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Student Services. You matter, you belong.

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.

Facts from Alberta Health Services

Cannabis

With the legalisation of cannabis, parents may find the following resources helpful:

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

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

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: 134
email: kelly.lajoie@spschools.org

November 2018 Workshops

Women & Anger

November 16 & 17 (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.

 

Men & Anger

November 30 & December 01 (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.

December 2018 Workshops

Marriage Preparation

December 07 & 08 (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.

 

Women & Anger

December 07 & 08 (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.

January 2019 Workshops

Men & Anger

January 11 & 12 (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.

 

Parenting Toddlers & Preschoolers

January 11 & 12 (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

January 18 & 19 (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.

 

Positive Parenting Strategies

January 25 & 26 (10 hours). #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $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. 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 allow your relationship with your child to grow and develop in a healthy way. This course is based on the premise that relationship is the foundation for parenting. 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 secure attachment and positive parenting practices
  • Children cannot attend our workshops. Our workshops are intended for adults and we do not offer childcare

What will you learn?

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

  • Your own parenting and family style
  • How attachment affects how you interact with each other
  • How to support secure attachment
  • How different parts of our brains influence parenting
  • How to repair relationships
  • Why routines, structure, and setting limits are important
  • How to better communicate with children
  • How to care for yourself

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

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • 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.

 

Self Esteem & Assertiveness

January 25 & 26 (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.

February 2019 Workshops

Marriage Preparation

February 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.

 

Men & Anger

February 01 & 02 (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.

 

Parenting Teens

February 02 & 03 (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.

 

Couples Communication

February 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.

 

Women & Anger

February 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.

March 2019 Workshops

Men & Anger

March 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.

 

Parenting Teens

March 08 & 09 (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.

 

Marriage Preparation

March 22 & 23 (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.

 

Women & Anger

March 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.

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.

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!