Circle of Security © (Parenting Group)

At times all parents feel lost about what their child might need from them. Imagine what it would feel like to make sense of what your child was really asking of you.

The Circle of Security© Parenting program is based on decades of research about how best to nurture secure parent-child relationships.

The COSP© model helps parents and caregivers:

• Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs

• Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions

• Enhance their child’s self esteem

• Honour their innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

Join the group specific to your child’s age: 0-3, 4-8, 9-13, and 14-17

Groups run in 8-week blocks throughout the year

Sessions occur 9:15am weekdays in Kitchener (in-person and hybrid)

Next Offering: 8 weekly sessions March 27th - May 15th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm Age group: For parents with children age group 4-8 Location: Family Center located at 65 Hanson Avenue in Kitchener Make sure to register by March 20th!

Fees: $155/family/session (Private sessions are available on request, in-clinic or in your home. Fees: $180 plus mileage for in-home sessions.)

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What is Circle of Security© Parenting?

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Good enough parenting

This group is facilitated by Sandra Tocitu. Sandra obtained her Circle of Security Parenting© certification through Circle of Security International in 2019, and since then has supported many caregivers, foster parents, and aunts and uncles individually and in a group settings. She is passionate about practicing from an attachment lens, and strongly believes that positive connection is one of the upmost important factors in fostering children’s safety and security. For more about Sandra, click here

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Let us help you care for your child.

Life After My Accident (MVA Survivor Group)

If you experienced complex injuries related to a motor vehicle accident (MVA), you know that it often helps to slow down and give yourself several opportunities to learn new skills. That’s what this group is about.

In Life After My Accident, people with lived accident experience gather to share and learn together.

Why should I join?

To explore safe ways to connect with myself and others around shared MVA experiences and recovery strategies

This therapy group helps accident survivors, like yourself, better understand their bodies and minds. It offers gentle restorative activities for you to try in a safe context with others who are also on a complex recovery journey.

You choose your level of participation for each activity, and which sessions to attend.

What will we be doing?

Each session offers gentle yoga, mindfulness meditation, skills refreshers, and sharing

This group treats you as a whole person. It is designed to help MVA survivors, like yourself, manage as best as possible at home, work or school, and in the community.

Interventions include those of social work, psychotherapy and occupational therapy. You and your peers get to discuss these and related recovery strategies with each other and the facilitators.

When and where do we meet?

This group meets every other Tuesday at 1-2:30pm, at the Midtown clinic

Pre-screening and registration are required. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to avoid missing out. You are welcome to attend each session or choose dates according to your interest and availability.

Key themes for group discussion:

  • Re-friending my Body

  • Pain as a Part of Me

  • Connecting to my Values and Identity

  • Engaging with my Community

  • other themes relevant to group members

Note: This group is most helpful for those who are at least two years out from their accident. It’s meant to complement, rather than replace, individual therapies.

This group is facilitated by Shelly Pavlic and Abrial Cooke. Shelly is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She is the clinical director of Midtown Rehab, and has treated those with complex mental health injuries for twenty years. For more about Shelly, click here. Abrial Coooke is a Registered Occupational Therapist and certified yoga instructor. She is the director of Rise Occupational Therapy, and specializes in chronic pain and complex medical and psychological injury. For more about Abrial, click here.Shelly and Abrial strongly believe that MVA survivors deserve caring, comprehensive support during their recovery, as well as the opportunity to connect with other MVA survivors.

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We’re here to support your recovery.