Bethel Waterdown programs support single parents, kids

News Jan 05, 2017 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A new session of Divorce Care 4 Kids will be starting up again at Bethel Church on Wed., Jan 11 and for the first time will be held alongside Single and Parenting — a support group for parents raising children by themselves.

“The benefit to this program (Divorce Care 4 Kids) is it is not necessarily a counselling group but it is a support group for kids whose parents are either separated, divorced or single,” said Teresa Groen, the program’s director.

She explained that the program, which runs for 13 weeks, is designed for children ages 5-12 and teaches them in an age-appropriate manner to realize and understand that they did not cause their parents’ break up.

“Divorce is an adult problem, not a kid problem,” Groen said.

Among some of the areas the professional counsellor from Hamilton-based Patmos Counselling and Associates specializes in are family, marriage, grief, children and youth counselling. As a member of Bethel for the past 30 years, she decided to take on the role as director for the group because of her background.

“It’s also part of my ministry as well, in conjunction with the broad ministry of Bethel to provide these services to and these ministries for our community,” she added.

Each week’s session will focus on something new and build off the previous week, explained Groen. There is also an interactive component.

“We do some games, we have a whole program of music, different songs that help the kids to just understand sometimes the internal feelings that they’re having. We have a story book, which is 13 different stories that are based on real life experiences of kids going through the experience of divorce,” she said.

Meanwhile, Single and Parenting will focus on helping parents find coping methods and practical solutions to raising their children. According to Adriana Traas, one of the facilitators for the group, regardless of how they became single parents, they all face similar issues.

“We work with Divorce Care 4 Kids because a lot of the parents that come are in a divorce situation and many of them are struggling with some of the things that are really challenging about being a single parent,” she noted.

The 13-week course covers everything, she said, like how to cope when you’re emotionally drained, learning about money or dealing with conflict with a former partner. During the group meetings, the attendees will participate in video seminars followed by group discussions.

“We could see a need coming out of Divorce Care 4 Kids, so a program for the children but for the parents, we didn’t have anything. We did a little bit of research and found out that there was not ... a whole lot for parents in the area,” Traas said.

To help guide the group, the facilitators — either a single parent or someone raised in a single parent home — are on hand to provide empathy and understanding for the attendees.

“It’s an opportunity to get together and share, make some friendships and support each other,” said Traas.

This will be the second session of Single and Parenting; according to the facilitator, the first one was a success.

“What happens in a session is you talk about last week’s session a bit and there’s a little — a very small amount of homework to do with it, just a supportive study and takes about five minutes a day,” she said, noting that after watching a video and having a discussion about it, the group opened up.

“It’s good to know you’re not the only one in that situation and get a little bit of feedback from people and, you know, what they have done in similar situations.”

Divorce Care 4 Kids runs from Jan. 11-April 12 from 4-6 p.m., and includes a family dinner. Single and Parenting runs from Jan. 11-April 5.

To register for Divorce Care 4 Kids, or for more information, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/dc4k-gegins-jan-11 and for Single and Parenting, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/single-parenting-course/. Or call Bethel Church at 905-689-7796.

Bethel Waterdown programs support single parents, kids

News Jan 05, 2017 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A new session of Divorce Care 4 Kids will be starting up again at Bethel Church on Wed., Jan 11 and for the first time will be held alongside Single and Parenting — a support group for parents raising children by themselves.

“The benefit to this program (Divorce Care 4 Kids) is it is not necessarily a counselling group but it is a support group for kids whose parents are either separated, divorced or single,” said Teresa Groen, the program’s director.

She explained that the program, which runs for 13 weeks, is designed for children ages 5-12 and teaches them in an age-appropriate manner to realize and understand that they did not cause their parents’ break up.

“Divorce is an adult problem, not a kid problem,” Groen said.

Among some of the areas the professional counsellor from Hamilton-based Patmos Counselling and Associates specializes in are family, marriage, grief, children and youth counselling. As a member of Bethel for the past 30 years, she decided to take on the role as director for the group because of her background.

“It’s also part of my ministry as well, in conjunction with the broad ministry of Bethel to provide these services to and these ministries for our community,” she added.

Each week’s session will focus on something new and build off the previous week, explained Groen. There is also an interactive component.

“We do some games, we have a whole program of music, different songs that help the kids to just understand sometimes the internal feelings that they’re having. We have a story book, which is 13 different stories that are based on real life experiences of kids going through the experience of divorce,” she said.

Meanwhile, Single and Parenting will focus on helping parents find coping methods and practical solutions to raising their children. According to Adriana Traas, one of the facilitators for the group, regardless of how they became single parents, they all face similar issues.

“We work with Divorce Care 4 Kids because a lot of the parents that come are in a divorce situation and many of them are struggling with some of the things that are really challenging about being a single parent,” she noted.

The 13-week course covers everything, she said, like how to cope when you’re emotionally drained, learning about money or dealing with conflict with a former partner. During the group meetings, the attendees will participate in video seminars followed by group discussions.

“We could see a need coming out of Divorce Care 4 Kids, so a program for the children but for the parents, we didn’t have anything. We did a little bit of research and found out that there was not ... a whole lot for parents in the area,” Traas said.

To help guide the group, the facilitators — either a single parent or someone raised in a single parent home — are on hand to provide empathy and understanding for the attendees.

“It’s an opportunity to get together and share, make some friendships and support each other,” said Traas.

This will be the second session of Single and Parenting; according to the facilitator, the first one was a success.

“What happens in a session is you talk about last week’s session a bit and there’s a little — a very small amount of homework to do with it, just a supportive study and takes about five minutes a day,” she said, noting that after watching a video and having a discussion about it, the group opened up.

“It’s good to know you’re not the only one in that situation and get a little bit of feedback from people and, you know, what they have done in similar situations.”

Divorce Care 4 Kids runs from Jan. 11-April 12 from 4-6 p.m., and includes a family dinner. Single and Parenting runs from Jan. 11-April 5.

To register for Divorce Care 4 Kids, or for more information, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/dc4k-gegins-jan-11 and for Single and Parenting, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/single-parenting-course/. Or call Bethel Church at 905-689-7796.

Bethel Waterdown programs support single parents, kids

News Jan 05, 2017 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

A new session of Divorce Care 4 Kids will be starting up again at Bethel Church on Wed., Jan 11 and for the first time will be held alongside Single and Parenting — a support group for parents raising children by themselves.

“The benefit to this program (Divorce Care 4 Kids) is it is not necessarily a counselling group but it is a support group for kids whose parents are either separated, divorced or single,” said Teresa Groen, the program’s director.

She explained that the program, which runs for 13 weeks, is designed for children ages 5-12 and teaches them in an age-appropriate manner to realize and understand that they did not cause their parents’ break up.

“Divorce is an adult problem, not a kid problem,” Groen said.

Among some of the areas the professional counsellor from Hamilton-based Patmos Counselling and Associates specializes in are family, marriage, grief, children and youth counselling. As a member of Bethel for the past 30 years, she decided to take on the role as director for the group because of her background.

“It’s also part of my ministry as well, in conjunction with the broad ministry of Bethel to provide these services to and these ministries for our community,” she added.

Each week’s session will focus on something new and build off the previous week, explained Groen. There is also an interactive component.

“We do some games, we have a whole program of music, different songs that help the kids to just understand sometimes the internal feelings that they’re having. We have a story book, which is 13 different stories that are based on real life experiences of kids going through the experience of divorce,” she said.

Meanwhile, Single and Parenting will focus on helping parents find coping methods and practical solutions to raising their children. According to Adriana Traas, one of the facilitators for the group, regardless of how they became single parents, they all face similar issues.

“We work with Divorce Care 4 Kids because a lot of the parents that come are in a divorce situation and many of them are struggling with some of the things that are really challenging about being a single parent,” she noted.

The 13-week course covers everything, she said, like how to cope when you’re emotionally drained, learning about money or dealing with conflict with a former partner. During the group meetings, the attendees will participate in video seminars followed by group discussions.

“We could see a need coming out of Divorce Care 4 Kids, so a program for the children but for the parents, we didn’t have anything. We did a little bit of research and found out that there was not ... a whole lot for parents in the area,” Traas said.

To help guide the group, the facilitators — either a single parent or someone raised in a single parent home — are on hand to provide empathy and understanding for the attendees.

“It’s an opportunity to get together and share, make some friendships and support each other,” said Traas.

This will be the second session of Single and Parenting; according to the facilitator, the first one was a success.

“What happens in a session is you talk about last week’s session a bit and there’s a little — a very small amount of homework to do with it, just a supportive study and takes about five minutes a day,” she said, noting that after watching a video and having a discussion about it, the group opened up.

“It’s good to know you’re not the only one in that situation and get a little bit of feedback from people and, you know, what they have done in similar situations.”

Divorce Care 4 Kids runs from Jan. 11-April 12 from 4-6 p.m., and includes a family dinner. Single and Parenting runs from Jan. 11-April 5.

To register for Divorce Care 4 Kids, or for more information, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/dc4k-gegins-jan-11 and for Single and Parenting, visit: https://bethelcrc.ca/events/single-parenting-course/. Or call Bethel Church at 905-689-7796.