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.

Parents of children ages 8 – 18
6:00 – 8:00pm • Wednesdays Oct 4 – Dec 13
Rosemont Community Centre: 2807 – 10 St NW
Register here

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
Dad’s Parenting Group

7:00 – 8:30pm • Wednesdays, Oct 11 – Nov 22
Family Centre for Inner City Communities:
#1, 1922 – 9 Avenue SE
Register here

During this Circle of Security 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.

Parenting the Nurturing Way

6:30 – 8:30pm • Wednesdays, Sept 27 – Nov 22
YW Parent Link Centre: 320 5th Ave SE
Find upcoming dates here.

Topics include:

  • encouraging positive brain development in children and teens
  • understanding feelings and perspectives
  • communicating needs
  • taking charge of your behavior
  • positive ways to deal with stress and anger
  • developing a sense of personal power and self-esteem
  • giving and receiving healthy touch
  • positive discipline strategies
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.

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.
Act Out!

Ages 12 – 15
6:30 – 8:00 pm Mondays, Oct 16 – Dec 18
City of Calgary Forest Lawn Office: 3810 17 Avenue SE
Register here

Act Out! helps youth express their thoughts, feelings, experiences and challenges through drama games and discussion. The program encourages them to have fun in a safe, small group atmosphere.

Act Out! helps participants:

  • learn to handle difficult situations such as bullying, violence, racism and homophobia
  • develop confidence
  • become comfortable with who they are
Worry Warriors

Ages 12 – 15
6:00 – 8:00pm • Tuesdays Oct 3 – Nov 28
Cedarbrae Community Centre: 11024 Oakfield Drive SW
Register here

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
Our counselling programs and services help individuals and families overcome challenges – whether it’s welcoming a new family member, dealing with frustrating emotions or struggling to cope with tough situations
BOOST (Building on our Strengths Together)

Offered in Spanish

Females ages 18 – 24
6:00 – 7:30pm • Wednesdays Oct 11 – Dec 6
carya: 200, 1000 – 8 Ave SW

Register here

Males ages 14 – 19
4:00 – 5:30pm • Thursdays Oct 5 – Nov 30
Forest Lawn Library: 4807 – 8 St SE

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.

Empowerment for Men

8:30 – 4:30 pm • Saturday, Oct 21
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
Nurture Yourself

8:30 – 4:30 • Saturday, October 14
carya: 322, 1000 8th Avenue SW
Register here

8:30 – 4:30 • Saturday, November 18
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
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
Healthy Living for Older Adults

1:30 – 3:30pm • Thursdays, Sept 28 – Nov 23
carya Bowmont Office: 5000 Bowness Rd NW
Register 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.


How to get involved:

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