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Free Parenting Workshops

Thank your your interest in our free parenting workshops.


Fall Workshops

Our fall workshops are winding down, and we're planning for the winter season. We do still have some workshops coming up, and we will post winter 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.


December 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


September

Paving the Way: Supporting Your Child During Uncertainty and Change
When: Wednesday, 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.
This fall has been challenging for many families. Spending so much of last year working from home and doing remote learning means most of us—parents and children—are struggling to adjust to the return to school. Learn ways to support your children along this unknown road. We'll share resources related to routines, slow transitions and self-care. We'll also discuss way to get kids involved in creating our new "normal."
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: Monday, September 27, 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 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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From Dysregulation to Restoration, with Susan Hopkins
When: Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
During these times, we have all experienced different stresses and intensities, different complexities and uncertainties with living in a Pandemic. We know the importance of understanding stress and how it plays a role on our well-being.
Restoration is key for children and adults. It is important to recognize and reduce stress. However, if we are unable to restore—that is, come back to balance—our brains and bodies will remain in a dysregulated state. This makes it harder to use our thinking skills, self-control and ability to connect with others, with resulting negative impacts on our functioning and well-being.

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October

Taming the Dragon: Stress and Anger Management
When: Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine 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.

Positive Parenting and Discipline Strategies for Difficult Times
When: Wednesday, October 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.
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

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Why Is My Child Acting Like This? Understanding and Diffusing Challenging Behaviour
When: Wednesday, October 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.
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: 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, October 27, 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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November

Why Can't We Just Get Along? Reduce Family Conflicts and Sibling Rivalry
When: Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an onine workshop through Zoom.
Families are under increased stress these days, and that can result in friction and conflict. We'll take a look at the mix of personalities in our homes and how they interact, as well as strategies for improving communication and problem-solving skills. Through a better understanding of individual strengths and how they respond to stress, we can reduce bickering, power struggles, and sibling rivalry and improve family connections.
Facilitator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Communication to Reduce Conflict and Encourage Cooperation
When: Wednesday, 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.
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 engaging with them.
Facilitator: Tina Quail-Davis, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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The Art of Distraction: Helping Your Child with ADHD Thrive
When: Thursday, 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.
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.

Normalness but not Normalcy: Adapting Our Parenting During COVID
When: Monday, 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 pandemic has impacted parenting on multiple levels. Our ever-changing daily routines have affected our capacity to parent and respond effectively to challenging moments. Gain a better understanding of how our children's development impacts their emotional responses. We'll also discuss how our reactions influence those of our children and explore alternative ways to respond to encourage their emotional regulation.
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.

Facilitators: Rakshanda Khan, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Cassandra Brennan, Drama Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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December

Positive Relationships in the Family: Stop the Squabbles and Keep the Peace
When: Wednesday, December 1, 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 wish your family members got along better and that everyone had each other's backs? We'll look at some of the reasons behind conflicts within the family, whether they're between parents, siblings or parents and children. Then we'll focus on resolving and reducing them by building positive relationships skills, such as communication, empathy, and team-building. You'll leave with strategies for improving your skills—and encouraging family members to do the same —to strengthen family bonds and create a happier, more peaceful home.
Facilitator: Shaelyn Busby, Child and Family Clinician
To Register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Parenting from Separate Homes
When: Thursday, December 9, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Worried about the effects of separation, divorce and parenting from two homes on your children? Do you want help managing these changes to ensure that your children do not get caught in the middle of parental conflict? This program can help. You will learn to understand your feelings, your children's needs and develop a business-like relationship with their other parent. You will not be asked to talk about your individual situation because the program is intended to provide general information.
Facilitator: Nichole MacPherson, Behaviour Consultant
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Keeping Calm in Stressful Times: Activities for Parents and Children During the Holidays
When: Monday, December 13, 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? Do you find it all even harder during the holiday season? This experiential, 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.
Children are welcome to join in the activities.

Facilitators: Rakshanda Khan, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Cassandra Brennan, Drama Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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