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The FORT for Parents is a workshop or support group that occurs as often as possible when the FORT for Teens meet, so while teens are busy, parents can get practical, hands-on advice and support for overcoming parental challenges, especially for families dealing with change and adversity. All parents are welcome, even if your teen is not part of the FORT.

As a result of COVID-19, we are pausing all in person programs and are instead going virtual with FORTitude, our online program of resilience-building content delivered via our social channels. 


Initially targeted towards teens, we are also working on delivering FORTitude for parents, a series of webinars designed to support all parents as we navigate these times together. Please check back soon as we announce the dates of this upcoming series.


Check out some of our upcoming webinar leaders.

Dr Suzanne Nixon

Dr. Suzanne Nixon is an integrative behavioral therapist specializing in helping teens, adults, couples and families attain psychological health and relational well-being. She has expert training in mindfulness, meditation and wellness and incorporates these principles and techniques in her therapeutic approach. A member of the Board of Directors for the RBF, you may know her as the meditation teacher at The Fort.

Neil McNerney, M.ED., LPC

Neil is a Licensed Counselor, Professional Trainer, Community Speaker, & Author of the books: Homework – A Parent’s Guide toHelping Out without Freaking Out!and co-author of The Don’t Freak Out Guide to Parenting Kids with Asperger’s.


He has worked with children and families for 30 years in private practice in Reston and Leesburg, VA. In addition, Neil serves on the faculty of the Virginia Tech Graduate School of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Neil is a member of the Loudoun County Community Services Board, which advises the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services.


Neil is also a board member of the Ryan Bartel Foundation, focused on upstream youth suicide prevention through building resilient teens.


Neil has been selected to provide keynotes and workshops at many state and national conferences, including The Smart Marriages National Conference and the American School Counselors Association National Conference.


In addition, Neil consults with organizations about increasing employee retention and decreasing burnout, especially in high stress careers such as mental health, education, and public safety.


Neil lives in Loudoun County with his wife and children, Max 20 and Shannon 18. 

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