Groups

Children & Youth Groups

Please note that group times and dates often change based on capacity and schedules. NOYFSS will make every effort to notify all registrants if there is a change to date and/or time.

ACE - Adolescents Coping with Emotion

A group to help adolescents aged 14-16 develop skills to cope with difficult situations. Teens will learn to better understand themselves, while also incorporating daily practices that can over time, lead to improved general wellbeing. ACE is particularly helpful for teens experiencing symptoms of depression, although the material can be used to help cope with other emotions as well. Through activity-based learning teens will begin paying attention to their inner self-talk, practice self-regulation strategies and learn skills to help themselves feel better when they are feeling down.   

Fall Group Dates Coming Soon!

Friendship Foundations

A group for children ages 7-9 that focuses on fostering emotional intelligence, interpersonal relationships and overall well-being through various activities. Children have the opportunity to learn about and practice self-awareness, emotional regulation and relationship skills in a supportive environment with their peers. 

Fall group dates coming soon. 

Changes

A group for children who have experienced big changes in their lives (such as divorce, loss of a loved one, or a move for example) who would like to gain the skills to help them work through the big feelings that surround change with other kids facing similar challenges. This group is offered in a small group setting of no more than 10 kids ages 9-12. 

Fall group dates coming soon! 

Kids Connect

A group for kids to connect with peers, build self-esteem, learn how to create and maintain friendships, use their voices to be kind and heard, and gather skills to have respectful relationships with others. This group is offered in a small group setting of no more than 10 kids. Ages 10-12 years.

This group runs 

May 22 to June 19, 2024 

Wednesdays from 3pm to 4:15pm 

This group session is now full. 

Shake it Out

A group for ages 7-9 years which teaches children about regulating their emotions through activities, nature and connection. Some of the things your child will learn include: 

  • How to name their feelings
  • How to express their feelings in a positive way 
  • Mindfulness and how to be present in nature 

*Group activities will take place in Polson Park. Register today, space is limited.

This group has two sessions available for the summer 

July 16, 17, 18 from 1-3pm 

Register Here for July

August 13, 14, 15 from 10am-12pm 

Register here for August

Mindful Movers

A group for ages 10-12 years which teaches children about regulating their emotions through activities, nature and connection. Some of the things your child will learn include: 

  • How to name their feelings 
  • How to express their feelings in a positive way
  • Mindfulness and how to be present in nature

*Group activities will run in Polson Park.

This group has two sessions available for the summer 

July 23, 24, 25 from 1-3pm 

Register here for July

August 20, 21, 22 from 10am-12pm 

Register here for August

Parenting Groups

Please note that group times and dates often change based on capacity and schedules. NOYFSS will make every effort to notify all registrants if there is a change to date and/or time.

Parenting a Child with ADHD

Children with ADHD may be sensitive, or intelligent, but they may also be impulsive, easily distracted and unorganized. Parents of children with this disorder often feel confused and challenged by their children’s behaviours and reactions.

This 12 hour program for parents (of children 4 – 12 yrs) allows parents to:

  • explore the diagnosis of ADHD
  • review typical vs. ADHD behaviours
  • learn about development and behaviours
  • learn effective parenting tools
  • learn helpful strategies for success at school

Fall Group Dates coming soon. 

 

 

Connect Parent

Connect Parent is designed for parents with children and youth between 12 and 18 years of age. It addresses changes that occur between parents and teens and helps them keep their relationship strong and positive. Connect is for all parents – it helps protect teens as they move forward in their journey to adulthood. Parents who complete the group often feel better equipped to understand their child and themselves as a parent and often see positive changes in their relationship with their child as a result of applying what they learned. 

Click here to learn more about the Connect Program.

This group runs 

April 16-June 11, 2024 

Tuesdays from 5:45pm-7:30pm 

This group session is now full. Next group dates coming soon. 

Young Parents

A group for parents aged 25 and under. Parents have the opportunity to connect with one another to share successes and struggles. The weekly group is a combination of parent education and/or a community activity.

 

Register Here

Parent-Teen Conflict

Conflict between parents and teenagers is normal because the parental desire to guide and protect bumps up against the teens instinctual and normal drive to take control of their own lives.The intensity of this conflict depends upon personality types, family dynamic sand how communication is deployed to reduce conflict.

This program helps parents better understand this tumultuous developmental stage, adolescence, and how to promote growth by maintaining a supportive, encouraging and empowering relationship with teens; how to treat teens with a high degree of respect no matter how difficult they make this at times.

This phase in family development can feel overwhelming sometimes. Learn how to make the parental role both easier and more productive. Teenagers are amazing, and parents are, too.

This group runs 

April 24-June 12, 2024

Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Registration for this group is now closed. Next Group Dates coming soon. 

Successful Co-Parenting

Group to help parents explore their child(ren)’s needs during the transition period associated with the separation and divorce, and assists the parents in examining the ways their parenting choices affect their child(ren). The program is not therapy-based, but rather educational, offering skills, strategies, resources and support for participants who are in the process of separation or divorce. 

Fall Group Dates coming soon! 

Managing Conflict in the Family

Conflict and anger are normal parts of family relationships at times. This program provides information, skills, and practice for parents wanting to decrease conflict in their home. We will focus on managing our own anger, understanding our children’s anger, learning and practicing communication skills and resolving conflict. Register as an individual or as a couple. 

Fall Group Dates coming soon! 

Active Parenting

Learn to create a positive home environment through activities, videos and education. Topics will include brain development, active communication, discipline, self-esteem building, family talks and stopping power struggles between parent and child. For parents of children ages 5 to 12.

Fall Group Dates coming soon! 

Active Parenting: The First 5 Years

Your child’s first few years are so important!  Explore the joys and struggles of parenting children ages 0 – 5.   

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • What a baby’s cry means
  • Ages and stages of development
  • Building a strong bond
  • Your child’s growing brain
  • Using mindfulness to keep your cool
  • Choices and consequences
  • And much much more!

Next Group dates coming soon. 

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