Confident Parents: Thriving Kids has two program streams to help parents support their children aged 3-12 to manage either anxiety or behaviour challenges. Behaviour challenges may include uncooperative or disruptive behaviour, aggression or defiance. Sometimes anxiety can look similar, but the behaviours only appear in certain situations – like getting ready for school or going to bed. When children are feeling anxious, they may seem restless, agitated, withdrawn or tearful, complain of stomach aches or have trouble falling asleep.
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids helps you develop skills and strategies to support your child to manage anxiety or behaviour challenges, through a series of online videos (for anxiety) or workbooks (for behaviour) and activities, supported by coaching sessions by phone. Coaching sessions can be scheduled during day, evening and weekend hours. Both program streams are based on strategies shown to be effective, and are offered at no cost to parents and caregivers across BC.
CMHA is working with an Indigenous Reference Group to develop a Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Anxiety program to meet the needs of Indigenous families across BC, launching in Fall 2019. The content and delivery will be culturally grounded in Indigenous perspectives. The program will take into consideration cultural contexts for anxiety in Indigenous children such as identity/belonging, separation from loved ones and land, racism and intergenerational trauma related to colonialism, and factors such as poverty and lack of infrastructure that can create stress for Indigenous children.