The Strong Mind, Strong Me Program is being offered to support children and their families in the Calgary area who have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation. The intervention program is designed to support children and families who may be looking for support and strategies to successfully manage the COVID-19 situation. We recognize that these circumstances are impacting children and youth in many ways, and children may want to talk about their feelings or their situation with someone they can trust outside their home. Our graduate student clinicians are trained to provide counseling services to children and youth as part of their training in Psychology.
The goals of the program are:
- to provide support to children and youth in the Calgary area who are struggling with social, emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 situation;
- to assist the participants to recognize, understand, and manage their feelings and behaviors related to COVID-19;
- to support children in learning and practice adaptive coping strategies in response to their feelings; and
- to offer an opportunity for student clinicians and registered provisional psychologists to develop their intervention skills and support our community. These services are being provided free of charge.
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Please note that due to overwhelming interest and need, we are currently accepting applications for Winter 2021 term (January to April).
This program is for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age. All sessions will be offered via Microsoft Teams, so that children can participate in the counseling sessions from the comfort and safety of their home.
The ISE will offer a maximum of four (4) intervention sessions, free of charge, to your child. Additional sessions may be offered beyond this for a fee. Sessions will be 45 minutes in duration, with parents expected to participate for the first and last 5 minutes of each session for welcome and wrap-up.
Who is the Strong Mind, Strong Me Program for?
- children who are may feel nervous or worried about returning to school
- children who are struggling with continuing homeschooling in the 2020-2021 school year
- children who are struggling with not seeing their friends or extended family members regularly
- children who are experiencing sleep difficulties
- children who are experiencing worry or distress about COVID-19
- children who are struggling with low mood or irritability
- children who are looking to learn and build strategies to increase resilience.
How much does the program cost?
This program is being offered free of charge for up to four (4) sessions. If parents would like to continue working with our clinicians beyond four sessions, cost will be $50 per hour session.
Who are the facilitators?
The sessions are facilitated by PhD and Masters students in School and Applied Child Psychology and Counselling Psychology, under the supervision of a Supervising Psychologist, who is an experienced Registered Psychologist. The PhD students will share information about the child’s participation, use of strategies, and progress with the Supervising Psychologist, as needed. This program provides an opportunity for our students to implement interventions and support our community in a mutually beneficial way.