What is the Kid Power Group?
This is a play therapy group for children who have been affected by domestic violence. Children who grow up around Domestic Violence are affected even if they are not directly abused. Research shows children who live with domestic violence often develop psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
The Centre for Disease Control found children who witness abuse are at greater risk of:
- alcohol and substance abuse
- health conditions like cancer, depression and diabetes
- poor performance in school
- greater likelihood of an early death
Children who grow up around domestic violence also believe it is normal, and often repeat the cycle of violence in their adult lives.
Kid Power is offered for 8 consecutive weeks each spring, fall and winter.
When is it available?
Registration for Fall groups is now open
January 10 – February 28, 2019,
Thursday 5 – 7pm
The primary goals of the Parenting Groups is to encourage parents to:
- better understand their child’s world, through the use of empathy
- become aware of messages they received in their childhood and how it affects their parenting today
- become aware of the difference between punishment and discipline
- become aware of the difference between effective and ineffective communications skills
- become aware of the long range consequences of different discipline methods
The primary goals of Kid Power are to encourage children to:
- learn what abuse is
- learn to express feelings and thoughts about experiences such as separation or loss, family violence, and stressful family events
- develop a safety plan
- learn to express anger in a healthy manner
- improve problem solving skills
For more information:
Individuals interested in this program must pre-register by submitting the application form.
For current program start dates or more information, contact The Outreach Centre at 403-347-2480.
There is no cost for this program.