This 6 week parent group presents ideas specifically designed for parents who wonder, “What can I do to help my online teen?”


The aim is to equip parents with some key tools that will help them take appropriate steps.  This is a content-based series that also provides an opportunity for connecting with other parents who may be experiencing similar challenges. In addition, individual sessions can be booked for those parents who would like further support.

Facilitator: Bonnie Dyck, MSW, RCC

Bonnie Dyck

Bonnie has almost 20 years experience as a therapist and 7 years direct experience as a Family Therapist for a youth addiction program that inclusively addressed gaming/online addiction.

This course is supported by a Human-Nature Counselling Student Intern.

Series topics:

  • Benefits and consequences of gaming, social media, and video sharing platforms
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Gaming/Social Media-reward pathway
  • Addiction vs. problematic use
  • Counterwill
  • CALM Connected Parenting Approach
  • Stages of Change
  • Motivation and ambivalence
  • Family foundations as a springboard to boundary setting
  • Discipline versus Punishment
  • Consequences
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Strengthening relationships through managing interactions
  • Shifting of unhelpful entrenched patterns
  • Maximizing your influence as a parent


Program dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 – 1:30 pm

*No session on Oct. 4

Program Information


September 20 to November 1


Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm


Online via secure Zoom

Program Facilitators

Bonnie Dyck, MSW, RCC


$250; a sliding scale is available, please inquire for more information

Registration Information

To register, email [email protected]