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The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Parenting Problem-Solving

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Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Problem Solving Together: A Parenting Group

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

  • Learn a proactive problem solving approach when communicating with children which results in fewer challenges and less stress in everyday parenting
  • Learn to reduce your child’s outbursts and non-compliance
  • Improve parent-child interactions
  • Light supper for evening group only

Who should come: Parents/caregivers of children 5-12 years. *** All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

Where: 65 Hartsdale Drive | Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8

When: Monday evenings from September 29 – November 24, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or Tuesday mornings from September 30 – November 18, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact: Margaret (for evening group) 416-240-1111 Ext. 2351 | Marietta (for morning group) 416-240-1111 Ext. 2251 | ecc@etobicokechildren.com | www.etobicokechildren.com

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Parents & Children

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

This group is an evidence based group based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. This group has been developed by The ECC staff specifically for parents and children who want to experience less stress and have more positive experiences in their relationship. Through this group parents will:

  • Become more self-aware, mindful and purposeful in responding to their child
  • Learn ways of becoming more emotionally connected to their child
  • Learn to manage their response to their child’s challenging behaviour(s)

Through this group and using child oriented methods, children will: become more self-aware and mindful
This practise will help children to learn alternative ways of managing their thoughts and behavior. Who should come: Parents/Caregivers and children (ages 7-12) who experience ongoing stress individually and in their relationship. Pre-registration is required and only one child per family may attend the child group. Some child care is available with notice and advance registration. ***All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

Where: 65 Hartsdale Drive | Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8

When: Sessions are offered in the fall, winter and spring. Please call for start dates. Group begins at 5:15 p.m. ( light supper is provided) and ends at 7:15 p.m. It runs once per week for ten (10) weeks.

Contact: Purnima 416-240-1111 Ext. 2315 | ecc@etobicokechildren.com | www.etobicokechildren.com

Toronto Parents of Multiple Births Association

Group Name: Toronto Parents of Multiple Births Association (TPOMBA)

Description: TPOMBA is a non-profit, self-help support organization for parents of twins, triplets and more. This organization’s goal is to offer support, education and friendship to families dealing with the unique challenges and joys of raising multiples.

Where: Suite #1176, 77 King St. West T.D. North Tower | Toronto, ON M5K 1A0

When: POMs meetings are held monthly in a range of Toronto neighbourhoods. They offer an opportunity to connect with other parents of multiples to share ideas, information, concerns and questions. Meetings are a supportive environment to work out parenting challenges and hear from others who have “been there”.

There are four POMs groups within TPOMBA, with one or more volunteer leaders in each group. POMs group leaders are experienced parents of multiples who offer moral support, practical suggestions, and access to resources. Non-members may attend POMs meetings as guests.

Membership costs $42.00 a year and is open to parents of twins and other multiple births. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-760-3944 | info@tpomba.org | www.tpomba.org

MicroSkills – Womens Services

Group Name: MicroSkills – Womens Services (Life Skills)

Description: Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. They provide settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women.

Womens Services (Life Skills)
We offer workshops that help women develop the skills, confidence, information, and personal networks they need to manage complex lives. Selected topics are determined by women’s interests, and can include:

  • Parenting
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Career planning
  • Managing work-life balance
  • Building self esteem
  • Living violence free

These workshops are open to all women in our community.

Where: 1 Vulcan Street | Etobicoke, ON M9W 1L3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-247-7181 Ext. 2328 | 1-877-979-3999 | admin@microskills.ca | www.microskills.ca

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Prenatal and Postnatal Programs

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Prenatal and Postnatal Programs

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

Women enter the CPNP program when they are pregnant and continue until their babies are 6 months old. Weekly sessions include nutrition workshops, information about pregnancy and children’s development, healthy snacks, assistance with transportation (TTC tickets) and a $10 grocery voucher.

Workshop topics cover subjects such as nutrition, health education, labour & delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, infant crying and baby massage. There is support from nurses, a dietician, social workers, family home visitors and a lactation consultant. *** Serves women living north of Lakeshore, south of Gerrard, east of Church, west of River.

Where: 246 Sackville Street, Community Hall, First Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 3S4

When: Mondays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (excluding holidays). (Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Program starts at 1:30 p.m. sharp)

Contact: 416-362-0805 Ext. 228 | pfbb.info@regentparkchc.org | www.regentparkchc.org

Centre for Independent Living – Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN)

Group Name: Centre for Independent Living – Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN)

Description: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) CILT is a consumer-controlled, community-based resource organization. We help people with disabilities to learn Independent Living skills and integrate into the community. (Please note: CILT is a resource agency and does not do any political, systemic or group advocacy!) CILT operates on the philosophy of the Independent Living movement which was developed in response to traditional rehabilitation services models. CILT’s aim is to develop and implement dignified social services that empower individuals rather than create dependencies. We encourage people with disabilities to take control of their own lives by exercising their right to examine options, make choices, take risks and even make mistakes.

The Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN) is a peer support and information-sharing network for parents and prospective parents with a disability. The aim of PDN is to develop consumer friendly approaches to parenting with a disability by providing opportunities for networking, peer support, information-sharing and education.

PDN offers:

  • Peer support opportunities
  • One-to-one support
  • Resources on parenting with a disability
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Research and development of new models of support for parents with a disability

Where: Centre for Independent Living | 902-365 Bloor Street E. | Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

When: Individuals who are registered members with the Parenting with a Disability Network will be placed on the PDN mailing list and will be notified of meetings, events, etc. Membership is free. Contact for more information.

Contact: 416-599-2458 Ext. 34 | pdn@cilt.ca | www.cilt.ca/parenting.aspx | peers@cilt.ca

Parent Support Connection

Group Name: Parent Support Connection

Description: They are a GTA based organization that provides education and peer support to parents of troubled youth (adolescents to young adults).

Their mission is to provide hope and support in a caring and confidential environment to parents and families with troubled young people. Together, we can alleviate anxiety and helplessness by developing the courage to change.

Where: 3219 Yonge St. Suite 157 | Toronto, ON M4N 3S1

When: Membership meetings are held year round on Wednesday evenings in North Toronto. Membership is open to any individual that is involved with raising a troubling teen. Prospective members are invited to an initial consultation before attending a meeting. This can be arranged by contacting the office.

Contact: 416-481-4543 | connect@parentsupportconnection.org | parentsupportconnection.org

Parent Education Network

Group Name: Parent Education Network

Description: Parent Education Network (P.E.N.) is proud of our history of providing quality parenting workshops and courses for parents and caregivers in the community since 1974. They are a non-profit, charitable community service agency, offering essential programs to support the most important role of all – parenting. All of their instructors are also parents, so they’ve all been there.

Through our workshops and classes, you will learn how to use kind and firm methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful and resourceful. You’ll learn practical approaches to parenting challenges that strengthen family relationships. Our goals are to help parents:

  • Improve verbal and non-verbal communication in the home
  • Prevent and resolve family conflict, in a manner that preserves the dignity and worth of all family members
  • Help children develop the skills of self-management and maturity, through cooperation, responsibility, independence, and courage
  • Build a positive, strong, and resilient self-image in our children and ourselves

Where: 10 Pittsboro Drive | Toronto, ON M9V 3R4

Contact: 416-255-8969 | www.parenteducationnetwork.ca

Parent Action On Drugs

Group Name: Parent Action On Drugs (PAD)

Description: PAD began in 1983 by a group of parents concerned about the use of alcohol and other drugs by their teenage children. Through the years, PAD has developed a substantial portfolio of services. PAD develops and provides innovative and relevant resources and services, based on current research and “better/best practices” aimed at parents, professionals (teachers, health promoters, practitioners) and youth. PAD is an Ontario-wide organization whose programs and resources are used in communities across Canada.

Where: Room 121, 7 Hawksdale Road | Toronto, ON M3K 1W3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-395-4970 | 1-877-265-9279 | pad@parentactionondrugs.org | parentactionondrugs.org

One Parent Families Association of Canada

Group Name: One Parent Families Association of Canada

Description: Their organization gives you the opportunity to meet people who have also been through the experience and discouragement that accompany the absence of a partner. You can share your experiences. You will gain new confidence when you discover others who have established a new way of life. You will make new friends that you will have for life.

Where: One Parent Families Association of Canada, National Office | PO Box 628 | Pickering, ON L1V 3T3

When: Membership is open to any single parent, (single, separated, divorced, never married) at a cost of $55.00 a year. There are regular monthly meetings that are open to the public. Call for specific times and locations.

Contact: 905-831-7098 | 1-877-773-7714 | oneparentfamilies@gmx.com | oneparentfamilies.net

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