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.

Registration is required by contacting us at info@dpsn.ca or 519-940-8678.
In the event of a change or workshop cancellation, DPSN will contact registered participants and post information on our website (www.dpsn.ca) and on outgoing voice mail messages.

Our May workshop schedule is now available. Please download our April 2019 workshop schedule,
our May/June 2019 workshop schedule, or click on the links below for complete details.


Monday Evenings

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When:April 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
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.

Discipline That Works—Without Yelling
When: April 29 and May 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2-part workshop)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
This workshop is FULL. Our workshop Secrets of Communication Part One: Getting Kids to Listen is a helpful alternative 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 reasons behind your child’s behaviour, differences between discipline and punishment, consequences, and the long-term goals you have for your children.

Unplug and Connect: Ending Screen Time Battles
When: May 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
We know that too much screen time can lead to disrupted sleep and behaviour issues. But how much is "too much"? We'll discuss recommended daily time limits according to age and how to set healthy limits around screen time. We'll also explore ways to engage your children's cooperation in implementing healthy screen time habits in your home. Helpful resources will be provided.

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Tuesday Evenings

Parenting Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
When: April 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Parenting children can be a difficult task, and when your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, it becomes even more complex. This workshop will explore how to adapt your parenting style, better understand "misbehaviour," and how to best support your child with an ASD diagnosis. In partnership with Kerry's Place Autism Services.

Supporting Your Child to Manage BIG Emotions
When: April 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1-part workshop)— This session is FULL.
 Second Session: June 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
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.

Manage Mealtime Madness: Tips and Ideas for Busy Families
When: May 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
How can on-the-go families balance busy schedules without drive-thrus or processed/convenience foods? We'll explore simple healthy meal ideas that your family will love, including strategies to encourage picky eaters to try a variety of choices and develop a good relationship with food. We'll also discuss ways to get kids involved with family meals and steps you can take to make meal preparation and family meals enjoyable.

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Parenting on the Same Page
When: May 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
What if you and your parenting partner don’t parent the same? Different parenting and discipline styles can create stress, conflict and anxiety. It's not necessarily these differences that are the issue, but how we navigate them can be a real game changer. We'll explore ways to work toward consistency while also respecting the strengths of different approaches.

Understanding a New Autism Spectrum Disorder
We're sorry. This workshop has been cancelled.
This session is designed to help parents, friends, and family gain an increased understanding of autism spectrum disorders. This workshop will provide an overview of autism and community resources, with an emphasis on practical support strategies and approaches. In partnership with Kerry's Place Autism Services.

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Wednesday Evenings

Attitude Adjustment: Understanding Your Child's Challenging Behaviour
When: April 17 and 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2-part workshop)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
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.

Secrets of Communication Part 1: Getting Kids to Listen
When: May 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (part 1 of 2)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Feeling frustrated and ignored? It can sometimes feel like our children—and other family members—don't hear a word we say. This workshop can help you be heard—without raising your voice. We'll uncover secrets to good communication, including building connections, setting limits, resolving conflicts, and engaging cooperation. Participants are encouraged to also take Secrets of Communication Part 2: Getting Kids to Talk.

Secrets of Communication Part 2: Getting Kids to Talk
When: May 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (part 2 of 2)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Does your child have difficulty talking about feelings or personal problems? This can lead to moodiness, outbursts and meltdowns. Learn practical strategies to support children in managing their feelings and communicating their needs. Participants are encouraged to also take Secrets of Communication Part 1: Getting Kids to Listen.

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Positive Parenting from Separate Homes
When: May 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road, Room 105
Are you 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 the other parent. You will not be asked to talk about your individual situation because the program is intended to provide general information.

SurvivingThriving in the Tween/Teen Years
When: May 29 and June 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2-part workshop)
Where: Princess Elizabeth Public School, 51 Elizabeth Street
Many parents dread the teen years and worry that they will no longer be an influence in their children's lives. It doesn't have to be like that. Learn tips and effective parenting skills. Develop good communication, conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills to ensure a stronger bond with your child and smooth the journey through these rocky years.


Thursday Evenings

Calm and Focused—Staying "in the Zone"
When: April 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (1-part workshop)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road, Room 105
Does your child struggle with staying focused and "in the zone"? Learn tips from an occupational therapist for adapting the environment, designing sensory-motor activities for calming, and developing strategies to support a child's ability to stay focused and organized.

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