Family Services of Greater Victoria is proud to have designed this unique program. We are the sole provider and we have been refining it annually for the past 32 years.
About the program
Caught in the Middle is a program for children ages 7 to 12 and parents who are separated or divorced. Children experience a range of feelings when parents separate such as confusion, guilt, anger, loss, abandonment, and anxiety. They often have difficulty understanding these feelings and can feel torn by divided loyalty.
Caught in the Middle offers all family members the opportunity to explore the changes that have happened in the family, with a primary focus on the parent-child relationship. Parents and children participate in separate peer support groups led by professionally-trained facilitators. The groups provide a safe place to discuss the challenges of separation in a supportive, confidential, and neutral learning environment.
Parents look at:
Ways to take care of yourself
Building healthy boundaries
Taking the child out of the middle
Problem solving techniques
Separation through the eyes of the child
Understanding and managing feelings in the parent-child relationship
Children look at:
How to cope with difficult feelings
Distinguishing between parents’ problems and children’s problems
If both parents are interested in taking the program, only one parent can register per group
If a parent does not have the child(ren) every week, the other parent is responsible for bring the child(ren) on the "off" week(s)
Permission is not necessary to register a child(ren), but we do ask that the other parent be notified
Parents can still attend the program without the participation of their child(ren)
Group Intake process
Group Intakes are booked up to a few weeks prior to the start of a program. They are used to decide if the program will meet the family's needs.
Attending a Group Intake allows families to experience first hand what the program will be like. Parents are in a group with other parents and children are in a group with other children. We have the capacity to run two parents' groups (maximum 10 participants each) and three children's groups (maximum 8 participants each) per cycle.
There are two major differences between the intake and the program:
The intake will be bigger, as not everyone who attends the intake will go on to take the program.
The children are all together in the intake, but when the program starts they will be split into an older group of children and a younger group of children.
Groups start 6 times a year, and do not run during July and August The Groups Start as follows:
Thursday Nights -September -January -March/April
Tuesday Nights - October - February - April/May
Please check with the office for the latest schedule. Groups will take a break if the program night falls on Halloween, March break, or a statutory holiday.
Please Note: NEW* - The Intake for the October Group has been completed The next group will start on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 The intake for that group will happen in December, 2017 You can leave your name & number for a call back when the Intake date has been set
Please call us at (250) 386-4331 to register for a Caught in the Middle Group Intake.
Caught in the Middle is offered with sliding-scale fees based on your income. The fee scale will be discussed during your Group Intake.
Caught in the Middle is partially funded by the Harbourside Rotary Foundation and the United Way of Greater Victoria. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.