John Howard Society of Durham Region

Parenting Programs

What you need to know about accessing our Parenting Programs during the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • parenting groups are currently being offered online using Zoom, until further notice
  • if you have not attended or participated in any of our groups, please contact Kristina at (905) 623-6814 ext zero for information. 
  • if you have participated in a group or were registered to do so, please contact the counsellor directly as per the list below. Not sure who you met with? Call Kristina at the above phone number and she can help you out.
  • our current process to get into a group: call Kristina and she will get basic information from you, then book you to ‘meet’ via phone or online platform with one of our counsellors who will find out more about you, provide further program details, and assess for suitability to the program

Counsellor Contacts:
beverley.oke-hickey@jhsd.ca
diane.westerman@jhsd.ca
hillary.kozlowski@jhsd.ca

Specific to the Together We Are family empowerment program please contact Kashauna at (343) 997-6826 or kashauna.bailey@jhsd.ca

4 programs:

  • Together We Are (for Black families with children ages 6 to 11)
  • Co-operative Parenting and Divorce/Separation (shielding children from co-parent conflict)
  • Active Parenting Now (for parents of 5 to 12 year olds)
  • Active Parenting of Teens (for parents of teens)

 To Register:

Please call our Counselling Services Intake number at 905-623-6814, press “0”

1. Together We Are

Goals:  

  • Recognize the diversity and strength that exists within families in the black community
  • Empower and support parents and caregivers of Black children
  • Attend with your children, have fun together, learn together
  • Parent discussions: culture and identity, advocacy, communication, parenting styles, strengthening our relationships
  • Children’s activities will promote pride in culture – dance, drumming, story telling, crafts, etc

6 two-hour sessions, certificate issued upon program completion.


2. Co-operative Parenting and Divorce/Separation

Goals:  

  • Shifting the focus from the conflict of the co-parents to the best interest of the children
  • Assisting parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educating parents about the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
  • Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control
  • Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills and children’s issues in divorce

Certificate issued upon program completion and requirements are met

  • CPD-ringsConsists of eight 2-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and videos
  • Blends skill development, small and large group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework

Impact to Children:

  • Reduces the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishes the child’s sense of loyalty binds
  • Allows the child to love both parents
  • Creates a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively
  • Teaches effective communication and conflict resolution skills as modeled by their parents
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life.

Impact to Society:

  • Decreases future litigation, court costs and time
  • Expands the definition of ‘family’, thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
  • Potentially reduces adolescent drug and alcohol problems, teenage pregnancy, school drop out rates, and crime associated with children of divorce and separation
  • Potentially diminishes the likelihood of future relationship difficulties and divorce for the child

3. Active Parenting  (parents of 5-12 year olds)

  • This program has been designed to teach you a method of parenting and problem solving that will help you prepare your children to courageously meet the challenges that life will pose
  • Consists of six 2.5-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and companion video
  • Blends skill development, group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

Goals:

  • How to build courage and character in your child
  • Effective, non-violent discipline skills
  • Why children misbehave and how to redirect them
  • Learn about the 3 styles of parenting and why one is more effective
  • How to deal with issues of drugs, sexuality and violence
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Active parent-child communication techniques
  • Teaching responsibility                                                              
  • Coping with bullies
  • Problem-solving in groups
  • How to hold family meetings

Impacts:                                                               

  • Better parent-child relationships including:
    • mutual respect
    • improved communication
    • increased co-operation
  • Decreases power struggles
  • Creates more confident parents and children

4. Active Parenting of Teens

  • This program has been designed to ensure that your teens develop the skills and character they need to not only survive but to thrive as they gain independence
  • Consists of six 2.5-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and companion video
  • Incorporates skill development, group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

Goals:

  • Methods of respectful disciplineAPTeenLogo_LoRes
  • Skills for clear, honest communication
  • Concrete strategies to prevent risky behaviour
  • How to be an encouraging parent

Impacts:

  • Better parent-child relationships including:
    • mutual respect
    • improved communication
    • increased co-operation
  • Decrease power struggles
  • More confident parents and children

What the research says…

Active Parenting: An Evaluation of Two Adlerian Parent Education Programs