Connect Parent Group

Connect Parent Group

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health lists Connect in their Evidence In-Sight report
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has listed The Connect Parent Group under their “Evidence In-Sight: Attachment based therapy for...
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Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs
Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs
Högström, J., Olofsson, V., Özdemir, M. et al. (2016). Two-Year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-Behavioral Parenting Programs. Journal of Abnormal Child...
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Connect Wins the BC Premier’s Award for Innovation
Connect Wins the BC Premier’s Award for Innovation

Connect Parent Group

Adolescence is a remarkable developmental period, in which children are transformed neurobiologically, cognitively and interpersonally as they prepare for adult roles and relationships. The confluence of these diverse changes makes adolescence a “sensitive” developmental period, where vulnerability increases but opportunities for growth are also heightened.

What is the Connect Parent Group?

CONNECT© is an evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and alternate caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues. Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Dr. Marlene Moretti of Simon Fraser University, the program focuses on the core components of secure attachment to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment.

Rather than teach the A-B-C’s of parenting, CONNECT© helps caregivers understand basic attachment concepts which can then be applied across a broad range of situations and relational contexts. A strength-based approach to supporting families, CONNECT© is consistent with trauma informed practice and is offered by a variety of professionals in settings such as schools, community agencies and mental health offices. Find out more about How Connect Works.

Connect has recently been adapted for a number of specialized populations including, Foster Parents , Aboriginal Families, and Parents and caregivers of transgender youth. Connect is also available in English, French, Swedish, and Italian.