Services for Children and Youth

CanLearn Friends and Teen Talk School Groups – We are back in person!

The CanLearn Friends program is now back in schools! The Friends and Teen Talk program is FREE for students in grades 4 -6 (Friends) and 7-8 (Teen Talk), focusing on developing positive relationships and coping skills.

Our facilitators work with a group of up to twelve students selected by your school team. Students will learn and practice skills related to:

  • recognizing and managing emotions
  • coping skills
  • communication and problem solving
  • assertiveness
  • conversation skills
  • making and keeping friends
  • learning to think in positive and helpful ways
  • handling bullying and peer conflict
  • calming techniques and mindfulness

Through meaningful discussions, role-playing, games and activities, children and youth will learn strategies and skills in a fun and interactive way. We will provide many ideas and suggestions on how to generalize and practice the skills outside the sessions for parents and teachers.

The Friends program is offered twice weekly for 1.5 hours per session over eight weeks. The Teen Talk program is offered once weekly for one hour per session over eight weeks.

Groups run from:

  • October to December
  • January to March
  • April to June


NEW! CanLearn Friends One-on-One

Online One-on-One Sessions for Children and Youth

Some kids have trouble building healthy peer relationships and understanding and dealing with emotions. We can help!

We are excited to announce that we offer this FREE program online in a one-on-one setting!

Find out more about this program here.

Have questions? Need more information?

For questions about the CanLearn Friends or Teen Talk programs or to bring a program to your school, contact Jaime Gaber, Program Coordinator.

Contact us by email.

Call now at 403-686-9300 ext. 167.

The video below explains the Friends program to parents and teachers.


“I really loved how the program was planned. With a review and a calming strategy. It was very interactive even though we were doing everything online! Our facilitators were amazing! They were knowledgeable and knew just how to direct the students while we learned these valuable skills. It was a lovely program. I wish this could be available for all classes!”

– Friends Group Participant

CanLearn Friends is funded by: