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Orangeville, ON L9W 4Z5

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




Free Parenting Workshops

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DPSN's April Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Check out first few Spring workshops.
  • The Art of Distraction: Help Your Child With ADHD Thrive —Thurs April 11
  • Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution —Wed April 17
  • Calming the Storm: Coregulation Strategies for your Child —Thurs April 25
    We will be adding more workshops throughout the season, so please check back. Better yet, join our email list and get updates in your inbox.


    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

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

    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.

    April Workshops

    The Art of Distraction: Helping Your Child with ADHD Thrive
    When: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
    Where:This is an online workshop through Zoom.
    Curious about ADHD or already dealing with a diagnosis? This workshop delves into the challenges children with ADHD experience at home, school, and in the community, while offering insights into its symptoms and impact on children. Explore practical ways to manage impulsivity, enhance focus, and build positive relationships. Gain effective strategies and understanding to help make parenting a child with challenging behaviors and ADHD a little easier..
    Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant (DCAFS)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

    Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
    When: Tuesday, April 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.
    Problems and conflict are a normal part of family life. Learning to navigate them in a healthy, positive way empowers our children and nurtures their resilience. We’ll explore communication and problem-solving strategies that promote respectful conflict resolution. We’ll discuss how to determine who owns the problem (the parent or the child), the steps and skills needed to reach an agreeable solution, and how to help our children learn to resolve problems and make decisions.
    Facilitator: Kolleen Sykes, Parent Educator
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

    Calming the Storm: Coregulation Strategies for your Child
    When: Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
    Where:This is an online 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 (DCAFS)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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    May Workshops

    Youth and Substance Use
    When: Thursday, May 02, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
    Where:This is an online workshop through Zoom.
    Join us for an engaging workshop on youth substance use and harm reduction led by Substance Use Counsellors from the YMCA of Greater Toronto's Youth Substance Use Program (YSAP). We'll explore youth substance use, harm reduction, and how you can begin to support young people in your life who might be using substances. Q&A session will follow. YSAP is a community-based program offering free services to young people, 14-24, who are using substances. To learn more about YSAP please visit: https://www.ymcagta.org/youth-programs/ysap
    Facilitator: Julie Bijunaite, Substance Use Counsellor, Youth Justice Substance Abuse Program (YMCA)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

    Recognizing and Supporting your Child's Special Needs
    When: Wednesday, May 08, 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 (DCAFS)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

    Taming the Dragon: Anger and Stress Management
    When:Tuesday May 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 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 (DCAFS)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

    Taming the Dragon: Anger and Stress Management
    When:Thursday, May 30, 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.

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    June Workshops

    Navigating the Rapids: Helping your Child Manage Anxiety
    When:Thursday, June 06, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
    Where:This is an online workshop through Zoom.
    Anxiety has increased for many of us over the last few years. 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: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant (DCAFS)
    To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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    Land Acknowledgment
    DPSN recognizes that these traditional territories, upon which we live and learn, are steeped in rich Indigenous history and traditions. We also acknowledge there is much reconciliation work to do that honours the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

     

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