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Living in Families with Teens

Connect Group for Parents and Caregivers

Connect is an evidence based and trauma informed intervention.  Connect was developed for parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens.  It addresses changes that occur between teens and their parents or caregivers.  It also helps them to keep their relationship strong and positive.  This can then help to protect the teens as they move forward in their journey to adulthood. 

Connect was designed based on strong scientific evidence in the areas of:

  • Attachment
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Trauma, social, emotional, and mental health
  • Parenting and family functioning
  • Prevention and intervention
  • Parent’s feedback
  • Short- and long-term treatment effectiveness

Groups meet for 10-weeks, 1.5 hours each week, in small groups (10-16) with two trained group facilitators.

Each session, parents and caregivers learn about parent-teen relationships and adolescent development. Facilitators present role-plays and offer reflective discussion.  We discuss new ways of responding to challenging behaviours and intense emotions. After each session, caregivers receive handouts with key points to remember.

Next session starts on Thursday, February 9 and will run every Thursday until April 13
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
To register please contact Lindsey at 250 754 2773 ext. 102

Y Mind Teen Group

Y Mind is a free seven-week group based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness, supporting teens 13 – 18 years old.  Y Mind teen is a free early intervention support for young people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and stress.

Program Highlights:

  • Facilitation by trained mental health professionals
  • No diagnosis required to participate
  • Proven outcomes for participants include reduced anxiety, increased well-being, and increased mindfulness skills
  • Program participants connect with others who are having similar experiences

If you are interested in this program please contact Lindsey at 250 754 2773 ext. 102 to learn more.

Online Emotion Focused Family Therapy Caregiver Workshops

Supporting Parents and Caregivers using Principles and Skills from Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Introduction

This workshop is intended to support parents and caregivers of loved ones struggling with general mental health concerns and will be offered as 1.5 hour sessions over the course of four weeks.  The sessions will focus on four main components: an introduction to EFFT, working through blocks, emotion coaching, and behavior coaching. 

Session Date:  To Be Determined

Eating Disorder Focus

This workshop is intended to support parents and caregivers of loved ones with an eating disorder or disordered eating and will be offered as 2-hour sessions over the course of five weeks.  The sessions will focus on four main components: emotion coaching, behavior coaching, relationship repair, and working through blocks.

Session Date:  To Be Determined

Advanced Caregiving Focus

This workshop is intended to support parents and caregivers of loved ones struggling with general mental health concerns as a follow up to Supporting Parents and Caregivers using Principles and Skills from Emotion Focused Family Therapy – Introduction.  This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to further develop the skills presented in the introductory workshop, with the addition of relationship repair.  It will be offered as 1.5 hour sessions over the course of four weeks.

Session Date:  This workshop will be offered in early 2023.  

Registration: Caregivers wishing to participate in any of these EFFT workshops are asked to contact Anna Van Tol by email at avantol@narsf.org or Call: 250 754 2773 ext. 105. 

For more Information about Emotion Focused Family Therapy check out the following website: https://www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca/

Parent Support Group – Eating Disorder Focus

This group is for caregivers of loved ones with diagnosed eating disorders or where there may be concerns of disordered eating, and who have attended the Emotion Focused Family Therapy Caregiver Workshop. The group will provide caregivers with the opportunity to build community and to further enhance skills that were introduced in the Caregiver workshop. The facilitated structure of the group will provide opportunities for participants to bring forward any areas where additional support might be needed and to share wins/challenges in utilization of EFFT skills with a peer group.

This group meets virtually. 

To register, please contact Bea at bpowers-smith@narsf.org

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