Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT)
Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT) is a ten-week skills training course to teach parents and caregivers about coping with stress. Participants learn skills to help themselves and children feel less stressed and more hopeful about the future.
BBT teaches you to:
- Help yourself and your child “bounce back” from everyday stresses and hard times
- Relieve stress and calmly solve problems and conflicts
- Help your child handle disappointment, anger and frustration
- Help your child feel good about themselves, confident and hopeful about the future
The program includes hands-on activities, video clips of parents and children showing resilience-building strategies, group discussion and opportunities to practice stress-coping skills.
York Region Public Health offers both day and evening programs. Programs run once a week for ten weeks and sessions are two hours long.
Sessions are led by Registered Nurses working in Public Health and offered in English and Cantonese.
BBT was developed in 2012 by The Child and Family Partnership with funding by the Social Development Partnership Program of the Government of Canada.
BBT is offered by York Region Public Health in partnership various community partners, including:
- Ontario Early Years Centres
- Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
- York Region District School Board schools (at specific schools within York Region)
- York Region Catholic District School Board schools (at specific schools within York Region)
- The Family Place
- The Family Resource Centre
- Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers
This program is open to parents and caregivers with children eight years of age and younger living in York Region. Registration is required. Register early to secure a place in the program.
This service is provided at no cost.
How to Register
Please sign up for the Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT) program online.
BBT is available at various locations throughout York Region. When you register, you can select your preferred location.
Limited child minding is offered at certain locations. Please call the location directly to inquire whether child minding is available and to secure a spot.
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