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CONNECT Parent Group

September 12, 2022

What is Connect Parent Group?

Connect Parent Group is a group program for parents and other caregivers (i.e., relatives or foster parents) who would like to find ways to improve their relationships with their preteens and teens.  Adolescence can be a stressful time as youth strive for greater independence yet still need the support and guidance of their parents. Building or rebuilding stronger connections with their teens helps parents find new ways to effectively navigate these challenges.

Connect was developed by Dr. Marlene Moretti at Simon Fraser University. The program helps parents understand and respond to the changing attachment needs of teens.

Starting in September, KVC will be offering 2 foster/relative groups, and in October KVC will be offering 1 birth parent group. All groups will be held virtually. These groups are open to caregivers of children being served by KVC AND caregivers from the community AT NO COST.

  • Parent Group #1 Starts September 12th from 4:00pm-5:30pm (relative/ adoptive/ foster)
  • Parent Group #2 starts September 15th from 5:00pm-6:30pm (relative/ adoptive/ foster)
  • Parent Group #3 start date will be in October, exact date TBD (birth)

To enroll, please reach out to Julie Gerber

What Happens in Connect Parent Group?

  • Parents and caregivers meet in small groups with two trained group leaders for 90 minutes each week for 9 weeks
  • Each week focuses on a new principle related to adolescent development and the parent-teen relationship.
  • Parents watch role plays, try activities, and join in discussions that help them understand and respond to  challenging behaviors problems.
  • Parents receive a handout at each session with key points to remember when applying the principles in their own relationship.
  • Connect recognizes that each parent and teen relationship is different. Instead of teaching one way to respond, we help parents find alternatives that work for their families in responding to their teens in ways that support healthy relationships, while setting limits and helping the teen be successful.
  • Before parents begin a Connect group, they have the chance to meet with the group leaders to learn more about how the group works and whether this is a good fit for them.

Does Connect Work?

After taking the group, parents report feeling less stressed and more effective in parenting. They also see fewer behavior problems and improved social functioning in their teens.

  • 97% of parents felt better equipped to understand their child.
  • 95% pf parents felt better equipped to understand themselves as a parent.
  • 86%  of parents saw positive changes in their relationship with their teens as a result of applying what they learned.
  • Parents also expressed that hey appreciated how the role plays showed them ways to handle different problems. They value the confidence they gained as a parent.  Parents also shared how the group leaders helped them feel positive and hopeful about their relationships with their teens. Parents finish the group feeling excited to see the gradual growth in the relationship.

To enroll, please reach out to Julie Gerber


September 12, 2022
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Julie Gerber