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Therapeutic Group Services

Blue Hills offers a range of Groups and seminars of different intensity to children, youth and/or parents who are Blue Hills’ clients or as residents of York Region who are interested in knowing more about building positive relationships with their children.

They are available as a resource for:

  • Clients receiving service through other programs in the agency as part of an integrated clinical model and
  • Parents in the community wanting to build positive relationships with their children to resolve conflict and encourage positive behaviour as parents.

How we help?

  • Strengthen the family’s competency in identifying and meeting their needs.
  • Provide additional support to families who are being seen through one of our other services (Brief Service, Integrated clinical service, Intensive Services, etc.)
  • Strengthen parent’s competency in the management of their child’s behaviour.
  • Provide an opportunity for families and children with similar problems and/or concerns to share their experiences and receive assistance toward resolution of their difficulties through a therapeutic and psycho-educational/ experiential format.

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a small, carefully selected group of individuals meets regularly with a therapist.

The purpose of group therapy is to assist each individual in emotional growth and personal problem solving.

Group therapy offers multiple relationships to assist an individual in growth and problem solving. In group therapy sessions, members are encouraged to discuss the issues that brought them into therapy openly and honestly. The therapist works to create an atmosphere of trust and acceptance that encourages members to support one another.


“ When ------ arrived for his first session, he was hesitant to enter the building. By the last session, he ran to the door – well ahead of me. He is learning to manage his anger with his brother better – not yelling at him”

“Since participating in group, his confidence has increased, especially in the school yard and he doesn’t need me to intervene.  He is using the skills to deal with bullies.  Teachers have noticed that he is making and maintaining friends now.”

“The parent session was very helpful and informative.  Different ideas were exchanged amongst the parents and we heard feedback from (leaders) that was very informative.  It opened our eyes to issues that our child was experiencing that we were not aware of.  Thanks for this opportunity.”

“Both leaders were very understanding and sympathetic.  They put the parents and kids at ease.  Excellent leaders – we actually achieved more that we expected due to their competence.”

“She seems calmer, more confident and happier.  She actually sings now.”

“He blends in better in group.  This has been helpful for his self esteem”  “He is now open to having a birthday party – we sent out invitations!”

“She is making friends now-kids want to set up play dates with her.  She is no longer aggressive.”

“He’s no longer isolating himself at school.”

“He is doing better socially and is now seen as a leader in his class.  He follows rules better now.”

Child comments:  “Group was really fun.  I’d like to keep in contact with the other kids”

“I wish I could come forever.”

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