Family Oriented Programming

Family Oriented Programming

Family Oriented Programming are learning opportunities for families that focus on a variety of students needs – generally geared towards our youngest students  – often those who are Program Unit Funded (PUF students). CESD generally orchestrates what is offered, and information is provided at the school level to families, by experts in various fields – be it Psychology, OT, PT, SLP.  Topics range from fine motor supports, to emotional regulation, relationships, gross motor work, articulation strategies and so on. Sessions are developed based on the needs of the students and parents to ensure all sessions are relevant and useful in supporting the growth of families and our students. This is for pre-K kindergarten students and it is free for parents.

Please Contact Pam Dudar for more information.

CONNECT Parent Program

CONNECT Parent Program

CONNECT© is an evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and alternate caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues. Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Dr. Marlene Moretti of Simon Fraser University, the program focuses on the core components of secure attachment to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment.

Rather than teach the A-B-C’s of parenting, CONNECT© helps caregivers understand basic attachment concepts which can then be applied across a broad range of situations and relational contexts. A strength-based approach to supporting families, CONNECT© is consistent with trauma informed practice and is offered by a variety of professionals in settings such as schools, community agencies and mental health offices.”

Many CESD Family School Wellness Workers are trained in CONNECT and facilitate the program in various areas.

CESD Contact:  Amber Stonebridge, FSW Clinical Team Lead

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a program that fosters a fundamental shift in thinking that empowers adults and children to be the change they want to see in the world. It is an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach that provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.

This resource supports:

  • teachers
  • administrators
  • mental health professionals
  • parents

Based on four essential components:

  1. Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model recognizes three basic brain / body / mind states likely to produce certain behaviors. Intentional, state-specific responses enable access to advanced skills.

  1. Seven Powers for Conscious Adults

The seven powers create a shift in the way adults see conflict so we can maintain composure and consciously respond to difficult situations. Adults’ ability to self-regulate is the precursor to teaching children social-emotional skills.

  1. Creating the School Family

The School Family increases connections between adults and children at all levels, ensuring optimal development and learning for all. A School Family culture is built through consistent modeling of routines, rituals and structures.

  1. Seven Skills of Discipline

These seven skills transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments, equipping children with the social-emotional and communication skills needed to manage themselves, resolve conflict and develop healthy behavior.

There are some free resources, articles, podcasts and webinars available.  You can also pay for resources, online courses and workshops.


Strongest Families Institute

Strongest Families Institute

Strongest Families Institute is a not-for-profit corporation providing evidence-based services to children and families seeking help for mental health and other issues impacting health and well-being. We provide timely care to families by teaching skills through our unique distance coaching approach – supporting families over the phone and Internet in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Strongest Families provides family-centered care that is customized to their needs.

    Our programs are designed to support children and youth from 3-17 years of age. Our effective and clinically tested modules include support for:

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Nighttime Bedwetting *Dependent on funding