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.

Core Connections

A group for youth grades seven to nine who identify as female, designed to help teenagers balance acceptance of themselves and others. Teens will learn skills on how to build positive relationships with both peers and parents. We will also learn about safety surrounding substance use and protecting yourself on social media. Teens will explore skills on how to navigate body image and self-confidence and will participate in discussions around sexual health, including the importance of consent and respect.

Next Group runs February 1-March 8, 2023. 

Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm 

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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.   

Spring Group dates coming soon! 

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

Spring 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!

Spring 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.

Men’s Group – Spring dates coming soon! 

Women’s Group – Spring dates coming soon! 

Couples Group – Runs Jan 25-Feb 22, 2023

Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm 

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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.

 

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Parent-Teen Conflict

A skill-building group for the parents of teenagers who are are having a high degree of conflict between parent and teen. This group helps parents cope with the challenging behaviours of their teenagers. There is also an ongoing support group for parents who have completed the program.

Spring 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.

Next Group Runs

Feb 2-Mar 9, 2023 

Thursdays 6pm-8pm 

**This group will be held online only

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Connect Parent

Connect Parent is designed for parents of teens just like you. 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. The Connect Parent Group focuses on strengthening the building blocks of attachment security, promoting social, emotional and behavioural adjustment in children and youth between 8 and 18 years of age. Adolescence can be challenging for parents and teens, Connect Parent can help parents learn about the meaning behind behaviours and ways to respond. Parents who complete the group 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.

Spring 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. 

Spring Group Dates coming soon! 

ADHD Support Group

 
Parents of children with ADHD can often feel confused and challenged by their children’s behaviours and reactions.
Our monthly support group offers a place for parents to connect and share strategies for parenting a child with ADHD.
 
Spring Group information coming soon! 

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ADD/ADHD Program Participant

"The NOYFSS staff I have worked with are very collaborative, open-minded, skilled and always have the needs of the child& family at the forefront. They are valued members at our schools. The students I refer to your groups always have good things to say! Thank you!!"

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