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Group Programs for Children and Youth

Child Anger Management & Parent Program

The Child Anger Management Program is a group to help children (8 to 12 years of age) learn more about anger, as well as skills in anger management, conflict resolution, problem-solving and communication. Through the group children will examine different kinds of anger, where it comes from, how to recognize it, the triggers of anger, as well as the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses to anger, especially when in conflict. The program will also assist the children in learning how to respond to feelings of anger and associated emotions in a more positive way through learning assertive techniques, coping strategies, problem-solving, communication skills, self-talk, and helping the child take responsibility for their thoughts and/ or actions.

This program has a simultaneous parent group focussing on helping parents cope, strategize and support their children through the program.

Encouraging Heroes

The Encouraging Heroes is a social skills program for children (ages 8 to 12 years of age) and their parents or caregivers. The focus of the children’s group is on learning social skills such as self-monitoring, communication, conflict management and problem solving skills that will improve self-esteem and relationships with others. The parent portion of the group centers on learning how to help and support their children through the program, as well as gaining information on parenting skills, conflict resolution and communication skills. The parents and children’s groups are separate, but run simultaneously. 

Teen Anger Awareness & Parenting Program (Not Running at this Time) 

The Teen Anger Awareness & Parenting Program is a group designed to help youth (ages 13 to 16) and their parents. The focus of the group is on teaching skills in anger management and communication, through gaining a greater understanding of anger. The aim is for the youth to gain awareness of the consequences of an angry response, learning healthy ways to deal with anger and express feelings. Ultimately they should learn how to move from aggressive anger to assertive communications with self-confidence and problem solving as well as learn how to constructively handle the anger of others.

This program has a simultaneous parent group which is designed to help parents work more effectively with their teens by improving communication and engagement skills while also increasing coping strategies. This program is designed to help parents support their teens through this process.

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. .