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Grove Centre for Child and Family Therapy
A mental health therapy clinic and training centre

Grove Centre's mission is to support children and families within home, school and community environments by providing therapy, counselling and skills-training services to children, adolescents, and families; and training, supervision, and consultation services to mental health and school professionals.

Christopher Conley, MA, RCC, RMFT, CPT-S, RPT-S

Christopher is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Play Therapist Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Filial Therapy Instructor and Approved Provider of Child and Play Therapy Continuing Education.

Christopher has twenty years’ experience providing individual therapy and counselling with children and adolescents, family therapy, play therapy, filial therapy, and parent education, promoting the involvement of all family members in the therapeutic process.

Christopher also provides supervision, training and consultation services to mental health professionals and school professionals. He has written articles and has conducted numerous training workshops and presentations across Canada and in Minnesota on child and play therapy, filial therapy, parent education and school classroom management.

Services for Families

Mental health therapy, counselling, and skills training services for children, adolescents, parents and families including individual therapy with children and adolescents, parent education and skills training, family therapy, filial therapy (parent-child relationship), play therapy, and consultation, advocacy and collaboration with community members. He works with children 18 months to 18 years old.

He is known for his intensive integrative therapeutic approach that addresses serious child and family issues and often facilitates faster child and family change and longer maintenance of change over time. This approach often integrates child therapy, attachment-based strategic parent education, family therapy, and at times filial therapy.

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Services for Mental Health Professionals

Training for mental health professionals on child therapy, play therapy, filial therapy (attachment/parent-child), and family therapy.

Supervision for mental health professionals. In-person individual and group supervision and distance individual supervision.

Consultation services to mental health therapists and other mental health professionals and organizations on clinical work, programs and playroom design

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Services for School Professionals

Training workshops for teachers, education assistants, and school administrators on classroom management.

Consultation services to teachers, education assistants, and school administrators for interventions to address student issues, classroom management and individualized education plans.

He is known for his attachment-based strategic classroom management approach that focusses on enhancing the teacher-student relationship for preventing and effectively responding to classroom behaviour issues.

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NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FAMILIES

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHILDREN COPING WITH PARENTAL ADDICTION

Christopher will be providing a low-cost children's group for children ages 5 - 12 years old coping with parental active addiction. This Group is modelled on the Children are People Too Support Groups in Minnesota and across the USA developed by Rokelle Lerner. It is a psychosocial and educational 8-week group program to assist children to cope with familial substance abuse and addiction and to develop protective factors to reduce the risk of the children themselves developing problems with drugs and alcohol when they are older.

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ATTACHMENT-BASED STRATEGIC PARENTING GROUP FOR PARENTS

Christopher will be providing a low-cost parenting group for parents. It will be focussed on assisting parents with learning new responses to child and adolescent issues that will result in increased child compliance, reduced parenting stress and closer parent child relationship. It will stress the importance of developing a close parent-chiid relatiionship as a prevention to serious issues. It will also provide specific and strategic parent responses to deal with child behaivor problems.

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GROUP FOR AFTERCASE SUCCESS

An Aftercare group for teens who have completed in-patient or out-patient addictions treatment and are looking for support to maintain their sobriety.

Teens maintaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol after addictions treatment is very challenging. Christopher will be facilitating a weekly aftercare group for teens who have completed addictions treatment. The group will focus on three goals; helping teens buy into the idea that a sober life is a fun life, helping teens develop friendships with "sober buddies", and helping teens understand what active recovery is and how to maintain it.

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ADDICTION ASSESSMENTS AND OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT FOR TEENS

Christopher Conley provides formal addiction assessments and out-patient addictions treatment for teens up to age 19.

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CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY TRAINING

Christopher teaches a 3-day Child-Centered Play Therapy workshop for mental health professionals, at Grove Centre.

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FAMILY THERAPY FOR CHILD THERAPISTS TRAINING

Christopher in working on a family therapy training for mental health professionals working with children. The focus will be on teaching not only an overview of family therapy but also discussing and differentiating over ten family therapy models. It will also cover the history and influencial players, systems, systemic thinking, family theory, family change.

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NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PROFESSIONALS

NON-DIRECTIVE PLAY THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN TORONTO JULY 5-6, 2018

Christopher Conley will be teaching the 2-day Non-Directive Play Therapy course for the Canadian Association for Play Therapy in Toronto, Ontario. It is part of CAPT's Certificate Program.

Go to CAPT website for more information.

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INTENSIVE FILIAL THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN BURNABY AT GROVE CENTRE

September 13-16, 2018

Christopher Conley will be teaching the 4-day Intensive Filial Therapy Training program workshop for mental health professionals in Burnaby at Grove Centre. The training is limited to 6 participants to facilitate extensive experiential skill practice with individualized observation, coaching and feedback from instructor. It is designed to provide participants with all the skills they need to confidently and competently conduct Filial Therapy with their clients following the training. The Intensive Filial Therapy Training Program developed by Risë VanFleet features the work of Filial Therapy originators, Drs. Bernard and Louise Guerney.

Please note prerequisite of prior training and experience in child-centered play therapy.

Email your registration for the workshop. Once you have received an email confirmation from Grove Centre of your registration you can make payment on Store page. Registration is complete once payment is received. Refer to flyer for registration information required.

View or print the September, 2018 flyer for detailed information and registration information.

Training is full. You can email to request to be placed on the cancellation list or on the distribution list for future trainings. Further trainings may be added for 2018 if there is demand; please email with your interest.

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CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN BURNABY AT GROVE CENTRE

Christopher teaches a 3-day intensive Child-Centered Play Therapy workshop for mental health professionals in Burnaby at Grove Centre. The training is limited to 6 participants to facilitate extensive experiential skill practice with individualized observation, coaching and feedback from instructor. It is designed to provide participants with all the skills they need to confidently and competently conduct child-centered play therapy with their clients following the training.

Please email with your interest to reserve a spot on waitlist.

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ATTACHMENT AND PLAY THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS AT THE JUSTICE INSTITUTE NOVEMBER 2018

Christopher is teaching a new course Attachment and Play Therapy at the Justice Institute at the New Westminster campus November 2018.

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SANDPLAY THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN VANCOUVER OFFERED BY CAST

The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy offers Kalffian Sandplay Therapy training for child, adolescent and adult therapists.

Go to CAST Vancouver Sandplay Training for more information.

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS

Christopher Conley teaches a relational strategic classroom management workshop for school teachers, educational assistants, counsellors and administrators. It is designed to increase student compliance, reduce teacher stress, and prevent many behaviour issues that often occur in classrooms. Christopher is a Teaching with Love and Logic Facilitator and has been trained in other classroom management approaches including Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones.

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EXPRESSIVE PLAY THERAPY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS AT JUSTICE INSTITURE COURSES IN PARKSVILLE, VANCOUVER ISLAND

Marie-José Dhaese, the developer of the Expressive Play Therapy Certificate at the Justice Institute of BC, is teaching Expressive Play Therapy courses in Parksville on Vancouver Island in 2018.

Go to Expressive Play Therapy Certificate at the JI for more information.

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