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What we can help you with

Student Services provides information and direction concerning academic, educational, occupational, personal and post-secondary decisions. Students are seen on a self-referral basis; however administrators, teachers and parents may also make referrals. Counsellor appointments are suggested for both students and parents, in order to minimize the amount of class time missed. Individual and family support is available to assist with personal issues, study skills, time management, peer relations and goal setting. Scholarship information and post-secondary events are updated and advertised on a regular basis. Students can obtain assistance in completing post-secondary applications and are given tools and resources for self-exploration of scholarship opportunities.

Here are some tips for continued growth and happiness:

  • Remember your strengths! Use them to move yourself forward.
  • Focus on what is working your life.
  • Make a gratitude list.
  • Think POSITIVELY!
  • Use Affirmations – “I am strong” – “I will do this”.
  • Have Fun!
  • TRUST YOURSELF – this means listen to your intuition deep down inside.
  • Remember that asking for help is not a weakness but strength! Collect phone numbers of those that are ON YOUR SIDE!

Who to Contact

Phone:780.460.8490
Tweet us at: @BCHSstudentserv

Renee McDonald, Administrative Assistant
extension: 121
email: renee.mcdonald@spschools.org

Jeff Beaton, Counsellor
extension: 122
email: jeff.beaton@spschools.org

Kelly Lajoie, Counsellor
extension: 126
email: kelly.lajoie@spschools.org

Facts from Alberta Health Services

Did You Know? Facts from Addiction Services

 

Tobacco

Among all students, 69.7% reported they had never tried smoking tobacco.
Although most Alberta youth do not smoke themselves, approximately 21.0% reported living with a smoker, and 28.5% of students had been exposed to second-hand smoke inside a vehicle in the week prior to the survey.

Quoted from the Alberta Youth Experience Survey (TAYES) 2008: survey 3,469 students Grades 7-12. If you are interested in further details from this survey see Wendy.

Tobacco’s a drag!

addictive + bad breath + blood pressure up + breathing faster + burn holes + cancer + cough develops + damaged lungs + dizzy + expensive + heart disease + heart speeds up + irritates people + nausea + pollutes air + shortness of breath + skin ages + smelly hair + stroke + tar on lungs + yellow fingers

The good news if one quits

  • 20 minutes later: blood pressure drops to normal
  • 8 hours: oxygen level in blood increases
  • 24 hours: chance of having a heart attack decreases
  • 2 weeks to 3 months: circulation improves and lung function increases to 30%
  • 1 year: risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half
  • 5 years: risk of stroke is reduced
  • 10 years: lung cancer death rate is cut in half
  • 15 years: risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker

 

Cannabis

Students’ perception of the prevalence of substance use is much higher than what it actually is. For instance, students perceived that 81.6% of all students used alcohol, but actually only 49.1% did, and they perceived that 62.4% of all students used canabis, but actually only 16.3% did.

Quoted from the Alberta Youth Experience Survey (TAYES) 2008: survey 3,469 students Grades 7-12. If you are interested in further details from this survey see Wendy.

 

Addiction

We all know people who drink, do drugs, gamble or smoke. Substance use and/or gambling, can affect any of us all whether we are using, or if someone we love is. Addiction is a complex. When it is in our family, it affects all of us and can have a lasting impact. This impact varies from person to person. If there is a member of your family with substance use/gambling problems or if you know someone who has substance use/gambling problems – there is help and hope.

If you are interested in chatting more about substance use (drugs, alcohol, and tobacco) or gambling, you can call Wendy directly at 780.460.4971, or email her at wendy.gruhlke-smar@albertahealthservices.ca.

  • AHS Addictions Office St. Albert – Wendy 780.460.4971
  • AHS 24 Hour Information Line1.866.332.2322
  • AHS – all kinds of information – www.albertahealthservcies.ca

 

Community Supports

  • Al-Anon or Al-Ateen – for family members or friends affected by someone else’s alcohol use – 24-hour line: 780.433.1818
  • www.al-anon-edmonton.org
  • Al-Ateen CHAT LINEhttp://chat.alateen.net
  • Al-Ateen Group in St. Albert – for teens affected by someone’s alcohol use – Thursdays 8pm at Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church (51 Woodlands Drive)
  • Naranon – for family members or friends impacted by someone else’s’ drug use – 780.952.1763 for information and/or books.
  • Gam-Anon – for friends and family impacted by someone else’s gambling 780.463.0892
September 2017 Workshops

Men & Anger

September 22 & 23 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of later. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Men and Anger workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

Who can attend?

  • Any man over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflict

What will you learn?

  • You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:
  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in men
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges men face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Women & Anger

September 22 & 23 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of. For women, you may have challenges setting boundaries in relationships, which may contribute to your angry feelings. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Women and Anger Workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

Who can attend?

  • Any woman over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflict

What will you learn?

You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:

  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in women
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges women face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Communicating through Conflict

September 24, October 01, October 15 & October 22 from 3 – 5pm. #204, 14 Mission Avenue, St. Albert; $375

Do you find that people don’t seem to understand you when you’re upset? Do you struggle to have constructive difficult conversations? Do you find yourself avoiding conflict or “exploding” when you’re angry? Would you like to learn how to have discussions rather than arguments? Conflict is an issue that everyone experiences, but few know how to manage. This group is designed to help you learn how to interact more effectively with partners, family, friends, and co-workers.

In Communicating through Conflict, you will learn:

  • How to identify and communicate your feelings
  • The blocking behaviours that prevent effective communication
  • Active listening skills
  • What you can and can’t control in an argument
  • How to calmly initiate difficult conversations

This group will include psychoeducation, discussion, and active participation with role-plays. You will be encouraged to practice your skills with a real conflict each week. This group will be limited to eight adult participants.

For more information or to register, contact Rivers Edge Counselling at 780.460.0022.

 

Rising Strong

September 25, October 02, October 09, October 16, October 23 & October 30 from 6.15 – 9.15pm. #204, 14 Mission Avenue, St. Albert; $550 (includes workshop, a beautiful Rising Strong ™ workbook, all group materials, light snacks and refreshments).

The Rising Strong™ group will explore what it takes to get back up after we find ourselves in facedown moments. Everyone experiences pain, struggle, and failure. When we find ourselves in this place, we may not know how to talk about it, make sense of it and finds ways to get back up.

This group is based on Brené Brown’s new book: Rising Strong. With over 12 years of research experience in this area, she invites us to take the courageous steps of reestablishing yourself after a fall. This group is for anyone willing to dare, fall and feel their way through tough emotions and getting back up to try again. Regardless of the magnitude of your circumstance, together we will work through the process of:

In Communicating through Conflict, you will learn:

  • Reckoning: walking into our story
  • Rumble: owning our story
  • Revolution: writing a new ending and changing how we engage with the world

Together we can start to change the stories about who we are, who we want to be and how we can write our own brave endings.

For more information or to register, contact Rivers Edge Counselling at 780.460.0022.

 

Triple P: Dealing with Disobedience (Level 3 Discussion Group)

September 26 from 6 – 8pm. KARA Family Resource Centre (6717 – 132 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

How to teach your child to accept limits & do as they’re told. Limited childcare provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Child-Parent Relationship Training

10 weekly sessions beginning September 26 from 6.30 – 8.00pm. #204, 14 Mission Avenue, St. Albert; $80.00/session for 10 sessions (90 minute groups): $800.00 for 10 weeks plus email follow-up.

  • Do you feel like you have lost control of your role as a parent?
  • Do you find yourself yelling at your child more often than laughing with your child?
  • Do you feel you have lost touch with your child…you don’t feel as close as you’d like?
  • Do you feel frustrated and find yourself saying the same things over and over, with no results?
  • Would you like for your relationship with your child to go back to the “way it used to be”?

Child-Parent-Relationship Training (CPRT) can help!

In CPRT, you will learn how to:

  • Regain control as a parent
  • Help your child develop self-control
  • Effectively discipline & limit inappropriate behaviour
  • Understand your child’s emotional needs
  • Communicate more effectively with your child

In this ONLINE training, you will:

  • Participate in weekly, secure, small group video conferences to learn skills and connect with other parents
  • Engage in weekly, half-hour play sessions with your child to practice CPRT  skills
  • Receive an electronic copy of the CPRT Parent Notebook

For more information or to register, contact Rivers Edge Counselling at 780.460.0022.

 

Anxiety in Children

September 27 from 6 – 8pm. Suite 10A, 215 Carnegie Drive, St. Albert; Free for members ($30 for non-members)

Anxiety is not uncommon with children. If you are concerned, there are many practical strategies and tools that a parent can use to help their child manage anxiety. Learn how to recognize if your child is feeling anxious, and how to talk about it with them. As part of the strategies, children will learn to recognize their strengths and successes. Our facilitator will guide parent discussions in how to best support their children.

For more information or to register, contact St. Albert Family Resource Centre at 780.459.7377.

 

Triple P: Hassle-Free Shopping with Children (Level 3 Discussion Group)

September 29 from 10am – 12pm. Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre (9516 – 114 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Get practical strategies to make shopping tantrum-free (& even fun!). Child minding and snack provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

October 2017 Workshops

Self Esteem & Assertiveness

October 10, 12, 17 & 19 from 6 – 8.30pm. #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Do you find it difficult to speak up for yourself and share your opinions or feelings, especially when they aren’t the same as someone else’s? Being assertive is critical for self-esteem and your overall health and happiness. But if you lack self-confidence, it can be very hard. You may believe you don’t deserve to be heard or that your opinion doesn’t matter. You may feel nervous about how others will react to your thoughts, and even find yourself putting other people’s needs before your own.

It is possible to raise your self-esteem and learn real-life ways to be assertive. You have a right to be heard, make your own choices, and even say ‘no.’ Our Self-Esteem and Assertiveness workshop will help you do that. It could be the first step you need in becoming seen and respected as the strong individual you are inside.

Who can attend?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who has a desire to build self-esteem, confidence, or assertiveness skills.

What will you learn?

You will build self-esteem and assertive communication skills by understanding:

  • Self-esteem and ways to build it
  • Self-defeating behaviours
  • How to communicate assertively
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Anger and its relation to self-esteem

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges individuals and families face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Marriage Preparation

October 13 & 14 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

You are about to embark on one of the most significant milestones in your life: marriage. You and your partner are in love and busy planning for your big day. You are both probably feeling excited, proud, and even a bit nervous. But what happens after the wedding day is even more critical than saying “I do.”

Relationships are challenging, often filled with unexpected emotional events and conflict. And since no two people are exactly the same, you will likely deal with these situations in different ways. Through the Marriage Preparation Workshop, we can help you prepare for this deep and meaningful commitment to give you a better chance of long-term success. We want you to be strong and healthy together, well after the honeymoon is over.

Who can attend?

  • Any couple about to get married. Both partners must attend
  • This non-denominational workshop may qualify as the mandatory course for couples getting married in a church. Please confirm with your church or religious leader first

What will you learn?

You will build skills for a strong and healthy relationship by understanding:

  • What to expect from each other
  • How to better communicate
  • Effective ways to solve problems and resolve conflict
  • Why individual family origins are important
  • How to relate to your in-laws
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • Ways to manage your money
  • Children and parenting

By the end of the session, you and your partner will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting your beliefs in a respectful way
  • Sharing your most important concerns with each other
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with couples on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical relationship challenges, and successful ways to build a healthy and nurturing marriage. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your partner, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Triple P: Managing Fighting and Aggression (Level 3 Discussion Group)

October 17 from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Boyle Street Plaza (9538 – 103A Avenue), Edmonton; Free. 

How to help your child solve problems & get along with others. Childcare and dinner provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Triple P: Managing Fighting and Aggression (Level 3 Discussion Group)

October 17 from 6 – 8pm. KARA Family Resource Centre (6717 – 132 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

How to help your child solve problems & get along with others. Limited childcare is provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Positive Discipline

October 18 from 6 – 8pm. Suite 10A, 215 Carnegie Drive, St. Albert; $15 for members ($30 for non-members)

This course will give you the skills required to encourage independence and exploration while setting appropriate boundaries with your child. Parents will learn to recognize when their child is ready to master the challenges of sleeping, eating and potty training, while avoiding power struggles that so often come with these lessons.

For more information or to register, contact St. Albert Family Resource Centre at 780.459.7377.

 

Teen Anxiety Group

8 weekly sessions beginning October 18 from 7 – 8pm. #204, 14 Mission Avenue, St. Albert; $50.00/session for 8 sessions (60 minute groups).

During adolescence, the struggle for identity and selfhood can bring about stress and feelings of apprehension. This group serves to facilitate the social and emotional development of teens as they learn to interact openly with others while they explore ways to manage and cope with their anxiety. Ultimately, this group aims to provide a safe and supportive space where teens can gain more insight and understanding into themselves, and support each other in exploring and discussing their experiences with anxiety.

For more information or to register, contact Rivers Edge Counselling at 780.460.0022.

 

Triple P: Level 4 Group

October 19 from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Boyle Street Plaza (9538 – 103A Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Get all the positive parenting strategies so you’ll be ready for anything. Childcare and Dinner Provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Parenting School-Age Children

October 27 & 28 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person or $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

When your child turns 5, they start to gain a new level of independence. Between the ages of 5 and 11, they spend more time at school, with friends, and participating in extra-curricular activities. This means they are spending less time with you under your direct supervision and care.

For some children, this period is exciting and positive. Your child may thrive in school, physical activities, or artistic ventures. They may develop friends easily and have a knack for resolving issues. For others, this period may be challenging as they experience difficulties with things like learning, bullies, shyness, or sports. Even if your child appears to be developing in a relatively healthy way, they’ll still face struggles with the Internet, chores, and peer personality conflicts.

Since you can’t be there to solve all of your child’s problems as they occur, you need skills to teach them to be independent and make positive choices. The Parenting School Age Children workshop offers a way to help you understand how they’re growing up and the type of role you should have with them as they go through the school years.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting a child between 5 and 11 years old
  • Families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing challenges in school age children.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting school-age children by understanding:

  • What to expect as your child grows and develops
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • Why school-age children behave the way they do
  • How to positively guide behaviours
  • How to better communicate with your child
  • What bonding is and why it’s important
  • Ways to teach your child problem-solving skills
  • The ins and outs of self-esteem
  • Discipline strategies
  • Internet safety
  • Chores – what to expect and when
  • What drives power struggles and how to address them
  • How to care for yourself during this stage

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical parenting challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Men & Anger

October 27 & 28 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of later. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Men and Anger workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

Who can attend?

  • Any man over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflict

What will you learn?

  • You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:
  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in men
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges men face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

November 2017 Workshops

Marriage Preparation

November 03 & 04 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

You are about to embark on one of the most significant milestones in your life: marriage. You and your partner are in love and busy planning for your big day. You are both probably feeling excited, proud, and even a bit nervous. But what happens after the wedding day is even more critical than saying “I do.”

Relationships are challenging, often filled with unexpected emotional events and conflict. And since no two people are exactly the same, you will likely deal with these situations in different ways. Through the Marriage Preparation Workshop, we can help you prepare for this deep and meaningful commitment to give you a better chance of long-term success. We want you to be strong and healthy together, well after the honeymoon is over.

Who can attend?

  • Any couple about to get married. Both partners must attend
  • This non-denominational workshop may qualify as the mandatory course for couples getting married in a church. Please confirm with your church or religious leader first

What will you learn?

You will build skills for a strong and healthy relationship by understanding:

  • What to expect from each other
  • How to better communicate
  • Effective ways to solve problems and resolve conflict
  • Why individual family origins are important
  • How to relate to your in-laws
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • Ways to manage your money
  • Children and parenting

By the end of the session, you and your partner will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting your beliefs in a respectful way
  • Sharing your most important concerns with each other
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with couples on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical relationship challenges, and successful ways to build a healthy and nurturing marriage. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your partner, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Parenting Teens

November 03 & 04 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person or $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Your teenager is beginning to develop their own ideas, self-image, and opinions. You are probably starting to notice that these don’t always align with your own views, and that’s OK! Learning to become independent is a normal part of adolescence… it is actually the whole point. You went through your own transition into adulthood — which likely included some rebellion or questioning — and your children must do the same.

That doesn’t make your job as a parent any easier. Teenagers often experience intense pressure and face many difficult choices. Puberty is beginning at an earlier age than ever before. That is when the way they experience the world and their own emotions changes significantly.

Through the Parenting Teens workshop, you will learn some practical ways to help guide your children through this challenging period by teaching them how to understand and control their feelings and actions. We want you to appreciate this time in your child’s life while taking care of yourself.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting a child over the age of 12
  • Families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing challenges in teenagers.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting teenagers by understanding:

  • How teenagers develop independence and self-awareness
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • How to better communicate with teenagers
  • Different styles of decision-making
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Boundaries and privileges
  • Ways to increase their self-esteem
  • Anger in yourself and your teenager
  • How to care for yourself during this period

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical parenting challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Triple P: Developing Good Bedtime Routines (Level 3 Discussion Group)

November 14 from 6 – 8pm. KARA Family Resource Centre (6717 – 132 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

How to get your child to go to bed – and stay there – without fuss. Limited childcare is provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Triple P: Raising Confident, Competent Children (Level 2 Seminar)

November 16 from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre (9516 – 114 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Tips to help your child be confident, successful & respectful. Childcare and dinner provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

The Daring Way™

November 17, 18 & 19. #204, 14 Mission Avenue, St. Albert; $550 (includes workshop, a beautiful workbook, all group materials, and light snacks).

Groups based on The Daring Way™ curriculum allow individuals to take an honest look at what is holding them back from feeling joy, freedom from anxiety, feeling a sense of purpose, and allow them to move from being paralyzed by what others think to living life with more expression and authenticity.

During the curriculum we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are holding us back, and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward to more authentic and wholehearted living.

The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

For more information or to register, contact Rivers Edge Counselling at 780.460.0022.

 

Parenting in Blended Families

November 17 & 18 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person or $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Blended or step-families are more common than ever as people with children connect with new partners after divorce or separation. These families come in all shapes and sizes; one or both parents may have children, and they may decide to have children together.

Blended families will likely face far more challenges than you’d ever imagined. Whether it’s complicated schedules, sibling conflicts, parenting styles, or issues with ex-partners, your new life will be complex and sometimes frustrating. Yet it will also be highly rewarding once you get over the ‘bumps.’

One thing is certain—you have to work hard in a blended family to build lasting relationships based on love and trust. The Parenting in Blended Families workshop will help you understand the roles of the natural and step-parents as well as your children’s responses to the breakups of prior relationships. We’ll help you develop strategies for a more positive and healthy home together.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting as part of a blended or step-family
  • Blended families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing conflict.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting children from different families by understanding:

  • How step-families develop
  • Your children’s response to separation and divorce
  • How to create parenting plans and discipline in blended families
  • The role of the natural parent
  • The role of the step-parent
  • How to communicate with co-parents, and
  • How to deal with conflict

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical parenting challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Positive Parenting Strategies

November 17 & 18 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person or $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

No one said parenting was easy. Children of all ages have their own unique personalities and characteristics. They know how to make you proud and they also learn very quickly what buttons to push to make you angry or pay attention. Misbehaviour is a normal part of child development. But when your children act out, you may get frustrated and upset because nothing you do or say works.

Contrary to most jobs we have in life, parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. And since no two children nor parents are the same, every family is bound to face challenges. Positive Parenting Strategies provides parenting ideas that address misbehaviour and allow your child to grow and develop in a healthy way. We want you to help your child achieve their potential while still caring for yourself in the process.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent, grandparent, or guardian who plays a role in parenting toddlers or school-age children
  • Anyone interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing misbehaviour.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for managing your child’s or children’s challenging behaviours by understanding:

  • Your own parenting and family style
  • How attachment affects how you interact with each other
  • Why children behave as they do
  • What leads to misbehaviour and how to identify it
  • How to address persistent misbehaviour
  • Why routines, structure, and setting limits are important
  • How to better communicate with children
  • What triggers your own anger, and
  • How to care for yourself

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical parenting challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Triple P: The Power of Positive Parenting (Level 2 Seminar)

November 23 from 6 – 8pm. KARA-Too (Suite #108, 5606 – 134A Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Find out why kids do what they do & what you can do about it. Limited childcare is provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Parenting Toddlers & Preschoolers

November 24 & 25 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person or $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

As a parent of a child under five, every day is an exciting challenge full of surprises. You never really know what to expect next when it comes to things like language, learning, physical activity, or potty training. And then there are those frustrating temper tantrums that seem to flare up out of nowhere!

You want your child to grow up to be successful and kind-hearted but sometimes it’s hard to know if you are helping or hindering their progress. At times, you may feel like nothing you do as a parent is working.

The Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers workshop helps take some of the guesswork out of parenting by helping you better understand why children behave the way they do at this age. We’ll offer positive strategies to help you guide your children’s behaviour and provide a nurturing home, while you take care of yourself.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting a child between 18 months and five years old.
  • Families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing misbehaviour in toddlers or preschoolers.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting toddlers and preschoolers by understanding:

  • What to expect as your child develops
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • Why children behave the way they do
  • How to positively guide behaviours
  • What bonding is and why it’s important
  • How ‘play’ helps develop physical, intellectual, and social skills
  • How to encourage confidence
  • How to better communicate with children
  • How to deal with misbehaviour and tantrums
  • How to potty train
  • How to care for yourself

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical parenting challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Women & Anger

November 24 & 25 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of. For women, you may have challenges setting boundaries in relationships, which may contribute to your angry feelings. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Women and Anger Workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

Who can attend?

  • Any woman over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflict

What will you learn?

You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:

  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in women
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges women face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Self Esteem & Assertiveness

November 28, 30, December 05 & 07 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Do you find it difficult to speak up for yourself and share your opinions or feelings, especially when they aren’t the same as someone else’s? Being assertive is critical for self-esteem and your overall health and happiness. But if you lack self-confidence, it can be very hard. You may believe you don’t deserve to be heard or that your opinion doesn’t matter. You may feel nervous about how others will react to your thoughts, and even find yourself putting other people’s needs before your own.

It is possible to raise your self-esteem and learn real-life ways to be assertive. You have a right to be heard, make your own choices, and even say ‘no.’ Our Self-Esteem and Assertiveness workshop will help you do that. It could be the first step you need in becoming seen and respected as the strong individual you are inside.

Who can attend?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who has a desire to build self-esteem, confidence, or assertiveness skills.

What will you learn?

You will build self-esteem and assertive communication skills by understanding:

  • Self-esteem and ways to build it
  • Self-defeating behaviours
  • How to communicate assertively
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Anger and its relation to self-esteem

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges individuals and families face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Triple P: Raising Confident, Competent Children (Level 2 Seminar)

November 30 from 6 – 8pm. KARA- Too (Suite #108, 5606 – 134A Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Tips to help your child be confident, successful & respectful. Limited childcare is provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

December 2017 Workshops

Marriage Preparation

December 01 & 02 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

You are about to embark on one of the most significant milestones in your life: marriage. You and your partner are in love and busy planning for your big day. You are both probably feeling excited, proud, and even a bit nervous. But what happens after the wedding day is even more critical than saying “I do.”

Relationships are challenging, often filled with unexpected emotional events and conflict. And since no two people are exactly the same, you will likely deal with these situations in different ways. Through the Marriage Preparation Workshop, we can help you prepare for this deep and meaningful commitment to give you a better chance of long-term success. We want you to be strong and healthy together, well after the honeymoon is over.

Who can attend?

  • Any couple about to get married. Both partners must attend
  • This non-denominational workshop may qualify as the mandatory course for couples getting married in a church. Please confirm with your church or religious leader first

What will you learn?

You will build skills for a strong and healthy relationship by understanding:

  • What to expect from each other
  • How to better communicate
  • Effective ways to solve problems and resolve conflict
  • Why individual family origins are important
  • How to relate to your in-laws
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • Ways to manage your money
  • Children and parenting

By the end of the session, you and your partner will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting your beliefs in a respectful way
  • Sharing your most important concerns with each other
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with couples on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical relationship challenges, and successful ways to build a healthy and nurturing marriage. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your partner, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Triple P: Hassle-Free Shopping with Children (Level 3 Discussion Group)

December 05 from 6 – 8pm. KARA Family Resource Centre (6717 – 132 Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Get practical strategies to make shopping tantrum-free (& even fun!). Child minding and snack provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Triple P: Raising Resilient Children (Level 2 Seminar)

December 07 from 6 – 8pm. KARA- Too (Suite #108, 5606 – 134A Avenue), Edmonton; Free.

Tips to help your child manage emotions & cope with disappointment. Limited childcare is provided.

For more information or to register, contact Triple-P Parenting.

 

Couples Communication

December 08 & 09 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $200 per couple (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

When you first fall in love, communicating seems so easy. You talk to each other frequently, listen with genuine interest, and make an extra effort to help the other person feel special. You may even overlook your differences and forgive small mistakes easily.

Then real life starts to get in the way. After the “getting to know you” period has passed, many couples experience challenges as you learn to live together in a world full of distractions and complications. You may feel hurt by something your partner did or you may accidentally hurt them. You both may be so busy with professional and personal activities that you forget to spend time focusing on each other.

The Family Centre’s Couples Communication workshop helps you understand your communication styles and patterns so you can recognize what needs to change for a successful relationship. You will learn how to appreciate your partner and get through a disagreement so you still love each other at the end of it.

Who can attend?

  • Any couple that is experiencing difficulty communicating or has a desire to build a stronger relationship. Both partners must attend

What will you learn?

You will build skills for a strong and healthy relationship by understanding:

  • Barriers to communicating effectively
  • How to better communicate through active listening
  • Effective ways to solve problems and resolve conflict
  • How to repair hurt and build trust and
  • The five love languages (touch, gifts, acts of services, quality time, affirmation)

By the end of the session, you and your partner will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting your beliefs in a respectful way
  • Sharing your most important concerns with each other
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges in relationships. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your partner, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

Men & Anger

December 08 & 09 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 per person (subsidies available; please inquire at time of registration)

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of later. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Men and Anger workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

Who can attend?

  • Any man over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflict

What will you learn?

  • You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:
  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in men
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with clients on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical challenges men face. The workshops are highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills.

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536 or education.services@the-family-centre.com.

 

SAT Test Resource

Students who are interested in taking the SAT Test will find www.testdatescentral.com/sat-test-dates.html a very useful webpage to visit.  The site has test dates for numerous exams (all in one location), and even has practice questions and SAT math review videos, which are really helpful.