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


Navigating the pull of this online world is often an overwhelming and scary task for todays’ parents. This course provides a map to help guide you through a challenge that has no easy answers. This content-based series provides you with tools you can begin using today. It is also an opportunity for you to connect with other parents who are experiencing similar challenges, and offers a space for support and understanding.

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, 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
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12 – 1:30 pm

Program Information


October 11 to November 15


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]