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Family Pulse-November 2021

Welcome to November! 


Inside the November issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates
Celebrate the Small Stuff
What's Happening at WRFN

Parent & Caregiver Survey
Steph's Corner
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy.

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Crafting Your Individualized Housing Action Plan

Ten-week Virtual Program


Join us for a unique program that will help you:

  • plan and create your housing vision for the future
  • explore various individualized housing & support models
  • learn about ways you can maximize financial resources
  • discover strategies to help reduce costs
  • identify goals and task to begin implementation of your plan

Series includes:

  • group learning sessions and individual support of Planning Facilitator
  • dedicated time with your Independent Facilitator between workshop sessions to support you planning process
  • individual consultation with housing specialist Kelly Casey to optimize your plan
  • preparation of your individualized housing plan complete with a budget
  • meet with and learn from other families interested in individualized housing

Cost fot the series is $1600.00 (HST included) and is an eligible Passport expense.


To register, click here.

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Woolwich Counselling Centre-Fall Workshops & Small Group Therapy

Check out this fall calendar for the above organization.

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Back to School Resiliency Building Package

Students in Canada may be facing new levels of stress as many will be returning to in-class learning after months of learning from home.


We are here to help you, the students you work with and the parents and caregivers who support your students at home.


With the help of educators, psychologists, and stress experts from across the country, we designed the Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons programs to help the important people in children’s lives promote resiliency by buffering the impact of stress and building positive coping strategies to deal with life’s inevitable stressors.


These research-based programs are built on an experiential asynchronous and synchronous learning approach. The aim is to help school staff create teachable moments to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency in students from preschool to high school.


Our approach emphasizes social-emotional learning, it is curriculum based and will help ensure you are better able to manage the challenges that the new school environment presents. In addition, the lessons provided will help educators fulfill the requirements of health and physical education curricula in Canada. 


If you are interested in BULK ORDERS for any of the training sessions or workshops below, please contact us directly.


a) 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 (for more highlights from our research, please see below)


Student Resilience Building Courses:

  • 2.5 hour synchronous training session that provides an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
  • 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.
  • 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-$100/course/per person


To see the fall training schedule, click below:

October calendar

November calendar


b) Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program

Engage parents in your school community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. Please see our research highlights below for more information.


Parent Masterclass in Stress Management                                                                

  • One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
  • Up to 100 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


c) School Staff Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from administrators, to teachers, child & youth workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers, and custodians are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to support your school community 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 100 school staff and educators in your community can participate                             
  • School Staff Resources 
  • Support the mental wellbeing of all members of your school community with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.        

RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources  



If the training schedule does not suit your organization's needs, please contact Pamela Sariyannis ([email protected]) to discuss other possible dates.

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Rising Youth information session

Every Canadian Count is partnering up with Rising Youth again this year to provide youth, aged 15-30, with various grants to lead disability-related community projects. 

To register for the information session (Thurs, Sept 2 from 12-1:30pm), click ​here.

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