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Groups for Parents of Children and Youth

Nurturing Attachments

A group for adoptive, foster and kin parents to help parents nurture their attachments with their children so that the children will feel increasingly secure and supported by their parents and in turn more receptive to limits and expectations. Please click here for additional information.

Participants reported that as a result of the group they had:

        •  Increased empathy
        •  Increased ability to listen without distraction
        •  Lower reactivity
        •  More patience

" Things have changed drastically with us since attending the Nurturing Attachments group.  Not every day is easy, but now instead of having lots of stress, lots of arguing, and lots of traditional consequences, we have lots of acceptance, lots of curiosity, lots of support and lots of empathy ...My nephew is more confident, ready to explore, he has ideas and he feels supported in those ideas."

 


Nurturing Connections

A group to help parents improve their relationships with their children so that the children will feel increasingly secure and supported by their parents even in the face of conflict and challenges and will in turn, be more responsive to limits and expectations. Please click here for additional information.

 


Parenting Challening Children

Parenting Challenging Children is an eight-session evidence-informed program offered to parents of children who struggle with difficult behaviours.  The Parenting Challenging Children program offers a group educational and interactional format which provides information about effective parenting strategies, social-contextual understanding and opportunities to discuss and practice new approaches.

This group will be useful for ALL parents of children ages 4 to 11 who want to learn new parenting strategies. The group will be especially useful to parents whose children exhibit ADHD-like disruptive behaviours.  Available research demonstrates that parenting classes are one of the most effective interventions for children with behaviours such as impulsivity, disorganization and distractibility.

For more information, please click here to see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

We regret that no child care is available.

        •  100% of participants felt that the group helped them to deal more effectively with the
            problems that brought them to the group.

“I was able to feel less isolated in the situation and more confident towards parenting.  I feel much better with the resources provided at George Hull.”  ~ Participant

 


CBT Anxiety Group

(Children's group at the same time - see Groups for School-Aged Children)

This is a valuable treatment group if your child experiences issues with anxious/nervous feelings, thoughts or physical sensations. CBT, or Cognitive-Based Therapy, is a proven and effective treatment for anxiety.  The group is offered as two concurrent groups - one group for the parents and one group for the child. Parents with children in the children's group must attend the parent group.  The children's group size is limited.

Please note: Potential participants need to be assessed ahead of time to determine the appropriateness for this group.

For more information, please click here to see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

We regret that no child care is available at this time.

        •  100% of parents surveyed agreed that the CBT group had helped their child to cope
            with anxiety.
        •  100% of parents surveyed who struggled with their own anxiety said the group helped
            them to cope better.

“Meeting other people who have anxiety made me feel like I was not the only person with anxiety.” ~ Child


“The facilitator was spectacular in her calm and generous manner, but it was her knowledge and ability to support the group that was so helpful.” ~ Parent

 


Help! I Have Teens

For all parents of children ages 12-18 to learn how to:

        •  Improve relationships
        •  Communicate effectively
        •  Resolve conflicts
        •  Set limits
        •  Prepare their teen for independence

For more information, please click here to see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

        •   100% of participants found the group helpful in:
               •  learning useful ways of working with their teen
               •  improving their teen’s behavior
               •  improving their relationship with their teen

“The best part of the group was to learn about teenage development and how to adapt our behavior and responses to reduce the conflict and improve the relationships.”

 


Snack and Chat: A support group for women

A support group:

            •  To offer parenting support
            •  To discuss community resources
            •  To access a clothing exchange
            •  Workshops are available - topics are chosen by the group

The group is ongoing - join any time!

Child care is available.

For more information, please click here to see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

“I have learned so much from coming here – it makes my life easier.”

“I feel safe here and can talk about anything.”

 


Trauma Informed Care - Parent Seminar Series

These seminars are designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 3 to 18 who have experienced trauma, abuse or have witnessed domestic or community violence.

The seminars focus on specific topics, including:

        •  Understanding the impact of trauma on children, adolescents and families
        •  Healing strategies and self-care
        •  Recognizing and coping with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
        •  Improving parent-child relationships

    •  94% of respondents said they would recommend the seminar to a friend.  

“Thank you for your time!  This was a wonderful workshop!” ~ Caregiver

For more information, please click here to see the Parent Seminar Series flyer

 

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