FRIENDS for Life

FRIENDS for Life is an evidence-based prevention program proven to be effective in building emotional resilience and teaching strategies that are practical and useful for coping with times of worry and change. These are important skills that can help children cope with stress, which they can use throughout their life.

The FRIENDS program was developed by Dr. Paula Barrett, a clinical child psychologist in Australia, and is being used in schools and clinics around the world. FRIENDS normalizes the emotional state of anxiety and promotes self-confidence in dealing with difficult or anxiety provoking situations. It helps children acquire important life skills, which include:

Additional information on the FRIENDS for Life program is available at and at

When: Please contact our intake worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 117 for information about when the next group will be held.

For information or registration, contact us at 613-725-3601 ext. 117 or by email at  A complete schedule of upcoming parenting courses is available on our Schedule of Current Events.

Our dynamic team of Parenting Course Facilitators, led by respected parent educator, Margo Sargent, bring an average of 15 years experience in helping parents become more confident and successful and helping families become stronger and thrive.

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601