The Institute of Child Psychology Membership
Welcome to the Institute of Child Psychology’s Membership Program: Our unique and comprehensive learning platform will empower you with the tools and skills to help children to lead emotionally healthy lives!
Who Is It For?
Are you a parent or professional looking for the latest research, tools, and strategies to help your child, or the child you work with, achieve optimal psychological well-being?
Is your child or teen struggling with mental health concerns?
At ICP we offer comprehensive courses dedicated to evidence-based children’s mental health education and parenting practices, with a focus on fostering long-term resiliency: all available to you in our membership program.
All instructors are child psychologists with a specialty in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families; and work comprehensively with parents from all walks of life, regardless of the challenges they face.
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Online Courses Included With Your Membership!
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Childhood Anxiety: Helping Children Heal
Does your child or the children you work with struggle with anxiety: panic attacks, separation anxiety, stomach aches, headaches, tantrums, obsessions/compulsions, avoidance of activities, racing thoughts, or troubles with sleep?
Anxiety has many faces, and in this online course parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children better manage it.
This course has a holistic* and strength-based approach that focuses on what we as caretakers, parents, and professionals can do vs. stigmatizing children who are struggling. Various facets of the child's environment will be explored that can contribute to a child's emotional struggles.
Research and theory in the field of mental health, education, attachment, naturopathic medicine, and interpersonal neurobiology will be explored. Attendees will be given resources and direct tools to help their child, or the children they work with, overcome this emotional obstacle.
This course aims to enlighten, empower, and inspire those who take care of our children.
Childhood Anger: Working Through Tempers
Is your child struggling with yelling, aggression, defiance, tantrums, meltdowns, and overall emotion dysregulation?
A child’s anger can be emotionally and physically draining for everyone involved. This online course will empower parents and caregivers to proactively and lovingly help children during these challenging moments. The course will begin with an overview of the neurobiological roots of aggression; followed by an in-depth exploration of triggers; and relationship based tools and strategies which nurture emotional health and connection.
Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through
Has your child or a child you are supporting experienced physical or sexual abuse? Exposed to the foster care system? Suffered through a tragic event? Experienced neglect? Witnessed or experienced violence? Endured extreme bullying? Or been impacted by a high-conflict divorce?
Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. Children with trauma can present significant challenges, and they often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them.
During this course we will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact on the attachment system will also be examined, as will the role of relationship in healing and growth. Strategies to support children following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves.
This course aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing.
Understanding the Sensitive Child
Does this sound like your child or a child you work with: struggles with emotional reactivity, appears to be impacted by sensory issues, broods over failures, takes things personally, deeply impacted by others emotions, easily withdraws if overwhelmed, thinks deeply about things, deeply rich inner life, doesn't do well with change, highly conscientious, and perceptive?
A highly sensitive child [HSC] is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others (Aron, 2018).
In this online workshop parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn to better understand these children and ways to help them manage in the home and the classroom.
Compassionate Discipline: Raising Resilient Children
Feeling like you can't get to your child? At your wits end with disruptive behaviour? Feel that your children don't listen to anything you say? Wondering if there is something more effective than yelling, time-outs, or physical discipline? Feeling overwhelmed as a parent and aren't sure what else to do? ...or maybe you are just trying to look for ways to be the best parent you can be while honoring the relationship with your child.
This course will begin with an overview of neurological development of children and how this accounts for their struggles with emotion regulation and impulse control. A thorough overview of attachment will be covered: parents will be able to identify and comprehend their current attachment style with their child, how that impacts behaviour, and how to strengthen the attachment should their be issues with connecting.
Our Co-Founder, Tammy Schamuhn, Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist will guide parents and caregivers through effective discipline strategies that honor the relationship with their child and foster neurological development. Furthermore, they will have a better understanding of "what gets in the way" of emotional health in children, and how modern-day discipline can go very wrong with our children [and why it just doesn't work for us long-term]. All strategies are science-informed, evidence-based, and practical for parenting children.
Helping Children Through Separation & Divorce
Has your child, or a child you know, been impacted by their parent’s separation. Maybe this child is struggling with confusion, grief, anger, or anxiety, and you just want to know the best way to help them make it through.
Divorce and parental separation is becoming more common and each children responds differently. In this online course parents, caregivers, family mediators and mental health professionals will learn about helping children cope with divorce/separation.
If you want to know how to navigate the many landmines that comes with this transition, how to help your child heal, and to move forward with resiliency, then please join us!
Childhood ADHD: From Strugling to Thriving
Does your child struggle with inattention, hyperactivity, distractibility, issues focussing at school, fails to complete assigned tasks, or avoidance of activities that require sustained focus
A diagnosis of ADHD can feel overwhelming and confusing for many families and caregivers; and even if your child hasn't been formally diagnosed, this course will help those caregivers whose children struggle with attention-related issues.
This online workshop focuses on taking the fear out of the diagnosis by empowering you to become the agent of change in a child’s life. This workshop will begin with an introduction the neurobiological and environmental roots of ADHD, followed by an exploration of effective and ineffective caregiving strategies and skills, with a final look at the importance of relationship-based caring. Parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals will walk away with a full "tool-box" of tools and resources to help the children in their lives thrive.
Making Sense of Child Brain Development
Did you know that at birth, the brain is one of our most under-developed organs? By the time a child is 5, the brain will be 90% developed. Development continues to occur rapidly throughout the childhood years, with new neural connections developing as a child grows, experiences, and interacts with his or her world.
Children who have experienced optimal environments tend to have a greater ability to make decisions, exhibit greater physical and emotional control, have a fuller self-understanding, engage in stronger relationships, and are able to excel in new and challenging experiences.
Join our Co-Founders, Tammy Schamuhn and Tania Johnson, as they take you through 10 concrete lessons to better understanding the developing brains of children and teens. This course was designed to easily make sense of, and nurture, optimal childhood brain development.
Classroom Mental Health: Strategies & Beyond
Educators are often faced with very unique and challenging issues in the classroom. At any given time, an educator will have students dealing with a variety of issues including trauma, anger/aggression, anxiety, grief, depression, or self-harm - often these challenges are expressed as negative behaviour in the classroom.
This online course will help you to decode behaviours, understand the signs of common psychological issues, and empower you with the tools to help bring your students to a place of connection and safety. Educators will gain a toolbox of strategies to help children who are struggling with relationships in the classroom, anxiety, emotional regulation, depression and attention- based issues. Connection, co-regulation, respectful communication and resilience are central themes in helping you to create a classroom that is inclusive, safe, and deeply accepting of all students.
‘Classroom Mental Health’ is intended to help educators to create a psychologically safe environment for students, but please note, it is not intended to replace the vital work of a Mental Health Professional.
The Impact of Technology on Children & Youth
Are you wondering how to handle screen use in your home or classroom? How much screen-time should should you allow every day ? When should your child get a phone? What the impact of technology on your child’s ongoing development? Are you feeling frustrated by technology overload in your home? Ready for a roadmap on how to maximize the benefits of technology while nurturing your child’s emotional, social and cognitive potential?
The use of technology in homes has increased rapidly over the past decade. Although helpful in many ways, it has also triggered many questions. In this online workshop, parents and professionals will explore concrete, research-based strategies geared to help children and teens manage screen use. This online workshop will empower the adults in a child’s life to make informed, practical decisions regarding technology use at home and in the classroom.
The Power of Play: A Key Tool in Fostering Resiliency
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them
Play is to the child what talk is to the adult. It is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play.
In this course will learn to understand your child’s play and the benefits to using (and encouraging) “play” to help your child develop resilience. We will also explore how play is related to development of the brain, and how play deprivation can adversely affect children. Strategies on how to engage with your child in their play to help them overcome issues related to anger, sadness, trauma, difficult transitions or behavioural issues will also be explored.
The Making of the Resilient Child: Tools & Strategies
Resilient kids are confident problem solvers, critical thinkers, independent, motivated, have a high self-esteem, and are courageous in navigating life's challenges. This course equips you with the tools to help your child, or the children in your life, to live a resilient life.
Join the Institute of Child Psychology for an online course packed with the latest interpersonal neurobiology on resiliency. Although individual temperament plays a factor in resiliency, it is primarily a learned skill. As Dr. Ungar, from the Resilience Research Centre, states: "Resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources in culturally meaningful ways" (http;//resilienceresearch.org). Resiliency is the ability to embrace a world-view that boosts psychological well-being, while also developing interpersonal skills that promote connection and joy.
In nurturing resiliency- based skills early on in life, you proactively guide your child, or the children you work with, towards living a life of courage, authenticity and passion. This course focuses on practical skills to hep your child, or the children you work with, to develop GRIT, to foster a Growth Mindset, to enhance social and emotional intelligence, and to face life with braveness, kindness, and gratitude.
Simplifying: The Creation of Calm
Feeling like your life is chaotic? Hard to manage time, activities, work, meals, and ultimately balance as a parent? Do you children seem overwhelmed and you know something has to change? Wondering if there is way to make things easier on yourself and your family, but aren’t sure where to start?
The Institute of Child Psychology is here to help you gain clarity and peace as a parent.
Join Tammy Schamuhn, Registered Psychologist and Play Therapist as she explores ways in which you as a parent/caregiver can create calm in the home and your child’s everyday life: through the process of simplification. Research and strategies will be explored on how to create a calming environment for both parents and their children, while also increasing fostering feelings of connection and happiness.
Courses Currently Under Development!
Depression in Children and Youth
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Explained
The In's and Out's of Bullying: Impacting Change
The Therapeutic Power of Animals
Living Your Best Parent Life
Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum
Helping Children Through Grief and Loss
Institute of Child Psychology In The Media!
We Guarantee Our Membership Will Change Your Life!
We are CERTAIN that with our latest research, tools, and strategies, you will see a dramatic change in your life. In fact, we are so confident in our program that if you are unhappy with our membership for any reason, we’ll provide a full refund!