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Group Programs

Please contact Connect Counselling at 250-860-3181 if you have any questions about our programs.  View all dates for group programs on our calendar.

Please note that due to COVID 19 there are no Children’s Groups running until further notice.  Some adult group programs are being held via the Zoom video platform.


Drop-in Groups – Currently offered on Zoom.

Finding Our Voices – Closed group

This is a safe non-judgmental counselling group for women exploring abuse and unhealthy patterns in partner relationships or from childhood. Topics are varied, and can include breaking the cycle, deciding whether/how to leave or stay in a relationship, boundaries, anger, trust, anxiety, depression, parenting, developing healthier present day relationships and healing and thriving after abuse. The group is held Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am. Please phone or email the office to have your name added to the wait-list.

Men in Change – Open group, spaces available!

Men in Change is a process group for men who are interested in learning how to manage emotions and unhealthy conflict.”  Themes include: Unfairness, Boundary Work, Respectful Communication, Family Conflict, Solution-focused Work, Managing Anger, Emotional Intelligence, Shame and Resiliency and Building Sense of Self.                                                                                                       

This is a weekly drop-in group and is co-lead by a male and female counsellor.

Mondays:  5:30 pm    September- June

Please phone or email the office to receive an invitation to join.

Men in Relationship with Self & Others –  Open Group   – Spaces available!

A support group for men who are interested in self-awareness and creating a healthy relationship with self and others. This is a weekly drop-in group led by a male facilitator.

Wednesdays:  6:00 p.m.     September — June

Please phone or email the office to receive an invitation to join.


Youth Groups

Building Calm

An eight-week anxiety counselling group for adolescents (age 14-16). In a supportive environment, the group will cover and discuss concepts and strategies to help participants lower their anxiety and enhance their well-being. The group will be running virtually via Zoom.

Please call to have your name added to the waitlist.


Children’s Groups

Children & Change – postponed due to COVID. Call to have your child’s name added to the waitlist.

The Children & Change Group is a 6-8 session group for children aged 6-12 years (children will be grouped into age appropriate sessions) who have experienced their parents’ separation or divorce. Topics include feelings, loss and change, loyalty and “being in the middle”, hopes and wishes, and self-esteem. Children experience separation in different ways than adults and may be reacting with anger, profound sadness, anxiety, guilt or confusion. They may be showing signs of sleep problems, regression, school difficulties, over achievement, aggression, aligning with one parent over the other. Through this fun, interactive process, kids get a chance to use art, games, discussion, and other activities to explore the changes in their lives. Please note that siblings will not be placed in the same group. 


SOOTHE: Regulating Strategies for Children’s Anxiety  (Children Aged 6-12)

ANXIETY…the fastest growing mental illness in children and youth today can be dealt with effectively and non-invasively…

Each course is 8 sessions long, with the 1st, 5th & 8th classes offered to parents only to provide support for parents. Classes run throughout the year.


Adult Groups

Reaching Older Women (ROW)

This is a psycho-educational discussion group for any woman 50 years and older who has experienced relationship abuse of any kind. Topics may include self-care; tools for calming; assertiveness and boundary-setting; exploring guilt and shame. Please contact Connect Counselling if you are interested in speaking to the counsellor about this group.


“I Heal” Skills & Strategies Group – TBA

This group addresses trauma and chronic stress for women who fit the mandate for the Stopping the Violence Program and who are preferably working with an individual therapist.


Gateway to Growth

Gateway to Growth is a six week psycho-educational group for adults seeking individual counselling services. Group members will learn and discuss foundational concepts in a supportive environment to be able to benefit the most from their upcoming individual counselling sessions. Topics and concepts may include: boundaries, communication, emotional regulation, window of tolerance, stress management, self-compassion and resilience.  Please contact Connect Counselling if you are interested in speaking to the counsellor about this group.


Healing, Empowerment, and Resilience (HER) 5-Week Course – TBA

This is a 5 week psycho-educational course for women interested in learning skills and strategies for managing the impact of childhood and/or relationship abuse. Topics will Window of tolerance Boundaries Grounding, Relationship with Self,  Resiliency , Optional Wrap Up Week (e.g. ‘Accessing Supports as You Move Forward’)

TBA

Please call the office for more information.


Parenting Skills Class

This is an eight-week class that supports parents in developing skills to address challenging behaviours in children or teens while building positive family relationships.

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Rebuilding for Men

Based on the #1 trusted resource on divorce recovery, the Rebuilding Group offers an opportunity for men to rebuild themselves from the ground up after separation or divorce.  The group follows Fisher’s “divorce process rebuilding blocks” to aid men in a healthy and less traumatic approach to healing in a supportive and group environment.


Rebuilding for Women

Based on the #1 trusted resource on divorce recovery, the Rebuilding Group offers an opportunity for women to rebuild themselves from the ground up after separation or divorce.  The group follows Fisher’s “divorce process rebuilding blocks” to aid women in a healthy and less traumatic approach to healing in a supportive and group environment.


 

 

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