The Strong Mind, Strong Me Program is being offered to support children and youth residing in Alberta who have been impacted by COVID-19. The intervention program is designed to support children and adolescents who may be looking for support and strategies to be more successful in their daily lives. We recognize that these circumstances are impacting children and youth in many ways, and they 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 who are struggling with social, emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties as a result of COVID-19;
- to assist the participants to recognize, understand, and manage their feelings;
- 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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This program is for children and youth between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age. All sessions will either be offered via Microsoft Teams, so that participants can join in the counseling sessions from the comfort and safety of their home, or in-person if requested.
ISE will offer sessions to your child FREE of charge. 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 school
- 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.
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.