CYF Caregiver Education
The AHS Children, Youth and Families - Addiction and Mental Health Caregiver Education Team is proud to be able to continue to offer free mental health programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth through our partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. In response to the global pandemic, our programming continues to be offered virtually at this time.
These 90 minute online sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with introductory information regarding addiction and mental health challenges that can affect children/youth. Unless specified, sessions are for an adult audience.
This month, we will be continuing in our webinar series on anxiety. These 60 minute informational webinars are for parents/caregivers who are looking to strengthen their child’s/adolescent’s ability to thrive through life’s challenges and discover strategies that can help build resiliency and overall family wellness.
The Support, Education, and Engagement Drop-In Sessions (S.E.E.D.S) are 90 minute, drop-in, interactive and educational workshops. They are designed to help parents/caregivers learn foundational strategies that cultivate healthy relationships, strong child development, and resilient families.
To register for a session, follow the links found in the newsletter or visit: https://www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca/virtual-education
Visit our website for tip sheets, videos, and more! www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca
Family School Liaison
Welcome Ms. Morrison to SouthPointe School!
As a member of our school team, Ms. Morrison will collaborate with school-based staff and community service providers to promote mental wellness and support emotional development of our students. Ms. Morrison may work with our school community in the following ways:
• Facilitate the relationship between the home and school environment for students and families to encourage regular school attendance and support student achievement by acting as a communication liaison, helping all students feel welcome in the school
• Make referrals to community organizations as necessary and act as a liaison between schools, community service providers and appropriate agencies, providing a link between school staff and community partners
• Participate in school-based teams to provide support to students and families
• Implement skill-based and strength-based interventions for students (individual and small group) such as building resiliency, development of social skills and problem solving skills
• Enhance personal strengths and coping skills in students
• Provide classroom presentations on a variety of topics related
Please contact the school at 780-998-2747 to speak with Ms. Morrison.
Boys and Girls Club Fall/Winter Update
Christmas Drive Thru Dinner
We are hosting our annual Christmas Event and all our families our invited. This
year its with a twist so that we are still capable of following the COVID-19
guidelines to keep our families and staff safe. We are doing a Christmas Family
Dinner Drive Thru style on Thursday December 10th, 2020 at the Fort
Saskatchewan Boys & Girls Club Main site. There will be no fee. We will be
providing a take home dinner for everyone to enjoy in the convenience of there own
home, along with goody bags, an onsite family activity contest & Santa might even
make an appearance! Please pay attention to your emails with in the next few days
as a survey will be going out to best prepare ourselves and accommodate everyone
for this magical evening.
Interact Club of Fort Saskatchewan
A youth run leadership club for youth 12-17yrs sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan in partnership with the Boys and
Girls Club. Youth are now meeting every second and fourth
Tuesday of the month.
The group will meet online from 4:00pm-5:00pm with the occasional
planned in person meeting. Youth are currently working on a "12
days of Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt" aimed at getting families
active during the winter. Watch for more details including prizes!
Youth are also hosting a bottle drive on Saturday January 9, 2021
to raise money for their local and international projects.
November 24, 2020, December 8, 2020, December 22, 2020
Contact email@example.com to get involved.
Virtual Programs *New*
Registration Opens: December 2020
Programs Run: January 2021 - March 2021
Virtual Programs will be open for registration mid-December. The
programs running will start the beginning of January 2021 and run
until the end of March 2021. Each of the virtual programs will be 12
Programs will involve a variety of boys and girls programming that
will help children and youth work on a number of skills such as,
learning and recognizing emotions and feelings, building self
esteem, friendships, social skills, leadership, and hands on skills
using a variety of mediums including, art, movement, mindfulness,
building creations and coding.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, advertisements from Mix 107.9 and
look for posters in schools and community retailers for more details
to be announced.
Contact Debra for more information. 780-992-0103 Ext 29
Peer support group for children 6-12yrs. Focus is on coping with
feelings from family change such as parent separation, divorce,
blending of families.
Upcoming In Person Group:
Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Starting January 7 - February 11, 2021
Contact Heather at 780-992-0103 Ext 26 for more info or to register
Cracking the Code on Adolescence *Webinar*
Tuesday November 17, 2020 7:00pm-8:30pm
Join Jeanette & Laurie from irelate as they discuss:
· Strategies and techniques for trouble shooting common adolescent concerns
· How to keep youth engaged in family life, school and the community
· How to guide teens to use technology safely
· How to strengthen family relationships and work through communication challenges faced between parents and teens
This webinar is suitable for parents, caregivers and professionals who have or work with youth 12-18yrs.
Please use the following link to register:
Youth and Family Support Program
Youth and Family Support Workers are available to meet with parents/caregivers and their children/youth 6-18yrs to provide support, community resources and referrals for the following:
- addressing behaviour and emotional concerns
- identifying strategies to support overall family wellness
- engaging children and youth in school, community and home life
- helping families advocate for resources and service
- A program of the Fort Saskatchewan & Sturgeon Region Family Resource Network. Families from Fort Saskatchewan and
Sturgeon Region can self refer. As well, community agencies and professionals can provide a referral to the program.
Call 780-992-0103 to speak with our Youth and Family Support Workers.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program
Triple P is a parenting program, but it doesn't tell you how to be a parent. It's more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the
strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It's all about making parenting work for you. Triple P helps
you: manage misbehavior, set rules and routines, encourage behavior you like and feel confident you're doing the right
For more information/ book an appointment with one of our Youth and Family Support Workers please call 780-992-0103
Families First has a Santa's Workshop which is aimed at 3-10 year olds, it is being held at Families First this year and little people can shop with an “elf” for up to 3 people. Santa's Workshop runs from December 7th – 12th, an appointment needs to be made prior to attending. Families First is currently looking for donations, new items only due to covid, gifts for teens and men are hard to come by.
Families First also has coats, boots, hats, and mittens available from Coats for Kids.
Cram the Van is also still happening this year, where the Correction Officers sit out of Walmart and fill their van with toys, these will be made available to families through Families First.
Families First will be closed from December 22 – January 6th.
Family and Community Support Services
Connect with us!
For Wellness supports, local resources and referrals.
FCSS Support Line 780-992-6281
Family and Community Support Services. Please enter Children & Youth or counselling in the search section. A number of resources will be listed for you to contact.
Strathcona County and Family Community services (780-464-4404) offer a wide variety of counselling services and programs. Located in Sherwood Park.
Here is a link that will find services based on your location. Please enter Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park into the search bar. You will get more options.
University of Alberta: http://www.edpsychology.ualberta.ca/CentresAndInstitutes/ClinicalServices.aspx.
College of Alberta Psychologists Referral Line – 1-888-424-0297
Boys and Girls Club of Fort Saskatchewan: http://fortsask.bgccan.com/programs/youth-and-family-support-program
Walk in counselling services at Strathcona County:
Connect Parent Group
An Attachment-Based Program to Support Parents & Caregivers
There is very good evidence that strong relationships with parents can protect youth from risk during adolescence and help them thrive! This is called ATTACHMENT!Connect© is a FREE, nine-week program to support parents of pre-teens and teens (ages 10-16). Parents meet in groups with two, trained group leaders.
Wednesdays Oct 14 - Dec 16, 2020(No class Nov 11)6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Offered online via ZOOM Video Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Simon Fraser University, the program focuses on the core components of secure attachment to promote children’s social, emotional, and behavioural adjustment. Connect© helps caregivers understand basic attachment concepts that can be applied across a broad range of situations and relational concepts. Each session provides parents with an attachment perspective on parent-child relationships and adolescent development. Parents watch role-plays, do exercises, and discuss ways of responding to challenging behaviour and problems. After each session, parents are provided with key points to remember when applying the principles to their own parent-child relationships.
To register for this FREE program, visit:https://forms.fortsask.ca/Connect-Parent-Group-Signup
The Bridge Wellness Hub for Youth is Re-Opening
The Bridge youth space will be re-opening September 23rd! This space is for youth looking for a safe space with access to services, it is open to ages 11-24 years of age and currently open Wednesday’s and Thursdays, 2-8pm weekly.
On Wednesdays there is onsite counselling, peer support, and Restorative Justice.
On Thursdays there is Youth Addictions Support, Youth Outreach Worker, and LGBTQ2+ peer support.
The Bridge address is 10307-100 ave (downtown Fort Saskatchewan)