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Orangeville, ON L9W 4Z5

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




Free Parenting Workshops

Thank your your interest in our free parenting workshops.


Upcoming Workshops

Check out our Early May workshops, plus a sneak peek at our full May lineup.
We will post additional 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.


DPSN's Early May workshop schedule

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


April

Why Is My Child Acting Like This? Understanding and Diffusing Challenging Behaviour
When: Wednesday, April 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.
When children push the limits—or our buttons—throw tantrums, act out, or shut down, parents may struggle to find the most effective way to respond. We'll explore some possible underlying factors behind challenging behaviour to help us form strategies to prevent or decrease them. We'll also discuss how to support our children—and ourselves—and what local resources are available to help.
Facilitator: Shaelyn Busby, Child and Family Clinician
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Calming the Storm: Co-Regulation Strategies for your Intense or Emotional Child
When: Wednesday, April 13, 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.

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Cooperative Co-Parenting Through Separation and Divorce
When: Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine 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.

Unplug and Connect: Helping Our Kids Find Balance with Screen Time
When: Thursday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Screen time has been a necessity for our children for the last two years, between remote learning and connecting with family and friends online. Now that better weather—and times—are here, many of us are finding it difficult to transition our kids away from their screens and back to in-person activities. We'll take a look at some of the reasons for this, as well as ways to gently encourage our children to turn to other activities and ways to socialize, including setting realistic expectations and working with your situation.
Facilitator: Kolleen Sykes, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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May

Positive Communication in Families: Avoid Power Struggles and Encourage Cooperation
When: Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Positive communication is the key to reducing power struggles and solving problems in our families. We'll take a look at some of the barriers to effective communication and why our kids might not be listening to us. We'll also explore strategies to improve our communication skills so that we really engage with our children and encourage cooperation.
Facilitator: Shaelyn Busby, Child and Family Clinician
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: Monday, May 9, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Anxiety has increased for everyone during these uncertain times. For some children, it can interfere with daily functioning and impact their ability to cope. Learn to support 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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Challenging Behaviour and Goodness of Fit: Understanding You and Your Child's Unique Temperaments
When: Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Identifying temperament traits in our children and the goodness of fit with ourselves can lead to greater understanding of their behaviour and our reactions to it. We can develop new approaches and more effective strategies for responding in ways that work with their temperaments rather than against them. This helps both us and our children work with our strengths and encourages cooperation and harmony.
Facilitator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

The Art of Distraction: Helping Your Child with ADHD Thrive
When: Thursday, May 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine 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'll 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.

Positive Discipline in Difficult Times
When: Tuesday, May 31, 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 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.

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