On-site Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services offers Group Programs with a support and psycho-educational focus designed for parents and caregivers 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
Click here to view the Parent Support Groups brochure.
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.
ABC's of CSB
This 3-session educational group is designed for parents and caregivers of children who exhibit concerning sexualized behaviour. 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.