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Building Resiliency for Families with ASD and ADHD Support Group & Seminar

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Preamble:

Resilience

With the ongoing pandemic, families with special needs members face additional stress and challenges. Our team of dedicated mental health professionals have lived experiences in this area and will provide you with the support you need while equipping you with practical tools to build resiliency and coping skills. If you are a parent or a caregiver who have loved ones living with ASD or ADHD, this group is designed for you.

This program uses concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you build personal resiliency and form safe connections and secure attachments with your family members living with neurodiversity. Practical tools and resources developed by world leading experts in ASD and ADHD will be introduced and opportunities for implementation will be provided in the groups. Be a part of a safe group that values mutual understanding, support, collective sharing, and encouragement.

Sign up Today

To inquire more and register for the course, please email therapy@gracehealthcentre.ca with subject line: Interested in Building Resiliency for Families Course.

Program Schedule:

    • This program will be held online, every other Sunday from 9:30-11:00 AM
      • DATESUMMER SERIES: July 10th, 24th, August 14th, 28th, and September 11th, 25th
      • DATEFALL SERIES: October 9th, 23rd, November 13th, 27th, and December 4th, 18th
      • DATEWINTER SERIES: January 15th, 29th, February 12th, 26th, and March 12th, 26th

What can you gain:

    1. Concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy will be used to guide building resiliency, safe connections and secure attachments with your family member living with neuro-diversity such as ASD and ADHD. 
    2. Practical tools and resources developed by world leading experts in ASD and ADHD will be introduced and opportunities for implementation will be provided in the groups. The groups will encourage family members to prioritize connecting before redirecting.
    3. Be a part of a safe forum and group that values mutual understanding, support, collective sharing and encouragement.

Program Format:

    • Each group session consists of a 45 minute presentation/live demonstration of key topics and another 45 minute small group breakout time.
      • 45-minute large group led by Dr. Wong and team
        • Introduction and review of previous meeting
        • Presentation/sharing of practical tools and resources for managing ADHD and ASD
        • Demonstration and debriefing
      • 45-minute small groups led by team
        • Check-in and share applications of tools and resources
        • Practice use of new tools and resources
        • Managing barriers and blocks to implementation
        • Commitment to homework and accountability
        • Check-out and discuss how the meeting went for you
    • Commitment to completing assigned homework and being present and accountable to others in the group is desired.

Program Delivery:

    • The program will be held on Ontario Telehealth Network, a secure platform provided by the Ontario Government for physicians to meet with patients. Zoom will be used during the presentations, videos and small group breakout time. Links will be sent to participants prior to each meeting.
    • Languages Offered: English for large group, Mandarin, Cantonese for small group if sufficient demand

Course Fees:

You may come as an individual, but we highly encourage your partner and children to join. Pricing for individuals is the same as a family living within the same household (2-4 individuals per family).

Session fees cover course team facilitators, assistants, and materials.

    • Total 6 session fee: $120 per person or $180 per family.
    • Those who sign up for all 24 sessions in a year will be eligible to receive a Annual Registration Discount for a total of $400 per person or $600 per family

Insurance Coverage:

The fee for Registered Psychotherapist-led groups may be covered by some insurance benefit plans. Receipts will be provided to participants who indicate that they have insurance benefits on the application for them to try to claim this mental health expense. Grace Health Centre is not responsible for these claims. It is your personal responsibility to make and advocate for these claims.

Meet Your Team

Group Facilitators

    • Dr. Tat-Ying Wong, a physician and Emotionally Focused Therapy International trainer with four children with special needs.
    • Karen So, a pastoral counsellor with training in ABA and many years of experience working with children with ASD.
    • Pauline Lam, a Registered Psychotherapist with lived experience of ASD and many years of experience working with neuro-diversity in both corporate and counselling settings, especially ASD and ADHD.
    • Chislon Chow, a counsellor in training with lived experience of ASD and ADHD who will also be providing technical support to the group.
    • Caleb Tse, a qualifying Psychotherapist and others will provide administrative support.

Dr. Tat-Ying Wong is a General Practitioner that graduated with his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Toronto and has extensive experience and training in marital, family, and sexual therapy. Dr. Wong is also the only Cantonese speaking certified EFT International Trainer,  training thousands of social workers, counsellors, couple and family therapists, clergy, psychologists, physicians and nurses in Asia and North America. His special interests include premarital counselling, couples therapy, emotional disorders, trauma, neurodiversity, families in ministry, cultural contextualization of family therapy to Chinese families, family therapy related to medical problems and training and supervision of lay and professional helpers. Dr. Wong is involved in psychoeducation and regularly leads groups for individuals on self esteem, managing emotions, Hold Me Tight® and Created for Connection groups for couples, Hold Me Tight Let Me Go groups for families with adolescents, and other couple and parent training and support groups. Dr. Wong published the first and only EFT outcome study with Chinese couples based on Hold Me Tight and Created for Connection, showing couples improved their attachment security, dyadic adjustment and family functioning after the program.

Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

PROGRAM APPLICATION

Program Participation Agreement Form
  1. This is an educational program that does not replace the need for professional help and medications. Participants need to continue their current treatment during the course.  Even though the facilitators are trained and licensed mental health professionals, they are not acting as an individual therapist in their role as course facilitator.  The course material are presented from a scientific perspective.  
  2. Participants need to be stable, able to commit the time required, concentrate, absorb the key concepts, complete the basic exercises and not to be at risk to themselves or others so that a safe and productive learning environment can be maintained. The facilitators will ask participants who need additional help to consult their helping professionals. Participants who are not suitable for the course will be provided with a refund less administrative charge of $20. 
  3. Most participants will benefit from listening to the course content several times to improve comprehension and retention. 
  4. Attendance of all the online sessions, engaging with the audio-visual and written course material for each session and participation in the in class discussions, sharing, self-reflection and skill building exercises are required for maximum benefit and growth. 
  5. For optimal learning, participants are encouraged to review each lesson. 
  6. Participants will keep the personal sharing and discussion confidential to protect each other’s privacy. 
  7. Participants who are absent for emergencies, illness and other reasons beyond their control are expected to notify the facilitator as soon as possible and complete the work for the session that they have missed to the best of their ability. 
  8. I acknowledge that my personal and relational growth is my own responsibility and am willing to take this responsibility by facing myself, engaging and renewing my way of thinking, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviour and experience without avoiding, blaming myself or others.  I understand that I am fully and solely responsible for the results and decisions that I make regarding my use of this course.  I release the facilitator, the program developer and all related institutions and organizations from any and all liability and accept full responsibility for my involvement in this course and the use of any related materials. 
  9. Participants can support each other through mutual acceptance, understanding, validation, empathy and encouragement. 
  10. Participants are also required to complete self-assessments before and after the course to gauge their progress and encourage self-awareness and self-reflection, which is the first step in personal and relational growth. 
  11. In emergency situations or times when the participant is at imminent risk of hurting him/herself or others, then he or she will need to go to the closest emergency department or call 911 for immediate assistance. 
  12. Participants may be involved in photographs, testimonies, and the production of short audio-visual clips for the purpose of promotion and helping other course participants.
  13. Participants understand the Risks of using electronic communication and that Grace Health Centre (GHC) Team will use reasonable means to protect the security and confidentiality of information sent and received using email and/or text messages. However, because of the risks outlined below, the GHC Team cannot guarantee the security and confidentiality of electronic communications. 
    • Use of electronic communications to discuss sensitive information can increase the risk of such information being disclosed to third parties.
    • Despite reasonable efforts to protect the privacy and security of electronic communication, it is not possible to completely secure the information.
    • Employers and online services may have a legal right to inspect and keep electronic communications that pass through their system.
    • Electronic communications can introduce malware into a computer system and potentially damage or disrupt the computer, networks, and security settings.
    • Electronic communications can be forwarded, intercepted, circulated, stored, or even changed without the knowledge or permission of the GHC Team or the patient.
    • Even after the sender and recipient have deleted copies of electronic communication, back-up copies may exist on a computer system.
    • Electronic communications may be disclosed in accordance with a duty to report or a court order.
    • Videoconferencing using services may be more open to interception than other forms of videoconferencing.

Participants acknowledge and understand that despite recommendations that encryption software be used as a security mechanism for electronic communications, it is possible that communications with the GHC Team using the Services may not be encrypted. Despite this, I agree to communicate using video conferencing, email and/or text messages with a full understanding of the risk.