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
- 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
- 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
- Community service providers
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.