Family Program

Listening to One Another to Grow Strong (LTOA) family program is a community-driven, culturally adapted, wellness promotion program for Indigenous youth and their families. LTOA is not a mental health treatment program or a response to crisis situation - instead, it focuses on promoting wellbeing in order to help youth, families, and communities to become stronger and healthier. The goal of each session is designed to contribute to the overall objective of positive mental health. In developing a local version of the program, activities can be adapted to fit each community's cultural and local context, while keeping the objectives of each session in mind. 

The fourteen sessions of the family program are as follows:

1 to 5

MODULE 1: Elders and Ancestors' Teachings

Session 1

Topic: Traditional Teachings and Values

Session Overview:

- Introduce the program

- Welcome participants, and encourage participants to interact

- Discuss traditional teachings and values with the families

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/BRVjhsGHPUU

Français: https://youtu.be/UGsbUgYLsSU

Session 2

Topic: Family - Everyone's Voice & Contribution

Session Overview:

- Learn about traditional seasonal activities

- Learn about other's interests

- Practice communication skills

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/rQDMmwR3r1c

Français: https://youtu.be/KZ2Kh9U1SJk

Session 3

Topic: A Good Way of Life - Stages & Ceremonies

Session Overview:

- Learn about traditional ceremonies and a good way of life

- Discuss the place of culture in daily life

- Appreciate the strength of Indigenous heritage

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/5sDA3eZtzFo

Français: https://youtu.be/XyyVfeFhsuQ

Session 4

Topic: Community History - Resilience

Session Overview:

- Develop further understanding of local history

- Share or discuss acts of resilience that might inspire others

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/GasIwuQWwdA

Français: https://youtu.be/PqdWY_evOCk

Session 5 

Topic: Healthy Self & Healthy Relationships

Session Overview:

- Recognize signs of being off-balance, sad, or depressed

- Learn how to help yourself and others

- Reflect on emotions and parenting practices, acknowledge strengths 

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/CDTLedS5Yrg

Français: https://youtu.be/Obt6gnjlFKw

6 to 10

MODULE 2: Sharing Our Skills

Session 6

Topic: Emotional Regulation - Anger Management

Session Overview:

- Learn and view anger as a natural and valid emotion

- Be able to identify contributing factors to anger

- Learn approaches to deal with anger

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/MgNwoHoKR54

Français: https://youtu.be/7N9LKZEf1Is

Session 7

Topic: Problem Solving - STEPS Model

Session Overview:

- Practice a 5-step problem-solving method

- 8-step parenting approach to deal with children's behaviours

- Explore ways to solve problems

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/317200XYDpU

Français: https://youtu.be/cqZNCJKgp9c

Session 8

Topic: Giving Help - Seeking Help

Session Overview:

- Learn how to seek advice from an Elder

- Acknowledge sources of support and what/who we help support

- Discuss skills that help us communicate more effectively

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/UCK0e20zGq0

Français: https://youtu.be/d_DT9tJoWrU

Session 9

Topic: Making Choices - Refusal Skills

Session Overview:

- Think critically about the benefits and harms of substance use

- Youth: Practice different ways to assert themselves when dealing with negative peer pressure

- Adults: Feel more equipped to deal with youth's challenging behaviours

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/T2vycpfDFHU

Français: https://youtu.be/zy2x9VvXULM

Session 10

Topic: Peer Communication - Yes to Friendship / No to Bullying

Session Overview:

- Recognize attitudes that enhance friendships

Session Summary Videos

English: https://youtu.be/XAFrj1gW6Qk

Français: https://youtu.be/DwCdPIONxKY

11 to 14

MODULE 3: Being Part of the Community

Session 11

Topic: Appreciate our Differences - Prevent Bullying

Session Overview:

- Appreciate differences and feel proud of our identity and culture

- Discuss ways to create a safe environment and develop a Family Plan

- Learn how to respond to hurtful situations

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/PVPzg9J_gN4

Français: https://youtu.be/2e1cbOtH9dM

Session 12

Topic: Social Support - All Connected - Prevent Discrimination

Session Overview:

- Strengthen understandings about behaviours that build or break trust

- Recognize the importance of developing and maintaining a proactive support network

- Being proud of who we are and supporting others 

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/m7TVW00ISVM

Français: https://youtu.be/5Q94D_3JJ2w

Session 13

Topic: Empowerment - People & Communities

Session Overview:

- Reflect on knowledge and skills retained from the program

- Think of ideas that will benefit the future

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/m7TVW00ISVM

Français: https://youtu.be/BqFfppyk-qE

Session 14

Topic: Celebration Feast: Invite Families from Modules 1, 2, 3

Session Overview:

- Be honoured in a meaningful ceremony

- Feel proud of accomplishments

- Celebrate with other families and guests!

Session Summary Videos:

English: https://youtu.be/YVcQytNH8RY

Français: https://youtu.be/fRB-4xTjyNA

 

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