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Group Programs

Groups can be an effective way to find help and support. Our group facilitators create safe and welcoming environments where you can participate in a way that feels comfortable for you. Most groups are free, run for 12-14 weeks, and are held in the evenings. Some of our groups are offered weekly throughout the year, while others are offered in cycles that begin in the spring and fall. Many of our group programs have been adapted and are now being offered virtually. Please review details for each group for specific registration instructions, or call our intake counsellor to register for one of our groups.

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Our Intake Counsellor is here to learn what you need and how we can support you.
Please review the group descriptions below, and specific registration information.

Email now Or call 604-988-5281, ext. 226

 

Group programs start dates are determined by enrollment numbers, so once you have been enrolled in a group, the facilitator will contact you to confirm the exact start dates.

Thrive Parent Support Group

A weekly free drop-in group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old.  Connect with other parents for conversation and support in a professionally facilitated group setting.  Click here for detailed information including date and time.  The Parent Support Group is currently taking place virtually. Please click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group. Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca, please include Parent Support in the subject line.

Thrive Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support

*Temporarily on hold*

Drop in for social connection, information, consultation, and support in an empowering atmosphere. Our Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant and on-site counsellor. If you are a new parent looking for this kind of support, please join us virtually.  Click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group.  Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca 

PROUD2BE Yourself Drop-in Groups for Youth (in-person)

If you’re aged 16-24 and identify as queer, transgender, two-spirited, and/or questioning, please join us for this free, weekly drop-in group. You’ll connect with other North Shore and Metro Vancouver youth in discussions led by an experienced master’s level counsellor. Share your experiences, ask questions, and explore your identity among people who are here to support you.  Drop-in and join us Wednesdays, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Family Services of the North Shore office (203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue). Take the elevator to the second floor and watch for the multicoloured heart on our glass doors.  For more details, click here.  If you have any questions please email us.  We look forward to you joining us. 

May 2022 Group Dates and Topics:

May 4– Tie Dye

May 11 – Game Night

May 18 – Collage

May 25 – Outing TBA

PROUD2BE Drop-in Groups for Parents (virtual)

Join other parents of gender-diverse youth for safe, judgment-free discussions co-facilitated by two experienced counsellors. This free, weekly drop-in group is a welcoming place for you to connect, ask questions, and learn more about how to support your trans, non-binary, gender-diverse and/or gender-questioning child or teen.  We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  To learn more click here, and to receive the virtual meeting link, please email proud2be@familyservices.bc.caWe look forward to you joining us. 

PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Events

Our PROUD2BE Events feature speakers with lived experience, professional panel discussions, workshops and support for gender-diverse, gender-questioning, and LGBTQ2S+ children, youth, their families and professionals.  It’s a community where you can learn, ask questions, get support and connect with LGBTQ2S+ folks, families and allied communities.  

For more information email our PROUD2BE team.

Grief Support (virtual)

If you are struggling with the loss of someone close, our free 8-week support group can guide you through the process of grieving in a safe and nurturing virtual setting, with others who have also experienced loss.  Facilitated by a Registered Clinical Counsellor.  This online group requires registration.  Click here for details.

Building Connections – Chinese Parenting Group (virtual)

Learn ways to understand and communicate with your children, and develop skills to reduce conflicts at home and increase your tools and strategies as parents in a supportive group environment.  This weekly group is facilitated in Chinese.  Fridays, April 1 – June 10, 10am – 12:00pm.  Registration required.  Click here for details.

Parenting Teens Support Group (virtual)

A monthly session for Mandarin-speaking parents to have self-reflection and share the experiences and challenges of parenting adolescents.  Topics include: supporting your children’s physical and mental health, family communication skills, stress and coping strategies, and tips for active listening.  Thursdays, starting January 27th, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. This online group requires registration.  Click here for details. 

Rebuilding Family Relationships Men’s Group (virtual)

Our Rebuilding Family Relationships men’s group can help if you are a man who has negatively affected your partner and/or young people in your life by using violence, anger, any type of abuse, or controlling behaviors. This group is for men who are committed to changing their behavior and improving their relationships. Facilitated in English/Farsi.  To learn more, click here for information in EnglishClick here for information in Farsi.

 

I don’t know what I would do without this group. It gives me wonderful ways to support my child, and now I know I’m not alone.– Parent participant