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Group Programs

Group Programs

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program: Growing Healthy Together Group (Virtual)

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program: Growing Healthy Together Group (Virtual)

Starting Sept 14 on Tuesdays at 10:30am - 11:30am

Are you pregnant? Join our Program Coordinator, Registered Dietitian, other pregnant individuals, and their support people, to talk about your healthy pregnancy! We offer prenatal vitamins, vitamin D drops, grocery gift cards and much more!

How to register: Please contact Judy at capc@carizon.ca

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program: First Time Parents Group

Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program: First Time Parents Group

Starting Sept 15 on Wednesdays at 10:30am - 11:30am

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!

How to register: Please contact Judy at capc@carizon.ca

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Super Dads Super Kids Group (Virtual)

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Super Dads Super Kids Group (Virtual)

Starting Sept 21 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm - 8:30pm

The Super Dads Super Kids is a parenting support group for dads with children ages 0-6 and dads-to-be! Participate in fun activities with your child(ren), learn ways to connect with your child(ren), and join us to talk about what you think it means to be a dad. Grocery gift card provided to dads who complete the group.

How to register: Please contact Roberto at capc@carizon.ca

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Super Dads Super Kids Group

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Super Dads Super Kids Group

Starting Sept 25 on Saturdays at 9:30am - 11:30am

The Super Dads Super Kids group is a parenting support group for dads and and their children ages 4-6 years. Participate in fun activities with your child(ren), learn ways to connect with your child(ren), and join us to talk about what you think it means to be a dad. Grocery gift card provided to dads who complete the group.

How to register: Please contact Roberto at capc@carizon.ca

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Parenting Group - Parents under 25 years (Virtual)

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Parenting Group - Parents under 25 years (Virtual)

Starting Sept 22 on Wednesdays at 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The Busy Babies… Nobody’s Perfect parenting group is an 8-week, parent support group for parents and caregivers who are 25 and younger and have children aged 0-6 years. Families that complete the program will receive a grocery gift card!

How to register: Please contact Stephanie at capc@carizon.ca

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Parenting Group (Virtual)

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Parenting Group (Virtual)

Starting Sept 23 on Thursdays at 10:00am - 11:00am

The Busy Babies… Nobody’s Perfect parenting group is an 8-week, parent support group for parents with children aged 0-6 years. Families that complete the program will receive a grocery gift card!

How to register: Please contact Roberto at capc@carizon.ca

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Group (Arabic)

Children and Parents Connecting Program: Busy Babies...Nobody's Perfect Group (Arabic)

Starting Sept 23 on Thursdays at 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The Busy Babies… Nobody’s Perfect parenting group is an 8-week, parent support group for Arabic speaking parents and caregivers with children ages 0-6 years. Families that complete the program will receive a grocery gift card! Note: This program will be facilitated in English and translated by an Arabic speaking interpreter.

How to register: Please contact Leyla at capc@carizon.ca

Be My Guest: For Individuals Involved in Hospitality and Tourism

Be My Guest: For Individuals Involved in Hospitality and Tourism

Sept 14 - Nov 2 on Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

A self-exploration and self-compassion group created with the hospitality and tourism industries in mind, in response to a repeated theme of “I serve everyone else, and never get time to think about myself.” Sessions are intentionally interactive and experiential. Open group: our guests can register and attend at any time. Online.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Chronic Pain Monthly Support Group

Chronic Pain Monthly Support Group

Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm

This group is focused on discussing chronic pain coping strategies and how you can apply them in your life. Short mindfulness exercises will be included. Led by a facilitator who has experience with chronic pain. Open group: participants can register at any time. Online.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Emotion Coaching 101: Becoming Your Child’s Emotion Coach

Emotion Coaching 101: Becoming Your Child’s Emotion Coach

Sep 27 - Nov 15 on Mondays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Does your child or teen struggle with big emotions and/or mental health concerns? Would you like support in knowing how to respond to their emotions? This group will help parents and caregivers to strengthen relationships, increase cooperation and respond to strong emotional reactions. *Onsite at 400 Queen St. S. (No group on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct 11)

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Understanding Me

Understanding Me

Morning Group: Oct 5 - Dec 7 on Tuesdays from 9:30am - 11:30am | Evening Group: Oct 6 – Dec 8 on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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

*Evening group is a closed group and is held onsite at 400 Queen St. S. Morning group is online and is an open group (participants can join at any time).

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Oct 18 - Dec 6 on Mondays at 9:30am - 11:30am

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.

Assessment required; completion of “Understanding Me” is a prerequisite. Closed group. Onsite at 400 Queen St. S.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Transforming Experiences: An Interactive Group for People with Lived Experience of Gender-Based Abuse/Oppression

Transforming Experiences: An Interactive Group for People with Lived Experience of Gender-Based Abuse/Oppression

Oct 5 - Nov 23 on Tuesdays at 6:00pm - 7:30pm

This group is for women and gender-queer folks who have experienced gender-based abuse or oppression. In this supportive and affirming group, participants will be invited to share their stories, and delve into what abuse/oppression and safety/liberation looks and feels like in their bodies. This is an experiential and self-reflexive group.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Free To Be Me

Free To Be Me

Oct 5 - Nov 23 on Tuesdays from 4:30pm - 6:00pm

An 8-week group for female-identifying pre-teens aged 10-12 years old. Through activities, games and art, girls will learn healthy ways to cope with anxious or low feelings while reducing isolation. This group will support participants in developing CBT and mindfulness skills. Closed group. *Onsite at 400 Queen St. S.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Taming our Anger

Taming our Anger

Oct 5 - Nov 23 on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A learning opportunity for adults who have difficulty expressing and/or managing angry and aggressive feelings. Closed group after second session. Online.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

From Fear to Freedom: Overcoming Anxiety

From Fear to Freedom: Overcoming Anxiety

Oct 6 - Nov 24 on Wednesdays from 9:30am - 11:00am

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. Closed group after second session. Online.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Building Better Boundaries

Building Better Boundaries

Oct 7 - Nov 25 on Thursdays from 9:30am - 11:30am

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. Closed group after second session. Online.

How to register: Call Intake at 519-743-6333 or email intaketeam@carizon.ca

Growing Stronger – Online

Growing Stronger – Online

Sept 30 - Dec 16 on Thursdays from 1:15-2:45pm

This adult trauma group provides a supportive space for members with similar experiences to identify what triggers their trauma reactions and practice the skills necessary to cope and feel grounded. This is a FREE program for adults (18+) who are refugees or persons with protected status.

How to register: Please email our Newcomer Mental Health & Well-being Program at promise@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 X 2383.

Parents Talk it Through – Online

Parents Talk it Through – Online

Oct 5 - Nov 30 on Tuesdays from 1:15-2:45pm

Come Talk it Through with parents just like you where you can learn and share strategies in raising children in two cultures. Participants will have opportunities to share wisdom, learn new tools for promoting positive mental health in their families, and support each other on their parenting journey in their new country. This group promises to help promote the total well-being of parents. This is a FREE program for Parents (of children of all ages) who are refugees or persons with protected status.

How to register: Please email our Newcomer Mental Health & Well-being Program at promise@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 X 2383.

Youth in Diverse Cultures – In-person

Youth in Diverse Cultures – In-person

Oct 5 - Nov 30 on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30pm

Looking for a space to connect with other youth and explore issues that are affecting you? Join our male youth group where we will discuss topics important to you and participate in games and activities that promote both physical and mental well-being. Topics will be covered by guest speakers, group conversations, presentations, and engaging activities. This is a FREE program for male youth aged 15-20 years-old who are refugees or persons with protected status. *this group will be held at the Downtown Community Centre, 35 Weber St. W, Kitchener

How to register: Please email our Newcomer Mental Health & Well-being Program at promise@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 X 2383.

International Youth Group – Online

International Youth Group – Online

Oct 6 - Dec 1 on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm

Connect with other youth in our virtual group! Through games, art, sport, and EFT (what’s that? – come find out!). We will explore a wide range of issues that impact well-being during the Pandemic and explore new ways to connect virtually! This is a FREE program for Youth, 10-13 years-old, who are refugees or persons with protected status.

How to register: Please email our Newcomer Mental Health & Well-being Program at promise@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 X 2383.

Empowering Youth on Anti-Racism – Online

Empowering Youth on Anti-Racism – Online

Oct 7 - Dec 2 on Thursdays from 3:45-5:15pm

This group for high-school aged youth aims to create a safe and accepting environment where youth have an opportunity to discuss the impact of racism, recognize displays 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 Mental Health and Well-being. This is a FREE program for high-school aged youth who are refugees or persons with protected status.

How to register: Please email our Newcomer Mental Health & Well-being Program at promise@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 X 2383.

Extinguish Your Fire – In person

Extinguish Your Fire – In person

Oct 12 - Nov 30 on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00pm

Through interactive discussions, story time, games and activities, children will learn how to identify what triggers their anger and ways to calm down or re-energize. Children will learn alternative choices to angry words or actions towards themselves or others and learn ways to calm emotions. For children aged 5-7. *This group will be held at Carizon, 645 Westmount Road East, Kitchener in the Downstairs Community Room.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Building Parenting Capacity Book Club - Online

Building Parenting Capacity Book Club - Online

Oct 13 - Dec 1 on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm

Parents will explore and discuss the book “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk” during an 8-week virtual book club! Members will focus on one chapter per week, reading and completing exercises between online gatherings. Each session will provide an opportunity to discuss the readings, talk about ideas shared, explore exercises, role play and practice those they would like further assistance with to improve their relationships & parenting/caregiver skills with their children. Group for Parents of children in grades K-8.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Healthy Living & Healthy Relationships – Online

Healthy Living & Healthy Relationships – Online

Oct 13 - Dec 1 on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm

In this 8-week session, families will participate in discussion and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle and family well-being. Every other week will be a cooking session where families will engage in shopping for, preparing and cooking a meal together, joining others in the group for a virtual family meal. Family Focused Group for 5–7-year-olds and their Parent(s)/Caregiver and siblings.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Optimistic Thinking – Online

Optimistic Thinking – Online

Oct 14 - Dec 2 on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Youth (aged 9-11 years-old) will have an opportunity to learn through hands on, virtual activities and discussions to positively engage, reframe their thoughts and attitudes about themselves, others, and the world.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Just Breathe – Online

Just Breathe – Online

Oct 14 - Dec 2 on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm

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. For Parent(s)/Caregiver(s) and their children aged 7-9.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Connecting Through Play – Online

Connecting Through Play – Online

Oct 14 - Dec 2 on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm

Children learn through play. Play isn’t just fun; it’s how children learn about their world. Adults engaging and being present in play is a ‘hands-on’ way to establish a deep connection and strengthen a healthy relationship with your child(ren). You can build a connection through play by giving your child your full attention in our weekly group sessions and then transferring those play opportunities to other parts of their and your lives. Join us for an 8-week group that will focus on arts & crafts, active games & activities with kits provided to allow the family to explore and experience new ways to play and engaged with each other. Family Focused Group for 5–7-year-olds and their Parent(s)/Caregiver.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

#YouthConnected – In person

#YouthConnected – In person

Oct 18 - Dec 6 on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm

This group for female-identified Youth aged 14-17 will include a variety of activities and discussions to help youth build connection with peers, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Our time together will include various games, art-based activities, and conversations about mental health with the goal of recognizing we all experience difficult times and can overcome them. *This group will be held at Carizon, 645 Westmount Road East, Kitchener in the Downstairs Community Room.

How to register or refer families: Please email our crpgroups@carizon.ca or phone 519-743-6333 x2383.

Transitioning to Parenthood

Transitioning to Parenthood

Oct 5 - Nov 23 on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30am

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 Carizon (CPNP) team including a clinician (MSW).

How to register or refer families: Please visit at KEyON.ca. For registration support call 519-741-8585 ext. 3001.