ABOUT WARRIOR KIDS
The WWC Warrior Kids program’s clinical framework pulls from resilience theory, trauma-informed practices, and child-centred play therapy and is designed to capture effective evaluation measures.
To nurture resilience in young people, the key ingredients include strengthening social connections, supporting individual talents to build self-esteem, and creating supportive resources that children and families can draw upon during stressful times. This program has a philosophy that believes all children and youth have the ability to overcome adversity, when provided with opportunities and tools for success.
The Warriors Kids program is grounded in the understanding and responsiveness to the impact of trauma and emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors.
We aim to empower children to increase their capacity for developing resilience.
Specific objectives are:
- a) to support development of healthy peer connections
- b) normalize their experiences around a parental mental health injury
- c) provide developmentally appropriate education on OSI’s
- d) offer a variety of evidence informed play-based activities that kids can learn effective ways to regulate emotions to effectively cope with stress and increase their self-esteem.
All three parts of the Warrior Kids Program (intake, camp, follow-up) will incorporate
core trauma-informed principles within its processes and practices.
WARRIOR KIDS PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S AND CO-FOUNDERS
The virtual delivery model will be added to the scope of research currently being conducted on the in-person Warrior Kids Camp programs. The research is being conducted by the University of Calgary.