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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.



Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series

The Continuous Professional Learning Committee (CPLC) is excited to bring the Foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series to the members of the Children and Youth Planning Table! This $350.00 value, 15-part series focuses on promoting early mental health and wellbeing during the first 1,000 days of life. The series aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social-emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in youth and childhood. 


How to Register:

Registration is now open and will remain open until 2022,  click here to learn more and register. Please ensure you register as Guest specifying Conestoga PRC (as the Host Agency). A unique email must be used upon registration for access to the session handouts, and to receive session details and reminders. You will also be required to create a personal user account at www.IMHPromotion.ca to access the recorded content. You will have access to the 15  Live webinars, which are scheduled to launch every 2-3 weeks between January and August 2020. Furthermore, you will have access to the recorded videos until September 2022 to view the lectures at your own pace or to revisit the material for your own learning. You will receive a certificate upon completing the training. Coupon code will be provided for free access.

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Your Virtual YMCA

The YMCA is committed to keeping our community healthy and connected. While their physical space may be closed, they still want to show up for our community through online workouts and more.


Please take a moment to explore Your Virtual YMCA.

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Strong Moms, Safe Kids Group

FREE program, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. starting April 8, 2020 and running for 10 weeks.

This program is for:

  •  Mothers who have experienced abuse in intimate relationships.
  •  Their children, ages 4 to 18, who have witnessed abuse in their homes.
  •  Mothers and children living apart from the person who abused them.

See flyer for more details or contact:
Elizabeth Hachborn
phone: 519.884.0000 x240 fax: 519.884.7000
email: ehachborn@kwcounselling.com

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Dr. Jean Clinton @ The Kitchener Public Library

Dr. Jean Clinton is on her way to Waterloo Region, and you're invited!

On March 24th at the Kitchener Public Library, Dr. Clinton will be offering workshops to support parents/caregivers and professionals with understanding the importance of connection in healthy brain development for our children and youth.


This is a free event that is being provided by several community partners.

Please click here to view a flyer with further details.
There will be two sessions on March 24th: one in the afternoon for parents/caregivers (1-2:30pm) and one in the evening for professionals (5-8pm). Please register using the Eventbrite link that is included in the flyer. We are likely to fill every available seat as there are a limited number of seats, and this event is being shared widely in the community.
Below you'll find a couple of short YouTube videos with Dr. Clinton speaking, for those who are interested or need some help with deciding if this is an event you’d like to attend.

Dr. Clinton Supportive Connections video
Dr. Clinton - Parenting Style and Emotional Brain video (speaking to parents)

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Expressive Arts Tuesdays

Stepping Stones Expressive Arts is offering a Tuesday afternoon art sessions.
Session one: four weeks March 31 – April 21 1 – 3:30pm, $200
(register by March 24th)
Session two: four weeks May 5 – 26 1:00 to 3:30pm, $200
(register by April 28th)

You will:
• Create with rhythm, movement, words, and visual art
• Use all kinds of cool media including pastel, collage, paint and clay
• Make art about our feelings, our futures and the things that are
important in our lives
• Make new friends

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Weekend Social Club

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is pleased to continue offering the Weekend Social Club (WSC) to Waterloo Region. Founded by the Kitchener Waterloo Association for Community Living and with support from WRDSS, this program’s goal is to inspire active participation in the community.

WSC offers recreational opportunities for adults ages 18+ with a developmental disability where a variety of community events and interests are explored. Events and activities range from attending sporting events, going nature hikes, visiting historical places and so much more.

The winter/spring session runs from January - June, 2020 and the registration fee for this session is $35 (plus any additional costs for special events or trips). If required, a direct support person must be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact Ben Sauder, Support Coordinator/Community Group Supervisor at 519-741-0190 x290 /ben.sauder@eafwr.on.ca.

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Attendant Services & Legal Clinic

ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is offering two free repeat workshops for consumers of attendant services about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.

After each workshop, ARCH’s lawyers will be available to give up to 30 minutes of legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues. Please sign up for an appointment if you would like to take part in this free and confidential service.

Thursday February 20
Tuesday March 17
Workshop: 11:00am - 1:00pm (Reception at 10:30 am)
Legal Clinic: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (30 minute sessions)

Please choose only one date as seating for each workshop is limited to 25 people.

ARCH Disability Law Centre
15th Floor, 55 University Ave, Toronto

To register via Eventbrite, click here.
For more information, click here.

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Living Life to the Full-Autism Ontario

As part of the Mental Health Matters initiative, Autism Ontario is looking for adults (18+) on the spectrum to participate in Living Life to the Full. Living Life to the Full is an eight-week course that provides skills and knowledge to help you cope with life’s challenges.

This mental health promotion course is free for participants, and may be a great opportunity to learn more about making small changes to feel happier, less stressed and more in control.

Please note that this course involves voluntary group participation, reading and writing/typing for some of the activities. This is not a transfer of care program.



Autism Ontario
1179 King St W, #004
Tuesdays, February 4 - March 24
5:00pm - 6:30pm


To see the full flyer, click here.
For more information about this course, click here. 

For additional information, contact Tobi at tobi@autismontario.com or call (416) 246-9592 ext. 230.

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Mindfulness-Adult Workshop

This 5 week course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed and focused you.


Course sessions on Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 & Mar 5, 2020 from 6:30pm-8pm at Woolwich Counselling Centre.

Fee: $100


Pre-interview required.

Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

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DSRC-Weekly Mother's Support Group

The Mothers’ Support Group at DSRC is an 8-week group, providing the opportunity for Mothers to discuss a range of topics related to parenting a child with an intellectual disability and / or autism.  

Topics include understanding and sharing the diagnosis, grief and resilience, interacting with schools, behavioural challenges and self-care.  Guest speakers from the community and DSRC also contribute their expertise.  The group is a great way to connect with other Mothers who understand your daily experience.  

The Mothers’ Support Group is a small group, for 6 – 8 members, and runs for 8 consecutive weeks.   Day and evening times are offered.  

Groups are offered 2 – 3 times per year.    

Please call 519-741-1121 for more information about how to join.

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