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.

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Registration is required by contacting us at info@dpsn.ca or 519-940-8678.

Please download the Late Fall: mid-October 2018 and November Workshop Schedule or click on the links below for complete details.

Please note that we have cancelled the second session of our workshop "Don't Burn Out or Fade Away: Healthy Coping Skills for Busy Families
A note about inclement weather
The safety of workshop participants and facilitators is important to us. In the event of school bus cancellations, daytime workshops will be cancelled. Evening workshops will be cancelled if schools are closed. DPSN will contact registered participants and will post cancellations on our website (www.dpsn.ca) and on our outgoing voice mail message.

Workshop Lineup


Monday Evenings

Discipline that Works—Without Yelling
When:
September 24 and October 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 parts)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
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.

Help Your Child Manage Anxiety and Foster Self-Esteem
When: October 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue


When: November 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Georgian Suite (Entrance B), Edelbrock Centre, 30 Centre Street.
Sorry, this session is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.
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.

The Anger Game: Help You and Your Child Manage Anger
When:
November 5 and 12 (2 parts)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
Is your child angry or acting out? This workshop will help you teach your children how to manage their emotional responses. We’ll examine coping strategies for anger and stress management 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.

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Tuesdays Evenings

SurvivingThriving in the Teen Years
When:
October 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 part)
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.

Understanding Perspective Taking and Self-Awareness in Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder
When:
October 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Understanding ourselves and others, and how the two interact, is essential for healthy social skills. Kids with autism often struggle with this leading to significant impacts on developing and maintaining relationships. This workshop will give parents and caregivers practical strategies to help their children succeed by building on these two skills. In partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

Siblings Without Rivalry
When:
October 23, 20 and November 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 parts)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Dealing with sibling rivalry can be challenging and stressful for parents. This workshop can help you reduce the friction between your children and support strong sibling relationships. You’ll learn what to do about fighting, new ways to think about “fairness,” and how to help your kids resolve conflicts on their own.

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Developing Executive Functioning Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
When:
November 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with transitions, organizing, planning and getting started? In many people with ASD, these Executive Functions are impaired. This session is designed to improve your understanding of executive functions and provide support strategies for kids with ASD to develop these skills, with practical tools to be successful. In partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

Flying Solo: Skills for Single Parents
When:
November 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Princess Margaret Public School, 51 Wellington Street
You can manage and flourish as a single parent despite the challenges. Explore practical strategies about issues such as feelings, co-parenting, managing single-parent life, dating, and single parenting through discussion with other single parents.

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Wednesday Evenings

Help Your Child Make Career Decisions
When:
September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road
Should my child go to university, college, start an apprenticeship or go into the workforce first after high school? What jobs will be in demand? You don’t have to be an expert to help your child with career decision-making. Facilitated by specialists from Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services, this practical workshop provides parents with information and resources to support their children with career decision-making.

Paying for Post-Secondary
When:
October 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 part)
Where: Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road
This session is designed to give parents, caregivers, teachers and high school students the information and resources they need to not let money prevent someone from pursuing a post-secondary education. Facilitated by specialists from Georgian College’s Career and Employment Community Services. Free tuition grants go unclaimed each year. This workshop provides an overview of the many options for financial assistance, bursaries, and grants, including how to access them. An opportunity for questions and answers will also be provided.

How to Talk So Your Spouse (and Kids) Will Listen
Effective Communication for Stronger Relationships

When:
October 10, 17 and 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (3 parts)
Where: Princess Elizabeth Public School, 51 Elizabeth Street
Communication is the key to positive, respectful relationships. In this workshop, we will explore different communication approaches with our children, spouses and others, effective speaking and listening skills and strategies, and the language of encouragement.

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Don't Burn Out or Fade Away: Healthy Coping Strategies for Busy Families
When:
November 7 and 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
The second session has been cancelled.
Are you or your kids getting stressed out by your busy life? Learn some healthy coping skills and strategies to help you more effectively manage your busy family and take care of yourself too. We’ll also extend those strategies to help children with stress management, emotional regulation, and soothing their anxiety.

Attitude Adjustment: Understanding Your Child's Behaviour
When:
November 21 and 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
Sorry, this workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.
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.

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Thursday Evenings

Parenting as a Team…Whether You Live Together or Apart
When:
October 4 and 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (2 parts)
Where: Parkinson Centennial Public School, 120 Lawrence Avenue
Do you and your child’s other parent disagree about how to parent? This workshop can help you and the other parent resolve conflicts and get on the same page when it comes to parenting, whether you live together or not. Learn about your individual personalities and parenting styles and how to either meld them or respect each other’s differences. Learn skills to create a child-focused approach that can improve communication with the other parent and help you work effectively as a parenting team.

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