Intersect Youth and Family Services offers a number of therapeutic groups throughout the year.

Group therapy is a great way for children, youth and their caregivers to learn about and learn new skills to support and address: anxiety, problematic behaviors, depression, social skills, managing moods like anger, communication methods etc. New groups are constantly being offered. To find out more about therapeutic groups, ask your counsellor or call us and ask to talk to the intake coordinator.

Parenting Through Strong Emotions

  • WHAT IS IT?   A four-part caregiver series.
  • FOR WHO?   Any caregiver looking for tools to support the children in their care.
  • WHEN?   Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • WHERE?   1294 3rd Avenue (downstairs in the Intersect building)
  • HOW?   Just show up at Session 1. No registration required.
    **please contact us prior if using stairs is a challenge for you so we can make accommodations**

Series Topics:

SESSION # 1 - What's going on with my kid?
Dates: October 2nd or November 6th, 2019. January 8th or February 5th, 2020.

SESSION # 2 - What is emotion coaching?
SESSION # 3 - What’s getting in our way?
SESSION # 4 - What about behavior?

View Parenting Through Strong Emotions PDF

Family Wellness Group

The purpose of the Family Wellness Group is to equip parents with a base set of skills to fall back on while waiting for active therapy to begin. The Group runs for four consecutive weeks, with one skill covered each week. It was developed to:

  • Help parents gain confidence in using skills that will be discussed in therapy
  • Improve relationship between parent and child
  • Help parents become familiar with the therapeutic vocabulary

Circle of Security Group

The Circle of Security program is designed to enhance attachment security between a parent or caregiver and their child. Decades of research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively, and better relationships with parents & others in later life!

Participants will explore how to...

  • Assist your child in managing their emotions and behaviour
  • How to pick up on your child’s cues and signals
  • Understand more clearly why your child behaves the way they do
  • Encourage the development of confidence and self-esteem in your child
  • Learn how your child's behaviour is a form of communicating their needs to you

View Circle of Security Group PDF

Parenting Your Spirited Child

Spirited children are the exception to the rule kids according to Mary Sheedy Kurcinka author of Raising your Spirited Child. They don’t stop by being ignored, they cry for hours, the get unusually stuck on things (different than kids on the spectrum). Spirited kids can be triggered by textures, sights and sounds. They are typically the kids who one moment bring the greatest joy and this consumes them and the next moment/day nothing makes them happy. Power struggles, meltdowns, and excessive tantrums - they are the kids that can make a parent feel like they are going crazy as they can spit/hit/kick you and another time offer loving hugs and helpfulness. They are the square peg trying to fit into the round hole.

By supporting parents to better understand their child’s needs there is less attachment disruption, more peace in the home – everyone is able to sleep a little better.

Social Smarts Group

Youths that struggle with social skills. These skills are useful for youths who are not getting them at home. The purpose of the group is to:

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  • Enhance youths social skills; how to interact appropriately with others;
  • how to not procrastinate, anger management, self-care, healthy relationships, and self-esteem;
  • learn communication skills, friendship and problem-solving skills;
  • understand and/or control their emotions and understand other people's perspectives.

Sessions will include role playing, movement based activities, relaxation techniques, arts & crafts and games.

View Social Smarts Group PDF

Family Anxiety Group

Picture of a cute, smiling dragonThis group is for parents and children with their main concern being anxiety. It is a psychoeducation and skills-based group. We will be learning about anxiety and learn some coping skills and anxiety management techniques including grounding, relaxation and mindfulness.

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Mood Management Group

This is a 'Workshop' kind of group that will educate teenagers about moods, emotions, and how to deal with them. The first half of each session will be learning, and the second half will be practising/experiencing. Our three broad topics will be:

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger

There will be about ten participants, and there will be two facilitators.

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Connect Parent Group

The Connect Parent Group is an attachment-based approach to supporting parents of teens. The goal is to promote sensitive and effective parenting that in turn promotes positive adjustment and healthy autonomy. The program focuses on learning about attachment as it relates to adolescent development through role plays and reflection exercises in an effort to help parents and caregivers “step-0back” from their emotional reactions to their teen’s behavior, and to 'step into' their teen's state of mind and emotional experiences.

The group consists of an information session, followed by 9 weekly sessions where a Principle is introduced and explored. Connect Parent asks parents and caregivers to participate in evaluation of facilitation, as well as process and content in an effort to continually modify the program based on feedback.

View Connect Parent Group PDF