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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.


Online workshops are here!

Dufferin Parent Support Network is excited to present our first online workshops! Our workshops will take place on Zoom. When you register, we'll send you a link and information on how to attend. Workshops will be shorter in length than our in-person ones—about an hour, including time for questions. Your audio will be muted, so it's OK if you have little people or pets in the background.

Our facilitators, like you, are at home with their children. This is also a learning curve for them, and for us. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our growing pains. We, too, are doing our best in difficult times.

We are planning more workshops and will be posting details on our website, on our Facebook page, and through our mailing list. (Click "Join the Network" on the menu to the left.)


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.

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Registration is required. You can register directly through Zoom (click on the link below the workshohp description) or contact DPSN by email at info@dpsn.ca
When you register, we will send you a link to join the workshop.

Please note that we are not offering in-person workshops at this time. These workshops take place online through Zoom.


Managing Mealtimes During Uncertainty
When: Thursday, April 23, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Mealtimes can be challenging at the best of times. With the added pressures of our current situation, how can we make sure we get healthy meals on the table? We'll explore simple meal ideas and how to get the whole family involved, as well as strategies for keeping mealtimes pleasant. We'll also discuss meal planning and ways to use what's in your fridge and pantry, as well as waste reduction tips. Lessen the stress of mealtimes and enjoy the many benefits of the family table.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Dryland, Registered Dietician
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Parenting in Difficult Times
When: Thursday, April 30, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
These days, parents are facing increased pressure and stresses, while also having less support available and fewer opportunities to take a break. How can we support our children and make them feel safe when we may be struggling ourselves? Join us for a virtual discussion around positive parenting during this difficult time. We'll look at approaches to communication and discipline, as well as how you can meet your child’s needs and your own.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Communication to Defuse Conflict and Encourage Cooperation
When: Thursday, May 7, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
We are living in stressful times, and 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 engage with them.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To register Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Supporting Your Child to Manage BIG Emotions
When: Thursday, May 14, from 7:30 to 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 arts-based 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. 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. Facilitator: Sally Chung, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and Professional Member of Canadian Art Therapy Association
To register: Unfortunately, this workshop is FULL

Anger and Stress Management
When: Thursday, May 21. Time TBD.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Children, like adults, are feeling the stress of physical distancing and trying to learn from home. 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: Register directly on Zoom or contact DPSN.

Positive Parenting and Discipline Strategies in Difficult Times
When: Thursday, May 28, from 7:30 to 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: Register directly on Zoom or contact DPSN.

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Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: Thursday, June 4, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online 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: Register directly on Zoom or contact DPSN.

Calming the Storm: Self-Regulation Strategies for Your Intense or Emotional Child
When: Thursday, June 11, from 7:30 to 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
To register: Register directly on Zoom or contact DPSN.

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