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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.

 


 

Dufferin Wellington FASD Caregiver Learning Series

Caregiver learning series for caregivers and professionals supporting someone with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Presented by Dufferin Wellington FASD Action Group.

 

Three night learning series at Canadian Mental Health Association, 485 Slivercreek Pkwy. N, Unit 1 Guelph

 

Learning Series #1:  Finding Breath: Caregiving in the world of FASD.

Presented by Laurie Whyte

Wednesday March 6, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learning Series #2: Why does stigma exist in FASD, how it impacts us, and strategies for addressing it.     

Presented by Paula Stanghetta   

Wednesday April 3, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

Learning Series #3: To be Announced  

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

 

Spots are limited so please register early!

 

Register here.

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Waterloo Region FASD CoP Update - January 2019

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared a January 2019 Update.

 

In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • Nourishing the Caregiver Living with FASD - The Importance of Self-Care
  • Supporting Caregivers - Success for All
  • CanFASD FREE Online Training – Foundations in FASD
  • Summer Camp

 

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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P positive parenting group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo in March 2019.

 

What is Triple P?

  • Group program based on research evidence and used in 35 countries worldwide
  • Opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations
  • Provides tips and strategies to suit the individual needs of your family
  • Includes a handy workbook with parenting tools and information
  • Includes video and demonstrations to put ideas into practice

Who is it for?

  • Parents of children ages 3 to 11 years
  • Parents seeking strategies to manage challenging child behaviors
  • Parents wanting to learn new ideas, to reduce parenting stress, or to feel more confident in their parenting

What does it cost?

  • The group program fees are $200 for the 8 week program
  • There is an additional cost of $30 for the parent workbook
  • Subsidies are possible

Dates: Wednesday nights March 6 to May 1 2019 (excluding March 13 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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2019 Woolwich Counselling Centre Groups

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.

 

Stand Tall - This Group promotes confidence and assertiveness, enabling children to protect and express themselves.  

For ages 7-9

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11, 2019

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $100

 

Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety - This workshop examines the causes and symptoms of adolescent anxiety. Strategies to support and cope with anxiety are provided for teens, their parents and others.

Dates: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 7-8pm

Cost: $20/person

 

Glad to Be Me - This fun-filled children’s program promotes self-esteem and self-worth.

For ages 4-7

Dates: Feb.25; March 25; April 29; May 27

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $20/session 

 

Conquering Teen Anxiety - This group will assist teens to learn effective ways to cope with teenage pressures and stress. They will learn strategies to feel more in control of their daily lives.

For ages 12-14

Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15

Time:7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100

 

Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Dates: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100

 

No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and fears interfere with

your child’s ability to enjoy a carefree childhood that all children deserve? Did you know that appropriate and timely intervention can assist anxious children to grow up to be healthy adults?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Date: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100

 

Protecting the Girl in Me - This group develops leadership skills and confidence to enable girls to protect themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms and positive social connections.

For ages 10-12

Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100

 

To learn more about these program or to register please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

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Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundamental Training Course

If you’re the caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have a strong desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of this diagnosis, Kerry's Place Autism Services has an exclusive offer for you!

 

Kerry’s Place Autism Services is offering this training course FREE as a Foundational Service through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). To qualify, families must have a child registered with the OAP. Not registered yet? Call the OAP Single Point of Access at 1-877-374-6625 (press 1) to register today!

 

This unique training opportunity will include:

  • 12 modules delivered in six full days
  • Group and individual activities
  • Weekly assignments to enhance comprehension, skill development, and confidence
  • The opportunity to work with other parents in a supportive and dynamic learning environment
  • A certificate of participation

Dates

January 18, 25, February 1, 8 March 1,8, 2019

Time

9:30 am –3:30 pm

Location

Sunbeam Centre-training room - 2749 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

 

For more information and registration please contact:

Amanda Polesello at Amanda.Polesello@kerrysplace.org or 519-763-5812 ext. 28

Registration is first come first serve basis. Spaces are limited.

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"Building and Learning Together" - KidsAbility

KidsAbility™ Centre for Child Development is offering the "Building and Learning Together" training through their KidsAbility Autism Program.

“Building and Learning Together” will provide you with weekly workshops, supported with hands-on coaching. Using the Behaviour Skills Training Model of instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsal, and feedback, you and your family will be supported in learning strategies to apply with your child on a daily basis. 

 

Workshop topics will include:

  • Reinforcement and Pairing
  • Functions of Behaviour
  • How to Increase Positive Behaviour (while decreasing less desirable behaviour)
  • How to Enhance Communication
  • Use of Visual Supports to Increase Independence
  • Developing Play Skills

At the end of each workshop you will receive a skill practice sheet outlining what was discussed, and recommendations for practical ways to put your learning into everyday practice.

 

This workshop is being offered during the following times:

 

Guelph
Tuesdays | 9am—10:30am

January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 19

Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Guelph - Fall 2018)

 

Kitchener
Tuesdays | 6pm—7:30pm

January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 19

Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Kitchener - Fall 2018)

 

Waterloo
Wednesdays | 9am—10:30am

April 10, 17, 24, May 1, May 8, 15, June 12
Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Waterloo - Fall 2018)

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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 - February 6, 13, 20, 27 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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Legal Update: Ontario Government Announces Labour & Employment Reforms

PooranLaw has shared the following legal update on labour and employment reforms:

 

On October 23, 2018, the PC government introduced Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (“Bill 47”). If passed, Bill 47 will repeal a number of changes made by the Liberal government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”). While Bill 148 provided some much-needed protection for Ontario’s most vulnerable workers, many aspects of Bill 148 posed significant challenges for charities, not-for-profit government funded agencies and people with disabilities receiving individualized/direct supports and their families. For the most part, Bill 47 addresses those challenges by simply reverting back to the legislation that existed before Bill 148 was passed. 

 

The important changes are outlined in the full document. The implications of these changes will be discussed further in a webinar on Octoer 30, 2018.

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Building Better Boundaries - Carizon Group Program

Carizon is offering the following fall workshop:

 

Building Better Boundaries

Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are work-ing towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group. No fee.

Mondays 1-3pm, October 15 - December 3, 2018.

 

To register visit www.carizon.ca or call 519-743-6333.

 

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Woolwhich Counselling Centre Upcoming Programs

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.

 

Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Group 1: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 2018

Group 2: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100

Pre-interview required. Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

 

No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and fears interfere with

your child’s ability to enjoy a carefree childhood that all children deserve? Did you know that appropriate and timely intervention can assist anxious children to grow up to be healthy adults?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Group 1: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec 5, 2018

Group 2: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

 

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