was founded to educate parents and professionals on issues pertaining to children’s mental health and to promote the psychological and emotional well-being of children and adolescents.
Our mission is to empower caregivers (i.e., parents, teachers, therapists, social workers, psychologists) by giving them pertinent insights, skills and tools necessary to help children thrive.
The Institute of Child Psychology places the importance of insight, compassion, trust, and warmth at the heart of our work. We want to foster lasting change in the lives of families and to transform our community.
We believe that everyone should have access to affordable mental health resources.
Children and teens who will experience a mental health crisis before the age of 18
Children and teens diagnosed with a mental health disorder who do receive treatment
After five sold-out conferences, The Institute of Child Psychology is offering its 2021 Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium— and it’s online!
This globally recognized event will bring in thousands of people, the majority of whom are parents and educators from every corner of the globe.
Our conference will be keynoted by 3 prestigious presenters: world renowned experts in the field of child psychology and New York Times Best-Selling authors and clinicians, Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Dr. Bruce Perry, and Dr. Laura Markham. These dynamic speakers will bring their expertise and decades of experience as they over unparalleled keynote addresses. They will also be joined on stage by Dr. Ross Greene, Dr. Deborah MacNamara, Patty Wipfler, Kim Payne, Jennifer Kolari, and more!
Topics Include: Achieving optimal Holistic Health; Theraplay for Parents and Caregivers; The Making of the Resilient Family; Navigating Your Child’s Education; Fostering Emotion Regulation; 5 Listening Tools; Being Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst; Surviving the Teenage Years; The Danish Way of Parenting; Birds & the Bees to Netflix & Chill; Keeping Children Safe Online; Rest, Play Grow: Helping Young Children Flourish; Growing Strong Girls; How to Talk to Children About Race and Racism; Mental Health First for Educators; Childhood Anxiety; Childhood Trauma; How to Discipline Children in an Emotionally Healthy Way
This conference is the only one of it’s kind in the world, so this is an amazing opportunity to be a front runner in advocating for children’s mental health! Help us advocate for children’s mental health and to join us in creating a global community where the stigma around mental health is dismantled; moving forward together in empowering parents, caregivers, mental health professionals and educators in creating a more hopeful, dynamic future for our youth.
The Institute of Child Psychology believes in social responsibility, and giving back to our global community is an important part of our mission. As such, in partnership with our sponsors, we will be donating a portion of ticket sales to support the mission of CAMFED, Canada.
CAMFED envisions a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to turn the tide of poverty.
As the most effective strategy to tackle poverty and inequality, CAMFED multiplies the educational opportunities available for girls, and empowers young women to become leaders of change. Our focus is on girls and young women in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. This is where girls face acute disadvantage and where their empowerment will have a transformative impact. For more information: visit www.camfed.org.
An understanding of the pivotal role of attachment in the lives of our children is certainly increasing. Most caregivers – parents and professionals alike – now appreciate the fact that attachment is our preeminent need and that facing separation is our greatest threat. This insight certainly helps make sense of children (and ourselves) but how does one translate the theory of attachment into everyday practice? And how does one practice attachment when it is neither a skill set nor a set of behaviours? And how does one nurture and foster the attachments between children and other adults the child is in need of?
In this keynote address, Dr. Neufeld will talk about mastering the art of attachment. The dance of attachment is the oldest human dance – primal, primordial and primeval. As we continue to lose the cultures that preserved this instinctive dance, we need science more than ever to help bring it back into our consciousness. The principles discussed will apply to any attachment relationship, marriage included, but our focus will be on dancing with the children in our care.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.
The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience. Experiences – good and bad – shape the organization of the brain which ultimately impacts emotional, social, cognitive and physiological functioning. Insights into this process come from understanding brain development. Trauma and neglect, which is the absence of essential developmental experiences required to express a fundamental potential of a child, are both pervasive problems in our culture. Similarly, chaos, threat and abnormal patterns of emotional, social, cognitive and physical interactions with young children lead to an array of brain-related problems with life-long implications for mental and physical health. This presentation will review clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma, neglect and the relational problems that arise from adverse experience and then suggest new directions for clinical practice, program development and policy.
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is Principal of The Neurosequential Model Network, LLC and Senior
Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX. He is
also Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the
Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied
Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia. Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific
proceedings. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating
emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted
in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and
traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model © , a developmentally
sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and
In this course educators, parents, and healthcare professionals will learn hands on tools to effectively support children in reducing stress and finding inner calm. In the course you will learn how to create your own mindful calming practice, as well as how to implement calming strategies for children of all ages.
A variety of ideas to support adults with leading kids calming strategies are shared such as: yoga techniques, breathing exercises, calming props and mindful games to make calming both fun for the child, as well as a beautiful way to connect. You will be introduced to the concept of The Mindful Corner, which is the ultimate proactive stress reduction tool, making calming the body and mind a simple and accessible part of everyday life. The course will then dive into benefits and strategies for leading guided relaxations for children. You will learn practical ways to prepare for and support the child’s relaxation time and ensure that it is a positive experience for you both! The goal of this dynamic course is to help Educators, Healthcare Providers and Parents to feel supported and confident in offering calming, stress-reduction tools to support the child’s lifelong healthy development.
The course is taught by Jennie Abbot, Founder and Director of Harmony Kids Yoga Mindfulness Company. Jennie has shared the tools and techniques demonstrated in the course with over 10,000 children to date ranging between the ages of 1-18 years old. Jennie is the mother of two mindful kids and her life passion is sharing the joy of yoga and mindfulness with children everywhere, so they can live healthy and fulfilling lives!
Jennie Abbot is the Founder and Director of Harmony Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Company, the creator of YogaBREAK for Classrooms, Harmony at Home Kits, various Parenting and Educator Workshops and The My Peaceful Play Game for Kids. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (CYA-CYT) with the Canadian Yoga Alliance teaching over 10,000 children to date. Jennie is the co-creator of the Harmony 95 Hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Program through the International Yoga Alliance. Jennie’s offers Workshops for Parents and Educators in partnership with the Institute of Child Psychology. Jennie is also a Color Me Yoga Children’s Yoga Teacher Graduate, Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Instructor, with Specialties in Yoga for the Special Needs, Safe Anatomy for Children and Trauma Informed Yoga for Children and Youth through Yoga Ed. In addition, Jennie has taken Mindfulness Training through Dr. Dan Siegel, Author and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. Jennie has worked with children, families, government, non-profit organizations and educators for over 20 years sharing her passion of bringing happiness and peace into the lives of children through yoga and mindfulness.
Thousands of attendees each day!
Parents, Caregivers, Educators, and Mental Health Professionals
Parents, caregivers, educators, and mental health professionals will come together to learn about the latest research, innovations, and techniques pertaining to children’s mental health and attachment-based parenting practices.
April 23rd-25th, 2021
Friday 8AM – 5:30PM
Saturday 8AM – 5:30PM
Sunday 8AM – 5:30PM
Online, live-streaming through Hubilo.
All workshops are recorded and attendees will have access to recordings for 60 days.
To empower parents, caregivers and educators in creating a more hopeful, dynamic future for our youth.