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Tuesday August 21st, 2012

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Divorce – it’s a reality that many families face, and Vista – An Extense View Counselling Services in Tecumseh is hosting a workshops to better help children cope with troubling situation.

“Children can develop issues that show up at home as well as school; like difficulty in developing or maintaining friendships, knowing how to tell their friends what’s happening at home, and sometimes having to move houses. This stress often times can affect a child’s development,” says Amy Mullins, proprietor of the program.

The twohour play-based workshop, “The Splits”, teaches children how to deal with shared-custody arrangements and managing feelings of guilt. This is combined with techniques for engaging in conversations with friends, and recognizing the difference between supportive playmates, and bullies.

“Kids can be nice one minute and hurtful the next; it’s my goal to assist children in finding peers who are consistently friendly. It doesn’t mean finding the most popular friend, but rather the most reliable. Support from friends and family is crucial during this time in their life,” says Mullins.

“With divorce becoming common place, it has become an issue that people are openly talking about. It’s no longer a taboo subject. Families of today are more open to helping their children find ways to cope with the feelings surrounding this issue. The workshop is also an excellent opportunity for children to see that they are not alone in their struggle,” says Mullins.

The workshop for children aged 7-11 runs from 10am to noon on Saturday, September 15th at Vista – An Extensive View, 13390 Sylvestre Drive in Tecumseh.

For more information or to register your child, please contact Amy Mullins at [email protected] or visit her website at www.vistacounselling.com

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