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The Self-Understanding and Regulating Emotions (SURE) program aims to address emotional and behavioural issues among young people aged 11 to 15 who face barriers to developing strong emotional and social skills, including being at-risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

It achieves this by teaching self-awareness and emotional regulation skills in a group setting. The concept for SURE emerged in response to an identified gap in service in Hamilton for programs that provide young people with appropriate anger management education and supports, which are essential to building emotional resilience. The SURE program was seen as an essential component of the continuum of services offered by Banyan’s Children’s Services.

The SURE Program helped me and my child connect. It brought us together and helped us maintain a sense of calm that we had been missing for a while. I feel like it helped me back on the right track as a parent and made me understand I am not alone and it tuned up my “tool box” to better my relationships in general.


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Within a group setting this Program provides knowledge and skills in self-understanding and regulating emotions for youth between the ages of 11-15. This program aims to have the youth better identify their feelings and thoughts so they can develop/enhance skills around problem-solving and pro-social decision making.

  • Emotional dysregulation – a lack of self-awareness and ability to identify feelings effectively
  • Poor coping skills or strategies
  • Argumentative communication
  • Defiant behaviour
  • Education around feelings and thoughts 
  • Connect thoughts to actions – prosocial behaviour
  • Assertive Communication approaches
  • Self – Regulating strategies
  • Self-awareness of emotions 
  • Effective problem-solving  with youth and/or family  
  • Building social skills to better enable positive community participation

“It helped me handle my anger. I think this program is great.”


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Youth referred to this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 11-15
  • Able to work in a group setting with parents/primary caregivers


Contact the SURE program


Call: 905-544-7778 x3131

The SURE program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), through the receipt of a three-year Grow Grant. The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. They OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


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