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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Spring Workshops

We will post additional 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.

Our workshops will continue to 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.


Download our late April schedule of free parenting workshops.

For other local parenting workshops, visit our Special Events page.


Spring Workshop Lineup

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March

Supporting Your Tweens/Teens through Tough Times
When: Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 9:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
The pandemic has been hard on all of us, but tweens and teens are especially vulnerable. The lockdown measures and social isolation have been linked to depression and anxiety. This arts-based workshop will explore ideas for supporting your teen or tween during these unprecedented times, as well as ways to find moments to connect with ourselves and others. 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, washi tape, and recyclable materials.
Facilitators: Julia Troiani, B.Des, Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Maya Shahid, Art Therapist
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.


April

Calming the Storm: Self-Regulation Strategies for Your Intense or Spirited Child
When: Wednesday, April 7, 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
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Why Is My Child Acting Like This? Understanding and Defusing Challenging Behaviour
When: Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
When children push the limits—or our buttons—throw tantrums, act out, or shut down, parents may struggle to find the most effective way to respond. We'll explore some possible underlying factors behind challenging behaviour to help us form strategies to prevent or decrease them. We'll also discuss how to support our children—and ourselves—and what local resources are available to help. Facilitator: Shaelyn Busby, Child and Family Clinician
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Positive Communication to Reduce Conflict and Encourage Cooperation
When: Thursday, April 29, 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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May

Beneath the Iceberg: Recognize and Reduce Stress Behaviour
When: Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
When children “act up,” we may think that they're just trying to get their own way. But challenging behaviours, such as outbursts, withdrawal, clinginess, defiance, or meltdowns, are just the tip of the iceberg. In this arts-based workshop, we'll explore what's beneath the surface and the interaction among emotional regulation, social connection and the fear response. You'll also learn strategies that both parents and children can use to reduce stress and boost well-being. Facilitators: Saba Iqbal and Natasha Cooze, Student Art Therapists
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

The Power of Labels: Turn Your Child's Challenging Behaviour into Assets
When: Tuesday, May 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.
When kids push our buttons, we tend to use negative labels for their behaviour: bossy, picky, demanding, loud, argumentative, manipulative. These negative labels can change how we see our children—and how they see themselves. Positive labels, such as assertive, enthusiastic, energetic, or perceptive, can help our children turn their “liabilities” into assets. We'll explore ways to change the ways we view our children's challenging behaviours and other ways we can encourage them to channel their strengths in positive ways. Facilitator: Lynn Hand, Parent Educator
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

Recognizing and Supporting Your Child's Special Needs
When: Thursday, May 20, 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
To register: Contact DPSN or register directly on Zoom.

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Sibling Relationships in Difficult Times
When: Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. *Q&A will continue until 8:30 p.m.
Where: This is an online workshop through Zoom.
Dealing with sibling relationships can be challenging and stressful for parents at the best of times. These days, with our children home from school and together constantly, it can be even more difficult. 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. 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, May 31, 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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