Groups at CAFCO-CEAFO

We know that wait times for mental health services are incredibly long right now, and these groups, grounded in evidence-based treatments, may be an excellent option to access effective treatment more quickly.

Keep scrolling to learn about all of our new and upcoming groups from Parent Programs to Emotional Regulation!

Perfectionism

  • Grades 9 – 12
  • Friday, 3 – 4:30pm
  • 9 weeks + parent session in 10thweek

Based in CBT and mindfulness, as per best practice treatment of perfectionism.

Topics: unrelenting high standards, thinking errors, self-criticism, performance related behaviours (avoidance, procrastination, excessive checking, decision making, reassurance seeking, and many more), long-term costs and benefits of perfectionism, self-worth, and self-compassion.

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To register please email us at groups@cafco-ceafo.ca

SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)

  • Parents of kids in grades JK -8
  • Monday  7-8:30pm; Thursday 7-8:30pm
  • 7 weeks

SPACE is a caregiver-based treatment program for children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. Created by Dr Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center.  It has been shown to be as effective as 1:1 cognitive behavioural therapy with the anxious child, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ treatment. Two pillars of SPACE: increasing support, decreasing accommodations.

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To register please email us atgroups@cafco-ceafo.ca

Emotion Regulation

  • Grades 1-3 and 4-6
  • Grades 1-3: Wednesday, 4pm-5pm
  • Grades 4-6: Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Parent sessions: Wednesday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • 6 weeks + 3 parent sessions weeks 1, 3, 6

Based in CBT, mindfulness, body-oriented approaches. Topics include: emotional vocabulary; what emotions feel like in the body and how to tune into them; identifying triggers; how thoughts, feelings, and actions are related; how to notice and challenge unhelpful thoughts, concepts of control; measuring challenges & making mistakes; self-compassion. Parent sessions will provide psychoeducation regarding the neuroscience of emotion regulation and discuss skills and strategies, rooted in increasing connection, for supporting their kid’s big feelings.

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To register please email us at groups@cafco-ceafo.ca

DBT Multifamily Skills

  • Grades 9–12 + caregiver(s)
  • Monday, 3pm – 4:30pm
  • 12 weeks

The goal of this DBT skills group is to help youth and their caregivers learn practical strategies designed to increase their ability to:

    • cope with intense emotions
    • learn to tolerate distress in more helpful ways
    • be more effective in their interactions with family, friends, and teachers

DBT skills have been shown to be effective for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, intense emotions and mood swings, impulsive and disruptive behaviours, self-injurious and suicidal behaviours, and family and peer conflict.

Modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, walking the middle path

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To register please email us at groups@cafco-ceafo.ca

DBT Jr Multifamily Skills

  • Grades 6-8 + caregiver(s)
  • Friday, 3pm – 4:30pm
  • 12 weeks

The goal of this DBT skills group is to help youth and their caregivers learn practical strategies designed to increase their ability to:

    • cope with intense emotions
    • learn to tolerate distress in more helpful ways
    • be more effective in their interactions with family, friends, and teachers

DBT skills have been shown to be effective for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, intense emotions and mood swings, impulsive and disruptive behaviours, self-injurious and suicidal behaviours, and family and peer conflict.

Modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, walking the middle path

Click the photo on the left  for more information.
To register please email us at groups@cafco-ceafo.ca

Frequently Asked Questions:

-How much does it cost?
(answer varies depending on the group – see above. The cost is per session, times the number of sessions (e.g.: $100 per session x 9 sessions = $900)

-Can I claim this using my private health benefits?
Most comprehensive benefits will cover group therapy. Be sure to check with your provider and ask if services provided by social workers are covered.

-How many parents/caregivers can join?
All primary caregivers are welcome to join, up to a maximum of 4.

-Do we have to sign up for the whole group?
Yes, the groups are closed groups, meaning everyone starts and ends at the same time. Families must commit to participating from beginning to end.

-What if we have to miss a session?
Not a problem! We get that things come up. We can offer each family one 1:1 makeup session per group.

-Where do the sessions take place?
All sessions take place using Zoom.

-Will you be running groups in person?
For the foreseeable future all groups will be held virtually.

-How many facilitators will there be?
All groups have one lead facilitator and one or two PhD clinical psychology students/interns.