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:
- Awareness of their feelings
- Relaxation skills
- Problem-solving 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
When: Please contact the Parenting Program Coordinator at 613-725-3601 ext. 108 for information about when the next group will be held.
For information or registration, contact the Parenting Program Coordinator at 613-725-3601 ext. 108 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete schedule of upcoming parenting courses is available on our Schedule of Current Events.