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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.

 


 

Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to offer a Positive Parenting Program Group for parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years (Teen Triple P Level 4) at the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment this winter. 

 

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based 8-week group intervention that offers parents simple and practical parenting skills and strategies. The program can be helpful for parents who have tweens and teens with challenging behaviors and who would like to learn new ideas and to gain support from other parents in a similar situation. It can also be helpful for parents who simply want to gain confidence and new ideas in parenting. 

 

We are currently accepting referrals for the Teen Triple P group (parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years).  The group will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, beginning on Jan 21 2020 and ending on March 10, 2020. I will be facilitating the group with 2 graduate students as co-leaders.

 

I have attached a flyer and an information sheet, if you have any clients or know of families who may be interested. The 8 week group costs $200. Clients are welcome to contact the CMHRT if they are interested. I will chat with each potential group participant in a short phone screen to determine ‘goodness of fit’. 

 

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Friendship & Dating Program

Our "Friendships and Dating" program was such a success this semester, we are running it again!
This program supports you to build on social skills to create and maintain friendships and relationships.
This spring, we have put together a curriculum to support youth, adults and seniors with developmental exceptionalities to identify, develop and practice creating friendships and relationships.
In this program you will learn and practice:
✅ Identifying potential friends and partners
✅ Starting and ending conversations
✅ Phone calls, social media and texting
✅ Planning and enjoying get togethers
✅ Handling disagreements
✅ Planning a date
✅ Asking someone out on a date
✅ Dating etiquette

Saturdays: April 18th – June 13th, 2020
1pm- 3pm (no program May 16th) 

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Brunch Club

BRUNCH CLUB 

Gives you the tools and freedom to create brunch meals independently for yourself or friends. With the support of a Life Skills Educator, visual cookbook and colour coded measuring tools, making brunch has never been easier! Learn to make brunch meals with the group, enjoy the meal with friends and gain kitchen confidence to cook for yourself!

��VISUAL / COLOUR CODED COOKBOOK & TOOLS
��STEP BY STEP RECIPES
��BUDGET AND NUTRITION CONVERSATIONS
��HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES IN THE KITCHEN
��PARTICIPATION IN MAKING THE ENTIRE MEAL FROM START TO FINISH
��SHARING A MEAL WITH FRIENDS

Wednesdays: Apr 8th - Jun 3rd 
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Survival Cooking 3.0

Survival Cooking 3.0
Many of the people we support want to learn how to safely make meals from start to finish entirely on their own. Prior to participating in this program participants have said, "I want to be free to choose what I eat and make it without any help." We make the next steps possible, check out how!

��VISUAL / COLOUR CODED COOKBOOK & TOOLS
��STEP BY STEP RECIPES
��BUDGET AND NUTRITION CONVERSATIONS
��HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES IN THE KITCHEN
��PARTICIPATION IN MAKING THE ENTIRE MEAL FROM START TO FINISH
��SHARING A MEAL WITH FRIENDS

Wednesdays: Jan 22nd – Mar 11th
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Safety for Independent Living

Safety For Independent Living
This program was created to help people with developmental disabilities feel safe in all their usual places: home, work, school, online, and in the community.
Through games, digital media, video, lessons and visual aids, we will empower participants with the tools they need to make confident choices and live a safe life. — at Community of Hearts.

Saturdays: Feb 1st, 8th, and 15th
1pm – 3pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Share Your Voice-Recording Workshop

Share your Voice - Recording Workshop
Come on out to share your stories, and listen to the stories of others! During these workshops we’ll use a small recording studio to learn how to record each others’ voices, while learning good strategies for asking questions, and listening."  Build on skills for communication in social and professional settings!

 

Fridays: Jan 17th – Mar 6th (No class Feb 21st)
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P Positive Parenting Group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo starting September 2019.

  • Triple P is an evidence-based behavioural parenting group program
  • Triple P equips parents of children ages 3 to 11 years with the skills and confidence they need to manage challenging behaviors
  • Cost is $200 for the 8 week program and includes the parenting workbook

Dates: Wednesday nights September 18 to November 6, 2019

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Venue: CMHRT, University of Waterloo (PAS 1401)

Facilitators: Dr. Marjory Phillips (supervisor) with experienced graduate students and residents in clinical psychology

 

Please contact cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4567 ext. 33842 if you would like to participate in the program and to discuss whether it is suitable for your family.

Space is limited. For more information, please see  https://uwaterloo.ca/cmhrt/.

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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."

 

Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 

 

Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.

 

Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  

 

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FASD Training Series for Caregivers

Developmental Services Resource Centre Waterloo Region (DSRC) is hosting a Fetal Alcohol Sprectrum Disorder Training Series for caregivers.

 

This is a four session training series - October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:30am until noon.

  • Learn how prenatal exposure affects the brain
  • Learn how FASD impacts behaviour with a focus on executive and adaptive functioning
  • Identify what is needed to support individuals living with FASD
  • Learn about local resources and supports available to families

Space is limited so register early. This is a free training.  

 

Register with Karen Huber, FASD Coordinator at k.huber@dscwr.com or 519-741-1121 ext. 2246.

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A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers - A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. Presented by York University and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)

 

What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment

Therapy (ACT) for parents. ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with

difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most

important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the

concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop

unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with

those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action

consistent with what they care about. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an

individual with autism and a trained clinician.

 

Who should attend?

  • Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop 1:

Friday, April 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm   

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop 2:

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
  • As a participant, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again three times after that.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.

I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca.

 

For more information on ACT workshops, you can check out our short video the : https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/

As well as these articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ

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