Our Family Resource Coordinator works closely with CDC program staff, external agencies, and parents, providing assistance in a variety of ways:
- assisting with case management within the CDC
- assisting families with the referral process
- consulting with families on an individual basis.
- supporting parents regarding parenting issues
- providing group sessions to children
Family Services facilitates a number of groups throughout the year. Upcoming sessions are posted to our training/events calendar.
Is parenting your child tougher than you thought it would be? Attend a 3 session workshop to learn the following:
- why your child acts like he does;
- how to keep your child safe;
- how to bond with your child;
- how you can discipline your young child; and
- why taking care of yourself is so important.
Active Parenting for Step Families Workshop
Also applicable for foster families.
Step parents face a whole new set of challenges as well as all of the old ones. These workshops help teach the skills you need to build a happy, healthy and harmonious step family. You will learn how to undertake the following:
- blend family histories, traditions, and values
- cope with loss and encourage healthy grieving
- establish parental authority using non-violent discipline techniques that work
- improve communication and build new relationships based on respect and trust
- teach responsibility, cooperation, and other important values
- prevent or stop problems such as loyalty conflicts, power struggles, and more
- cope with difficult topics such as drugs, violence, and sex
- set boundaries that work for your whole family
- encourage your children to be their very best!
The B.E.S.T (Behavioural Emotional Social Teaching) is an 8 week program designed to meet the needs of 9 children with challenges in behaviour, social or emotional skills. It is a partnership with Intersect Child and Youth Services, Aboriginal Supported Child Development, Aboriginal Infant and Family Development, Aboriginal Child and Youth Wellness Program, Supported Child Development and The child Development Centre. Child participants are selected from the caseloads of the partnering agencies as was the staff operating the group.
The B.E.S.T group operates like a preschool program, 4 days per week, 2.5 hours per day with 3 staff. The program focuses on friendship skills, conflict resolution, problem-solving skills and social and emotional awareness. In addition to the preschool component, a parent-child play therapy group is offered one time per week as is a parenting group, both of which the parents are encouraged to attend. The B.E.S.T. program was run as a pilot project in 2012. We hope to run more sessions in the future.
Sunbeams - Grief Support Program
Grief and loss affect all people regardless of their age and level of development. Children often do not have the skills to be able to recognize, express or accept their grief. The Rainbows program helps children develop the skills to grow beyond the pain of loss they are experiencing. Children will also get the opportunity to offer support to their peers as part of the Sunbeams program which will help to build the children’s self esteem and enable children to form trusting relationships with their peers.
Program facilitators include our Early Childhood Education staff and our Family Resource Coordinator.
A seven-hour workshop to help children understand what having a brother or sister with special needs means to their family. These groups also focus on how the sibling can find constructive and appropriate ways to express their feelings and to get their needs met.
The goals of the workshop are as follows:
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of special needs children.
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their brothers’ or sisters’ special needs.
- To provide parents with an opportunity to learn about common sibling concerns.
Second Step is a program for preschool-aged children that focuses on social-emotional skills. The program focuses on 4 different skill sets – developing skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and friendship skills & problem solving.
Through the use of pictures, interactive games and discussion, children learn valuable skills that will help them be successful in both personal and social situations throughout their lives. In the empathy section of the curriculum, children will learn to identify their own feelings as well as those of other children and to show care and understanding as a result. Through the emotion management portion of the program, children learn to stop and think through problems before making a conscious action instead of simply reacting. Also within this component, children learn to recognize their angry feelings, learn and practice calming strategies and think of how to solve problems. Throughout the program children develop friendship skills and problem solving strategies.
This program is designed to be provided within a daycare or preschool setting, allowing children to practice their learning each day.
Some of the CDC's Family Service groups are made possible through support from Provincial Gaming Grants and the support of community groups and donations