Parenting is the most important and challenging
job that most adults undertake
Few parents, even in the best circumstances, do not feel frustrated at times by the demands of raising children. But when parents are isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress, or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques, they can lose control.
Informed, effective child rearing builds strong communities by producing young people who work hard to create positive lives for themselves and those around them. Uninformed, ineffective child rearing jeopardizes the well-being of whole communities. Parent Support Services is a non-profit, volunteer-based society and registered charity founded in 1974. The mandate is preventing child abuse and promoting healthy parent-child relationships by supporting parenting, families, and communities. This is achieved by providing support and information to parents. The goal is building healthy communities, one family at a time.
Parent Support Services Workshops:
Workshops and events
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Saving for Your Child’s Education
Free, informational, 2 hr workshop on the Registered Educations Saving Plan
Date: June 14th, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Place: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby
This workshop will cover :
1) What is an RESP;
2) How to apply for education grants from Provincial & Federal Government; and
3) How to open an RESP & get the support you need.
Offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s Financial Literacy/Empowerment Program
To Register or for more info, contact Daniela at:
Download our poster: 2018-07 RESP Education Grant Workshop Flyer j (002)
Understanding Children & Technology Workshop – Burnaby May 24
A FREE WORKSHOP FOR ANYONE IN A PARENTING ROLE.
When devices are not being used as digital babysitters or digital pacifiers, there are many positive aspects to using technology in the right way with our families. Join us as we begin to understand the role parents have in modelling technology use and guiding children to find the right balance between plugging in and unplugging.
When: Thursday, May 24th 10 am – 12 pm
Where: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby
For more info or to register: email@example.com
or 604-669-1616 Ext 106
Limited childminding spaces available onsite. Please tell us you need childminding when you register.
Download a poster here
Facilitator Training Vancouver Island BC – Oct 26-28
Volunteer Facilitators Needed!
Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training
October 26, 27 & 28, 2018 Nanaimo BC
Full attendance required
Parent Services Society of BC offers volunteer led Parent Support Circles and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Kinship Care) Support Circles in many BC communities.
We have openings for volunteers in communities such as: Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville.
Are you someone who has:
Good listening & interpersonal skills
An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
Basic understanding of child development & parenting issues
Willing to do community outreach & development
Benefits of this training:
Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
Develop skills for career and personal growth
Support families in your community
Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit 3-5 hrs a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop relationships with the support circle participants within the context of the circle.
What past participants say:
The trainers were very informed with an obvious wealth of experience coupled with a solid academic background that support the activities.
I was taught how to be a facilitator not a caregiver.
This workshop was inspirational, timely, to the point, energetic, friendly.
This training helped move my one-on-one counseling skills into a group environment.
Download a poster about the training here:
Body Science: When, Why and How to Talk to Our Children About Sex – Burnaby Feb 15
BODY SCIENCE: WHEN, WHY AND HOW TO TALK TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX
What:This workshop will be led by a trained professional who will facilitate an open discussion on child development and the ‘when, why and how’ on communicating with our children about sexual health.
Where: 5623 IMPERIAL ST, BURNABY
When:THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 10AM-12PM
How to Register:contact Daniela firstname.lastname@example.org 604-669-1616 Ext.106
Limited childminding spaces will be available onsite; please let us know when registering if you will require childminding.
Click here for poster: 2018-01-29 Body Science – Workshop
The Essence of Adolescence: Parenting Teens and Teening Parent
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Parenting and The Whole Brain Child Workshop
Parent Support Services Society of BC workshop on ‘Parenting & The Whole Brain Child’ is facilitated by Dr. Max Innes, family therapist. He introduces an approach to parenting that focuses on providing practical ideas that are effective and in keeping with recent findings from neuroscience, child brain development and behaviour.
Volunteer Facilitator Training Prince George – Nov 3-4
Volunteer Facilitators Needed in Prince George for Parent Support Circle Training
Train to be a Group Leader – November 3 and 4
Do you have skills, experience, and compassion you can share with caregivers in your community?
Parent Support Circles are weekly groups for any parents, grandparents, foster parents, and caregivers who are experiencing stress or isolation in their parenting; would benefit from being part of a community of parents; and want to find healthy ways to relate to their children.
PSS provides training in:
- Group Facilitation Skills
- Listening and Communication
- Group Process and Dynamics
- Working with Parents
- Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention
- Cultrual Issues in Parenting
- Kinship Care Providers
- And other topics…
What volunteers say about PSS Facilitator Training:
- “The most useful training I’ve ever had.”
- “I liked the level of respect shown to all members of the training group.”
- “Awesome, inspiring, insightful, succinct…”
- “I love how much heart was brought to this training.”
- “The atmosphere was always comfortable and safe”
For more information or to apply call 250-962-0600 Email email@example.com
Raising Our Children: the Role of Discipline Workshop
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Blissful Parenting Workshop
A 2- hour workshop FREE workshop based on positive discipline techniques that can turn “bad” child behavior around immediately! Chuck Anderson has an energetic and engaging presentation style that uses the latest accelerated learning techniques and a high level of audience involvement. This training is specifically adapted to helping parents of children & teens deal with the many behavioural issues that come with the job of being a parent.
Other Parent Education Services
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Other Kinship Care Resources
Useful Legal Links:
- Legal Services Society of BC has a great family law website – http://www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/ – There is a special section for grandparents.
- JP Boyd on Family, written in plain language and provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in British Columbia.
- Clicklaw Wikibooks help the public in British Columbia find and use legal information.
- Family Justice Centres Family Justice Centres operate across BC to provide services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce. Each centre is staffed by accredited Family Justice Counsellors, specially trained to help families with parenting arrangements, contact with a child, guardianship, and support issues. They can help parents resolve disagreements without going to court. They provide short-term counselling, mediation, emergency and community referrals and other free services.
- “Your Rights on Reserve – a Legal Tool-kit for Aboriginal Women in BC. “ Tool-kit created by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women. Click here to download: Your Rights on Reserve – a Legal Tool-kit for Aboriginal Women in British Columbia
Criminal Record Check for Out-of-Care Care Providers
- To view the handout, please click Criminal-Record-Check
Books on Grandparents & Kinship Care can be found at your local library:
We provide support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children can live with dignity and respect. PFLAG Vancouver
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
FSGV’s Family Support page includes: Resources for: Intensive Family Support; Child Development; and Foster Family Support (Also available for GRG Families)
Our goal is to empower parents through our educational parenting courses, workshops, books and videos, by providing effective parenting tools for a child’s development of self-esteem, empathy, responsibility, and values, rather than obedience and conformity. lifeseminars.com
Parent Services Boys and Girls Clubs of BC
Parent Services currently offers Parents Together a support group for parent of teens and Parenting Without Power Struggles a support group for parents of preteens across the province of BC. boysandgirlsclubsbc.ca
Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP)
CCIAP is a partnership of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Click here
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare is a national agency funded by Public Health Agency of Canada. Our mission is to foster research and disseminate knowledge on child welfare and prevention of child abuse and neglect. We have a link to your site on our website under provincial and territorial resources. cecw-cepb.ca
BC Council for Families
Leadership through education, training advocacy and research for the healthy development of families. www.bccf.ca
Vancouver February Parenting Workshop
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