Group Services Program (COPE)

AYSP offers community-based, short-term, educationally-focused COPE (Community Parent Education) groups, for parents or caregivers of youth aged 12 to 16 years. Adolescent COPE 12+ is a large group parenting course that runs for 8 consecutive sessions/weeks, 2 hours per week. Groups are typically offered twice per year at AYSP and at various locations in Peel Region schools. COPE groups include the use of video clips, problem-solving discussions, skill-building exercises and goal-focused approaches. Course leaders, who are children’s mental health professionals and/or school board staff, guide parents using methods proven to reduce parenting stress and improve parent-child/youth relationships. Parents work together on solutions to parenting challenges, share ideas, and try out new youth behaviour management strategies. Childcare and assistance with transportation is also available if needed.

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Residents of Peel
  • Parents/caregivers seeking to overcome parenting difficulties
  • Families at risk of requiring more intensive/long-term supports or services
  • Parents/caregivers able to consistently attend an 8-week parenting course
  • Parent/caregivers amenable to learning about and attempting new behaviour management strategies
  • Families may be receiving service from other service providers who determine group will compliment such service

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