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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.

Please download the complete October 2017 schedule
or our November 2017 schedule or click on the links below for complete details.


Ready to Launch

A series of three stand-alone workshops to help you prepare your child to transition to adulthood. It's never too early to start—parents of children of all ages are welcome.

For complete details, click on the workshop title.


We Need to Talk...

two stand-alone workshops to give you the information you need to talk about tough subjects with your children

For complete details, click on the workshop title.


Daytime

Help Your Child Succeed at School: Tutoring Skills for Parents
In partnership with Wellington County Learning Centre
Two sessions!
When: Thursday, October 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (1 morning)
Where: Georgian Suite (Entrance B), Edelbrock Centre, 30 Centre Street
OR
When: Tuesday, November 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (1 afternoon)
Where: Grand Valley Public Library, 4 Amaranth Street, Grand Valley
Do your children hate homework or struggle in class? You can help them improve their grades and be more successful while increasing their confidence and self-esteem. This workshop will provide practical ways to learn how your child learns and provide strategies to help your child in an effective and enjoyable manner.

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Monday Evenings

Let's Talk Communication
When: October 16, 23 and 30, 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 and others, effective speaking and listening skills and strategies, and the language of encouragement.

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: November 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
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.

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: How to Talk to Kids About the Tough Topics
When: November 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Westside Secondary School, 300 Alder Street
Are you struggling with how to talk to your children about some of these difficult subjects? You know how important it is to give them the information to make better decisions and healthier choices, but how can you present it so that they’ll listen…and take it seriously? How much should you share about your own experiences? Learn some ways to get the conversation started and keep it going and how to handle some of their tough questions.

Positive Parenting from Separate Homes
When: November 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: DCAFS, 655 Riddell Road
Are you worried about the effects of separation, divorce and parenting from two homes on your children? Do you want help managing these changes to ensure that your children do not get caught in the middle of parental conflict? This program can help. You will learn to understand your feelings, your children's needs and develop a business-like relationship with the other parent. You will not be asked to talk about your individual situation because the program is intended to provide general information.

Help Your Child Overcome Self-Harm
When: November 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Learn more about self-harm and why children engage in it as well as how to increase your child’s ability to deal with stress and difficult emotions in healthy ways. Help your child take a mindful approach to recognizing and accepting emotions and situations and finding healthy ways to calm the emotions and comfort themselves.

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Tuesdays Evenings

Cooperative Co-Parenting
When: October 3, 10 and 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 evenings)
Where: 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, led by a couple who has learned to co-parent successfully, 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.

Autism Workshop: Supporting and Understanding an ASD Diagnosis
We're sorry. This workshop has been cancelled.
In partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.
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 autism and community resources, with an emphasis on practical support strategies and approaches.

Helping Students Make Career Decisions—Ready to Launch series
When: November 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road, Room 124
This session is designed to give parents, caregivers, teachers and high school students the information and resources they need to not let money prevent someone from pursuing a post-secondary education. Facilitated by specialists from Georgian College’s Career and Employment Community Services. Free tuition grants go unclaimed each year. This workshop provides an overview of the many options for financial assistance, bursaries, and grants, including how to access them. An opportunity for questions and answers will also be provided.

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Autism Workshop: Building Social Connections
When: November 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
In partnership with Kerry's Place Autism Services
Social relationships are desired by all people, yet children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder often struggle to develop and maintain friendships. At this workshop, you will learn how to best help children with Autism develop social skills and how to encourage positive relationships.

Opioid Drug Information Session
When: November 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Orangeville District Secondary School, 22 Faulkner Street
The opioid crisis is a growing and evolving problem. Communities like ours are not immune. Learn about the perils of opioid drug use. Speakers include Orangeville Police Services, Dufferin County Ambulance Services, and an Addiction Outreach Counsellor from Family Transition Place.

Paying for Post-Secondary—Ready to Launch series
When: November 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road, Room 124
This session is designed to give parents, caregivers, teachers and high school students the information and resources they need to not let money prevent someone from pursuing a post-secondary education. Facilitated by specialists from Georgian College’s Career and Employment Community Services. Free tuition grants go unclaimed each year. This workshop provides an overview of the many options for financial assistance, bursaries, and grants, including how to access them. An opportunity for questions and answers will also be provided.

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Wednesday Evenings

Dollar$ and Sense: Teaching Kids Money Management—Ready to Launch series
When: November 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 evening)
Where: Georgian Suite (Entrance B), Edelbrock Centre, 30 Centre Street
Does your child think money grows on trees? This workshop, led by a certified financial planner, will help you teach your child financial literacy. Topics covered include: allowances, “good” and “bad” debt, psychology of money, education plans, and your role as family CFO. All workshop participants will receive a copy of Money and Youth, a guide to financial literacy.

Discipline That Works—Without Yelling
Please follow the link for the Parent Involvement Committee's upcoming presentation, How to Get Your Child Cooperating without Yelling, Threats or Punishment on Thursday, November 9.

The Anger Game: Help You and Your Child Manage Anger
When: November 22 and 29, 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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Thursday Evenings

How to Reduce Stress for You and Your Children
When: November 12, 19 and 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 evenings)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Are you or your child feeling stressed or overwhelmed? You are not alone. Learn effective techniques to deal with everyday stress in healthy ways. This workshop will provide resources and tools to help you become more mindful of your thoughts and beliefs to reduce your stress levels. Bring your children to the shorter third session for some fun activities to help them manage their stress.

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