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Feeling like you have a hard time staying calm when your child is defiant, angry or disrespectful? Not at your parental best? This workshop with Kim Payne will help you to rediscover your parenting voice, prioritize important family values and nurture connection and happiness. Participants will leave with a small, do-able, powerful plan that works.
Depression can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. In this workshop parents and professionals will learn more about childhood depression and how to best help children and teens manage it. All strategies are science-informed, and practical for working with children and youth. This workshop will empower adults to be agents of change in a child’s life giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives.
Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss in an individual’s life however, even though we all experience it, we are often left struggling or feeling isolated and confused when we grieve. These same feelings can apply to our children. Adults and children alike will be told to “wait for time to heal” or “move on” and “be strong”. While usually well-meaning, these responses do not recognize the pain we actually carry after a loss. Fortunately, there are steps that caregivers can take to recognize the emotional incompleteness that a child carries and to help them heal their hearts. This session will provide you with a set of skills and a new sense of empowerment that will allow you to better recognize grief within your child and help them move towards recovery after a loss.
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.
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 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.
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 workshop parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn to better understand these children and ways to help them manage in the home and the classroom.
Anxiety has many faces, and at this workshop 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.
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. They often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. During this seminar 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.
Kim John Payne, M.ED.
Kim John Payne has been a school counsellor, adult educator, consultant, researcher,
educator 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
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 honouring 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.
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.
Divorce and parental separation is becoming more common and each children responds differently. In this two-part 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!
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 full-day workshop will empower parents and caregivers to proactively and lovingly help children during these challenging moments. The workshop 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.
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 workshop 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 leave with 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.