Resources

After working with youths in Calgary since 2007, Tasha has come to know of many valuable youth-related resources. The following is a list of resources she would like to make available to everyone!

IMMEDIATE PHONE HELP

24 hr Distress Center
For any age looking for emotional support and guidance.

403-266-1605

Kids Help Phone
For youth under 20 years old, looking for anonymous and confidential phone support and counselling. Open 24/7.

1-800-668-6868

Emergency Child Welfare, Child Abuse Hotline

403-297-2995

Access Mental Health
-non emergency access and in-take point for Calgary Health Region Mental Health.

403-943-1500
ext. 1

TEEN RESOURCES

Stressed Teens
Gina Biegel, the developer of Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Program for Teens offers invaluable information and exercise to deal with your anxiety and living in the moment. This is a great website for teens, parents and professionals.

www.iamthatgirl.com
An inspirational movement that brings girls together to lift each other up, instead of pushing each other down. I AM A GIRL hopes to transform self-doubt in girls and women, into self-love. Every day, girls are bombarded with messages that attack what she is NOT, instead of working every day to help her love who SHE IS. Check it out…maybe even start your own chapter?

amysmartgirls.com
Smart Girls is dedicated to the art of being yourself. It is a channel that offers music, advice, glimpses into other cultures, nice things to put into the world, and a Boy’s minute. This is a beautiful collection personal stories and interviews, showing how social media can allow girls to gather their voices and give a powerful, positive message. If you have some free time, check out a video interview.

SPECIALIZED COUNSELLING

Rocky Mountain Psychological Services - 403-245-5981
One of the few agencies in Alberta that have trained play therapists and play therapy supervisors on staff. They offer assessment, counselling for children and families using a Play Therapy Model.

Prairie Expressive Arts Institute - 403-245-5553 ext. 15
A private practice that offers individual, family and group counseling to children, adolescents and families. They offer an immersion into the healing power of the arts offers fresh perspectives, increased potential for change, insight, and deeper connection to self and others.

junohouse.ca – 403-209-0997
A specialized counselling center in Calgary that offers girls, young women & families treatment to address eating disorders and emotional health issues. Inner Solutions 403.301.3399 A clinic that offers a variety of treatment options for adolescents and young adults presented with BPD behaviours. This clinic uses a DBT-A approach (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for Adolescents, aged 14 and older to teach skills for a more integrated way of being.

SUBSIDIZED COUNSELLING

Calgary Youth Addiction Services - 403-297-4664
Provides a variety of treatment options to youth impacted by drug & alcohol use.

Calgary Counselling Center – 403 265-4980

Catholic Family Services - 403.233.2360

Jewish Family Services - 403.287.3510

GIRLS SELF ESTEEM WEBSITES

www.dove.ca
Conversation starters for positive body image, confidence and self-esteem for girls and women.

www.amightygirl.com
A website with the world’s largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.

GIRLS SELF ESTEEM COURSES

Guides of Canada
Age appropriate programming is provided to girls aged 5 -17 in weekly community groups across Canada that teach girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary - 403-777-3535
A non-profit program offering one-to-one mentoring, school-based programs and community programs to youth in need of mentoring and healthy leisure activities.

Girl Power
A friendship program that empowers girls from 6 to 12 years old with skills, language and self-confidence to maintain healthy friendships.

Ignite Wellness
Programs delivered in Calgary to girls, grades 2 & 3 and boys, elementary school-aged, to learn skills to having healthy friendships.

GLTBQ (Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer) RESOURCES:

Calgary Out link - 403-234-897
A center for gender and sexual diversity. A great resource for one-to-one counseling, information about youth groups, parent support and upcoming events in the community.

GLTBQ Support Line – 1.877.OUT.IS.OK

Camp Firefly – (780) 492-4909
A national leadership school program and summer retreat for sexual and gender minority youth, with the goal of achieving a socially just and inclusive community.

LEARNING SOCIETIES

CanLearn Society - 403-686-9300
Provides services for those with learning disabilities and attention issues (AD/HD), of any age, free of charge. Also a good resource for professionals and families who support those with ADHD.

The Reading Foundation – (403) 244-9527
Under the direction of Dr. Truch, children are given an educational assessment and then provided with a unique learning program to meet their needs. This is a service for fee, which provides specialized remedial programs and intensive one-to-one immersion programs that bring lasting gains in reading, spelling comprehension and math for learners of all ages. This program changed my daughter’s attitude and confidence with school. The teachers are amazing!

PARENTING RESOURCES

Step Family Foundation of Alberta - (403) 245-5744
To prevent step family breakdown by providing a variety of services to assist step families address and resolve the difficulties that are characteristic of the stepfamily experience. Practical articles and strategies to target common stepfamily issues and concerns.

Parent Support Association of Calgary PSA Info/Support Line - (403) 270-1819
This association supports parents in conflict with their teen’s behavior. The teen years are about self-discovery, independence and taking risks. When we feel that our youth are making poor decisions and/or are involved in activities we don’t support, our reaction to try and control the situation can often make it worse. Using various programs and services, the PSA teaches parents learn how to tailor their approach for better results.

Alyson Schafer – Psychotherapist and Teacher
A psychotherapist and teacher with a unique humanistic approach. Alyson provides advice that will help you raise great kids through firm and friendly parenting practices. She offers tips, techniques and resources inspired by her own work in Toronto and the work of luminaries such as Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. alysonschafer.com

Emotion Focused Family Therapy website
A comprehensive website, full of resources using EFT approach, rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families to play a significant role in their loved one’s mental health and well-being. htps://emotionfocusedfamilytherapy.org

Parent Support Group
A newly established free movement for anyone impacted by eating disorders, whom wish to build awareness and raise funds to provide better service and treatment options for patients of both genders experiencing struggles with eating disorders.

PREGNANCY RESOURCES

Calgary Sexual Health - 403-283-5580
Calgary Sexual Health Centre focuses on three areas: Bodies, Relationships and Communities Direct counseling, offering workshops and training to students, parents and professionals. This is a great resource for accurate information related to sexual health, i.e. pregnancy test, pregnancy options, gender identity, STI information, healthy decision making in relationships, how to be a supportive parent.

Sexual and Reproductive Health – Clinical Services – 403-955-6500
Free pregnancy test & STI screening, low cost birth control and contraception available on a drop-in basis. Males and females age 24 years and younger and any person with barriers to service (e.g. no healthcare, low income, language issues) eligible to use this service.

The Alex Youth Health Center – 403 520-6270
A one-stop hub for medical and psychosocial support for youth under 24 years of age who are experiencing barriers getting medical treatment youth workers due to poverty, mental health and homelessness. Provides anonymous, free STI screening & pregnancy tests, family physicians and medical resources available.

RECOMMENDED READINGS FOR PARENTS

Brainstorm, Siegel, D.
Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?Wolf, A. E.
Girls on the Edge, Sax, L.
Positive Discipline for Teenagers, Nelsen, J. and Lynn, L.
Queen Bees and Wannabes, Wiseman, R.
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, Gottman, J.
The Big Disconnect, Steiner-Adair, C.
The Whole Brain Child, Siegel, D. and Payne Bryson, T.
The 5 Love Languages of Teens, Chapman G.