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Group Programs

Group Programs

September

“I’m More Than My Pain” Chronic Pain Support Group

Biweekly on Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm Starting September 8

This group is a support group for people who are living with the challenges of chronic pain. This group runs bi-weekly, and is online (virtual).  It is a drop-in support group and group members can register at anytime.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Building Better Boundaries

Mondays 5:00pm–7:00pm Starting September 26

his in person 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.

Location at Carizon, Sehl Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

First Time Parents Group

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am starting September 27th

Starting September 27th every Tuesday from 10:30–11:30am, join our First Time Parents Group. It is a 10- week parenting support and educational program for first time parents and caregivers, the focus will be on babies 0-6 months old. Join us to talk about breastfeeding, introduction to solids, infant safety, sleep, and much more. Come together and build a community!   

This group will be held Virtually for 10 weeks. 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

SUPER DADS, SUPER KIDS

Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Starting September 27

For Dads, Male Identified Caregivers and Dads-To-Be with children 0-6 years old.   

 Join us to talk about what you think it means to be a dad.  

  • Learn skills and strategies to bond with your children.
  • Discuss how to commit more quality time to your children.
  • Learn about teaching your children about important topics such as emotions, health and communication!

 Location: Kitchener Downtown Community Centre

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

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Growing Healthy Together

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm starting September 28

Starting September 28th every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm, join our Program Coordinator, Registered Dietitian, other pregnant women, 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! 

There will be 10 sessions. 

Location at Cambridge Early ON, 73 Water Street North, Cambridge (parking upper back). 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Understanding Me (Online)

Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm Starting September 22

Starting September 22nd on Thursdays, join us for a workshop meant to educate and support women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

This group will be conducted virtually.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Understanding Me (In Person)

Wednesdays 10:00-12:00pm Starting September 28

Starting September 28th join us every Wednesday for a workshop meant to education and support women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships. This is an in-person workshop, we also offer the same group via zoom.   

Location at Carizon, Sehl Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

From Fear to Freedom: Overcoming Anxiety

Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm Starting September 28

Join us online starting September 28th from 6:00pm-8:00pm every Wednesday for our anxiety management group. An engaging, interactive, skills-based group for adults struggling with anxiety. Group members will learn how certain behaviors 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.  

This a virtual group meeting through Zoom.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Healthy Wallets Healthy Minds

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Starting September 28

Would you like to feel more confident about managing your money? Does thinking about money make you feel stressed and worried? This group is for you!

*No session October 19

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

October

Talk It Through

Mondays 11:00-12:00pm starting October 3

Do you find parenting in a new culture stressful? Are you looking for ways to connect with your child? Carizon’s Newcomer Mental Health and Well-being Program invites you to come Talk it Through with parents just like you where you can learn and share strategies. Open to Parents of children of all ages who currently have refugee or protected person status.

This group will be conducted virtually for 8 sessions.   

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Fabulous Kids!

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm starting October 4

Looking for a place to meet new friends and have fun? Come join our Fabulous Kids group where we will play games, create together, learn coping skills to feel better when we may not be feeling our best and connect with other kids. This group is open to children, 7-9 years old who are Refugees or Protected Persons.

Location Victoria Hills Community Centre (10 Chopin Dr, Kitchener), 8 sessions.   

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Standing Strong

Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm starting October 4

Explore ways to build your sense of self and feel empowered. Through Standing Strong you will learn to see and create opportunities for getting involved in your community, establish healthy coping strategies, inspire self-love, and enhance life skills for a bright future!  Open to Newcomer female identifying youth. All sessions except the last one will be virtual, location TBD. There will be 8 sessions.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

International Youth Group

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm starting October 4

Connect with other youth in our in-person group through games, art, exercise, and conversation. We will explore a wide range of issues that are important to you and explore new ways to connect with others! For Newcomer youth ages 10-13.

Location Victoria Hills Community Centre (10 Chopin Dr, Kitchener), 8 sessions. 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

The Connectors Club- Social Skills Group

Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm starting October 5

Children will have the opportunity to connect with others and 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. For children aged 5-7.

Location: Langs Main Site – 1145 Concession Rd., CambridgeThere will be 8 sessions.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

The High Five Flyers – Optimistic Thinking Group

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm starting October 5

Children will have an opportunity to learn through hands on activities and discussions to positively engage with and reframe their thoughts and attitudes about themselves, others and the world. For children aged 7-9.

Location: Langs Main Site – 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge. There will be 8 sessions.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Hocus Pocus Focus- Mindfulness Group

Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm starting October 6

Children will be able to learn skills to pay attention, with care, to their surroundings one moment at a time through hands-on activities and discussions. With practice, children will be able to focus on their “present” and calm their bodies when stressed through hands on activities and discussions. For children aged 6-8.

No cost- funded by the Ministry of Health

Location 645 Westmount Rd. 8 Sessions. 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Just Breathe – I Have the Power – Anxiety Group

Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm starting October 6

Join us, virtually, to increase understanding of anxiety and learn strategies to help manage the challenging thoughts and feelings often associated with anxiety. Caregivers and children (aged 9-11) will learn how to use mindfulness-based tools to manage stress, develop emotional regulation skills, and build self-awareness in this activity-based group.

No cost- funded by the Ministry of Health. 8 Sessions.

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Growing Stronger Adult Trauma Group

Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm starting October 6

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.

Location at Carizon, Sehl Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Youth in Diverse Cultures (Interpreter Available)

Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm starting October 6

YDC is a group for Male Newcomer Youth aged 15-20 years old and is designed to promote well-being and sense of belonging in the community. The group will explore a wide range of issues that impact daily living. Recreational activities will be added to each group to promote total well-being.

Location Downtown Community Centre (TBD). 8 Sessions.   

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Tea & Talk

Fridays 10:00-11:30am starting Oct 7

Looking for a way to connect. Come join our 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 over a cup of tea in a relaxing environment. Open to women of all ages who currently have refugee or protected person status.

Location: In person at Forest Heights CC

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Calm, Cool, Connected

Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm Starting October 12

An 8-week group for female-identified teens aged 13 to 15 years old that focuses on increasing self-esteem, improving mood, and developing healthy relationships. Through a combination of art, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, girls will build on their strengths, reduce isolation, and learn healthy ways to cope with anxious or low feelings.

Location at Carizon, Sehl Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Circle of Security

Thursdays 10:00-11:30am starting October 13

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.” (Circle of Security International, 2019). Using the COSP™ model developed by the Circle of Security originators, our trained facilitators work with parents and caregivers to help them to: 

  • Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs 
  • Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions 
  • Enhance the development of their child’s self esteem 
  • Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure 

*Free childminding is available during group. For caregivers of children under 6.

Location at Carizon,  Community Meeting Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm starting October 20

Join us at our Queen Street location on October 20th for our Moving Towards Healthy Relationships group. 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.

Location at Carizon, Sehl Room (400 Queen St. S., Kitchener) 

How to Register: Email groups@carizon.ca

VoicesWR IPV – Community Support Group

Last Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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. Location:
400 Queen St S, Kitchener, ON in the Sehl Room – 1st Floor.

How to Register: Call (519) 743-6333 to pre-register