FCSS Programs

Spruce Grove FCSS will offer both in-person and virtual programs to support social connections, resiliency, and overall well-being.

Youth programming

Spruce Grove FCSS also offers youth-specific programming that will available throughout summer.

In-person programs

Fear-Less: Triple P

A 6-week parenting program to help caregivers of children aged 6-14 set a good example of coping with anxiety and coaching their children to become more emotionally resilient. Participants will develop a toolbox of strategies and choose the most effective to respond to their child's anxiety. 

Session 1: Anxiety – what is it and how does it develop?

Session 2: Promoting emotional resilience in children.

Session 3: Modeling and the way children think.

Session 4: The way you behave - avoidance and exposure.

Session 5: Parental strategies for responding to children’s anxiety – avoidance and exposure.

Session 6: Constructive problem solving – how to promote it and maintain gains.

Date: Wednesdays, starting September 14, 2022 until October 19, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ages: For caregivers, but free childcare is available
Cost: Free
Location:  Border Paving Athletic Centre, 9 Tri Leisure Way, Spruce Grove, AB
Registration: via Eventbrite

This program is presented in partnership with Parkland County and Alberta Parenting for the Future. 

Mental Health First Aid Supporting Older Adults

Mental Health First Aid Supporting Older Adults (MHFA SOA) is a two-day evidenced-based training by the Mental Health Commission of Canada designed for people who have frequent contact with older adults such as continuing care, home care, and seniors lodge staff, as well as family members, friends, public and private caregivers, community health workers, and volunteers. MHFA SOA trains participants to effective respond to an emerging mental health problem or crisis, until the situation is resolved, or appropriate treatment is found. Some topics covered within this training are:

  • Panic attacks and acute stress reactions
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mood-related disorders 
  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
  • Psychosis and psychotic episodes
  • Dementia 

Spruce Grove Offering:
Dates: Monday, September 19, 2022 and Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Border Paving Athletic Centre, 9 Tri Leisure Way, Spruce Grove, AB
Registration: Coming soon!

Wabamun Offering:
Dates: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 and Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Wabamun Jubilee Hall, 5132 53 Avenue, Wabamun, AB
Registration: Coming soon!

This program is facilitated by the Imagine Institute presented in partnership with Parkland County and Spruce Grove FCSS. 

Children, Teens and Technology: Raising Kids in the Age of Screens 

This three-hour session supports both caregivers and professionals in finding technology balance for children, youth, and themselves. Participants will be presented with perspectives from both sides of the debate, current research regarding children and youth’s relationship with technology and media, and strategies for healthy technology use.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the positive and negative impacts of technology and media, with an emphasis on children and youth
  • Review current research findings on topics most asked about such as marketing, sexuality, violence, and bullying
  • Identify strategies for finding a balance in technology use for children, youth, and adults

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 14 p.m. 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Lodgepole /Pine Room, Border Paving Athletic Centre, 9 Tri Leisure Way, Spruce Grove, AB
Registration: via Book When (use code 20SpruceGrove22 to register) 

This program is facilitated by the Imagine Institute thanks to funding by Alberta Health Services. Presented in partnership with Parkland County, Alberta Parenting for the Future, and Spruce Grove FCSS. 

Adulting 101

Growing up is hard to do! This in-person course will be offered over five weeks (one hour sessions). This will be a safe place to learn about things like relationships, money management, self-care, and other aspects of being a happy, healthy adult. This course is aimed at 16-24 year olds and is run by two trained facilitators, one of whom has lived experience. 

Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 2022 to November 22, 2022, from 4:305:30 p.m. 
Ages: 16-24; 15 year olds can participate with parental consent. 
Cost: Free
Location: Spruce Grove Public Library, 35 5 Avenue, Spruce Grove
Registration: Recovery College Edmonton (use code SG123 to register)

This program is facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association's Recovery College and is run in partnership between Parkland County and Spruce Grove FCSS

Talking Circles - will resume September 2022, check back soon for details! 

Talking circles come from the culture and traditions of Indigenous people in North America. All community members are welcome at these Talking Circles. Listen deeply with an opportunity to understand, learn and establish a sense of community.

This initiative is presented in partnership with Spruce Grove FCSS and the Spruce Grove Public Library.  Registration is not required for this event

Virtual programs

All virtual programs will be held through Zoom. Registration is required to participate in a program. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us.

Children and Anxiety: Ready, Set, Back-to-School

The summer will end and the hustle and bustle of school will begin once again. For many families, this can be a challenging and scary time of year! The end of summer and the beginning of new expectations and experiences can increase worry and fears in children. Join us for a discussion to understand the nature of worrying and to learn practical and hands-on strategies to get them ready to "take-off" this year.

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 79 p.m. 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Online via Zoom 
Registration: via Eventbrite

Finding Our Voices 

Finding our Voices provides support and opportunities for female-identifying participants to connect with peers while focusing on issues related to self-esteem over the course of 6 weeks. Participants address the impact of self-image, effective communication, shame and compassion and healthy relationships with ourselves and others all while “Finding our Voices”. Each group is approximately 3 hours long and includes experiential learning that allows participants to connect with the facilitator and each other.

Support towards childcare expenses is available! To inquire about childcare expense support, please call Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618 or Stony Plain Community and Social Development at 780-963-8583

Presented in partnership by Sagesse, Stony Plain Community and Social Development, Spruce Grove FCSS, and Parkland County. 

Dates: *Waitlist Program* will commence once four registrants are confirmed 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Registration: Call Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618 to join the program waitlist! 

Registration

To register for a program, visit sprucegrove.org/onlinereg or call 780-962-7618. For more information, please email fcss@sprucegrove.org.

Questions?

Please phone 780-962-7618 or email.