Information about Our Family Programs

Serenity Renewal for Families offers a variety of unique programs for children and youth, along with their parents or other adults involved in their care. Our evidence-based programs enhance communication within the family unit and offer family members coping tools in a safe and supportive virtual environment.

To participate in our Family Programs, participants need access to a computer, an iPad, or a smartphone with a microphone and camera.  To express interest in any of these programs, or to be notified whenever new family programs are released, please email familyprograms@serenityrenewal.ca. You will be one of the first to hear about programs available to children as young as five and teens up to 18.

If you are interested in any of our programs, Please email familyprograms@serenityrenewal.ca
Or call our Office at 613- 523- 5143 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:00pm) 

Strengthening Families Program
Children ages 7 to 17 and Parents or Guardians
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson and Kyla Groves
This 11-week program is for parents/guardians and children.  It is an evidence-based program that provides families with skills to enhance their communication and improve their relationships. Each week, the program provides valuable tools and covers topics including communication skills, peer pressure, anger, and expectations. It is an interactive program in which the family members engage in activities both during the workshops and at home between sessions. One electronic device per family is required to participate in this workshop.
Dates and Times: February 5th, 2022 to April 9th 2022 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Fee: $300 (Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.)

Parenting Skills: Use/Overuse of Electronics
Parents or Guardians of youth and teens
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson Kyla Groves  Is your teen/youth attached to their electronics? This workshop explores youth and teens use and overuse with electronics. It will give parents/guardians information on the effects of electronics on their child’s behaviour and the skills to set boundaries on use and/or overuse. As well as how to talk with your children about electronic devices and apps. It is a four-day workshop and each day we will touch on topics with regards to electronics, such as smartphones, gaming devices, and computers.
Dates and Times: Monday, February 7 to Thursday, February 10 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Fee: $140 (Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.)

Youth Program
Youth ages 12 to 14
Facilitator: Kyla Groves  
This is a 6-week program for youth to connect with other youth that are going through similar situations. We talk about peer pressure, anger, social media use, and decision-making at an age-appropriate level. The program will help youth develop different skills for their life. There will be time for group discussions, small group discussions (numbers permitting), and different activities. There will also be a chance for youth to practice these skills throughout the week and then come back to discuss the following week on how things went. One electronic device per family is required to participate in this workshop.
Dates and Times: March 2nd, 2022 to April 6th, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Fee: $140 Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.

B.A.B.E.S.: Beginning Awareness and Basic Education Studies
Children ages 5 to 8 and Parents or Guardians
Facilitators: Lynda Donaldson and Kyla Groves
This seven-week evidence based prevention program uses storytelling techniques and puppets to teach young children the skills they need to cope with peer pressure and difficult situations. We cover substance abuse and addictions from an age-appropriate perspective. Parents are required to attend and to participate in a parents’ group. It is an interactive program in which the children engage in fun activities both during the workshops and at home between sessions.  One electronic device per family is required to participate in this workshop.
Dates and Times: April 9th, 2022, to May 28th 2022, from 9:30am to 11:00am
**No Session on April 16th, 2022, due to Easter Weekend**
Fee: $140 Our services are accessible to everyone equally. If your individual situation does not enable you to pay the standard fee, a sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available.