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FIREFLY Child and Youth Mental Health recognizes that family input and expertise is integral to moving forward with Ontario’s “Moving on Mental Health Initiative”.

We invite you to give your feedback and help us to set priorities specific to Child and Youth Mental Health across Northwestern Ontario.



Discovering Balance Skill Building Poster Feb March 2016


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FIREFLY Family Engagement

Happy Holidays from FIREFLY!

The holiday season is a time to slow down, reflect, and celebrate the year past. For many, it is also a time to give back. This year, as in previous years, FIREFLY has opted not to send Christmas Cards to our partners, but rather to allocate donations to deserving organizations determined by staff in each community where FIREFLY has an office. We thought carefully about this decision, which came from the idea that since FIREFLY’s staff works to better the lives of the Children, Youth and Families in our communities, what we do to celebrate the season should reflect that.

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Training opportunity for FOSTER PARENTS

Gordon Neufeld Vital Connection Video Training poster 1Power to Parent II: Helping Children Grow Up– Training opportunity for FOSTER PARENTS

Building on the foundation of relationship in Part I of the Power to Parent series (The Vital Connection) this sequel focuses on how to help children realize their full potential as human beings. Since growing older is no guarantee of growing up, knowing how to foster maturation is key to raising children.  Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist and author of the book Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (co-authored with Canadian physician Gabor Maté).  The Neufeld approach is an attachment-based developmental model which is  universal in both its application (adults as well as children) and implementation (school as well as home).

How do we nurture our children and provide the necessary elements for growth? How do we remove the impediments to becoming their own persons?  Childhood is when most of the growing up should occur but we need to know how to cultivate the maturing process. This course sheds light on the adult’s role in the miracle of maturation. This course will shed light on:

  • independence and responsibility
  • resilience, recovery and resourcefulness
  • emotional and social maturity
  • how to help children accept limits and adapt to circumstances
  • how to help children find their self-control and social sensitivity
  • the parent’s role in the miracle of maturation

This course combines video presentations by Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by FIREFLY Treatment Foster Home Coordinators Angela Bucharest and Carole Roussin.