March 25, 2020

FRIENDS for Life (anxiety prevention program for children 7-9 yrs.)

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anxiety prevention program for children 7-9 yrs

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.  This program helps to normalize 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:

  • Awareness of their feelings
  • Relaxation skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Positive coping skills
  • How to face feared situations gradually
  • Building peer support
  • Identifying positive role models
  • Looking for pleasant events
  • Positive thinking skills
  • Use of positive self-talk
  • Self-rewards for being brave
  • Evaluation of performance in terms of effort and partial success

Dates: Wednesdays, March 25 to May 20, 2020 Note:  Children do not attend the first session on March 25th

Time: 6:00 to 7:30

Cost: $425.00


Payment must be received in full in order for Parenting course registration to be completed.  Our courses fill up quickly therefore, it is recommended that fees be paid as soon as possible in order to secure space in the program.  Payment can be made online by credit card or by paying in person by cash, cheque or debit at Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue.  Payment must be received 48 hours prior to the beginning of any course or at the time of registration.


If you wish to cancel your registration, please ensure that you do so a minimum of 48 hours prior to the beginning of a course.  There will be a 20%  administration fee charged on course cancellations.  To cancel a registration please contact the Parenting Program Coordinator at 613-725-3601 ext. 108.  We are unable to issue refunds once a course has begun.

Contact our program coordinator at 613-725-3601 extension 108 for information and registration

Feel free to download the Year at a glance 2019-2020 or the Course Catalogue 2019-2020 which includes full descriptions of each course offered.


March 2020



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