Groups & Workshops

Parent | Caregiver Workshops

Emotion Coaching. Young children experience emotion in big ways and sometimes this can create difficulties within a family. This workshop will guide parents toward becoming effective emotion coaches for their children. Learn strategies for building strong connections, and coping with difficult behaviours.
Anxiety Education. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety in your child. Topics will include learning supportive strategies and guidelines to help your child cope day to day, and how to make improvements over time. This workshop focuses on teaching parents how to support children that are dealing with symptoms of anxiety. Helpful for parents of children of all ages.
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Child Therapeutic Groups

EmotoMasters. This is a workshop designed to help children with their big emotions. Children learn self-regulation skills and strategies. Through games, activities and guidance, the child learns appropriate ways to express their emotions. For children aged 7 to 10 years. 

Teen Therapeutic Groups

Reducing Anxiety & Depression. Learn skills for coping with anxiety and depression. The teen will learn about goal setting, mood tracking and active communication skills. For teens aged 13 to 18 years.
Reducing Anxiety & Depression Bootcamp. This is a more intensive experience for learning strategies for coping with anxiety and depression. Teens will work on on goals in a supportive and flexible environment throughout the sessions. For teens aged 13 to 18 years.
New Stories. A group designed to teach the teen how to look at their problems in a different way using a combination of individual writing and artistic expression activities. For teens aged 14 to 18 years who are dealing with various mental health concerns.
DBT Skills Training. The goal of DBT skills training is to help clients learn to change behaviours, emotions and thoughts. In 4 different modules, teens and their parent learn strategies that help them change unwanted emotions, tolerate distress, and improve their relationships. Teens learn to establish a stable sense of self and to form fulfilling and stable relationships. Appropriate for ages 12 to 16 years.
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Adult Groups

DBT Skills Training Groups. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural style of treatment that helps clients learn how to change behaviours, emotions, and thoughts that are causing them problems and distress.
There are three skills training modules:
  1. Interpersonal Effectiveness. Teaches skills to more effectively set boundaries and ask for help/support, without damaging relationships or self-respect.
  2. Emotion Regulation. Teaches clients why emotions are important, how to identify exactly what emotion you are feeling, how to change unwanted emotions, and how to reduce vulnerability to emotions. 
  3. Distress Tolerance. Teaches skills to help clients survive a crisis (extremely high distress), and teaches reality acceptance skills for when difficult circumstances are prolonged.
Adult Education Course

More Adult Groups

Trauma Stabilization Group. The group will teach skills to assist the client with better managing acute symptoms of PTSD and associated triggers. Effective trauma treatment involves three overlapping phases. Phase 1.Stabilizing and managing responses; Phase 2. Processing and grieving traumatic memories and Phase 3. Reconnecting with the world. Groups will involve a mixture of skill teaching, practice opportunities, and psycho-education to assist you with understanding your experiences and symptoms. 
Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
(RO-DBT) Skills Training Classes.
RO-DBT is a new evidence-based treatment created by Dr. Thomas Lynch for patients with emotional/behavioural over-control which often leads to loneliness. ‘Self-control’ is usually seen as a good thing, however too much self-control can cause difficulties. Excessive self-control is associated with social isolation and poor interpersonal relations and it contributes to conditions like anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, chronic depression and autistic spectrum disorders. This treatment has also proved beneficial for treatment refractory anxiety (meaning you have tried treatments and they haven’t worked), OCD, and maladaptive perfectionism. RO-DBT teaches skills and social-signalling strategies to achieve emotional well-being. It also emphasizes actively seeking one’s “personal unknown” to learn from our experiences.