Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity Class

Have you experienced hardships and setbacks, especially in your childhood? Do you feel these tough life events have been difficult to bounce back from? 

Hard times, especially as a child, can have a lasting effect as an adult. They can impact your physical and mental health. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include witnessing your parents’ divorce, emotional or physical neglect from caregivers, living in poverty, or experiencing bullying growing up.  

The Overcoming Adversity class helps you navigate periods of hardship  and move towards a more peaceful life where you can thrive. This class is based on the premise that the adversity you’ve experienced in childhood has a major impact on how you’re able to meet your needs today. Understanding your personal history is the foundation for creating a flourishing and resilient life, and you can achieve your potential and create a great life by learning the strategies and tools to navigate this journey and take care of yourself. 

There are many ways to take your power back, and there is hope in every situation for overcoming your adversities.


Who can attend? 

Click to view larger Anyone aged 18 or over who wants to understand the impact of toxic stress and how to build resilience in themselves and those close to them.


What will you learn? 

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     You will learn tools to understand & overcome your adversity by understanding:

  • What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are, how they affect you currently, and how to mitigate the impact of these experiences.
  • Toxic stress, and the long-lasting impacts of stress on our body and our relationships.
  • How to build resiliency within yourself and those important to you.
  • Strategies to reduce stress and build connections with others.


When and where is it offered?

  • This class is available in person at our office: 9912 106 Street, Edmonton AB.
  • Group workshops or private classes are available. 
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
    • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practice new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
    • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.


How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $150 per person  

Are you attending the class with someone, such as a family member, partner, or friend? An additional participant pays only 50%.

Private session: $325


If you cannot afford the full cost, the group workshop is offered at no cost thanks to funding from the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services.

If you'd like to donate to The Family Centre in lieu of paying for the class, you can do so here. All donations go right back into covering the next person who cannot afford the full fee. Please add “Education Services” to the message field.

Additional Resources:

Register for In-Person Workshops

23 Sep and 25 Sep

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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