Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

Michelle McVittie, Workshops

I first met child life specialist Michelle McVittie when I attended a program called “Managing Meltdowns”, and asked her if she would write a post for my website. Included here are several workshops to benefit families who live in Hamilton, ON, and the surrounding areas. Please note, that while the dates posted here will expire, many of the programs are ongoing with new ones being added on a regular basis. If you would like more information please call 905-521-2100, ext. 74147 or register at:

http://www.mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca/cymhp

Hi, my name is Michelle. I’m a child life specialist and I’ve been working with children for over eighteen years. I work at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Community Education Services, for the Child and Youth Mental Health Program. In my role as an educator I get the opportunity to see how change can be made and futures changed in the lives of families dealing with mental health. I love meeting the wonderful parents who come to parenting course and workshops. Theses parents that work so hard to be better parents and help their children with their struggles (behavioural and mental health) are a good example to us all. I always tell the parents in my courses, that good parents come to parenting courses. I hate the stigma parenting courses have and I wish more people took advantage of our free education.

You can check us out at http://www.mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca/cymhp. Our course schedules change every two months. You can read about our programs and register on line. You can also call us at 905-521-2100 ext. 74147. There are no wait lists for any parenting programs. The family programs and programs for teens may have wait lists.

“Children will do well if they can. If they can’t we adults need to figure out what’s
getting in the way so we can help.” Dr. Ross Greene

The Child and Youth Mental Health Program Community Education Service

We are pleased to provide you with this guide to the groups and workshops being offered in September and October 2013, hosted by The Community Education Service.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops and groups.
To register, please contact the Community Education Service registration line at;
(905) 521-2100 extension: 74147
Or register online at
http://www.mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca/cymhp

Groups for Kids
Waitlists may be applicable to Mission Possible, Social Connections,
kNOw Fear and Coping and Relaxation Skills Workshops

 Mission Possible: 

Eight session social skills group for children ages 7-9 and 10-12 years and their caregiver(s). Through this group children are given the opportunity to practice social skills that may be difficult for them. Reviewing and practicing how to introduce you, reading body language, negotiating and compromising, following rules and getting along with others will be explored.

(children registered for this group should be able to sit and attend to a teacher in a group setting for up to 20 mins)

Age Start Date Time Location 10-12 yrs Tuesday September 10, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 212/213 7-9 yrs Tuesday November 12, 2013 3-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 212/213

kNOw Fear
Eight session CBT based anxiety group for children ages 7-9 and 10-12 and their caregiver(s). Together the family will learn what stressors most affect their child. Identify how the child reacts to these worries/ fears, and how to deal with them in a positive and effective way.

(Please note there may be wait lists for this group due to high demand)
Age Start Date Time Location 7-9 yrs Monday September 9, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 212/213 7-9 yrs Wednesday September 11, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg Room 134 10-12 yrs Wednesday September 11, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208 10-12 yrs Tuesday September 10, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

Social Connections
An eight week, youth based education group for those, 14 to 18 years, struggling with forming and keeping relationships (friends).
Age Start Date Time Location 14-18 yrs Thursday September 12, 2013 3:00-4:30 Evel Bldg. Room 212/213

Coping and Relaxation Skills (13-16yrs)
An introduction to Relaxation and coping strategies. Participants will practice relaxation and work on activities to gain understanding of themselves and their stressors, in this 4 session workshop.
Age Start Date Time Location 13-16 yrs Monday September 16, 2013 3:00-4:30pm Evel Bldg Room 208

Groups for Parents

Kids Have Stress Too!
Parents and caregivers will learn how to recognize and understand stress in children, identify stressors and teach children age-appropriate stress management techniques. This Parent Education Program is designed to help 4-9 year olds, and runs over 3 sessions.
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 19, 2013 1:30-3:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208 Thursday October 10, 2013 1:30-3:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

Managing Meltdowns
A six session weekly educational group for caregivers of children/teens 4-18 years with difficult and explosive behaviours. This group focuses on spirited temperaments, coping strategies and collaborative problem solving.
Start Date Time Location Monday September 9, 2013 6:30-8:30 Hillpark OEYC 465 East 16th St Wednesday September 11, 2013 9:30-11:30 MacNab Rec Center 145 Magnolia Dr.

COPEing with Teens (Ages 12-18 years)
Caregivers meet once weekly for two hours for 8 weeks. Using problem-solving discussions, videos and homework projects, caregivers learn: Evidenced-based skills to strengthen relationships reduce teens oppositional behaviour, increase cooperation & restore communication.
Start Date Time Location Monday September 9, 2013 6:30-8:30 George R. Allan School 900 King St W.(King & Bond) Thursday September 12, 2013 9:30-11:30 Child Development Centre 22 Leeming Street

COPEing with 3-12 year olds with ADHD
Caregivers meet once weekly for two hours for 8 weeks. Using problem-solving discussions, videos and homework projects, caregivers learn evidence-based skills to strengthen relationships, reduce oppositional behaviour and increase cooperation. They also have the opportunity for discussion with other parents who may have children who are diagnosed with ADHD.
Start Date Time Location Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:30-11:30 Bay Gardens 947 Rymal Rd. East (not wheel chair accessible) Wednesday September 11,2013 6:30-8:30 Parkdale School 139 Parkdale Ave N

COPEing with 3-12 year olds
Caregivers meet once weekly for two hours for 8 weeks. Using problem-solving discussions, videos and homework projects, caregivers learn evidence-based skills to strengthen relationships, reduce oppositional behaviour and increase cooperation.
Start Date Time Location Wednesday September 11, 2013 9:30-11:30 CDC Building 22 Leeming Street

The Quiet Child
Caregivers meet 6 times, for two hours, bi-weekly with a transition to weekly, to review evidence-based strategies to increase their child’s ability to speak in various settings.
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 12, 2013 6:30-8:30 Evel Bldg Room 134

 COPEing with Impulsive and Forgetful Children: Visual Strategies for Improving Self-Control
This single session workshop will help caregivers understand how they can use visual strategies to help their child (including children with ADHD) gain better self control
Start Date Time Location Wednesday September 4, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg Room 134

Understanding Anxiety Part 1 of 2
A two part workshop for parents/caregivers interested in learning what anxiety is and how it may affect children and youth.
Start Date Time Location Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg Room 208 Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

Parenting Your Anxious Child Part 2 of 2
This second of the two part series workshop will provide examples and strategies for parents/caregivers that may be useful in parenting their “anxious” child.
Start Date Time Location Tuesday September 17, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg Room 208 Wednesday October 30, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208 Thursday October 3, 2013 6:30-8:30 Evel Bldg. Room 212/213

1-2-3 Magic
1-2-3– Magic offers easy to follow steps for disciplining children aged 3-12 years. Participants in this workshop will view Dr. Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic Video and learn related methods of managing inappropriate behaviour(s).
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 5, 2013 6:00-8:30 Evel Bldg Room 212/213

Coping and Relaxation Parent Workshop
Parents will learn the signs of distress and how to bring comfort into their everyday lives. Parents learn practical relaxation and coping strategies they can transfer to their children. (one session)
Start Date Time Location Tuesday September 3, 2013 6:30-8:30 Evel Bldg Room 134 Monday October 28, 2013 6:30-8:30 Evel Bldg Room 134

Coping with Medical Procedures and Appointments
This one session workshop will give parents a better understanding of how to prepare, and educate children for doctor, dentist and hospital visits. Coping strategies, normalization activities, and practical tips will be offered to parents to help with the child’s next medical procedure or visit.
Start Date Time Location Monday October 28, 2013 1:30-3:30 Evel Bldg Room 208

Why Won’t They Listen?
This one session workshop will review ways to increase their child’s cooperation and listening. Parents learn how to collaboratively work with their children.
Start Date Time Location Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:30-3:30 Evel Bldg Room 208

COPEing with Sibling Conflict
In this one session workshop, participants will learn why their children may have conflict and learn strategies to prevent conflict in the future between children.
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 5 2013 3:30-5:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

 What is Mental Health?
An introduction for parents who may have questions concerning children’s mental health. (one session)
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 5 , 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg. Room.212/213

 Positive Discipline
Participants will learn evidence-based positive parenting strategies in this one session workshop
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 5, 2013 1:30-3:30 Evel Bldg. Room. 212/213

Treatment Options for Children with ADHD
Dr. Bill Mahoney will present information in this 2 hour overview of treatments available to children diagnosed with ADHD.
Start Date Time Location Thursday September 19, 2013 6:30-8:30 Evel Bldg. Room. 212/213

I’m Angry!
Parents will learn effective ways of teaching their children how to manage their anger (one session).
Start Date Time Location Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

COPEing With Homework
This one sesison workshop will help parents establish successful strategies to help with completion of their children’s homework without battles.
Start Date Time Location Tuesday October 8, 2013 9:30-11:30 Evel Bldg. Room 208

For more info on these or other programs, call:

(905) 521-2100 extension: 74147
Or register online at
mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca/cymhp

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