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Parent Workshop Videos

A message for parents, by Keli Anderson; co-founder of The FORCE Society For Kids' Mental Health. In 2005, Keli advocated to have parents be involved in the FRIENDS For Life program and provide parents with further opportunities to learn the FRIENDS skills their children were being taught in the classroom, so that parents could reinforce the skills at home. Since this time, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development FRIENDS Program has partnered with the FORCE to coordinate and lead the B.C. FRIENDS parent component.

The videos below are a sample workshop (that Keli refers to in her introduction) of the original BC FRIENDS For Life Parent Program - and gives parents a more detailed explanation of; anxiety, the FRIENDS steps and how to use a number of tools or resources provided for parents to use at home with their family.

Workshop Introduction Module 1 Part 1

In the first three modules of the Parent Program Workshop Introduction, parents learn about; Anxiety; Preventing Anxiety and Strengthening Resiliency in Children. These video modules describes anxiety in children as well as an overview of how FRIENDS teaches children (and parents!) how to better cope with anxiety and build resiliency.

 Workshop Introduction Module 1 Part 2

In the first three modules of the Parent Program Workshop Introduction, parents learn about; Anxiety; Preventing Anxiety and Strengthening Resiliency in Children. These video modules describes anxiety in children as well as an overview of how FRIENDS teaches children (and parents!) how to better cope with anxiety and build resiliency

 Workshop Introduction Module 1 Part 3

In the first three modules of the Parent Program Workshop Introduction, parents learn about; Anxiety; Preventing Anxiety and Strengthening Resiliency in Children. These video modules describes anxiety in children as well as an overview of how FRIENDS teaches children (and parents!) how to better cope with anxiety and build resiliency

 Workshop Module 2 Part 4

This video is a good introduction to learning about these steps (F and R), and includes ways that parents can support their child to practice these skills

Workshop Module 3 Part 5

Step I: I Can Do It, I Can Try My Best/Inner Helpful thoughts. This video is a good introduction for parents to learn more about this step, and how they can help their children catch "red thoughts", while learning how to change them into helpful "green thoughts".

 Workshop Module 4 Part 6

Step E: Explore Solutions and Coping Step Plans. This video is a great introduction to step "E" and shows how parents can help their children break down goals into manageable steps, and explore solutions to problems or challenges. Children also identify who in their lives can be a source of support on their "Support Team"

Workshop Module 5 Part 7

Steps N "Now Reward Yourself", D "Do it Everyday", and S "Smile".This video is a good introduction to the last three steps of the FRIENDS program, and how parents can help their child practice the skills based on real life situations as they come up.

Workshop Module 6 Part 8

Tips and Resources for using FRIENDS For Life at home. Ways parents can be helpful, possible next steps, ways the school can help and when should you seek additional help.

Module 6 Part 8

Please note: This website (video segments and corresponding materials) are not meant to replace the services or expertise of your doctor or any professional you may be working with. This website is for educational purposes only.