All posts in “parental support”

Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program

Group Name: Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program

Description: The Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program aims to build the community’s capacity to respond to families at risk for or experiencing postpartum mood disorder (PMD). Many women experiencing PMD don’t receive the support they need as it often goes undetected and undiagnosed. Service providers play a key role in recognizing the symptoms of PMD and referring families to the appropriate resources. Their website provides education, skill development and useful resources for service providers and families in the Region of Peel.

Treatments vary and include counselling, support, medication, therapy, and self-care. Mild to moderate PMD may respond to counselling and increased support, often found through joining a support group or through help from her partner and family.

Where: 6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Unit 60 | Mississaug, ON L5N 2R5
1801 Lakeshore Road West, Unit 101 | Mississaug, ON L5J 1J6

When: Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (Meadowvale). Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (Lakeshore).

Contact: Raji Kaur 905-459-8439 Ext. 4 | 905-567-4156 (Meadowvale) | 905-822-1114 (Lakeshore) | |

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

The Family Drop-In program is designed for children from 2 to 12 years of age and their parents. The program provides children with the opportunity to develop skills in language, cognitive development, sensory development, creativity and gross motor skills development. This program is designed for newcomer children and their parents who have limited knowledge of English language. While children are busy learning and creating, parents are involved in workshops and seminars that develop better parenting skills. Parents learn more about their children’s development and are encouraged to use these techniques at home in order to continue the growth of newly acquired skills and at the same time foster positive learning opportunities for their children.

Where: 925 Albion Road, Suite 309 | Etobicoke, ON, M9V 3Y7

When: Please call for more details on the location and time.

Contact: Susan 415-745-0062 Ext. 226 |

Sheena’s Place – Eating Disorders Support for Friends and Family

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Eating Disorders Support for Friends and Family

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Family, Friends and Partners
Explore your experience of having a family member, partner or friend
with an eating disorder. This is an ongoing group meaning that groups are available to register/join at any time during the entire year.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. *** No group Wednesday January 7th, 2015.

Contact: Margaret Powell 416-927-8900 |

Dixon Hall – Parenting Support

Group Name: Dixon Hall – Parenting Support

Description: Dixon Hall creates opportunities for people of all ages to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives. The Health and Wellness Program provides opportunities for social interaction and support, promotes wellness among seniors, encourages members to develop leadership and creative skills, offers opportunities for continuing learning, provides activities for general enjoyment and facilitates cultural integration.

Parenting Support
GUHD – Growing Up Healthy Downtown! Studies have shown through extensive pediatric research, that a healthy start is vital to a long, productive and active life. The key developmental years begin even before a child is born and continue through to age 6, and good nutrition is part of that overall development. Dixon Hall’s Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD) program works in partnership with 7 other community organizations to deliver programs and services that focus on improving the health and well-being of young children (0 to 6 years of age) as well as offering support and new skills to their parents or caregivers from how to prepare affordable healthy meals, to positive parenting and social skills development. Dixon Hall is committed to ensuring that children get a good start in life so that they can grow into health, happy adults.

Where: 58 Sumach St. | Toronto, ON M5A 3J7

When: Call for more information.

Contact: Ronnie Thompson 416-863-0499 Ext. 241 | | |

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Farsi-speaking Parenting Group

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Triple-P in Farsi

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Triple-P in Farsi(The Positive Parenting Program): An eight session group for Farsi speaking parents of teens who have children of 0-12 years, to gain confidence, problem solving skills and useful strategies for raising compliant and confident held in collaboration with FSYR (Family Services York Region). Groups are run by an accredited Triple P practitioners. The program is eight weeks in length, consisting of five two-hour group sessions (once a week) and three telephone interview sessions (15 – 30 minutes), addressing your individual progress. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Farsi. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. There is no registration fee.

Where: Family Service York Region 10610 Bayview Avenue, Unit 18 | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3N8

When: Tuesdays from January 13th, 2015 through March 10, 2015. Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Roya 905-883-6572 Ext. 256 | 905-770-7040 | |

Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Group Name: Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Description: Jewish Family & Child supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values.

A powerful initiative of the JF&CS Woman Abuse program and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Here to Help is a group program for children ages 4 to 16 and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic violence (abuse in the home).

The Here to Help Program provides a safe and supportive environment where both children and their moms can begin to heal from the hurtful experiences of the violence. Children exposed to aggressive fighting between their parents may learn that this is the only way to solve problems, deal with frustration and have their needs met. To stop the cycle of violence, children need the opportunity to talk about what they have experienced (and may continue to be experiencing) at home. Through Here to Help, children understand that they are not alone in their experiences; they are able to talk to other children, often for the first time, who have been exposed to the same things.

It is also known that parenting can be impacted by domestic violence. Here to Help focuses on parenting skills and strategies to assist moms in working through these challenges.

Where: 4600 Bathurst Street | Toronto, ON M2R 3V3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-638-7800 Ext. 6216 | |

Jean Tweed Centre – Pregnant and Parenting

Group Name: Jean Tweed Centre – Mom & Kids Too (MK2) Program

Description: Since its founding, the Centre has evolved and grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario. The Centre offers a wide range of services including residential and day programming; two day programs now exist – one 3 weeks and one 7 weeks for mothers with young children. They also offer out-patient programs including family and trauma counseling, and outreach services in various locations across the city for pregnant and parenting women. Most recently, they have added a second outreach service to women who have mental health and substance use problems as well as involvement in the criminal justice system.

Are you pregnant? Are you parenting young children (6 years and under)? Is your substance use a concern? Another option you may want to consider is our Mom & Kids Too (MK2) program. MK2 is offered three days a week, for seven weeks. It also starts later and ends earlier than most day programs and includes participation in:

  • small groups with other mothers focusing on effective parenting
  • attachment activities with your child in our child development centre
  • larger integrated workshops with women from the day/residential program.

Women with children in care, who plan to parent in the near future, may also find this program helpful.

Where: 215 Evans Avenue | Toronto, ON M8Z 1J5

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-255-7359 | |

Child Development Institute – Cool Kids Anxiety Program

Group Name: Child Development Institute – Cool Kids Anxiety Program

Description: Child Development Institute (CDI) is an accredited children’s mental health agency, providing a range of programs and services for children 0 – 12 and their families. They offer evidence-based programs across three streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services and Healthy Child Development.

The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is a family focused 10-session program for children ages 6-11. Concurrent child and parent groups are offered after the school at the TEGH (Toronto East General Hospital) site. Referred children typically are exhibiting fears and worries that interfere with their daily lives. A TEGH psychiatrist and social worker along with two CDI social workers lead the child and parent groups. The focus is on the children learning how to think realistically, face fears and develop effective social and communication skills. Parents build their skills in learning how to effectively coach their challenged children to cope with anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and learn specialized parenting strategies to help manage their children’s behaviour.

Children are referred to this program through CDI’s Early Intervention Intake Services. This group is led by Dr. Gili Adler Nevo and Ms. Laurie Charlton (MSW).

Where: 197 Euclid Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 2J8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-603-1827 Ext. 2300 | Suzanne Stead 416-469-6580 Ext. 6308 |

Child Development Institute – Anxious Pre-schoolers and Parents

Group Name: Child Development Institute -Anxious Pre-schoolers and Parents

Description: Child Development Institute (CDI) is an accredited children’s mental health agency, providing a range of programs and services for children 0 – 12 and their families. They offer evidence-based programs across three streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services and Healthy Child Development.

Supported by United Way Toronto “Success by 6” funding, the Parenting Group for Anxious Pre-Schoolers (P-GAP) is a group for parents of younger children, typically kindergarteners, who are experiencing anxiety, are having difficulty overcoming fears or are socially inhibited. The 10-week parent group is co-led by a TEGH (Toronto East General Hospital) psychiatric expert in childhood anxiety and a trained CDI social worker. Children are referred to this program through TEGH intake services; a physician’s referral is necessary. This group is led by Dr. Gili Adler Nevo and Ms. Laurie Charlton (MSW).

Where: 197 Euclid Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 2J8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-603-1827 Ext. 2300 | Suzanne Stead 416-469-6580 Ext. 6308 | |

The Reading Partnership

Group Name: The Reading Partnership

Description: At the Reading Partnership, we raise the literacy levels of children by building the capacity of parents and establishing a local culture of reading and learning in communities. We believe that by establishing a community-based culture of learning we can encourage an exchange ideas, enrich family relationships, and bolster our children’s confidence and independent thinking.

This 12-week community based literacy program empowers parents/caregivers with the knowledge and resources to teach their children, aged 4–6, to read. The program actively engages both parent and child on a weekly basis, guiding them through the process of working together, and challenging parents to create positive reading and learning environments at home. If you are a parent/caregiver with a child aged 4-6 this program is for you!

Where: Scarborough East Ontario Early Year Centre | 4218 Lawrence Ave East, Unit 15 | Scarborough, ON M1E 4X9

When: April 8th to June 10th, 2015. There is an application for this program and the deadline is March 20, 2015

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