Throughout the year we run group therapy at our Winnipeg clinic, mainly for children. This process gives kids an opportunity to benefit from therapy in a group setting so as not to feel 'singled out' or 'in-trouble'. It is also a great opportunity for kids to work on things such as social skill or anger management in a real life setting - with others. On this page, read about our various group therapy programs. Please contact the office to confirm current dates and register your child for upcoming sessions.
Your child will spend 6 Saturdays at the office with a Reading Tutor who will help your child catch up to current reading levels. There will also be several sessions with a psychologist to help break the barriers created by learned helplessness. We will break up the learning with fun activities and rewards!
Reading Boot Camp
6 Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Sep 14, 21, 28, 2019; Oct 5, 19, 26, 2019
Nov 2, 16, 23, 30, 2019; Dec 7 and 14, 2019
Jan 11, 18, 25, 2020; Feb 1, 8, 22, 2020
Feb 29, 2020; Mar 7, 14, 21, 2020; April 18 and 25, 2020
May 2, 9, 23, 30, 2020; June 6 and 13, 2020
The anxiety group is targeted towards children from ages 7-13.
Children will learn that they are not the only ones to have these unusual thoughts or behavior. Secondly, many children who are shy and socially anxious will be exposed to the challenge of talking to others or exposing their vulnerabilities. There is no better therapy than exposure therapy – and what better way to start the process in a safe and controlled environment with other children? For many children, exposure to the group will be an added benefit.
The goal is both to learn better coping skills at the group, and to change behavior both at home and at school. Group therapy from Winnipeg’s Mind Matters Clinic can be beneficial for children battling anxiety.
Dates for upcoming sessions:
Mondays after school, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm
Session 1 (Ages 7-9)
Sep 16, 23, 30, 2019; Oct 7, 21, 28, 2019
Session 2 (Ages 10-13)
Nov 4, 18, 25, 2019; Dec 2, 9, 16, 2019
Session 3 (Ages 7-9)
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020; Feb 3, 10, 2020
Session 4 (Ages 10-13)
Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020; May 4 and 11, 2020
The Organizational Skills Group is targeted towards children from ages 8 through 16.
We will teach your child how to organize their responsibilities and maintain both an organized calendar and working space. We will then move on to enhancing attention and concentration. Finally, we will help your children develop better impulse control by teaching them how to stop and think before acting.
Reward systems will be set up for home and school, so that your child is actively seeking positive feedback for a job well accomplished. An introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will be given, with the goal to decrease black and white all or nothing thinking and to enhance self-esteem.
Please see the brochure below for more information.
New Dates for Upcoming Sessions:
Wednesday Evenings, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm
Session 1 (Ages 8-12)
Oct 23 and 30, 2019; Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
Session 2 (Ages 13-16)
Feb 19 and 26, 2020; Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020
Session 3 (Ages 8-12)
Apr 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020; May 6 and 13, 2020
The overcoming negativity group is targeted towards children (ages 7-13) who:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques will be used to help children and their parents understand the role of negative thinking in creating negative mood and maladaptive behaviour. The group will teach children how to change their perceptions so that they can see the glass as being half full rather than half empty.
Dates for upcoming sessions:
Thursdays, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm
Session 1 (Ages 10-13)
Sep 19 and 26, 2019; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019
Session 2 (Ages 7-9)
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019; Dec 5, 12, 2019
Session 3 (Ages 10-13)
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020; Feb 6, 13, 2020
Session 4 (Ages 7-9)
Apr 16, 23, 30, 2020; May 7, 14, 21, 2020
Anger is a feeling we all experience from time to time, though we don’t always know how to properly respond to it, especially if you have the impressionable mind of a child. Mind Matters Clinic has an anger management group in Winnipeg designed to help children ages 6-13 better understand and cope with their natural feelings of anger. It’s our hope that your child can learn to change his or her negative behavior at home or at school thanks to the positive behavior that’s promoted within this unique group session. Our clinicians have years of extensive training with children and adolescents to help them learn new techniques to better distinguish between the feelings of anger, fear, frustration and more, as well as how to deal with those feelings in a healthier way.
The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood
The transition from childhood to adulthood is often a turbulent time full of physical and emotional changes. Many pre-teens and teens will repress anger and withdraw into themselves, while others may lash out at society, their family and friends because they feel frustrated and/or confused about these rapid changes happening to their minds and bodies. They may develop a rebellious, sarcastic streak, defying all the rules and throwing temper tantrums until they get their way. Angry teens that are left angry on their own can become a serious threat to themselves and to their loved ones. Whichever category your pre-teen or teen falls into, an anger management group can help him or her pinpoint underlying issues and respond to these feelings of frustration and anger in a more positive way. Our intent is not to deny their feelings of anger, but rather to find a way for them to express these feelings in a more constructive (less violent or harmful) manner.
Strategies to Manage Anger More Effectively
Think of anger management therapy as a roadmap leading you on a healthier path for life. Anger management therapy helps individuals develop strategies to manage their anger more effectively. The amount of time required for attending anger management therapy is up to the individual’s progress and what he or she wishes to achieve through therapy. Enrolling your child in an anger management group therapy session can have many benefits in the future. These children will learn early on how to improve their relationships with others as well as themselves, as well as how to get angry less frequently and experience less stress and guilt over any negative feelings. Better managing feelings of anger allows individuals to feel happier and be more productive at school, work, etc.
Learn More about Our Adolescent Anger Management Group
Utilizing a variety of techniques and tools in a real life setting to help children better manage their anger and aggression, we feel our anger management therapy has led to many successful outcomes for our patients and their families. To learn more about our effective adolescent anger management group in Winnipeg, please feel free to contact Mind Matters Clinic. We are trained to help, so sign up your child(ren) today!
This group is targeted towards children from ages 6 to 13.
We teach them how to identify some of the bodily symptoms of negative emotion. Then, we learn how to more effectively distinguish between anger, frustration, disappointment, hurt, fear, and so forth. Once feelings are more accurately identified, the actions that are taken to feel better can be more successfully implemented.
Cognitive behavior therapy techniques will be used to help children better understand and more effectively cope with their feelings. Cognitive techniques, deep breathing, and alternative ways to diffuse will all be taught. At the same time, you will help us monitor and reward better self-control throughout the sessions - and, we will set you up with a system to maintain positive behavior that is learned within the group session
The goal is both to learn better coping skills at the group, and to change behavior both at home and at school.
New Dates for upcoming sessions:
Ages 6–9: 9:30 am-10:45 am
Ages 10–13: 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Session 1 - 2019
Nov 17 and 24; Dec 1, 8, 15
Session 2 - 2020
Feb 23; Mar 1, 8, 15, 22
The Social Skills Group is targeted towards children from ages 7 to 14.
A variety of self-awareness and interpersonal skills are learned. We start off with basic social skills - maintaining eye contact, respecting personal body space, and developing a sensitivity to and understanding of subtle social cues. We then teach listening and communication skills. We work at developing the skill and self-confidence to initiate and maintain conversation with peers. The beauty of the group setting is that all of these skills can be practiced in a very realistic way.
Next, we teach some of the more individual skills that are necessary for healthier relationships – learning how to recognize ‘black and white’ and ‘all or nothing’ thinking, and developing the capacity to think in shades of grey. Finally, we teach children the skills they need to deal with teasing and bullying, and we work at enhancing their self-esteem.
Dates for upcoming sessions:
Ages 7-10: 5:00 pm-6:15 pm
Ages 11-14: 6:30 pm-7:45 pm
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 2019; Dec 3 and 10, 2019
Feb 18 and 25, 2020; Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020
This group is designed for teens who want to connect with other teens. We provide some structured activities that are geared toward your personal interests, and anticipate that you will meet other teens who are like-minded. We will poll group members at the beginning about the games and activities that each member likes and try to accommodate each member’s needs at some point during the six-week group. Once you meet up with others at THE HANG, you can plan your own meetups with the people you connect with.
Dates for upcoming sessions:
Sep 27, 2019; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 2019; Nov 1, 2019
Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019; Dec 6 and 13, 2019
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020; Feb 7 and 14, 2020
Feb 21 and 28, 2020; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020
Chair Yoga is an excellent way to kick-start your journey to better self-care and healthier physical and emotional well-being. Chair yoga can be done easily in the privacy of your home once it is learned properly and practiced regularly. You do not have to hire a babysitter or clear an hour of your schedule to do it; and, you don’t have to purchase anything or make room in your home for some clunky piece of exercise equipment that will wind up gathering dust!
* Please note, the dates have been moved to Wednesdays
Wednesdays – Sep 18 and 25, 2019; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
Wednesdays – Nov 13, 20, 27, 2019; Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019
Wednesdays – Jan 15, 22, 29, 2020; Feb 5, 11, 18, 2020