The Institute of Child Psychology

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.

15 - 25%

Canadians who will experience a mental health crisis before the age of 19

10 - 20%

Canadian youth who are impacted by a mental health issue

After two successful years of sold-out conferences in Edmonton, The Institute of Child Psychology is expanding it’s offering to include the first annual Calgary Children’s Mental Health Symposium, which will be held at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Conference & Event Centre on November 1-3, 2019. The event will bring in over 1000 people, the majority of whom are parents and educators from Calgary and surrounding communities. 

We kick off the event with world renowned author and speaker Kim J. Payne, M.ED. (Publications: Simplicity Parenting, The Soul of Discipline, Being Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst, Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment). Kim Payne professional versatility  is demonstrated his multiple roles in mental health including his work as a school counsellor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, and a private family counsellor for twenty seven years. He has penned multiple books on parenting, as well as consulted for educational associations in over 12 countries. Following the evening with Kim John Payne, we move into the two days of workshops which will include a full line up of topics pertaining to children’s mental health issues. All workshops will be led by Psychologists and Clinical Counsellors who specialize in children’s mental health and teach and practice within Alberta. 

Topics Include: Compassionate Discipline, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger, Depression,  Grief & Loss, Autism, Impact of Divorce and Separation, Trauma, Simplifying, Therapeutic Effects of Animals, as Partners in the Healing Process, Highly Sensitive Children, Impact of Technology, and Being at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst.

1 in 10

Children worldwide who are impacted by ADHD


Canadian children and young adults who were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (2009)

This conference is the only of it’s kind in Calgary, so this is an amazing opportunity to be a front runner in advocating for education around children’s mental health in our great city! We invite you to become one of our sponsors, to be an advocate for children’s mental health and to join us in creating a community where the stigma around mental health is dismantled. Let’s move forward together in empowering parents, caregivers, mental health professionals and educators in creating a more hopeful, dynamic future for our youth.

We look forward to having you as a partner on this incredible journey!


1000 People each day!

Parents, Caregivers, Educators, and Mental Health Professionals

Calgary & Surrounding areas.


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.


November 1st – 3rd, 2019
Friday 7PM – 9PM
Saturday 9AM – 5PM
Sunday 9AM – 5PM


University of Calgary
MacEwan Conference & Event Centre


To empower parents, caregivers and educators in creating a more hopeful, dynamic future for our youth.

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Schedule of Courses


Weekend Pass:

$175 Early Bird Until September 21st, 2019.

$205 Regular Price


$40 Early Bird Until September 21st, 2019.

$55 Regular Price

Weekend & Keynote:

$215 Early Bird Until September 21st, 2019.

$260 Regular Price

One Day Pass:

$110 Regular Price

Half Day Pass:

$60 Regular Price

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