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Thank you for your interest in our free parenting workshops.

Dufferin Parent Support Network is committed to providing no-fee workshops and support to Dufferin County residents. As a registered charitable organization that does NOT receive federal or provincial government funding, DPSN relies on donations and grants for funding.

We greatly appreciate your support. It's easy to give.


Registration is required by contacting us at info@dpsn.ca or 519-940-8678.
In the event of a change or workshop cancellation, DPSN will contact registered participants and post information on our website (www.dpsn.ca) and on outgoing voice mail messages.

Please download our spring workshop schedules:

or click on the links below for complete details.


Monday Evenings

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
Two sessions!

When:April 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening) OR
           May 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
All children experience worry. It can interfere with daily functioning and impact their ability to cope. Learn to identify causes and symptoms while supporting your child in developing coping skills and identifying their strengths. A healthy self-esteem can help them deal with frustrations and worries, handle both positive and negative emotions, and take on new tasks.

The Anger Game: Help You and Your Child Manage Anger
Full. Contact DPSN to be added to the wait list.
When:April 23 and 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 evenings)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
Is your child angry or acting out? This workshop will help you teach your children how to manage their emotional responses. We’ll examine coping strategies for anger and stress management for both parents and children. You’ll also learn to recognize your own anger triggers and how to release anger safely so you can lead by example.

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Tuesdays

Thriving in the Teen/Tween Years
When: Tuesdays, March 20 and 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 evenings)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Many parents dread the teen years and worry that they will no longer be an influence in their children's lives. It doesn’t have to be like that. Developing good communication, conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills will ensure a stronger bond with your child and help smooth the journey through these rocky years. Learn tips and effective parenting skills in this two-part workshop.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
When: April 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
This session is designed to help parents, friends, and family gain an increased understanding of autism spectrum disorders. This workshop will provide an overview of ASD, with an emphasis on practical support strategies. In partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

Cool, Calm and Collected: Strategies to Help Your Child Get in the "Just Right" Zone
Full. Contact DPSN to be added to the wait list.

When: April 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road
Does your child struggle with managing emotions, frequent meltdowns or impulse control? Is he or she inflexible or easily distracted? Sensory motor strategies are one way to promote better behavioural and emotional regulation and can help your child feel calm, focused, and in the “just right” zone. An occupational therapist will share activities and resources and answer questions about developing self-regulation.
Second Session!See Thursday evenings.

Developing Executive Functioning Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
When: May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Does your child with ASD struggle with transitions, organizing, planning and getting started? In many people with ASD, these executive functions are impaired. This session is designed to improve your understanding of executive functions and provide support strategies for kids with ASD to develop these skills, with practical tools to be successful. In partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

Raising Your School-Aged Spirited Child
When: May 22 and 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 evenings)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Is your child “more”—energetic, intense, persistent, perceptive or uncomfortable with change? Learn to better understand your spirited child, focus on strengths, and develop strategies for challenging situations.

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Wednesdays

How to Talk So Your Spouse (and Kids) Will Hear You:
Effective Communication for Stronger Relationships

When: March 28, April 4 and 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 evenings)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
Communication is the key to positive, respectful relationships. In this workshop, we will explore different communication approaches with our children, spouses and others, effective speaking and listening skills and strategies, and the language of encouragement.

Cooperative Co-Parenting
When: May 23, 30 and June 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 evenings)
Where: Georgian Suite (Entrance B), Edelbrock Centre, 30 Centre Street—third session is online
Do you and your child’s other parent disagree about how to parent? Do emotions block your ability to put the child first? This workshop can help you focus on being the best parent you can be by providing skills to help you create a healthy, functional co-parenting relationship. Learn about your individual personalities and parenting styles and how to either meld them or respect each other’s differences. Learn skills to create a child-focused approach, that can help to reduce judgment of the other parent and work effectively to create balance for the child between both homes.

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Thursdays

Discipline That Works—Without Yelling
Full. Contact DPSN to be added to the wait list.
When: May 3 and 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 evenings)
Where: Princess Elizabeth Public School, 51 Elizabeth Street
Are you tired of yelling and nagging at your children to get them to cooperate? Learn positive constructive ways to encourage cooperation, respect and good communication. We’ll explore the reasons behind your child’s behaviour, differences between discipline and punishment, consequences, and the long-term goals you have for your children.

Cool, Calm and Collected: Strategies to Help Your Child Get in the "Just Right" Zone
When: May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Does your child struggle with managing emotions, frequent meltdowns or impulse control? Is he or she inflexible or easily distracted? Sensory motor strategies are one way to promote better behavioural and emotional regulation and can help your child feel calm, focused, and in the “just right” zone. An occupational therapist will share activities and resources and answer questions about developing self-regulation.
Second Session!See Tuesday evenings.

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