Group Services Program

AYSP offers several group programs throughout the year for parents and caregivers of children and youth aged 0-17. Groups are community-based and short-term, providing education, support and the opportunity to discuss and practice new parenting strategies to reduce stress and improve parent-child/youth relationships.

Goals of the Program:

  • To promote parental/caregiver skill development and problem-solving skills
  • To provide a forum for mutual support and advice
  • To build upon the strengths of families/caregivers so they will be able to more effectively manage future parenting crises
  • To reduce the need for more intensive/long-term services
  • To strengthen families’ network of supports and increase knowledge of community-based resources and services

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 complement such service

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Parents/caregivers who are in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • Parents/caregivers who require, but are not receiving, support or treatment for mental health issues, marital conflict, or substance use issues
  • Where participation in the program presents a safety risk to the child/youth/family/community or the facilitator

Referral Sources:

  • Self-referral
  • Community service providers

Referral Process:

Parents/caregivers can make a self-referral by calling WhereToStart.ca at 905.451.4655.

Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to Group Services via the Internal Transfer Protocol.

The Group Services Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.