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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.



Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite is offering for Virtual Service this December.

Click here an overview of programs.


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Kerry's Place- Foundational Family Services & Groups

Kerry's Place has lots of learning opportunities for families and groups children with ASD.


Check out their Foundational Family Service catalogue here for learning opportunities for parents.

Check out their Groups catalogue here for chldren & youth to participate in & learn new skills.

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Racial Trauma & Healing

Are you a therapy client or therapist that self identifies as a person of colour?

Would you like to discuss your experiences in a research study?


Very little is known about the experiences of people of colour in psychotherapy practices in Canada. In this qualitative study, we will explore the experiences of therapy clients & therapist (RP & MSW) who identify as people of colour.


For more details on the study, click here.

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Adults in Motion Daily Virtual Programming

Adults in Motion is excited to share another month of Virtual Programming for November!

They have some new additions to their calendar, and newcomers are welcome! 

You can visit their website to learn more about in-person programming at their day programs, one to one, respite, and workshops.

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APSGO Kitchener Waterloo Parent Support Group

Are you a parent of an acting-out youth? The Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario (APSGO) might be able to offer you support. 

For their flyer, click here.

For information on the KW Chapter meeting times and place, click here.


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Empowering Ability-Live Masterclass

Helping your loved one with a developmental disability to gain their independence, and build their own life.  


Build Your Plan, Get Expert Strategies, & Connect with Other Families. 

To register, please send a short email to eric@ericgoll.com with the subject 'Masterclass Access' and we will send you access within a couple of hours.


What you’ll get in this (free) Workshop:

  • The thinking and strategy you must apply before you start trying to find housing, supports, and other families. This is the most important step to ensure that you aren't wasting your time.
  • Get the Planning Tools and Start Building Your Plan that will create amazing opportunities for your son/ daughter/ loved one. And yes: we will do this together, and you can do this even if you are tired or feeling overwhelmed.
  • Learn how other families are creating a safe & sustainable future & how you can do the same! Plus: learn live how you can start taking easy bite-sized steps to help your loved one create their own life and independence.

**You will get these three (3) free live trainings, plus bonus tools, and resources, and live events that will total over 6 hours of free training!!!


Places on the (FREE) LIVE EVENT are limited! Reserve your seat now and join us for the event that will change the way you think about creating the best life with your son/ daughter/ loved one...

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PCMH - Parents for Children's Mental Health, Waterloo Chapter monthly support meetings are back!

PCMH - Parents for Children's Mental Health, Waterloo Chapter, is excited to let you know that our monthly support meetings are back!  


ADHD Support Group is the THIRD WEDNESDAY OF every month.

The General Family and Caregiver Support group is the FOURTH TUESDAY of every month.

Due to Covid-19 Measures, our regular meetings cannot be in person at this time.  Instead, our meetings will be online using ZOOM.

To register in advance, please email waterloo@pcmh.ca

We will email a direct link to the meeting the day before each meeting event.

Please note: Zoom is available from any laptop, as well as on your phone using the Zoom app.  If privacy is a challenge in your home, you can join us from your car, your backyard, or while you walk around the neighbourhood.

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The Psychology Foundation of Canada-Resiliency Courses

Student Resilience Building Program 

Our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs are designed to support the students in your school identify and manage stress while moving to resilience. They have all been evaluated with a demonstrated impact on a student’s ability to recognize stress in themselves.

  • Masterclass in Stress Management

1.5 hour recording on the fundamentals of stress and resiliency, including how to identify it in yourself and your students, the physiology of stress, tips and strategies for managing stress and moving to resilience.
One page of curated resources to support learning 
Asynchronous: watch at your own pace and return to the video whenever you need to – this workshop will prepare you for implementing our stress management programs in your school 
RETAIL = $25/person
BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly

Please note: the Masterclass is a prerequisite for our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs.


Student Resilience Building Courses

Two live sessions (1 hour each) that provide an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
Live Q&A with Stress Management expert
Implementation tools for adapting and delivering lessons in the virtual classroom
Ongoing coaching and support through program delivery
Certificate of completion of specialization 

·  Preschool, Kindergarten, Parent

·  Grades 1-3

·  Grades 4-6

·  Grades 7-9

·  Grades 9-12

RETAIL = $75/course/per person

BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly 


Adult Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from parents to teachers, to Early Childhood Educators, Child & Youth Workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers and anyone in a child serving profession are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to nurture resilience in children and youth while also taking care of you.

  • Taking Care of YOU! Workshop: Basics of Stress Management for Adults

One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 adults in your community can participate per session
Adult Stress Management Resources
Support the mental wellbeing of you and your staff with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program 

Engage parents in your community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. 

Parent Masterclass in Stress Management.

One 1.5 hour live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 parents in your school community can participate
Parent Resources
Support the efforts your student’s parents are making during this difficult time with our series of parent’s guides, podcasts and articles on relevant issues. 
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


Please contact us if you are interested in PERSONALIZED PRICING

Mandi Hickman, Manager Programs and Community Partnerships


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Impact of Covid-19 for parents

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at the Hospital for Sick Children, in collaboration with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (The Centre), Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) and Children First would like to hear families’ thoughts about how our child and youth mental health system can improve the quality of services for children under 6 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We'd like your help to invite them to complete the survey below, which focuses on understanding:

  • What information or services were accessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to support your youngest child's well-being; and
  • How we could help to improve the quality of this information and services as we continue to move through the pandemic (and perhaps a second wave).

The information we collect through this short and completely anonymous survey will help us to strengthen the supports that are available to families.

Please forward this survey to parents/caregivers in your Canadian network, as well as to any partners who could help spread the word about this survey. Eventually a summary of survey results will be available on the IMHP website at www.imhpromotion.ca.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email: magali.bouhours@sickkids.ca.

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McMaster's Autism Mentorship Program

This program is for secondary school students. It offers peer support to students on the Autism Spectrum in relation to post-secondary programs, extracurriculars & social life, student accessibility supports and more. 

Check out their flyer for more details.


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