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Group Programs for Adults

Expressive Arts Support Group for Women

The Expressive Arts Support Group for Women is a program designed to increase self–esteem, self-awareness, assertiveness and empowerment. The program is also aimed at gaining a greater knowledge of self thereby becoming more aware of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Discussions may involve healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and taking control of your anger. This group uses art materials and creative art techniques to explore these issues in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

South Asian Women’s Support Group

Topics include Parenting, Health & Nutrition, Family Stress, Immigration and Legal information, Employment, etc. Program Includes Yoga and Exercise. Child care and transit tickets are available. 

Ongoing programs in the Markham area in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, and English – please contact Leena at 416-857-6308.

Ongoing programs in the Markham area in Tamil – please contact Juanita at 416-857-6308. Ongoing programs in the Maple area in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, & English – please contact Bushra at 416-818-7075.

Men’s Anger Management Positive Living Program

The Men’s Anger Management group is a twelve week group for men that helps participants respond to their anger in constructive ways. Through the program, participants will develop a greater understanding of their physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses to anger, particularly when in conflict. The program will also assist participants in responding to feelings of anger in more constructive methods through the use of assertive techniques, positive communication skills, validation, empathy, problem-solving and negotiation. As such, participants will learn to recognize anger as energy and learn how to use this energy constructively or de-escalate it, and thus help in taking responsibility for their thoughts and/ or actions; and begin to change attitudes that may possibly be self-destructive and/or destructive to others.

 Positive Living Women's Support Group

The Positive Living Support Group for Women is a twelve week anger management group for women that focuses on the power of positive thinking,  understanding anger as well as how to deal with anger in more constructive ways. Group members will learn healthier patterns of communication, problem-solving, negotiation, and thus, become more self-affirming and empathetic to others. The objective of the program is to reduce aggressive acts and behaviours towards others and self; help members take responsibility for thoughts and actions; to recognize anger as energy,  and how to  use this energy constructively or de-escalate it; build resilience, and help members respond to feelings of anger and associated emotions in more constructive methods through the use of assertiveness techniques, conflict resolution skills and coing skills. 


Mindfulness & Stress Reduction Training (MAST)

MAST is a five week introductory training group where participants focus
on learning valuable emotion regulation skills. The initial introductory
session is an intake session where members have the opportunity to
learn about the group and determine if this is a good fit for
them at this time

MAST group participants learn how mindfulness can help them regulate their emotions and positively influence neural connections in the brain.  


Information and Support Groups for Farsi Speaking Women

The Information & Support Group for Farsi speaking Women is an 8 week support group designed to help women learn new methods of parenting children and youth, discuss women’s issues, healthy relationships, immigration and settlement issues, self-care/health and wellness and connecting to community resources. For more information on this program or to register, please contact Roya at 905-883-6572.

Parenting Programs

Family Services York Region offers a wide variety of parenting programs. Please see our Programs for Parents brochure for more detailed information on these programs. 

Registration Process

To register for a group program, simply visit one of our Family Services York Region locations in Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill or Georgina (click here for phone numbers & addresses).

If you have any questions, please call our Coordinator of Group Services, Janice Cook at 905-895-2371, ext. 226 or toll free at 1-888-223-3999 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .