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Group Programs

Group Programs

2SLGBTQIA+ (OK2BME)

OK2BME Rainbow Rhythms – A Music Therapy Group

May 2-Jul 4, Thursdays, 2:30-4:30pm (10 weeks)

For 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults aged 18-29 living in Waterloo Region

Rainbow Rhythms is an engaging and supportive space for young adults to connect with one another and enhance their coping skills. This group combines elements of a traditional psychoeducation group with various music therapy experiences including listening to music, writing music, playing music, and music for mindfulness, sleep, and self-expression. Rainbow Rhythms is facilitated by OK2BME’s Certified Music Therapist (MTA).

In-person: 480 Charles St. E., Kitchener

Pregnant and Parenting

Parent/Caregiver Book Club: Featuring “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy

Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm (8 weeks)

For parents and caregivers.

In this weekly book club, parents/caregivers will read & discuss chapters of the featured book “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy highlights various parenting principals and how to use these to build connection and address behaviours within families. Throughout this 8-week group, principals will be explored together through discussion and sharing. Strategies to implement these concepts in your family will be explored using your own real-life scenarios. Participants will be asked to read chapters between group sessions and share their insights, thoughts, & learnings within the group.

Virtual

Herbert St. Groups

Learn more about the groups for pregnant and parenting individuals under 29 years of age here.

  • Village – Herbert
  • Walk and Roll – Herbert
  • Prenatal Parenting – Herbert
  • Pre and Postnatal Public Health – Herbert
  • Postnatal Education – Herbert
  • Speakers Corner – Herbert
  • Village Drop-in

Grandparent Connect

Apr 4-Jun 27, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am

For grandparents in a primary caregiver role of their grandchildren 0-6 years

Are you a grandparent who has recently taken on the wonderful yet challenging role of raising your grandchildren as their primary caregiver?

Whether you are faced with the need to step in due to unforeseen circumstances or you have lovingly chosen to be primary caregiver, we understand that this journey can be both rewarding and overwhelming.

Join us for an empowering and supportive program designed specifically for grandparents like you who are raising grandchildren in today’s complex world. This program brings together a compassionate community ready to provide you with the knowledge, resources and emotional support you need to make the most important role.

Weekly meetings include free childminding, snacks and the opportunity to increase your circle of support!

In-person: Oak Creek EarlyON (Kitchener)

Transition to Parenting

Apr 9-May 28, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

For parents with children aged 0-2 years in need of post-partum mental health support.

There is no training for becoming a parent. Although exciting, the transition to having a new baby at home can also be challenging. Transitioning to Parenthood is an 8-week series where you can talk with others who have a new baby, or a child up to age 2, and be connected to community resources and information by our EarlyON and Camino(CPNP) team including a clinician (MSW). Topics include: Exploring the role of new parents; Coping with parenting stressors and the impact of COVID-19; What is post-partum depression?; Circles of support; Attachment theory; And community supports. *Participants do not have to be 18+.

Virtual.

First Time Parents

Starting May 7, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am (10-weeks)

Parents and caregivers of babies aged 0-6 months. First time parents/caregivers are welcome as well as those just looking for a refresher!

The First Time Parents Group is a 10-week, parenting support and educational program for first time parents and caregivers. Come together and build a community! Join us to talk about breastfeeding, introduction to solids, infant safety, sleep, and much more! *Participants do not have to be 18+.

Virtual.

Image of baby feet

Growing Healthy Together

Starting May 8, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm (10-weeks)

For pregnant people and their support people

Join our Program Coordinator, Registered Dietitian, other pregnant people, and their support people, to talk about your healthy pregnancy! Through this program we offer referrals to other community support, information about healthy eating during pregnancy, tips on cooking and making meals and much more! *Participants do not have to be 18+.

In-person: EarlyON, Water Street (Cambridge)

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program

In-person: Apr 15-Jun 10, Mondays, 1:00-2:30pm (8 weeks) | Virtual: Apr 17-Jun 5, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm (8 weeks)

For parents/guardians of children birth to 12 years old, within Waterloo Region

Circle of Security is an 8 week reflective group for parents to explore ways to look at behaviour through an attachment lens. Providing insight and strategies to support children’s emotional welbeing.

In-person: Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Ave. Kitchener or Virtual

Refugees and Protected Persons

Empowering Youth on Anti-racism

Apr 15-Jun 4, Mondays, 3:45-5:00pm (8 weeks)

For high school aged newcomer youth who have permanent resident or protected person status

This group offers an opportunity for youth to discuss the impact of racism, recognize manifestations of racism, examine assumptions and beliefs about racism, and receive the support and encouragement to begin the healing process. The group will explore resilience strategies with a focus on overall well-being.

Virtual.

YEAH!

Apr 17-Jun 5, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm (8-weeks)

For high school aged newcomer youth in Waterloo Region who have refugee/protected person status

Looking for a place to meet new people and make new connections through games, activities and sports? Join our YEAH! – Youth Empowerment and Healing – newcomer youth group to support one another and share experiences that matter to you in a safe and encouraging environment. We want to hear what you’re interested in and we will share ideas and resources together to help you reach your goals!

In-person: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St, Cambridge

Parents Talk it Through

Apr 18-Jun 7, Thursdays, 1:00-2:30am (8-weeks)

For parents of children of all ages who currently have refugee or protected person status, Waterloo Region

Do you find parenting in a new culture stressful? Are you looking for ways to connect with your child? Join us to Talk it Through with parents just like you where you can learn and share strategies.

Virtual.

Fabulous Kids!

Apr 16-Jun 5, Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm (8-weeks)

For Newcomer Youth, 6-9 years old who hold refugee or protected person status

Looking for a place to meet new friends and have fun? Come join our Fabulous Kids group! We will play games, read books, create together, and learn ways to care for yourself.

In-person: Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener

International Youth Group

Apr 18-Jun 7, Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm (8-weeks)

Newcomer Youth in Waterloo Region ages 10-13, who currently have refugee/protected person status

Connect with other youth in our in-person group through games, art, play, and conversation. We will explore a wide range of issues that are important to you and explore new ways to connect with others!

In-person: Mill Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill St, Kitchener

Growing Stronger – Newcomer Adult Trauma Group

Apr 19-Jun 28, Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm (11-weeks)

For adults in Waterloo Region who have refugee or protected person status.

A safe space for individuals with similar experiences to learn about how trauma affects the body and brain and learn strategies to help manage current symptoms of trauma and improve mental health and wellbeing.

In-person: 480 Charles St. E. Kitchener (Room 208)

Tea & Talk

Apr 19-Jun 8, Fridays from 10:00-11:30am (8-weeks)

Adults in Waterloo Region who have refugee or protected person status

Looking for a way to connect? Come join our Newcomer Mental Health and Well-being program’s free women’s group that supports and promotes holistic well-being and belonging in the community. Participants will learn and discuss topics that impact participants lives, learn about resources and activities in the community, and have an opportunity to connect with other women in a relaxing environment.

In-person: Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queen’s Blvd, Kitchener

Relationships and Survivors of Abuse

Strong Mom, Safe Kids

Apr 24-June 26, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00pm (10-weeks)

For mothers who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence and their children are ages 5-18. Must not be living with abusive partner.

This group supports families in the healing process and in regaining their confidence and skills. By supporting mothers and helping them understand the trauma through their children’s eyes, they are better able to provide the ongoing emotional support their children need.

In-person.

Building Better Boundaries

Apr 3-Jun 8, Mondays, 1:00pm-3:00pm (8-weeks)

Women with experiences of any form of abuse

This group provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Group sessions include opportunities for discussion, reflection, and making personal connections.

In-person.

Understanding Me

In-person: Apr 23-Jun 11, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks) | Virtual: Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm (8-weeks)

Women who have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships

This group provides education and support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

In-person or Virtual

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Apr 25-Jun 13, Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks)

Women with experiences with emotional or physical abuse

A group for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse, focusing on safety, building self-esteem, ending the cycle of violence, and learning how to be healthy in relationships. Understanding Me is a pre-requisite for this group.

In-person.

Voices IPV Community Support Group

In-person: Last Thursday of each month, from 6:30-7:30pm | Virtual: Second Thursday of each month, from 6:30-7:30pm

Adults, Waterloo Region and surrounding area

Join other survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse for peer support, tools of empowerment, and mindfulness practices. VoicesWR humbly offers the community of Waterloo Region an in-person support group that was uniquely built for survivors, by survivors.

In-person. There is also a virtual drop-in group.

Adult

OK2BME Rainbow Rhythms – A Music Therapy Group

May 2-Jul 4, Thursdays, 2:30-4:30pm (10 weeks)

For 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults aged 18-29 living in Waterloo Region

Rainbow Rhythms is an engaging and supportive space for young adults to connect with one another and enhance their coping skills. This group combines elements of a traditional psychoeducation group with various music therapy experiences including listening to music, writing music, playing music, and music for mindfulness, sleep, and self-expression. Rainbow Rhythms is facilitated by OK2BME’s Certified Music Therapist (MTA).

In-person: 480 Charles St. E., Kitchener

Parent/Caregiver Book Club: Featuring “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy

Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm (8 weeks)

For parents and caregivers.

In this weekly book club, parents/caregivers will read & discuss chapters of the featured book “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy highlights various parenting principals and how to use these to build connection and address behaviours within families. Throughout this 8-week group, principals will be explored together through discussion and sharing. Strategies to implement these concepts in your family will be explored using your own real-life scenarios. Participants will be asked to read chapters between group sessions and share their insights, thoughts, & learnings within the group.

Virtual

Herbert St. Groups

Learn more about the groups for pregnant and parenting individuals under 29 years of age here.

  • Village – Herbert
  • Walk and Roll – Herbert
  • Prenatal Parenting – Herbert
  • Pre and Postnatal Public Health – Herbert
  • Postnatal Education – Herbert
  • Speakers Corner – Herbert
  • Village Drop-in

Grandparent Connect

Apr 4-Jun 27, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am

For grandparents in a primary caregiver role of their grandchildren 0-6 years

Are you a grandparent who has recently taken on the wonderful yet challenging role of raising your grandchildren as their primary caregiver?

Whether you are faced with the need to step in due to unforeseen circumstances or you have lovingly chosen to be primary caregiver, we understand that this journey can be both rewarding and overwhelming.

Join us for an empowering and supportive program designed specifically for grandparents like you who are raising grandchildren in today’s complex world. This program brings together a compassionate community ready to provide you with the knowledge, resources and emotional support you need to make the most important role.

Weekly meetings include free childminding, snacks and the opportunity to increase your circle of support!

In-person: Oak Creek EarlyON (Kitchener)

Taming Our Anger – Men

Apr 22-Jun 17, Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm (8-weeks)

Men in Waterloo Region

This is a skills-based group to learn about where our anger comes from and how to express and manage our emotions in healthier ways.

In-person: 4oo Queen St S, Sehl Room

Transition to Parenting

Apr 9-May 28, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

For parents with children aged 0-2 years in need of post-partum mental health support.

There is no training for becoming a parent. Although exciting, the transition to having a new baby at home can also be challenging. Transitioning to Parenthood is an 8-week series where you can talk with others who have a new baby, or a child up to age 2, and be connected to community resources and information by our EarlyON and Camino(CPNP) team including a clinician (MSW). Topics include: Exploring the role of new parents; Coping with parenting stressors and the impact of COVID-19; What is post-partum depression?; Circles of support; Attachment theory; And community supports. *Participants do not have to be 18+.

Virtual.

I’m More Than My Pain: Support Group

Ongoing, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Adults with experiences of chronic pain

This group is a support group for people who are looking to gain and receive support around the challenges of living with chronic pain. As this is an open group, group membership will be different in each group and members can attend the weeks that work for them.  Participants can register at anytime.

Virtual.

Building Better Boundaries

Apr 3-Jun 8, Mondays, 1:00pm-3:00pm (8-weeks)

Women with experiences of any form of abuse

This group provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Group sessions include opportunities for discussion, reflection, and making personal connections.

In-person.

First Time Parents

Starting May 7, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am (10-weeks)

Parents and caregivers of babies aged 0-6 months. First time parents/caregivers are welcome as well as those just looking for a refresher!

The First Time Parents Group is a 10-week, parenting support and educational program for first time parents and caregivers. Come together and build a community! Join us to talk about breastfeeding, introduction to solids, infant safety, sleep, and much more! *Participants do not have to be 18+.

Virtual.

Image of baby feet

Growing Healthy Together

Starting May 8, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm (10-weeks)

For pregnant people and their support people

Join our Program Coordinator, Registered Dietitian, other pregnant people, and their support people, to talk about your healthy pregnancy! Through this program we offer referrals to other community support, information about healthy eating during pregnancy, tips on cooking and making meals and much more! *Participants do not have to be 18+.

In-person: EarlyON, Water Street (Cambridge)

Understanding Me

In-person: Apr 23-Jun 11, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks) | Virtual: Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm (8-weeks)

Women who have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships

This group provides education and support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

In-person or Virtual

From Fear to Freedom

Apr 24-Jun 12, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks)

Adults, Waterloo Region and surrounding area

An engaging, interactive, skills-based group for adults struggling with anxiety. Group members will learn how certain behaviours reinforce anxiety, develop tools to better tolerate and accept uncomfortable emotions, and practice new ways to move towards the things that matter in their lives.

Virtual.

Healthy Wallet, Wealthy Mind – Balancing Emotional and Financial Health

Apr 22-Jun 3, Mondays, 1:00-3:00pm (6-weeks)

For Adults in Waterloo Region

Would you like to feel more confident about managing your money? Does thinking about money make you feel stressed and worried? This 6-week group is for you! Facilitators are experienced in the emotional piece that goes along with thinking about finances.

Virtual.

Parents Talk it Through

Apr 18-Jun 7, Thursdays, 1:00-2:30am (8-weeks)

For parents of children of all ages who currently have refugee or protected person status, Waterloo Region

Do you find parenting in a new culture stressful? Are you looking for ways to connect with your child? Join us to Talk it Through with parents just like you where you can learn and share strategies.

Virtual.

Growing Stronger – Newcomer Adult Trauma Group

Apr 19-Jun 28, Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm (11-weeks)

For adults in Waterloo Region who have refugee or protected person status.

A safe space for individuals with similar experiences to learn about how trauma affects the body and brain and learn strategies to help manage current symptoms of trauma and improve mental health and wellbeing.

In-person: 480 Charles St. E. Kitchener (Room 208)

Tea & Talk

Apr 19-Jun 8, Fridays from 10:00-11:30am (8-weeks)

Adults in Waterloo Region who have refugee or protected person status

Looking for a way to connect? Come join our Newcomer Mental Health and Well-being program’s free women’s group that supports and promotes holistic well-being and belonging in the community. Participants will learn and discuss topics that impact participants lives, learn about resources and activities in the community, and have an opportunity to connect with other women in a relaxing environment.

In-person: Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queen’s Blvd, Kitchener

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program

In-person: Apr 15-Jun 10, Mondays, 1:00-2:30pm (8 weeks) | Virtual: Apr 17-Jun 5, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm (8 weeks)

For parents/guardians of children birth to 12 years old, within Waterloo Region

Circle of Security is an 8 week reflective group for parents to explore ways to look at behaviour through an attachment lens. Providing insight and strategies to support children’s emotional welbeing.

In-person: Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Ave. Kitchener or Virtual

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Apr 25-Jun 13, Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks)

Women with experiences with emotional or physical abuse

A group for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse, focusing on safety, building self-esteem, ending the cycle of violence, and learning how to be healthy in relationships. Understanding Me is a pre-requisite for this group.

In-person.

Voices IPV Community Support Group

In-person: Last Thursday of each month, from 6:30-7:30pm | Virtual: Second Thursday of each month, from 6:30-7:30pm

Adults, Waterloo Region and surrounding area

Join other survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse for peer support, tools of empowerment, and mindfulness practices. VoicesWR humbly offers the community of Waterloo Region an in-person support group that was uniquely built for survivors, by survivors.

In-person. There is also a virtual drop-in group.

Child & Caregiver

Herbert St. Groups

Learn more about the groups for pregnant and parenting individuals under 29 years of age here.

  • Village – Herbert
  • Walk and Roll – Herbert
  • Prenatal Parenting – Herbert
  • Pre and Postnatal Public Health – Herbert
  • Postnatal Education – Herbert
  • Speakers Corner – Herbert
  • Village Drop-in

OK2BME Groups

Learn more about the youth groups OK2BME offer on their website: https://ok2bme.ca/

  • OK2BME Youth Group
  • OK2BME Virtual Youth Group
  • OK2BME Youth Leadership Team
  • OK2BME Rainbow Rhythms – A Music Therapy Group
  • Families in TRANSition

Strong Mom, Safe Kids

Apr 24-June 26, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00pm (10-weeks)

For mothers who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence and their children are ages 5-18. Must not be living with abusive partner.

This group supports families in the healing process and in regaining their confidence and skills. By supporting mothers and helping them understand the trauma through their children’s eyes, they are better able to provide the ongoing emotional support their children need.

In-person.

Just Breathe

Apr 16-Jun 4, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm (8-weeks)

Children ages 9-11 and their caregivers, in Waterloo Region

Join us to increase understanding of anxiety and learn strategies to help manage the challenging thoughts and feelings often associated with anxiety. Caregivers and children will learn how to use mindfulness-based tools to manage stress, develop emotional regulation skills, and build self-awareness in this activity-based group.

In-person: Langs, 1145 Concession Rd, Cambridge

Child & Youth

Building Success: Learning Skills for Your Future

Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm (8 weeks)

For youth ages 13-17 in Waterloo Region

This group was created with and for youth. The goal is for participants to gain knowledge skills that will support their growth and well-being. The group will provide youth with a space to discuss their current fears and concerns regarding adulthood and to learn practical skills about relationships, cooking and nutrition, time management, money and budgeting, leadership, employment, and conflict management.

In-person: 480 Charles St E, Kitchener in Room 209

Empowering Youth on Anti-racism

Apr 15-Jun 4, Mondays, 3:45-5:00pm (8 weeks)

For high school aged newcomer youth who have permanent resident or protected person status

This group offers an opportunity for youth to discuss the impact of racism, recognize manifestations of racism, examine assumptions and beliefs about racism, and receive the support and encouragement to begin the healing process. The group will explore resilience strategies with a focus on overall well-being.

Virtual.

OK2BME Groups

Learn more about the youth groups OK2BME offer on their website: https://ok2bme.ca/

  • OK2BME Youth Group
  • OK2BME Virtual Youth Group
  • OK2BME Youth Leadership Team
  • OK2BME Rainbow Rhythms – A Music Therapy Group
  • Families in TRANSition

Defeating Our Dragons

Session 1: Apr 17-May 22, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (6-weeks) | Session 2: Apr 30-Jun 4, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm (6-weeks)

For youth of all genders, ages 14-17, within Waterloo Region, neurodiverse youth are welcome

This is a six week group where the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons will be used to teach participants about navigating anxiety and depression in a group setting. This group is open to individuals of all abilities and neurodiversity.

In-person: 480 Charles St. E. Kitchener (room 208)

YEAH!

Apr 17-Jun 5, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm (8-weeks)

For high school aged newcomer youth in Waterloo Region who have refugee/protected person status

Looking for a place to meet new people and make new connections through games, activities and sports? Join our YEAH! – Youth Empowerment and Healing – newcomer youth group to support one another and share experiences that matter to you in a safe and encouraging environment. We want to hear what you’re interested in and we will share ideas and resources together to help you reach your goals!

In-person: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St, Cambridge

Extinguish Your Fire

Apr 16-Jun 4, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm (8-weeks)

For children ages 6-8, in Waterloo Region

In this group, children will have the opportunity to learn strategies for managing their big emotions through interactive discussions, games and activities. Participants will learn new skills including how to regulate and calm their bodies, thoughts and emotions.

In-person: Langs, 1145 Concession Rd, Cambridge

Fabulous Kids!

Apr 16-Jun 5, Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm (8-weeks)

For Newcomer Youth, 6-9 years old who hold refugee or protected person status

Looking for a place to meet new friends and have fun? Come join our Fabulous Kids group! We will play games, read books, create together, and learn ways to care for yourself.

In-person: Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener

International Youth Group

Apr 18-Jun 7, Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm (8-weeks)

Newcomer Youth in Waterloo Region ages 10-13, who currently have refugee/protected person status

Connect with other youth in our in-person group through games, art, play, and conversation. We will explore a wide range of issues that are important to you and explore new ways to connect with others!

In-person: Mill Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill St, Kitchener

Connector’s Club

Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm (8-weeks)

For children ages 5-7, in Waterloo Region

Children will have the opportunity to connect with others to learn through hands on activities and discussions to gain skills in social interactions, have fun together, learn to problem solve and learn how to handle challenges in social situations.

In-person: 645 Westmount Rd E, Kitchener, ON in the Community Room

Hocus Pocus Focus

Apr 18-Jun 6, Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm (8-weeks)

For children ages 7-9, in Waterloo Region

Children will have an opportunity to learn skills to pay attention, with care, to their surroundings one moment at a time and avoid distractions. With practice, children will be able to focus on their “present” and calm their bodies when stressed through hands on activities and discussions.

In-person: 645 Westmount Rd E, Kitchener, ON in the Community Room

Just Breathe

Apr 16-Jun 4, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm (8-weeks)

Children ages 9-11 and their caregivers, in Waterloo Region

Join us to increase understanding of anxiety and learn strategies to help manage the challenging thoughts and feelings often associated with anxiety. Caregivers and children will learn how to use mindfulness-based tools to manage stress, develop emotional regulation skills, and build self-awareness in this activity-based group.

In-person: Langs, 1145 Concession Rd, Cambridge