SPACES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN


October School Holidays: Bayswater

Dates: Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017 (inclusive)

Time: 9.00am – 11.30am (Enrol Now) or 12.30pm – 3.00pm (Enrol Now)


TERM 4: Swanbourne

Dates: Sunday 22nd October, then 4 consecutive Saturdays, Saturday 28th October, 4th November, 11th November & 18th November 2017

Time: 9.00am – 11.30am (Enrol Now) or 12.30pm – 3.00pm (Enrol Now)


SESSION OUTLINES & COST


CLICK HERE for Fun FRIENDS | Ages 4 – 7 years

CLICK HERE for FRIENDS for Life | Ages 8 – 10 years


HOW TO ENROL


Please contact us as a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot with the balance payable one week before groups commence. If your child cannot attend due to unforeseen events, you may simply roll into the next available Program.

Discount for Additional Child: 50% off discount for a sibling or friend attending the same group. We offer this discount because sometimes it can be beneficial for a child to learn new skills with a familiar face in the same room.

Rebates: You child may be eligible for Medicare or a private health insurance rebate (either, not both). For you to check with your private health insurance provider, the item number for Group Psychological Intervention is P400. Unfortunately not all health insurers provide a rebate for this item number and it depends on your level of cover. Alternatively, if your child qualifies for a Better Access to Mental Health – Mental Health Care Plan through your GP (for Group Psychological Interventions), you may obtain a rebate through Medicare provided that the group your child attends does not exceed 10 children.

SPACES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN


October School Holidays: Bayswater

Dates: Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017 (inclusive)

Time: 9.00am – 11.30am (Enrol Now) or 12.30pm – 3.00pm (Enrol Now)


TERM 4: Swanbourne

Dates: Sunday 22nd October, then 4 consecutive Saturdays, Saturday 28th October, 4th November, 11th November & 18th November 2017

Time: 9.00am – 11.30am (Enrol Now) or 12.30pm – 3.00pm (Enrol Now)


SESSION OUTLINES & COST


CLICK HERE for Fun FRIENDS | Ages 4 – 7 years

CLICK HERE for FRIENDS for Life | Ages 8 – 10 years


HOW TO ENROL


Please contact us as a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot with the balance payable one week before groups commence. If your child cannot attend due to unforeseen events, you may simply roll into the next available Program.

Discount for Additional Child: 50% off discount for a sibling or friend attending the same group. We offer this discount because sometimes it can be beneficial for a child to learn new skills with a familiar face in the same room.

Rebates: You child may be eligible for Medicare or a private health insurance rebate (either, not both). For you to check with your private health insurance provider, the item number for Group Psychological Intervention is P400. Unfortunately not all health insurers provide a rebate for this item number and it depends on your level of cover. Alternatively, if your child qualifies for a Better Access to Mental Health – Mental Health Care Plan through your GP (for Group Psychological Interventions), you may obtain a rebate through Medicare provided that the group your child attends does not exceed 10 children.

My FRIENDS Youth: A Resilience Program for 11-15 year olds

Excessive worry and unhelpful thinking patterns can prevent your adolescent from being the best they can be in their adult years.

Help your young person reach their goals and successfully deal with the life challenges they face currently and in the future. Enhance their social and emotional intelligence by enabling them to learn strategies to manage stress in high school, the workplace and in relationships.

Although My FRIENDS Youth is open to 11-15 year olds, we aim to establish small groups of similar ages, same gender and mixed gender groups.

SESSION OUTLINE


CONCEPTS, SKILLS & STRATEGIES TAUGHT IN MY FRIENDS YOUTH

Session 1: Establishing group guidelines, getting to know one another, understanding and accepting differences, goal setting and identifying past success, understanding feelings in ourselves and others, body clues, emotion regulation, being a good communicator, empathy training

Session 2: Introduction to confidence, recognising aspects of our lives that build and detract from our confidence, how to be assertive without being aggressive, how to identify and be a true friend, advantages and disadvantages of online friendships, relaxation techniques and mindfulness exercises

Session 3: How to use positive attention, the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, identifying helpful and unhelpful ways of thinking and challenging unhelpful thinking, using thoughts to change feelings, three steps for positive solutions, consolidation of thought challenging,

Session 4: Ways to cope and exploring solutions, breaking challenging and realistic goals down into small steps, effective study techniques and organisational skills for optimal sport and academic performance, learning to be brave and try new things, understand qualities of a true friend, practicing friendship skills and choosing healthy friendships

Session 5: How to reward ourselves when we have tried our best, using interpersonal rewards, value based role models, support groups and their positive qualities, expressing gratitude, altruism and giving back to the community


UPCOMING PROGRAMS


TERM 4 Tuesday: Joondalup

Age/Gender: 11 and 12 year old boys group

Dates: Tuesday 17th October, 24th October, 31st October, 7th November & 14th November, 2017 (5 consecutive Tuesdays)

Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Cost: $66.00 per 2 hour session. There are five sessions in the program. The recommended workbook is an additional $22.00.


TERM 4 Weekend: Swanbourne

Age/Gender: Teenagers, mixed gender group

Dates: Sunday 22nd October, then 4 consecutive Saturdays: Saturday 28th October, Saturday 4th November, Saturday 11th November & Saturday 18th November

Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost: $66.00 per 2 hour session. There are five sessions in the program. The recommended workbook is an additional $22.00.


CLICK HERE for Resilience Kit Tutoring 

 

Anxiety in the family ?

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Parent Strategies Workshop

We can only improve when we are aware of and acknowledge that something needs attention or that changing a current behaviour will enhance our life positively.

We understand that parenting can be stressful at times and changing psychological and physical habits takes time. So that everyone in the family is on the same page, we suggest that the social and emotional skills taught to your child in Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life, are also practiced by all members of the family, across most areas.

Addressing common childhood challenges

We support mums, dads and caregivers by delivering a Parenting Strategies Workshop in the first two sessions of the Fun FRIENDS and FRIENDS for Life parallel Program for parents and caregivers. Two parents or caregivers are invited to attend the Parenting Strategies Workshop to support their child attending Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life.

Parents and caregivers gain a lot from the Parenting Strategies Workshop which focusing on many common childhood challenges. The workshop is ‘adults only’, allowing parents and caregivers to relax and not be distracted by children. If a second parent or caregiver cannot attend due to work or unchangeable commitments, we welcome the presence of another caregiver directly related to the child. For instance, this could be a grandparent, aunt or uncle. Please contact us if you require additional seats for more than two parents or caregivers.

Ask questions and receive feedback

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to ask any questions and clarify and particular issues of concern. Sometimes this is easier done without your child present. Parents and caregivers will be given comprehensive information about the strategies and skills being learnt by the children in order to gain a better understanding of the content of Fun FRIENDS and FRIENDS for Life.

We strongly encourage two parents or caregivers to attend the Parenting Strategies Workshop but we understand that some parents may be unable to attend due to work or unchangeable commitments. Take home materials are provided for parents or caregivers to keep up with the Program content.

Learn to build resilience in the family

In addition to the strategies and skills taught to your child in Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life, parents and caregivers can learn how to build resilience in the family. We cover topics including but not limited to:

  • Common childhood difficulties and developmental readiness
  • Traditional parenting strategies eg. withdrawal of privileges, family time out and planned ignoring
  • Preventative strategies for behaviour management eg. modelling positive behaviours and descriptive praise
  • Mindfulness and awareness
  • Self-care, relaxation and quiet time
  • Empathy
  • Routines, cohesion and consistency
  • Risk and protective factors for healthy emotional development
  • Parental happiness, health and wellbeing

 

Adult Resilience: Strong Not Tough

Resilient people are more capable of dealing with stress, achieving goals and controlling anxiety. They have the ability to think positively about themselves, the world and others even when times are tough.

Adult Resilience: Strong Not Tough is an interactive evidence-based program that gives adults and young people from ages 16+ the skills to cope effectively with the many challenging situations we all encounter throughout our lives. Adult Resilience: Strong Not Tough is your own personal policy to protect yourself from experiencing overwhelming emotional distress, which can affect all areas of your life if not managed.

Just like the developmental milestones children experience, adults continue to experience many life changes. Learn skills to cope effectively with the many challenging situations we all encounter throughout our lives. Through evidence-based social and emotional skills training and CBT, learn helpful coping skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

Concepts, Skills & Strategies

Learn how to:

  • Develop awareness, apply mindfulness and self-regulate emotions
  • Think in helpful ways and become an optimistic person
  • Train our attention towards positive elements
  • Build confidence & think like a resilient person
  • Set realistic goals and explore solutions
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Prevent and reduce conflict
  • Prepare for challenges now and in the future through long term practice
  • Celebrate and taking strength from our successes

Parallel Program

Resilience Kit encourages The FRIENDS Program to be completed as a family when possible. This enables your family to learn the same language and reinforce the skills taught over the longer term. Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough is incorporated into the parallel sessions for parents/caregivers of children enrolled in Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life.

Anxiety in the family ?

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