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Group Programs

Group Programs

Child & Youth

Empowering Youth on Anti-racism

Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00pm

For high school aged newcomer youth who have refugee 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 Youth Groups

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

For 2SLGBTQIA+ youth ages 12-18 in the Waterloo Region

OK2BME Youth Group, OK2BME Virtual Youth Group, OK2BME Youth Leadership Team, OK2BME Rainbow Rhythms – A Music Therapy Group

For trans, non-binary, or otherwise gender diverse youth, ages of 13-18 in the Waterloo Region

OK2BME Youth Exploring Transition (YET)

For neurodiverse 2SLGBTQIA+ youth ages 12-18 in the Waterloo Region

OK2BME (Neuro) Queer Quest

Defeating Our Dragons

Jan 31-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (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)

Free to Be Me

Jan 16-Mar 5, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (8-weeks)

Female identifying and non-binary identifying youth, ages 10-13, in Waterloo Region

An 8-week group for non-binary and female identifying pre-teens grade 6 –8. Through activities, games, and art kids will learn healthy ways to cope with anxious or low feelings while reducing isolations. This group will support participants in developing CBT and mindfulness skills.

In-person: 400 Queen St. S. Kitchener (Sehl room).

Extinguish Your Fire – Kitchener [WED FULL]

Session 1: Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm (8-weeks) | Session 2: Jan 18-Mar 7, Thursdays, 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: 480 Charles St E, Kitchener in Room 217.

Just Breathe

Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 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: 480 Charles St E, Kitchener in Room 217.

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 Child and Caregiver Groups

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

For parents and caregivers of transgender/non-binary/gender-questioning youth between the ages of 5-18 and transgender/non-binary/gender-questioning youth between the ages of 5-12 in Waterloo Region

OK2BME 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

Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 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: 480 Charles St E, Kitchener in Room 217.

Adult

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

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

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

Taming Our Anger – Women

Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm (8-weeks)

Woman 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: 480 Charles St E, Kitchener in Room 208.

Transition to Parenthood

Session 1: Starting Jan 30, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am | Session 2: TBD, Wednesdays, Afternoons TBD

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: Biweekly Support Group

Starting Jan 11, Thursdays, biweekly, 1:30-3:00pm (8-weeks)

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

Jan 19-Mar 8, Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm (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.

Virtual.

First Time Parents

Starting Jan 16, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am (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 Jan 17, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm (10-weeks)

Prenatal people and their support persons

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+.

Hybrid: Cambridge EarlyON and via Zoom.

Understanding Me

In-person: Jan 15-Mar 11, Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks) | Virtual: Jan 15-Mar 11, Mondays, 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

Jan 17-Mar 6, 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

Jan 22-Mar 4, 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.

Tea & Talk

Jan 19-Mar 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

Jan 15-Mar 4, Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm (8 weeks)

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

COSP is a group for parents and guardians. This group focus is on attachment parenting and uses a visual circle to map out children’s needs and what supporting those needs can look like for parents.

In-person: Kinbridge, 200 Christopher Drive, Cambridge

Moving Towards Healthy Relationships

Jan 18-Mar 7, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm (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, click here to register!

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

Jan 19-Mar 8, Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm (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.

Virtual.

Understanding Me

In-person: Jan 15-Mar 11, Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm (8-weeks) | Virtual: Jan 15-Mar 11, Mondays, 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

Jan 18-Mar 7, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm (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, click here to register!

Refugees and Protected Persons

Empowering Youth on Anti-racism

Jan 17-Mar 6, Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00pm

For high school aged newcomer youth who have refugee 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.

Tea & Talk

Jan 19-Mar 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

Pregnant and Parenting

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

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

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

Transition to Parenthood

Session 1: Starting Jan 30, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am | Session 2: TBD, Wednesdays, Afternoons TBD

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 Jan 16, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am (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 Jan 17, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm (10-weeks)

Prenatal people and their support persons

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+.

Hybrid: Cambridge EarlyON and via Zoom.