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      Connect Parent Group Training in Toronto

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      October 23, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 AM

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      Connect Parent Group Training

      Security within the parent-child relationship is one of the most robust protective factors for adolescent mental health. Building on research and clinical practice, Connect brings the building blocks of secure attachment to families of children and teens (ages 8-18) with serious behavior and social-emotional challenges. This 10-week program invites parents and other caregivers to meet together in small groups with two Connect facilitators to engage in new learning, dialogue, role plays and reflective activities that strengthen parental reflective function, caregiver sensitivity, dyadic emotion regulation and shared partnership. Connect has been implemented across Canada, Sweden, Italy and in the USA. Program material is available in English, French, Swedish and Italian. Peer-reviewed research shows that Connect helps parents and teens make significant strides toward better mental health and positive family functioning. Treatment benefits have been shown to continue and even significantly increase over a two-year follow up period. Caregivers experience Connect as safe, respectful, collaborative and strength focused, with around 85% completing the program. This training workshop provides detailed information on each aspect of Connect, including engaging caregivers and addressing treatment barriers; the importance of attachment during adolescence; the impact of trauma on attachment; and detailed session demonstrations including role-plays and reflection exercises. Practitioners attending the full three-day training will have opportunities to work together in small groups with a Connect trainer to practice delivery of the program and to develop clinical skills in understanding and responding group dynamics from an attachment perspective. For any questions please contact Dr. Stephanie Craig at

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