecting confidentiality."

If you would like to be one of the ten writers, please fill in your availability HERE at your earliest convenience (first come, first-served). I will be in touch by midweek with an update on days/times that work for most. Be well and take care of yourself and each other!

And...please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

- Carmen Palmer

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