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Parenting Groups

The Family Resource Program offers a variety of psycho-educational and support-based programs for parents and children throughout our community. Finding balance in the family where both the needs of the parents and the needs of the children are met is crucial in building healthy family interactions. Programs will build on family’s strengths and respect the parent’s and child’s needs and preferences.

Parenting programs support the development of parenting competencies and strengthen families to produce positive outcomes for children.  Programs provide education in positive parenting practices and child development and give parents the opportunity to discuss personal and parenting issues in a supportive milieu.

We strive to help parents understand their child’s behaviour as an expression of a developmental need.  That need may be for reassurance, closeness, attunement, safety, security, boundaries or predictability.  The best way to meet that need is through the relationship.

To register for any group programs please contact the Parenting & Children’s group intake at Merrymount.  519-434-6848 ext.271

 Programs for parents of children ages 0 – 12

“Parent Talk”
Single session support for parents and caregivers of children ages birth – 12 years.  Meet one to one to discuss a specific parenting challenge and develop a co-constructed plan to address the issue with a parent educator.
For an appointment contact Wendy at Ext. 274.

Building Families
An intensive psycho-educational program, designed for parents who are facing multiple stressors or are involved with the Children’s Aid Society.  By developing effective life skills and a parenting style that is sensitive, parents will gain knowledge and strategies to reduce factors that put their children at risk and improve outcomes for themselves and their children.

On Your Own
Addresses the effect of separation and divorce on children and examines strategies for a healthy adjustment to changes in the family.  The children’s program, Mom’s House, Dad’s House for children ages 6 – 12, runs concurrent to the parent’s program.

 On Your Own Only
A one evening educational workshop intended for non-custodial parents and parents of children under the age of 6.  This workshop will assist parents in understanding the effects of separation and divorce on their children and help children adjust.

Therapeutic Parenting
Within a safe and respectful setting, therapeutic parenting offers trauma informed, attachment based assessment and treatment designed to help parents and children develop and/or rebuild emotionally secure relationships.
Contact Kathy at Ext. 227

M3
This concurrent parent and child (4 – 8 years) program supports parents by offering a new approach to parenting in stressful situations and helps children build skills to manage their emotions and behaviours.  Through exploring how both our brains and children’s brains work we can look at how we can pay better attention to feelings and behaviours through mindfulness and respond with kindness and gratitude to help reduce the stress in our lives.

Programs for parents of Infants/Preschoolers

Right from the Beginning
This program for caregivers of infants will provide information on feeding and nutrition, infant development, sleep and crying, child safety and infant health.  This program will also enhance care givers’ skills in observing, interpreting and responding to infant’s cues to help baby feel safe and secure.

Parenting Preschoolers
Provides parents with strategies to meet the needs of their young child up to the age of 5, and create a home environment that supports a strong parent child relationship and healthy child development.

Transitioning Together
This 8 week parenting group is suitable for parents with children 2 – 6 years of age, who are preparing for the transition to full day learning in school or day care or are already enrolled. The program will focus on how to strengthen relationships between parents, children and school personnel so that the child feels supported in full day learning. Parents will also have the opportunity to discuss their parenting challenges and successes in this exciting new program.

Secure Connections Programs

Secure Connections Infants 0 –  18 months
An attachment based, interactive program for caregivers and their infants up to 18 months of age.  The group provides support, guidance and education to assist caregivers in meeting the social and emotional needs of their infant while also providing a safe place for caregivers to connect and feel empowered.

Secure Connections Toddler 19 – 30 months
An attachment based, interactive program for caregivers and their toddlers up to 30 months of age.  The group provides support, guidance and education to assist caregivers in meeting the social and emotional needs of their infant while also providing a safe place for caregivers to connect and feel empowered.

Circle of Security #1
The Circle of Security ® Parent Course ©(Marvin, 2015) is a relationship based parenting program designed to enhance a child’s attachment security by helping parents of preschoolers (Birth 0 -5 years) discover, interpret, understand and respond to their child’s underlying needs, challenging behaviour and mysterious cues.

Circle of Security #2
The Circle of Security ® Parent Course ©(Marvin, 2015) is a relationship based parenting program designed to enhance a child’s attachment security by helping parents of school aged( 6 – 12 years) children discover, interpret, understand and respond to their child’s underlying needs, challenging behaviour and mysterious cues.

Programs for Parents of School Aged Children

Parenting School Aged Children
Discussions focus on establishing effective communication, developing constructive discipline strategies and building children’s self esteem, to support your child at home and school.

Group Triple P ©
A targeted behaviour intervention program that explores what is positive parenting, causes of child behaviour problems, promoting children’s development and managing misbehaviour. A behaviour management tool to use at home, will assist parents in diminishing unwanted behaviours.

When Your Child has ADHD
Designed to increase parent’s understanding of ADHD and consider strategies to help their child cope at home and school. A children’s social skills program runs alongside the parent’s program.

Drop-in  and Support Programs

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
A community-based children’s program that promotes the healthy development of young children (0-6 years). CAPC sites partner with many other organizations in order to provide locations where families can connect with their local community and obtain information, referrals, and access to public health and social services.
Contact Deb at Ext. 246

Mutual Aid Parenting Program (MAPP)
Providing support for parents of children of all ages.  MAPP is a self help group where people with a shared concern, worry or experience come together.  MAPP parents get help, give help and learn to help each other and themselves.  This group is offered in various locations in the community.  MAPP Group Information
Contact Yasika or Laura at ext.282 or Deb at Ext.246.

Mother Reach
This drop-in, support and discussion group in partnership with Childreach is designed for pregnant or new moms experiencing Post Partum Mood Disorder.  Child minding is available.

Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Contact Laura at Merrymount 519-434-6848 ext.282 or Charity at Childreach 519-434-3644 Ext.619 for more information

Middlesex London Health Unit – Perinatal Mental Health