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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.

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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

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 

Parenting Teens Support Group (virtual)

In partnership with North Shore Multicultural Society, this monthly session is for Mandarin-speaking parents to have self-reflection and share the experiences and challenges of parenting adolescents.  Topics will include family communication skills, stress and coping strategies, and tips for active listening.  Sessions to be held online via Zoom.  Click here for more details.

Postpartum Support Group (virtual)

In partnership with North Shore Multicultural Society, group sessions will support mothers of young children aged 0-3 years.  After the birth of a child, some women experience feelings of sadness or anxiety which can last for weeks or months.  This group will provide information and skills for mothers with babies and young children to encourage personal growth. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other women who are having similar experiences and build their support network. Online, via Zoom.  Facilitated in Farsi.  Click here for more details.

PROUD2BE Yourself drop-in groups for youth (in person)

If you’re aged 16-24 and identify as queer, transgender, two-spirit, 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.  We meet each week, in person.  To learn more click here, and to receive meeting details, please email our team, proud2be@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 virtual drop-in group is a welcoming place for you to connect, ask questions, and learn more about how to support your child.  We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  To learn more click here, and receive the virtual meeting link, please email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca  We look forward to you joining us.  

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.

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