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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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*Please review each group below for specific registration information.*

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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.

The following list of Group programs are available now, virtually:

Thrive Parent Support Group

Join our counsellors Kim and Erin for a weekly free drop-in support group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old, Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm via Zoom. Connect with other parents, and explore what you need to thrive as a parent. 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

Parent Coffee Connect *NEW*

Thrive facilitators, Carol and Marlene, will lead a free weekly drop-in group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old, on Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 via Zoom.  We’ll share parenting tips and, together, create a safe and comfortable space to talk about the day to day challenges, highlights and adventures of parenting (and the added challenges of Parenting during COVID-19). To participate, click here to download a registration form  and email it to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca as an electronic document or image. 

Thrive Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support

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 (virtual)

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 a safe space, with 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.  We meet virtually each week, via Zoom.  To learn more, and receive the Zoom link, please email Hal, slaunwhite@familyservices.bc.ca  We look forward to you joining us. 

PROUD2BE drop-in groups for parents (virtual)

Join other North Shore and Metro Vancouver 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 child.  In response to government recommendations and direction from health officials relative to COVID-19 and social distancing, the Parents of Gender Diverse Youth Support Group is currently taking place virtually.  We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  To learn more, and receive the Zoom link, please email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca  We look forward to you joining us. 

Grief Support 

If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, this safe and nurturing group provides guidance to help you through the grieving process.   Please contact our Program Manager, Robin Rivers, at 604-988-5281 ext. 354 or by email at  rivers@familyservices.bc.ca

 

The following programs will resume in accordance with direction from government and health officials relative to COVID-19.

Rebuilding Relationships

Our Rebuilding Relationships group can help if you’ve negatively affected women 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.

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Caring Dads

If you’re a dad who has negatively affected children in your life by using violence, anger, any type of abuse, or controlling behaviours, and you’re committed to changing your behaviour and improving your relationships, our Caring Dads group can help you.

 

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