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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.

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NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Christopher teaches an attachment-based strategic classroom management workshop for school professionals. It is designed to increase student compliance, reduce teacher stress, and prevent most of the behavior issues that often occur in classrooms.

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INTENSIVE FILIAL THERAPY TRAINING

June 15-18, 2017

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.

Go to Training page for more information. Early registration fee extended to May 21, 2017.

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EXPRESSIVE PLAY THERAPY JI COURSES IN PARKSVILLE 2017

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 in 2017.

Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child
Expressive Play Therapy 1
Expressive Play Therapy 2

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

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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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EXPRESSIVE PLAY THERAPY JI COURSE IN NEW WESTMINSTER 2017

Christopher is teaching the two introductory Expressive Play Therapy courses at the Justice Institute at the New Westminster campus October 23-26, 2017, part of the Expressive Play Therapy Certificate program developed by Marie-José Dhaese.

Go to Training page or JI for more information.

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SANDPLAY THERAPY TRAINING BY CAST IN BURNABY

Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST) is teaching five 3-day weekend sandplay therapy modules in BC in 2015-2017. The fourth 3-day sandplay therapy workshop in Burnaby is in May 2017.

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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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