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Mental Health Supportive Psychotherapy Group

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Mental Health Supportive Psychotherapy Group

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Families with members who have mental health needs often face day-to-day stress and challenges. These families often wish they have a support group to share their challenges, resources and helpful coping strategies.  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 connection, resiliency and improved coping. If you are a parent or a caregiver who have loved ones living with mental health needs, this group is designed for you.

This program uses concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you build personal resiliency and secure attachment with your family members living with mental health needs.  Practical tools, strategies and resources developed by leading experts will be introduced and opportunities for implementation will be provided in the groups.  Be a part of an ongoing safe group that values mutual understanding, support, collective sharing and encouragement.  Counter the loneliness, isolation, stress and stigma common in mental health.

Program Schedule

This program will be held online.

  • DATESTART DATES: September 4, 2024 (Every first and third Wednesday)
  • timeTIME: 12:00pm – 12:50pm (English Group)

If there is enough participants, we will start a Cantonese Group at 12:50pm – 1:40pm.

Learning Objective

  1. Concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy will be used to guide building resiliency and secure attachment with your family member living with mental health needs. 
  2. Practical tools and resources developed by leading experts will be introduced and opportunities for implementation will be provided in the groups.
  3. Offer a supportive, welcoming, understanding, validating place to share the joys and stresses of living with mental health needs in a family.
  4. Share practical challenges, tools and resources

Program Format

Each group session consists of a 50 minutes of sharing, learning practice tools and resources.

        • 50-minute led by Dr. Tat-Ying Wong, M.D.
        • Reviewing and follow up on previous commitment 
        • Sharing challenges, gratitude and support to each other
        • Sharing of practical tools and resources for managing mental health need
        • Debriefing and making one commitment 

Commitment to completing assigned homework and being present and accountable to others in the group is desired. 

Program Delivery:

  • The program will be held using Zoom and will include presentations, videos and small group breakout time. The meeting link is the same each week and will be sent to participants prior to each meeting.
  • Languages Offered: English
    If there is enough participants, we will start a Cantonese Group at 12:50pm – 1:40pm.

Course Fees:

The physician fee is covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP); There is no charge for people with a valid OHIP card.

  1. Standard Fee for those with a valid OHIP card: FREE
  2. Standard Fee for those without a valid OHIP card: CAD$399 + HST/ 24 sessions
  3. Optional fee* for the access to e-recordings of group sessions and links to resources: CAD$199 + HST

*The e-learning resources is not covered by OHIP hence participants need to pay for the learning resources.

Meet Your Lead Facilitator

Lead Facilitators

    • Dr. Tat-Ying Wong (MD, MTS, MDiv., AAMFT, CAMFT Clinical Fellow and Supervisor, ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer, Family Physician with Focused Practice in Psychotherapy)
    • He is a physician and Emotionally Focused Therapy International trainer with four children with special needs.

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.

Participants Agreement

  1. This is a supportive psychotherapy group 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 group 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 be at risk to themselves or others so that a safe, productive and supportive 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 referral to other resources.
  3. Attendance of all the online sessions, engaging with the audio-visual and written course material for each session and participation in the in group discussions, sharing, self-reflection and skill building exercises are required for maximum benefit and growth.
  4. Participants will share what they are comfortable sharing and discussing since the sessions are recorded for members paying for the access to recordings.  Please refrain from sharing anything that you may have concerns about group members knowing about you through the group or watching the recording.  The group members in the group and watching the recording will commit to confidentiality to protect each other’s privacy. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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 group. I release the facilitator, the resource developers and all related institutions and organizations from any and all liability and accept full responsibility for my involvement in this group and the use of any related materials. 
  7. Participants can support each other through mutual acceptance, understanding, validation, empathy and encouragement.
  8. Participants are also required to complete self-assessments before and after the group to gauge their progress and encourage self-awareness and self-reflection, which is the first step in personal and relational growth.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

  1. The optional fee to access session recording is non-refundable by the start of the first group session. If participants cancel after the first session, the fee for accessing recording and resources will be prorated and can be kept as “credit” for future courses. A “credit’ will be valid for 24 months, starting from the date of your cancellation.