655 Riddell Road
Orangeville, ON L9W 4Z5

Tel: 519-940-8678
Fax: 519-941-1525
E-mail: info@dpsn.ca




Workshops

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.

Fall Workshops

Our fall workshops are here! We will post workshops here and on our Facebook page as details are finalized, so please check back. Better yet, join our email list and get updates in your inbox.

As in the spring, 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.


Download our December schedule of free parenting workshops.

For other local parenting workshops, download the Fall 2020 Parenting Workshops in Dufferin County poster, or visit our Special Events page.



October

Calming the Storm: Self-Regulation Strategies for Your Intense or Emotional Child
When: Wednesday, October 7, 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.

Cooperative Parenting through Divorce
When: Thursday, October 15, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
When parents separate, they become co-parents and must work toward the benefit of the children. In this workshop, you'll learn how divorce can impact you and your children and how to work with the co-parent in a cooperative way. We'll explore ways to deal with the emotions of separation and divorce and work in the best interest of your children. Topics will explore effectively communicating with your ex-spouse, basic parenting skills, anger management, conflict management and encourage families to work together toward supporting your children together.
Facilitator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Positive Parenting and Discipline Strategies in Difficult Times
When: Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Many children are displaying challenging behaviour right now, from tantrums to shutting down and being uncommunicative. They, like us, are feeling the stress of the current situation. We can be understanding and compassionate while encouraging positive behaviour. This workshop will focus on gentle discipline approaches using effective communication, natural and logical consequences, giving choices, and being fair and consistent.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Attitude Adjustment: Understanding Your Child's Challenging Behaviour
When: Wednesday, October 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.
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. We'll also take a look at the role personality and temperament play. 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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November

Recognizing and Supporting Your Child's Special Needs
POSTPONED
If you register, we will contact you when a new date is confirmed.

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 and advocate for your child. 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, as well as how to work with the school system.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: Thursday, November 12, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
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.
Facilitator: Lynne Fadden, Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapy
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Positive Communication in Difficult Times
When: Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Communication is the key to resolving conflicts and improving family relationships. We'll explore ways to express our feelings, get our messages across, and listen effectively, as well as how to help our children develop these important life skills. When children feel heard and are free to express their feelings and opinions, they learn that they don't need to act out to get their parents' attention.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Strengthening Your Stepfamily
When: Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Blended families face additional challenges for both parents and children. We'll discuss some of the issues your family may face and explore tips and tools (such as communication, discipline and misbehaviour) to help you navigate the challenges and work toward a responsive blended family that is united, cooperative, and works effectively together.
Facilitator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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December

Anger and Stress Management
When: Wednesday, December 2, 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, are feeling the stress of physical distancing and ever-changing school routines. They may show it through anger or acting out. Learn how to teach them to manage these difficult emotions. We'll discuss anger and stress management strategies 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.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Skills for Diffusing Challenging Behaviours
When: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Is your child testing boundaries and your patience by talking back, lashing out or displaying other challenging behaviour? As children grow, they explore increased independence, as well as increased responsibilities. This can lead to challenging moments for both parents and children. Learn more about how to respond to challenging behaviours and how to support your child’s development of self-control and self-regulation.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Supporting Your Child to Manage BIG Emotions
When: Thursday, December 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.
Are you struggling with how to respond to and support your children in managing their BIG emotions, such as anger and anxiety? This hands-on expressive arts workshop will explore ideas for supporting your child with big emotions, ways to build self-esteem and how this impacts the regulation of emotion, and recognizing and reflecting on your strengths as a parent. Facilitators: Jane Kwon, BFA, DTATI, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Julia Troiani, B.Des, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.


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