Merrymount Twitter Page Merrymount Facebook Page Merrymount LinkedIn Page
We need your support. Click here to donate.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a family crisis, call us.   519 434 6848

Parenting Groups

Parenting Programs build parenting capacity and skills to promote positive outcomes for children.  Our programs and staff are passionate about helping parents realize and delight in the important role they play in the lives of their children.

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

Specialized Services

“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.
For an appointment contact  Ext. 274.

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. Access to Therapeutic Parenting is through internal referral for families currently receiving services.

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 adult brains and children’s brains work, we 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. This program is run in partnership with the Mary J. Wright Research & Education Centre.

Programs for parents of children 0 – 12 years

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 Only
This two evening workshop addresses the effect of separation and divorce on children and examines strategies for a healthy adjustment to changes in the family.

Programs for parents of Infants/Preschoolers ( 0 – 5 years)

Circle of Security #1
The Circle of Security ® Parent Course ©is an attachment based relationship focused parenting program for parents with children up to age 5. This group helps caregivers understand challenging behaviour by responding to the child’s underlying need.

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.
Access to Secure Connections is through internal referral for families currently receiving services.

Parenting Preschoolers
Provides parents with strategies to meet the needs of their young child ages 18 months to 5 years to create a home environment that supports a strong parent child relationship and healthy child development.

Programs for Parents of School Aged Children

Circle of Security #2
The Circle of Security ® Parent Course ©is an attachment based relationship focused parenting program for parents with children ages 6 – 12. This group helps caregivers understand challenging behaviour by responding to the child’s underlying need.

Parenting School Aged Children

This program provides a holistic overview addressing what children need during the school age stage of development that supports children feeling secure and being successful; parenting styles, understanding temperament, communicating effectively, managing emotions and constructive discipline.

When Your Child has ADHD
Designed to increase parent’s understanding of ADHD and consider strategies to help a child cope at home and school. The child must have a diagnosis of ADHD for parent to attend.

Drop-in  and Support Programs

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.
For more information and find a MAPP group in your community contact ext. 282 or 246.

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 Ext. 246