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Free Parenting Workshops

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Fall 2022 Workshop Schedule

Upcoming Workshops

Please see our fall workshop calendar and workshop lineup below.
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Our workshops will be hosted online, using Zoom. Registration is required.

Please note:
If you don't have reliable internet, you can attend the workshop by phone instead. * Long-distance and/or usage charges may apply

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

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Calendar of Events

All families have strengths and all families have challenges. These workshops are a safe place to learn and build on existing skills. All Dufferin Parent Support Network (DPSN) workshops are free of charge and open to men, women and couples.

Workshop Lineup

Any information provided on our website, emails or during our workshops is for educational and information purposes only and is not specific to individual circumstances. It is not intended to replace professional therapy, counselling, legal advice and/or any other individual-specific advice. Neither Dufferin Parent Support Network, our facilitators or any of our partners or affiliates are liable for any act or omission taken in reliance upon any information provided by DPSN.

DPSN strives to create a safe and confidential space for workshop participants, and respecting privacy is very important to us. The expectation is that all participants will respect confidentiality and will not discuss or disclose any information related to any participant outside of the workshop setting.


September Workshops

Calming the Storm: Co-Regulation Strategies for your Intense or Emotional Child
When: Thursday, September 22, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Does your child have frequent tantrums or meltdowns or display other challenging behaviours? Learn positive strategies for managing these difficult moments while supporting your child in developing self-regulation. We'll also discuss ways to improve communication and set limits while building connections and strengthening your relationship with your child.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Calming the Conflict: Personality and Family Dynamics
When: Thursdays, September 29 and October 6—two parts, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
This is a two-part workshop. You will attend on both evenings
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Join us for this two-part workshop, where we'll look at the mix of personalities in our homes and how they interact. We'll explore what triggers us when these personalities conflict and ways to react differently so that we can remain at our best and help our children remain at their best. We—ll examine the indicators of each personality in the first week and, in the second, explore how each personality can set us off and how we can best manage our own, and our children—s, big emotions.
Faciliator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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October Workshops

Taming the Dragon: Stress and Anager Management
When: Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Many people are feeling stressed and overwhelmed these days. Children may show this through anger or acting out. Parents may feel exhausted or more short-tempered. We'll discuss anger and stress management strategies for both parents and children to help us all manage these difficult emotions. You'll also learn to recognize your own anger triggers and how to release anger safely so you can lead by example. We'll also discuss “damage control” solutions both adults and children can use when we've lost our cool.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Help Strengthen Your Child's Mental Health and Well-Being
When: Monday, October 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
During this workshop, we'll discuss what mental health is and explore the five pillars of wellness. You'll learn effective ways to seek help and strategies to help your child strengthen their mental health and well-being, including self-care (knowing and taking care of self) and the importance of gratitude. We'll also engage in some gratitude activities that you can share with your child.
Faciliator: Victoria Bazely, Registered Social Worker
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Communication to Reduce Conflict and Encourage Cooperation
When: Cancelled
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Sometimes in families, tempers and patience can be short. We can lower the tension in our homes through positive communication. Learn strategies to calm everyone down and get them cooperating—even when they don't want to. We'll also discuss ways to get your children talking and really engaging with them.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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November Workshops

Discipline that Works—Without Yelling
When: Thursday, November 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
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 differences between discipline and punishment, consequences, and your long-term goals for your children.
Facilitator: Kolleen Sykes, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

The Art of Distraction: Helping Your Child with ADHD Thrive
When: Thursday, November 10, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Do you wonder if your child has ADHD, or has your child been diagnosed with ADHD? Children with ADHD experience different challenges at home, school and in the community that can be stressful and overwhelming for families. This workshop will provide you with greater knowledge of what ADHD is, its symptoms and signs, and its impact on children. We'explore common ADHD challenges and share practical ways to manage impulsive behaviours, improve focus and regulation, and build more positive relationships. You'll leave with effective strategies and understanding to help make parenting a child with challenging behaviours and ADHD a little easier.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Attitude Adjustment: Understanding Challenging Behaviour
When: Monday, November 14, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Children don't do things just to push our buttons. We'll take a look at the goals of both positive and negative behaviour to reveal the hidden messages and reasons behind our children's actions. When we understand why children behave the way they do, our responses can lead to solutions.
Facilitator: Kolleen Sykes, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Staying Cool and Connected with Your Tweens and Teens
When: Tuesday, November 22, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
The stress of the last couple years is weighing on teens. They may respond with anger or by shutting themselves off. We'll explore strategies for connecting with them. Develop effective communication, conflict-resolution, and problem-solving skills to ensure a stronger bond with your child and smooth the journey through this difficult time and through these rocky years.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Recognizing and Supporting Your Child's Special Needs
When: Monday, November 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Do you wonder if your child might have special needs and abilities? Has your child been recently assessed? This workshop can help you navigate the system. We'll discuss the behaviours that might indicate a special need, the process of assessment and various options, as well as an overview of different developmental and mental health diagnoses. In addition, we'll look at the different services and supports available.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Deceember Workshops

Siblings without Rivalry
When: Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Dealing with sibling rivalry can be challenging and stressful for parents. This workshop can help you reduce the friction between your children and support strong sibling relationships. You'll learn what to do about fighting, new ways to think about "fairness," and how to help your kids resolve conflicts on their own.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Supporting Your Child through Anxiety and Other Big Emotions
When: Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Children, like adults, can struggle with anger, stress, anxiety, and depression. In this arts-based workshop, we'll explore ways to encourage your child to express and manage these big emotions. We'll explore strategies and art activities that you can do with your child to support mindfulness and grounding.
Please note: This workshop will be hands-on. In order to get the most out of it, please prepare some basic art materials, such as paper, drawing materials (markers, pencil crayons, pastels), and scissors. Optional supplies: watercolour paint and washi tape.

Faciliator: Alex Nicholls, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Art Therapy Student (DTATI Cand.)
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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