Upcoming Groups

carya’s groups can help you build skills that will increase your quality of life. They also provide opportunities to build relationships and learn from others who are walking a similar path.

All of carya’s groups are held to the highest standard of confidentiality and are supported by trained professionals.

Below is a listing of carya’s upcoming groups.

Family Support
Becoming a parent changes everything — what we focus on, where we find joy, as well as what we find stressful. carya is here to support you and your family through the ever-changing phases of parenthood.
Circle of Security

9:30 – 11:00am • Tuesdays, Feb 27 – Apr 3
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Ave SW
Register here

This group is open to adoptive, kinship or foster parents.

Circle of Security® is a relationship-based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. It is intended to help caregivers increase awareness of their children’s needs and whether their own responses meet those needs. With increased awareness parents can expand their moment-to-moment parenting choices where needed.


Parenting an adolescent comes with unique challenges. If you’re struggling to understand your teen, Connect can help. Connect is a parenting group available to caregivers of 8 to 18 year olds.

Connect helps parents understand:

  •     alternative ways to respond to challenging behaviours
  •     new perspectives on the parent-child relationship
  •     adolescent development and attachment needs
  •     how to find balance that supports healthy relationships

We plan to offer this group in the coming months with time and location based on interest. Please register your interest here.

Dads Parenting Group

In this parenting program, dads, step-dads and male caregivers will increase understanding of how to parent in balanced ways and strengthen their relationships with their children.

This dads-only group offers a venue to strengthen connections between fathers who can support each other in their parenting.

We plan to offer this group in the coming months with time and location based on interest. Please register your interest here.

Parent Peer Support Group

7-9 PM • Wednesdays
NW and SE locations
Find upcoming dates here.

If you are facing challenges in raising your teen, you are not alone. carya’s Parent Peer Support Group offers support, education and practical strategies that can help you manage your teen’s difficult behaviour and strengthen family relationships.

Some concerns that might bring a parent to the Parent Peer Support Group include:

  • family conflict
  • disrespectful behaviour
  • skipping school
  • involvement with the law
  • mental health concerns
  • substance abuse

Registration is ongoing. For more information, contact Yvonne at 403.538.7969 or YvonneB@caryacalgary.ca.


Come play with us! Group Theraplay gives parents and caregivers of children the opportunity to engage in spirited, playful and caring interaction with their children. This facilitated play helps develop attachment between caregivers and their children.

Theraplay helps to

  • strengthen connection and belonging between caregiver and child
  • build strong families through responsive and empathetic parenting
  • enhance emotional health and self-esteem

We plan to offer this group in the coming months with time and location based on interest. Please register your interest here.

Bowmont Families Together

You must live in Bowness, Montgomery or Greenwood Village to access these programs.

Through Bowmont Families Together, we offer a number of ways for community residents to engage in opportunities and participate in programs that help strengthen their own resiliency as well as that of the community as a whole.

Bowmont Families Together offers early development programs for 0-5 year olds and their caregivers, opportunities to discuss and learn about parenting, facilitated peer to peer groups for mothers, financial empowerment workshops and community-based activities and events.

Check out the Bowmont Families Together page for more information and upcoming events.

Individual Well-Being & Education
Our programs and services help individuals and families overcome challenges – whether it’s increasing your self-esteem and self-awareness, dealing with frustrating emotions or struggling to cope with tough situations
Anger Management

6:00- 8:00pm • Tuesdays, Jan 16 – Mar 20 (register here) or
6:00- 8:00pm • Wednesdays, Jan 17 – Mar 21 (register here)
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Ave SW

When our emotions get out of control they can damage relationships, affect success in the workplace, weaken health and erode contentment and joy.

This ten week program can help you take control of your emotions and learn more productive ways to handle anger and stress.

BOOST – Building On Our Strengths Together (Spanish)

Females ages 18 – 24
6:00 – 7:30pm • Wednesdays Mar 7 – May 2
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Ave SW
Register here

BOOST helps participants learn new skills and find positive meaning from past challenges

This free group is for Spanish speaking individuals who have been negatively impacted by bullying, cyberbullying, fighting, assaults, and other types of reported or unreported crime.

If you are experiencing worry, trouble sleeping, feeling unsafe, or other negative impacts in your life because of this experience this group might be a good fit.

Financial Tips & Tools: Savvy Spending

2:00 – 4:00 • Saturdays
Bowness Boys and Girls Club: 7930 Bowness Rd NW Suite 36
Please check out our events calendar for upcoming dates

Join us for this FREE learning opportunity

Share your experience and learn from others about:

  • How advertising may affect your purchasing decisions
  • Taking control of your spending habits
  • Ways to be an even more savvy spender
  • Your rights as a consumer
  • Bring your ideas and questions to the conversation
Nurture Yourself

8:30 – 4:30 • Saturday, March 17
carya: 322, 1000 8th Avenue SW
Register here
8:30 – 4:30 • Saturday, February 24
carya: 322, 1000 8th Avenue SW
Register here

This full day seminar helps women of all ages who are experiencing:

  •     early stages of mental or emotional health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress
  •     negative thoughts and behavioural patterns
  •     challenging life changes
  •     uncontrollable emotional responses

Topics include

  •     cultivating healthy relationships
  •     identifying and overcoming stress
  •     the power of positive thinking
  •     finding internal balance
  •     setting goals and finding strengths
  •     self awareness and resilience
For Men Only: Self Care

8:30 – 4:30 pm • Saturday, March 24
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Avenue SW
Register here

This full day seminar helps men of all ages who are experiencing:

  •     challenging life changes
  •     early stages of issues such as depression, anxiety and stress
  •     negative thoughts and behavioural patterns
  •     uncontrollable emotional responses

At this workshop you will:enhance your well-being and resilience

  •     become more independent and self-directed
  •     identify and set goals
  •     develop strategies to overcome stress
  •     learn to manage personal challenges
  •     realize your potential
Older Adults
carya's older adult groups offer approaches to assist adults who are entering elderhood – and all of the gifts and challenges that go with it
Wellness Cafes

The Wellness Café is an informal drop-in group discussion for older adults. You will learn new skills and will have the opportunity to share existing strategies for wellness in your life as well as for improving the wellness of your community.

Do you want to…

  • reduce your stress?
  • feel more in control of your life?
  • understand yourself better?
  • improve your relationships?
  • meet new neighbours and friends?
  • learn more about personal wellness?
  • get more involved in your community?

Coffee and snacks are provided. No registration required.

We are currently offering Wellness Cafes in the following communities:

East Village:
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 2 & 9
This program is offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services
Please contact Christine: 403.705.0593 or ChristineL@caryacalgary.ca

Creating Elder Friendly Communities

1:00 – 4:00pm • Jan 29 & 31
Vivo Impact Lab, 11950 Country Village Link NE
Register here

Are you:

  • a lifelong learner?
  • curious about building new relationships and being more involved in your community?
  • interested in sharing your skills and experience?
  • keen to meet other older adults who are involved in their community?
Creative Expressions

1:00 – 3:00pm • Mar 14 – May 2
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Ave SW
Register here

Imagery is the body-mind’s inner language. Let your body speak!

Increased creativity improves immune system and brain functioning, reduces depression and anxiety, increases problem-solving and communication and allows us to experience ourselves differently.

Healthy Living For Older Adults

Register your interest here

This nine-week interactive group is designed to help you increase your knowledge about making positive choices and learn practical skills on how to make those choices.

Our main focusses are:

  •  Healthy aging
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Loss and Grief
  • Forgiveness
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Stress Management
Making Room

1:00 – 3:00 pm • Every second Monday
carya: 200, 1000 8th Avenue SW
Please visit our Events Calendar for upcoming dates

A support group for people who excessively collect and/or hoard. The group is confidential; sharing happens only when/if you feel ready to do so.

Relationships with your Adult Children

Register here

1:30 – 3:30pm • Mondays, April 9 – June 11, 2018
carya: 200, 1000 8 Avenue SW

This 9 week group offers education, support and resources to older adults (65+) residing in Calgary that are grappling with relationships issues with their adult children.

Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Boundaries
  • Personal Wellness
Youth Engagement
Our youth programs focus on two things: building a stable and responsive support network for youth and developing social and emotional skills that are critical to being a good friend, family member, and contributor to the community.
Starburst in the Community

Forest Lawn Library: 4807 8 Ave SE
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 PM
Register here

Group will run from February – June. Start dates TBA.

Starburst brings girls aged 12-15 together to have fun and celebrate who they are. Girls will learn new skills in relation to self esteem, relationships, coping strategies and constructive decision-making. Starburst also offers fun recreational opportunities and access to individual support for participants as needed.

Worry Warriors

When feelings of worry, stress and anxiety become overwhelming, Worry Warriors is here to help. Worry Warriors gives youth ages 7-11 and 12-15 the tools they need to effectively cope with stress.

Worry Warriors helps participants learn:

  •     how to identify anxiety and other difficult emotions
  •     how our bodies respond to stress and worry
  •     how to face fears
  •     problem solving skills

We plan to offer this group in the coming months with time and location based on interest. Please register your interest here.

How to get involved:

Please call 403-269-9888 to speak to a carya representative or check out our events calendar