Training Events

Connecting Parents & Children

Past Training Events

The Heartbreak Kid: Parenting After Trauma

Professional and Parenting Workshop, February 2014: Vancouver, BC

The experience of trauma in early childhood can have devastating and pervasive impact on healthy development. Types of trauma include physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse; as well as divorce, death, or an acute accident. However the trauma occurred, children that have experienced trauma require special support from their caregivers. Provided with developmentally sensitive contexts, traumatized children show tremendous capacity for resilience. This workshop is directed towards any foster parent, caregiver, educator, or other front line worker who works with children that have experienced trauma. A brief overview of the effect of trauma on the brain and the importance of attachment will be provided, along with strategies that promote healing of the child. Many of the strategies presented are applicable across the many different contexts that we work with children. How this approach is culturally sensitive and supports Aboriginal cultural practices will also be addressed. A working knowledge of attachment theory is recommended.

This workshop is directed towards any foster parent, caregiver, educator, or other front line worker who works with children who have experienced trauma. A brief overview of the effect of trauma on the brain and the importance of attachment will be provided, along with strategies that promote healing of the child. How this approach is culturally sensitive and supports Aboriginal cultural practices will also be addressed. Many of the strategies presented are applicable across the many different contexts that we work with children.

Beyond Time Out: The Importance of Attachment

Professional and Parenting Workshop, October 19, 2013 / Exploration and Discovery 2013: The Sunshine Coast Child Care and Parenting Conference

In today’s parenting world, it can be easy to get lost in the “age of reason.” Parents and caregivers find themselves endlessly trying to reason with children who are too young to care about the reasons. This is a frustrating endeavor: The parent or caregiver gets pulled into the power struggle of reasoning, and they experience non-compliance in the child. Everyone recommends time-outs, but it does not seem to be working.

Parenting through connection brings parents and caregivers back to the heart of caring for a child-the love and connection, or attachment, that exists between parent and child. This workshop discusses how to hold a child close while re-directing and side-stepping the power struggles; and how to care for a child with sensitivity to developmental age and stage. The importance of this approach goes beyond the emotional health of the child, but also has a real and direct impact on the brain and optimizes a child’s developmental momentum.

This workshop is applicable to both parents and those in caregiver roles, and is open to the public. Contact the Sunshine Coast Child Care and Parenting Conference Committee for more information.

Entering the World of the Child: An Introduction to Play Therapy

Adler School Professional Psychology (Vancouver Campus), Vancouver, BC on June 4, 2013 at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This introductory workshop is directed towards any students or professionals who work with young children and wish to increase their knowledge of play therapy. Workshop participants will learn about what it takes to be a play therapist, different modalities of play therapy, why play therapy works, and how to support healthy play. Participants will learn about the distinction between “play as therapy vs. play in therapy.” Some basic skills in engagement and play therapy will be introduced, and how to recognize therapeutic play. Participants will have a chance to experience some play exercises, so come prepared for fun!

Professional Training Seminars