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THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services offers Group Programs with a support and psycho-educational focus designed for parents, caregivers, and foster parents whose children have experienced sexual victimization or abuse, or who are concerned about their children's sexual behaviour.

All Groups are free of charge. Child minding is available. Bus tickets will be provided.
For more eligibility inquiries, information and registration please call Janice Floyd at 905-523-1020 ext. 212

Watch a short video featuring parents talking about their experience attending parent groups: Parent Group Video


Courage to Tell

This two-part information session is designed for parents and caregivers who are dealing with a recent disclosure of sexual abuse involving their child. In two informative sessions, parents and caregivers will gain important knowledge in a safe and supportive environment without having to share their story. Participants will learn about:

  • How and why children tell about sexual abuse
  • How sexual abuse affects them, you, your family and others
  • What you can say and do to help
  • What happens next: navigating the process
  • What resources and supports are available

The group meets for 2 hours each week for two consecutive weeks. Participants must commit to attending both sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

Moving Towards Healing

This 10-week therapeutic group program for parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused goes beyond the provision of information. Participants in this small group of 8-12 parents and caregivers will:

  • Understand what child sexual abuse is, and how it affects children and families
  • Learn more about how to navigate the investigation and court process
  • Gain coping skills
  • Understand the treatment process
  • Develop stronger parent-child relationships
  • Learn what will help their child's healing
  • Understand how to create safety & child abuse prevention plans
  • Find support from others who are dealing with similar struggles
  • Build skills to help themselves, their child, and their family overcome the trauma of sexual abuse
  • Regain a sense of control over their lives

The group meets weekly for 1.5 hours in a safe and supportive environment. Parents are expected to commit to all 10 sessions. For information on eligibility requirements for this program, please contact Janice Floyd at (905)523-1020 ext. 212

Keeping Safe

This 3-session educational group is designed for parents and caregivers of children with sexual behaviour problems. The group offers parents and caregivers an opportunity to gain important knowledge in a safe and supportive environment without having to share their story. Participants will learn about:

  • What is normal sexual behaviour and what is concerning behaviour
  • What influences children's sexual behaviour
  • When does sexual behaviour in children become a problem
  • What can trigger the concerning behaviour
  • How to deal with and mange your own feelings as well as your child's
  • How to develop a safety plan
  • What is healthy sexuality and how to teach it to children

Group meets for 2 hours each week, for 3 consecutive weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 3 sessions. All of our Group programs are based on best practice and evidence-based research and delivered by trained and experienced clinicians. There is no fee for the Group Program. Groups take place at the THRIVE offices in Hamilton. Click here to view the Parent Support Groups brochure.

 

 

 

2016/17 Group Schedule

Courage to Tell:

September 15 and 22, 2016
November 3 and 10, 2016

January 12 and 19, 2017

March 2 and 9, 2017

May 4 and 11, 2017

Keeping Safe:

October 6, 13 and 20, 2016

December 1, 8 and 15, 2016

February 2, 9 and 16, 2017

April 6, 13 and 20, 2017

June 1, 8 and 15, 2017