Youth, Parent and Family Workshops

Parents Forever
Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Facilitator: Lynda Donaldson
The Parents Forever Group is an on-going professionally facilitated, mutual-support group for parents and family members of addicted children (18 years and up). Along with group sharing, parents can learn tools to improve the quality of their own lives.
“…an addict in the family creates chaos, emotional confusion, helplessness. As we took on the care of our grandchild, we found Serenity Renewal a welcoming place for families. The parent-support group became a haven of acceptance for our broken hearts and the guilt, anger and sorrow we felt. We are so grateful to be part of it and everything else it offers…including lots of laughter.” - Leslie
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Strengthening Families for the Future
Saturdays, January 21 to March 25 (First ten weeks)
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson and team
A 14-week program for parents and children between the ages of seven and eleven years old. It is a prevention program endorsed by CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health) and provides families with skills to enhance their communication and improve their relationships. Each week, the program provides valuable tools by covering topics that include communication skills, peer pressure, anger, and expectations.

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Community Parenting Education Programs (C.O.P.E.)
Thursdays, April 27 to June 1
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Facilitator: Lynda Donaldson
C.O.P.E is for parents (only) with children aged four to twelve. Parents will have the opportunity to experience the impact of different approaches and solutions for dealing with parenting issues, including a more balanced sharing of child-management responsibilities and a more supportive style of communication. Some of the topics included are on strengthening relationships, reducing conflict, encouraging co-operative transitions as well as special Incentives and collaborative planning.
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Beginning Alcohol and Addiction Basic Education Studies (B.A.B.E.S.)
Saturdays, March 18 to April 29 (Excluding April 15)
9:30 am to 11 am
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson and team
This workshop is for parents and children ages five to eight years old. The children interact with animal puppets in storytelling, song and other activities that present real-life scenarios and solutions to help children learn positive life-skills. Material includes self-image, decision making, peer pressure and healthy coping skills. Children learn about alcohol and other drugs in an age-appropriate way that contributes to prevention of substance abuse. During the time period that the children are attending the B.A.B.E.S program, parents will attend a support group where parenting issues and experiences can be discussed and shared.
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Total Transformation Parenting Program
Available on request.
This program is offeredfor parents and caregivers of school-aged children. It is a step-by-step program for parents, grandparents and caregivers wanting to understand and manage disrespectful, disruptive and abusive behaviour in children and grandchildren. It is a seven-part series that looks at important questions and concerns. The program will look at topics like: breaking through disruptive behaviour, using transformation tools, understanding faulty thinking, what to do after your child acts out and how to stop it before it starts.
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Right from the Start
Available upon request.
This is a parenting program for parents of newborns up to three years of age. The workshop is based on the child’s natural desire for attachment. We look for ways to improve on parent-child relationships. What is attachment security and why is it important? How do we show love? How can we demonstrate that we and our child are unique? We will look at healthy ways to cue disengagement when we do not like what the child is doing. Also, healthy ways to engage and approach cues when we like what the child is doing right now. We want to learn how to follow our child’s lead and to build a healthy relationship where the child knows, “I like being with you.”
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Teen Photovoice
Available upon request.
This fun and creative program
for teens age 12 to 16 provides an opportunity for teens to experiment with capturing emotions and feelings through photography, while discussing issues that affect them; such as managing stress, coping with peer pressure, relationships and other topics the group chooses.  Through a reflective process, participants will be given a chance to explore their environment differently and write captions to represent their thoughts and feelings.

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