Connect is a 10-week attachment based program to support parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens with difficult behavioural and emotional problems. Parents meet in small groups with two trained group leaders for one hour and a half each week.

Each session provides parents with a new perspective on parent-teen relationships and adolescent development. Parents watch role- plays, try exercises, and work together to develop new choices for responding to their child’s difficult behaviour. Parents receive handouts following each session with key points to remember.

Each child and each parent is different and change is part of development. Rather than teach only one way of parenting, parents are encouraged to see choices that support healthy relationships while setting limits and helping their teen to move forward.

Connect has been widely adopted throughout the province of BC, where it originated, and is quickly growing across Canada. It has been incorporated into various mental health programs at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and is quickly becoming popular in Calgary and surrounding communities. This program works so well in assisting parents and their children (often in the most difficult of circumstances) to re-establish or to better their relationship, and subsequently address problem behaviour and related mental health issues.

Please feel free to connect directly to the creator of Connect, Dr. Marlene Moretti for more information about this program or learn about the exciting research that they are conducting in Canada and around the world. For more information on having a group for parents in your community or school, or for staff training, please send Dr. Moretti or myself any questions that you might have.