The George
Issue 2                                        May 18, 2016
Program Spotlight: Nurturing Attachments Group

The Centre often works with children with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. Many have experienced abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse.  Many have also had multiple caregivers and are in foster, kin or adoptive care. 

These children have often felt frightened, alone, abandoned, hurt and angry.   To help them cope, they develop a range of strategies:  worrying, acting out, challenging authority.  These behaviors often continue even after they are in safe and loving families, hiding their own strengths and true characteristics. They find it difficult to develop secure and close relationships with parents or caregivers.

Parenting these children can feel confusing and overwhelming. To support the parents, the Centre is delivering a Nurturing Attachments Group Program. In this evidence-informed intervention, parents learn practical approaches to promoting attachment, shaping behavior and addressing trauma and grief.  Parents experience the feeling of peer support, community and mutual understanding. For many, it has become a lifeline.

“Erin (14 year old adopted girl) cried the other day watching a movie at a sad scene.  It was the first time she had ever cried in sadness for someone else's pain! One of my main concerns has been her lack of empathy and connection with others.  Something is going on - maybe it is how I am shifting based on the group.  It made me so happy because something is new, and positive shifts are going on."

A Hull-arious Night!

Laugh Out Loud 2016 was a spellbinding evening from start to finish! On May 4th, The Carlu was transformed into a Broadway-style, popcorn packed Comedy Hall with over 360 guests captivated by emcees Deb McGrath and Patrick McKenna, show stealer Jessica Holmes, the quick-witted LOL-stars improv troupe, and live band Hullabaloos.  A moving speech by a past client gave guests an understanding of the importance of the Centre’s work. Thank you to all our generous sponsors, guests and donors for making LOL 2016 such a great success. Click here for photos!

Mental Health Tips

Feeling anxious? Here are some helpful exercises you can do to decrease your anxiety.
1. Slowly count from 1 to 10
2. Take big, deep, slow breaths in and out
3. Look around you and try to find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. 4. Accept your feelings of anxiety rather than judging yourself for having them

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