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Connect Parenting

Exciting News! Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is offering Connect for Caregivers - FREE for our families!

Connect is a 10-week attachment-based program designed to empower parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens aged 13-17. Delivered in a small, confidential group setting, this program offers a safe space for growth and connection.

Who is Connect for? Ideal for parents seeking to enhance their connections with their youth, especially those facing behavioral and emotional challenges.

What makes Connect unique? Unlike traditional discipline-based programs, Connect places a strong emphasis on attachment. Gain fresh insights into parent-teen relationships and adolescent development. 

What can you expect? Reflect on and discover how to meet your youth's attachment needs and further develop your parenting approaches.

Register for our in-person fall group or to waitlist yourself for future groups.

#connectforcaregivers #parentingjourney #parentingsupport #attachmentmaatters #familesofRDCRS #rdcrs.


Circle of Security - Parenting Group

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Parenting Group

We get it - parenting can be a bit of a mystery sometimes, right? That's where the Circle of Security Parenting program comes in. Join us for eight sessions tailored to empower parents and caregivers with kids aged 0 - 12 backed by decades of research and designed to provide caregivers with essential tools to foster secure and thriving parent-child relationships.

We'll be diving into some really important topics like:

  • Building solid parent/child relationships
  • Understanding and supporting your child's emotional growth
  • Identifying and leveraging your unique parenting strengths
  • Creating a safe space for kids to explore and ask for help
  • Figuring out how your own upbringing influences your parenting style

Don't miss you! Join our fall 2023 group today or hop on our waitlist for our Winter morning group! #circleofsecurityparenting #parenting #RDCRS #parentgroup

St. Francis of Assisi Student and Family Counselling Information and Support

“Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

School Counselling

School counsellors offer support for students and parents. We provide students with strategies and coping skills for concerns they are struggling with. We support the social, emotional and mental-wellness of students along with providing academic support. This is done through school and class presentations, small group counselling or conflict resolution and short- term individualized counselling sessions. However, if a student requires therapy, we will encourage the referral to an outside counsellor or Alberta Health Services.

The school counsellors are Ms MaryKate Kelly and Mr. Jordan Koopmans. Students may self refer for counselling supports, as well, school staff and parents can also request support services for their student.

Referrals can be made in person, by phone (403-314-1449) or by email.

School Counsellor Office Hours:

School Days 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm


Family School Counsellor

Our Family School Counsellors (FSC) are available to help students and families in need. They support the social, emotional and mental wellness of students and families and are able to support within the home, school and community. FSC’s provide a wide range of support services including but not limited to - education around parenting strategies, short-term counselling, and working with families to access community resources and in financial need. FSC’s play a vital role within our school community and as partners to the school counselling team.

Our STF Family School Counsellor is Mrs. Katherine Seymour. Families and students may self refer for counselling supports and parents can request support services for their family.

Referrals can be made in person, by phone (403-314-1449) or by email:

Support Information

Community Resources

Alberta Mental Health

The phone number for Alberta Mental Health is 403-340-5469. Parents can phone this number directly.

Speech and Language Services

Parents can contact Alberta Health Services at 403-314-5250 for referrals for these services.

Alberta Mental Health Crisis Help Line: 1-877-303-2642. Students who are in need of someone to talk to in a crisis situation may call the helpline, which is available to them 24 hours a day.

Suicide Information & Education Services

Suite D 4808 51st Ave

Red Deer, AB 403-342-4966


Alberta Health Services, Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) - AHS PIPP Webpage

Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) CATT Online - Concussion

Red Deer Catholic Family School Enhancement Counsellors

Our Family School Enhancement Counsellors (FSECs) support the social, emotional and mental wellness of students and families within their homes, school, and community through early intervention and prevention. 

FESCs meet with children, youth, parents, and families to go over issues affecting student success supporting them to look for options, develop strategies and find solutions. 

Services offered:

  • Provide support services to families and children facing social, emotional, and family challenges
  • Build skills with students in small groups
  • Promote effective communication within families and between parents and students
  • Assist families in navigating and finding information and resources, such as counselling services, income support, community programs, etc.
  • Promote preventative opportunities within the schools and community
  • Provide support in schools and in the home
  • Collaborate with community agencies
  • Organize family events and parent sessions
  • Enhance Catholic family values by building a home, school, and parish

Check out the Family School Enhancement Facebook page