Building Resilience and  Making Friends 

2-Days- Saturday & Sunday Sept. 16th -17th from 9 am to 4 pm 

 Program for children ages 6 to 12 ,

LOCATION                   Manotick Public Library – Main Meeting Room

COST                            $ 395 per child for both days.  All Private Health Insurance Plans Accepted.                                                   This is also a tax deductible activity.

GROUP SIZE               Minimum 6 to maximum 12 children          

FACILITATED BY        Maria Chiru, Psychotherapist, B.Ed., MA in Counselling Psychology


To enroll your child please click here to complete the registration. 

Registrations are due by September 10th, 2017


In this program, children will learn skills needed for: successful communication and self-control, and creating healthy friendships. Program activities are based on Positive Psychology, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy methods. The objectives of the group are to help children learn how to:

·           Cope with fears, worries, and strong emotions

·           Use active listening and effective self-expression

·           Apply strategies to become more empathetic

·           Problem-solve and find win-win solutions

·           Identify elements of positive peer relationships

·           Demonstrate leadership and team-building skills

·           Reduce stress through relaxation techniques


 Day 1 Activities 

 Day 2 Activities

Arrival Time: 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  Welcome, introductions and Day 1 objectives

·   Ice breaker- “my favourite things”

·   Group activity- “a great wind blows”

·   Play-based Therapy- “who is like me”

·   Understanding and accepting similarities and differences- “good apples”

Arrival Time: 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  Introduction to Day 2 objectives

·   Review of Day 1 learning- understanding body cues

·   Emotion regulation: self-soothing and self-regulation

·   Elements of successful communication

·   Review of empathy

10:00 - 10:10  a.m. Short Stretch Break

10:00 - 10:10 a.m.  Short Stretch Break


10:10 a.m. Introduction to feelings

·   Understanding feelings- role-play and scenarios

·   Accepting and acting on feelings

·   Helping happy feelings to grow

·   Recognizing and identifying others’ feelings

·   Understanding empathy


10:10 a.m.  Confidence and friendships

·   Introduction- how does confidence look and feel

·   Recognizing what builds and reduces our confidence

·   Review of what makes friendships positive

·   Identifying the advantages and disadvantages of on-line friendships

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Main Morning Break (Snack)

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Main Morning Break (Snack)


11:35 a.m. Relaxation techniques

·   Cat Relaxation Scale- awareness of body sensations

·   Everyday exercises - deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation

·   Mind Masters exercise- “spaghetti toes and jelly belly”


11:35 a.m. Relaxation- Practice makes perfect!

·    Cat Relaxation Scale- awareness of body sensations

·    Mandala drawings - to quiet the mind

·    Unbalakiki- learning to set aside worries and negative feelings



11:50 a.m. Introduction to thoughts

·   Understanding the thought-feeling-action connection

·   Helpful and unhelpful thoughts- “stop-go” technique

·   Adjusting unhelpful thoughts       

·   Consolidating of learning 


11:50 a.m. Positive thinking

·    Understanding how to use positive attention

·    Three steps for positive solutions

·    Practice with adjusting unhelpful thinking

·    Consolidation of learning

12: 15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch

12: 15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch


1:20 p.m. Goals and friendship skills

·   Breaking challenging goals down into small steps

·   Learning to be brave and to try new things

·   Understanding the qualities of a true friend

·   Practicing friendship skills, including helping, sharing and listening


1:20 p.m. Solving problems and support teams

·   Practicing the 5-step plan for solving problems

·   Brainstorming solutions and understanding consequences 

·   Role models and support teams

2:15 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Main Afternoon Break (Snack)

2:15 p.m. -  2:40 p.m. Main Afternoon Break (Snack)


2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Wrap up

·   Rewarding ourselves when we have tried our best

·   Using interpersonal rewards

·   Practicing  “FRIENDS” skills


2:45-3:45 p.m.  Wrap up

·     Leadership and handling conflict calmly

·     Managing bullying and cyber-bullying 

·      Activities to reinforce skills and strategies learned

·     Preparing for future challenges 

3:45 - 4:00  p.m. Free Play (supervised)

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. End of Program Celebration



                             UNTIL  RECEIPT OF THE FULL PAYMENT

                                                 Click here to complete the registration form.