A Psycho-educational Support Program for Teens Who Have a Close Family Member who has a Mental Illness
What is Teens in Control?
Teens in Control offers education and support to youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years who have a parent with a mental illness. Once a week for eight consecutive weeks the kids meet for 1 ½ hours. During the sessions they are given information about mental illness as well as an opportunity to develop and practice healthy coping strategies for dealing with difficulties they may be facing. Using crafts, games and interactive learning activities, members join together in developing healthy attitudes and coping skills.
Benefits of the Program
Feedback form youth who have taken the program has revealed several aspects of the program that are helpful…
- Participants routinely comment on how learning about mental illness has helped alley they fears in that “somehow it didn’t seem as bad?.
- Learning how to deal with stigma and helping children resist messages of self-blame and responsibility are other important topics.
- Facilitators are continually amazed at the level of sharing and the and the intensity of participation by the kids.
Outline of the Program
Week 1: Introductions and group building
Week 2: Group building and discussion of social and societal attitudes about mental illness
Week 3: Learning how to identify feelings and defences
Week 4: Mental illness facts + the 3-C’s
Week 5: Coping & self-care
Week 6: Attitude and self-esteem: negative self-talk and the power of positive thinking
Week 7: Communication skill development, boundary setting and the meaning of words
Week 8: Review, safety planning & visioning
Upcoming Program Dates & Locations
Foundry | 100-1815 Kirschner Road Kelowna BC.
October 16 – December 4, 1017 | Mondays 4-6 PM
To Register Contact:
BCSS Kelowna Branch | 250-868-3119 or E-mail us.