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Groups & Workshops for Young People & Caregivers

HN REACH offers both virtual and in-person group programs and workshops for children, youth and their parents or caregivers on an as needed basis. Groups help children and youth who are working through common problems to find solutions and build support with others. Parents/caregivers can choose from on-going weekly groups as well as  multi-week curriculum based groups.  Please continue to check our Upcoming Events for information about groups.

Groups & Workshops for Young People

​AFFIRM

Do you identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ or questioning?

HN REACH’s AFFIRM is offering an 8 week group for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth ages 12-18 who would like to learn coping skills and build healthy supports to deal with stigma.

    Program Goals:

    1. To decrease unhelpful thoughts rooted in stigma & homophobia/transphobia to feel better about oneself and life
    2. To cope in ways that affirms identity and supports healthy behaviors/actions.
    3. Increase awareness of/build upon affirming social supports
    4. Will have a toolbox of strategies to draw from.

    Eligibility: FREE to youth in Haldimand & Norfolk and Neighbouring Communities who identify as gender diverse/gender non-conforming

    Space is limited

    We will be offering two groups:

    Starting: Thursday May 19th for Ages 14 – 17 years old at time of referral (8 weeks – 5:00 - 7:00)

    Starting Thursday October 13th for Age 12- 14 (8 weeks – 5:00 - 6:30)

    This group will be offered virtually via the Zoom with some in-person options

    Limited spaces

    To make a referral call Contact HN at 519.587.2441 or 1.800.265.8087 x350

    About AFFIRM

    AFFIRM is a CBT psychoeducational group tailored to better support 2SLGBTQIA+ participants. AFFIRM is based on the principles of affirming
    sexual and gender diversity, recognizing 2SLGBTQIA+ specific sources of stress, and providing affirming and trauma-informed service delivery.
    The Affirm program is an evidence-based approach developed by Shelley Craig and Ashley Austin at the University of Toronto.

    Reference:

    Craig, S. L. & Austin, A. (2019). Affirmative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning
    and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Populations: Intervention Manual. University of Toronto.

    The Surf Club:

    A Virtual MINDFULNESS Club for Teenagers

    Learn skills to surf the waves of stress!

    Being a teenager can be stressful with many ups and downs. Whether dealing with school, friendships, or dating, the teen years are challenging. But, did you know that using mindfulness skills can really boost your enjoyment of the good times and provide you with a way to handle the difficult times?

    In the Surf Club you will learn and practice key mindfulness skills that can help you ride out the waves of stress, soak up the good stuff in life, and allow you to tap into your own abilities; perhaps ones you didn’t even know you had!

    Mindfulness is paying attention to what you’re thinking, feeling, and experiencing. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. There are a lot of ways you can do it, and a lot of ways it can be helpful for your mind, body, and relationships. Mindfulness teaches us how to be present, aware,
    compassionate, and non-judgmental. These values aren’t tied to a specific belief system, and can be helpful for people with various beliefs.

    Date: TUESDAYS: May 17, 24, 31, June 7th

    6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Eligibility: Ages 1417 years old at time of referral

    Space is limited

    The Club meets virtually via the Zoom platform.

    Cost: FREE to youth in Haldimand, Norfolk, and Neighbouring Communities

    To register call: Contact H-N 1-519-587-2441 ext. 350 or 1-800-265-8087 ext. 350

    Child & Youth Mental Fitness Series

    Expression Sessions!

    The Mental Fitness Series teaches youth specific skills to maintain and grow their mental health through fun and engaging activities.

    Session: Self-Care

    This virtual expression session teaches youth the importance of self-care to maintain their mental health. We’ll explore many self care activities and participants will plant, grow, and nurture their very own gardens as a metaphoric reminder of self-care.

    Date: WEDNESDAY APRIL 13TH

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Eligibility: Ages 10 - 14

    Space is limited

    This expression session is offered virtually via the Zoom Platform, an activity box will be provided with all materials

    Cost: Free to youth in Haldimand & Norfolk and Neighbouring Communities

    To register call: Contact H-N 1-519-587-2441 ext. 350 or 1-800-265-8087 ext. 350

    Child & Youth Mental Fitness Series

    Expression Sessions!

    The Mental Fitness Series teaches youth specific skills to maintain and grow their mental health through fun and engaging activities.

    Session: Take Flight

    This virtual Expression Session teaches youth how to deal with life’s challenges through growing stress tolerance, a positive mind-set,and perseverance while designing, building, and flying their own kites.

    Date: June 15 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Eligibility: Ages 7 - 12

    Space is limited

    This expression session is offered virtually via the Zoom Platform, an activity box will be provided with all materials

    Cost: Free to youth in Haldimand & Norfolk and Neighbouring Communities

    To register call: Contact H-N 1-519-587-2441 ext. 350 or 1-800-265-8087 ext. 350

    **Referrals open NOVEMBER 2022**

    Temper Tamer Group (age 7 to 11)

    “Temper Tamers” is a virtual group for children between the ages of 7 and 11 and their caregivers which assists with concerns about anger, aggression and hostility in the family.

    Is TEMPER ruining your family fun?

    Is TEMPER causing you, your child or others problems?

    Do you and your child want to be “in charge” of TEMPER instead of TEMPER being “in charge” of you?

    If you answered YES to these questions, you may be interested in signing up for the 8 week Virtual Temper Taming Group.

    Space is limited!

    All families receive an activity box with fun weekly projects.

    Dates:

    Starting: January 12 to March 2, 2022

    Wednesdays: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    The Caregiver Workshop on January 12th, 2022 is for Parents & Caregivers only from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and is required to enroll in the group.

    Eligibility:

    Parents/caregivers of children living in Haldimand and Norfolk.

    This workshop is offered virtually via the Zoom platform. Wifi and a free Zoom account is required.

    Cost: Free

    To register call:

    Contact HN 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 x350

    Once registered a group lead will contact you to discuss the group and answer any questions you
    might have.

    G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp 2021 is now closed. Check back for 2022 dates!

    G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp program has been offering a unique 3-day camp experience focused on Growth, Independence, Respect, Leadership and Self-esteem in partnership with Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services, Haldimand-Norfolk REACH, and Norfolk County.

    Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty it brings, we have decided to offer our Virtual Camp in a box again. It’s not feasible for us to run an in-person camp at a half capacity, so we will play it safe and go virtual again for this year’s grade 8’s.

    G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp November 2021 - Virtual Camp in Box

    Virtual Camp in a Box is BACK and we have made some changes. When you register for your G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp in a Box, you will also be prompted to select which live virtual sessions you would like to sign up for. You can select none, the ones that pique your interest, or all of them! This is to better help us plan the live sessions and know how large our audience will be…

    Virtual sessions will be spaced out this year, taking place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8pm.

    REGISTER FOR G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp, November 2021

    A follow-up to the virtual program held in the spring, the Haldimand-Norfolk G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp returns this November 2021 with a second edition virtual program in November.

    Registration will be open in October, exclusive to Grade 8 girls attending an elementary school in Haldimand-Norfolk. Starting November 30th we will be offering two virtual sessions per week, wrapping up on December 16th.

    Registered participants can join us online for interactive sessions, discussion groups, activities and have access to pre-recorded videos on topics that relate to camp.

    To register go to - https://hngirlspowercamp.ca/

    Groups & Workshops for Parents and Caregivers

    **NEW DATES**

    Caregivers in Haldimand, Norfolk and neighbouring communities please join us to explore the skills of Emotion Coaching (from Emotion Focus Family Therapy) to help:

    • Support your child’s emotion regulation

    • Improve your relationship with your child

    • Set up appropriate limits at any age

    Dates:

    October 21st, 28th and Nov. 4th

    Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Space is limited

    This workshop is offered virtually via the Zoom platform

    Eligibility

    Parents/caregivers of children living in Haldimand and Norfolk

    Cost: Free

    To register call:

    Contact HN 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 x350

    Positive Discipline In Everyday Parenting (In-Person Group)

    Tuesdays March 22 - May 10

    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Early ON Child and Family Centre- Caledonia

    Want to raise your child, not your voice? Our problem solving model promotes healthy child development and strong parent-child relationships for parents/caregivers with children up to the age of 6.

    For more information visit www.positivedisciplineeveryday.com

    To register call Barb at 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 Ext. 405

    Positive Discipline In Everyday Parenting (In-Person Group)

    Wednesdays April 13 - June 1

    6:00 - 7:30pm

    Location: Early ON Child and Family Centre- Simcoe

    Want to raise your child, not your voice? Our problem solving model promotes healthy child development and strong parent-child relationships for parents/caregivers with children up to the age of 6.

    For more information visit www.positivedisciplineeveryday.com

    To register call Barb at 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 Ext. 405

    Moms get together weekly to talk about things that matter to them including relationships, parenting, and
    friendships. This group is currently being offered in a virtual format.

    Date:

    Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm from September until June.

    Eligibility

    Parents/caregivers of children ages 0 to 6

    Cost: Free

    To register for a Parenting Group

    Call the Parenting Program Facilitator at 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 Ext 405

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Caregiver Support Group

    The objectives of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Caregiver Support Group are to:

    • Establish a safe environment to discuss experiences of living with an individual with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Reduce isolation by facilitating caregiver connections
    • Assist each other in becoming advocates
    • Develop skills that assist in understanding and managing the needs of an individual with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Provide a forum for resources and discussion

    Cost
    Free

    Eligibility
    Anyone supporting a person living with an FASD is welcome

    To make a referral
    Call 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 Ext 274

    The Agency endeavours to provide a Scent-Free environment for the safety and comfort of all. Please refrain from the use of scented products when attending any of our sites and/or programs.
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