FCSS Programs

Spruce Grove FCSS will offer both in-person and virtual programs to support social connections, resiliency, and overall well-being.

Youth programming

Spruce Grove FCSS also offers youth-specific programming that will available throughout summer.

In-person programs

Mental Health First Aid Supporting Older Adults

Mental Health First Aid Supporting Older Adults (MHFA SOA) is a two-day evidenced-based training by the Mental Health Commission of Canada designed for people who have frequent contact with older adults such as continuing care, home care, and seniors lodge staff, as well as family members, friends, public and private caregivers, community health workers, and volunteers. MHFA SOA trains participants to effective respond to an emerging mental health problem or crisis, until the situation is resolved, or appropriate treatment is found. Some topics covered within this training are:

  • Panic attacks and acute stress reactions
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mood-related disorders 
  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
  • Psychosis and psychotic episodes
  • Dementia 

Wabamun Offering:
Dates: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 and Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Wabamun Jubilee Hall, 5132 53 Avenue, Wabamun, AB
Registration: via Book When (use code 20WabPark22 to register) 

This workshop is facilitated by the Imagine Institute presented in partnership with Parkland County and Spruce Grove FCSS. 

Talking Circles 

Talking circles come from the culture and traditions of Indigenous people in North America. All community members are welcome at these Talking Circles. Listen deeply with an opportunity to understand, learn and establish a sense of community.

Date: Wednesdays, September 28, October 26, November 30, and December 14, 2022.  Arrival and welcome: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Circle will start at 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Mostly suited for older children and adults, but all community members are welcome to attend
Cost: Free 
Location: Spruce Grove Public Library, 35 5th Avenue, Spruce Grove 
Registration: Not required 

This initiative is presented in partnership with Spruce Grove FCSS and the Spruce Grove Public Library.

Circle of Reconciliation: Calling you Home

Join our Circle of Reconciliation to learn about and reflect on Residential School Survivors’ experiences and how each of us can personally commit to reconciliation. We are immensely appreciative of the Elders who have generously agreed to share their stories with us, as an act of gratitude and reconciliation, we will be asking attendees to record a specific act of reconciliation they are committing to. These commitments are anonymous but will be collected and displayed at the library. In partnership with the Spruce Grove Public Library and Skydancer Indigenous Cultural Society.

Date: Friday, September 30, 2022, 12 p.m.
Ages: Family
Cost: Free
Location: Central Park
Registration: No registration is required.  Limited seating.  Bring your lawn chair or a blanket.

Adulting 101

Growing up is hard to do! This in-person course will be offered over five weeks (one hour sessions). This will be a safe place to learn about things like relationships, money management, self-care, and other aspects of being a happy, healthy adult. This course is aimed at 16-24 year olds and is run by two trained facilitators, one of whom has lived experience. 

Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 2022 to November 22, 2022, from 4:305:30 p.m. 
Ages: 16-24; 15 year olds can participate with parental consent. 
Cost: Free
Location: Spruce Grove Public Library, 35 5 Avenue, Spruce Grove
Registration: Recovery College Edmonton (use code SG123 to register)

This program is facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association's Recovery College and is run in partnership between Parkland County and Spruce Grove FCSS

Building Your Toolbelt: Caring for Yourself & Others 

When supporting a loved one with their mental health, it’s common to feel confused, overwhelmed, and exhausted. This course will teach you how to improve your communication skills, develop a plan to preserve your energy, and improve your ability to set effective boundaries.  

  • Session 1 - Empathetic Communication and Pitfalls to Communication (exploring well-meaning but often ineffective communication strategies - e.g., jumping right to advice, "tough love", platitudes, etc., listening to understand instead of judge, how to overcome barriers to empathetic communication.)
  • Session 2 - Self-care, but Not the Kind Where You Buy Stuff - a conversation about self-care in the context of recognizing caregiver burnout, framing it as a necessity for caregiving, not an indulgence, and developing a self-care plan aligned with each participant's priorities
  • Session 3 - Boundaries and Recovery - conversation about "responsible to" vs. "responsible for", boundaries - rigid vs. weak, how to set them effectively, brainstorming around barriers to setting boundaries 

Date: Saturdays, November 19 to December 3, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free 
Location: Spruce Grove Public Library, 35 5th Avenue, Spruce Grove 
Registration: via Recovery College Edmonton (use code SG123 to register)

This workshop is presented by Canadian Mental Health Association's Recovery College. The City of Spruce Grove would also like to thank all community residents who participated in the co-development engagement sessions to help design this course.   

Virtual programs

All virtual programs will be held through Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required to participate in a program. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us.

Finding Our Voices 

Finding our Voices provides support and opportunities for female-identifying participants to connect with peers while focusing on issues related to self-esteem over the course of 6 weeks. Participants address the impact of self-image, effective communication, shame and compassion and healthy relationships with ourselves and others all while “Finding our Voices”. Each group is approximately 3 hours long and includes experiential learning that allows participants to connect with the facilitator and each other.

Support towards childcare expenses is available! To inquire about childcare expense support, please call Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618 or Stony Plain Community and Social Development at 780-963-8583

Presented in partnership by Sagesse, Stony Plain Community and Social Development, Spruce Grove FCSS, and Parkland County. 

Dates: *Waitlist Program* will commence once four registrants are confirmed 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Registration: Call Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618 to join the program waitlist! 

Empower U Financial Series

Earn while you learn! Save $250 during this 10-week financial empowerment program and earn $500. Explore your individual relationship with money and learn about savings, income and taxes, credit basics, budgeting, banking services and how to manage debt - all while saving towards your own financial goal. This course is facilitated by a trained financial coach from e4c and made possible through grants from the United Way. e4c is committed to working toward a vision of ultimately eliminating poverty.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • over 18 years old
  • must live in the greater Edmonton area (which includes Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and surrounding areas) 
  • identify as female (for grant requirements)
  • be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
  • have modest household income:
1 person   up to $34,393
2 persons up to $42,818
3 persons  up to $52,639
4 persons  up to $63,910
5 persons up to $72,486
6 persons up to $81,751
7 persons up to $91,018

Dates: Wednesdays, September 28, 2022 through to November 30, 2022.  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. **late registration accepted until October 4, 2022; however, participants must make up missed first session** 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Online via Zoom 
Registration: Click Here

Presented in partnership by Stony Plain Community and Social Development, Spruce Grove FCSS, and Parkland County.

Children, Teens and Technology: Raising Kids in the Age of Screens 

This three-hour online session supports both caregivers and professionals in finding technology balance for children, youth, and themselves. Participants will be presented with perspectives from both sides of the debate, current research regarding children and youth’s relationship with technology and media, and strategies for healthy technology use.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the positive and negative impacts of technology and media, with an emphasis on children and youth
  • Review current research findings on topics most asked about such as marketing, sexuality, violence, and bullying
  • Identify strategies for finding a balance in technology use for children, youth, and adults

Date: Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free 
Location: Virtual, a Zoom link will be emailed to participants 1-2 days prior to the workshop
Registration: via Book When (use code 20SpruceGrove22 to register) 

This program is facilitated by the Imagine Institute thanks to funding by Alberta Health Services. Presented in partnership with Parkland County, Alberta Parenting for the Future, and Spruce Grove FCSS. 

Collaborative Communication

Conflict is inevitable in our lives, but it doesn't always have to be stressful. In this three-part series, you will learn how to collaboratively communicate through conflict to gain understanding of the other party and to share your perspective in a way they can hear you. You’ll have a chance to try out the skills you learn in a supported environment led by a Conflict Resolution Practitioner.

  • Session 1: Conflict and Conflict Styles
  • Session 2: Listening Skills (aka Listening to Understand)
  • Session 3: Speaking Skills (aka Assertive Communication)

Presented in partnership by Stony Plain Community and Social Development, Spruce Grove FCSS, and Parkland County. 

Dates: Tuesdays, November 15, 22, and 29, 2022, 79 p.m. 
Ages: 18+
Cost: $30.00 for series, *Subsidy is available, call 780-962-7618 to complete subsidized registration*
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration: Here 

REAL Talk

REAL Talk is a guide to help us understand and talk openly about domestic abuse in Alberta. Chances are you are close to someone impacted by domestic abuse. REAL Talk includes valuable information to teach you how to:

  • Recognize domestic abuse,
  • Empathize,
  • Ask questions and
  • Listen

REAL Talk isn’t fancy or complicated. It’s just a moment between two people. This workshop focuses on learning to break the structures of abuse with just a few words. Offered in partnership with the Town of Stony Plain, Parkland County, Alberta Parenting for the Future, Safe Horizon and the RCMP.

Date: Thursday, November 24
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Online

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Registration

To register for a program, visit sprucegrove.org/onlinereg or call 780-962-7618. For more information, please email fcss@sprucegrove.org.

Questions?

Please phone 780-962-7618 or email.