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.
Parent Support Services Workshops:
Lower Mainland and Interior Workshops and Events
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.
Raising Our Children: the Role of Discipline Workshop
It’s a 3-hour workshop provided to organizations, communities, parents, grandparents and caregivers in the Vancouver, Coastal and Fraser Valley regions. The workshop covers the following: understanding the very important difference between discipline and punishment; what does “discipline” mean to us as parents (or adults doing parenting role) and how we model appropriate “discipline” to our children; understanding stages of child development and its application of appropriate discipline according to child’s age and stages of her/his development; and resources available to support parents and children.
Training for volunteer facilitators is provided at least twice a year in Vancouver for 20 hours on a weekend (or 2 weekends). The purpose of the training is to help volunteers to understand their role and strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate a Circle. The training covers the following: Self-help and co-facilitation model; Group process and mechanics; Stages of group development; Basic communication and problem solving skills; Anti-oppressive practice; Child abuse prevention and related legislation; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; and Resources and making referrals.
Group Facilitation Workshop
It’s a 3-hour workshop available to organizations that provide training to their volunteers in facilitating groups. The workshop covers group dynamics, stages of group development, different types of groups, co-facilitation model and group facilitation.
Annual Regional Workshop and Volunteer Recognition
This all day invigorating event is provided to PSS volunteers (Circle Facilitators, Steering Committees, Board and Child Minders) in the Fall for networking, professional development, volunteer appreciation and roundtable discussion. Community partners are also welcome to attend.
Parenting and The Whole Brain Child Workshop
An 8-week parenting series for parents and grandparents looking for effective, nurturing & practical ways to relate with their child. Using the book for parents, The Whole-Brain Child: Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2012) which was authored by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson, Max Innes, the workshop facilitator will walk the participants through the 12 Whole-Brain Strategies for effective parenting.
The Essence of Adolescence: Parenting Teens and Teening Parents
IIn this overview of adolescence and parenting teens, family therapist, Max Innes, reviews some of the ideas of Dan Siegel's new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (2014).
This workshop, for parents and their teenagers, introduces what's important about adolescence for both teens and their parents.
The essence of the teenage years will be revealed; The significance of this essence for adults will be considered; And some ideas for how the teenage years might be managed a little more easily by parent and teens.
Presenter- Max Innes Ph.D. (Sociology) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Best Practices for Parenting
Other Parent Education Services and Events:
BC Council for Families
Leadership through education, training advocacy and research for the healthy development of families. http://www.bccf.ca
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP)
Parent Services Boys and Girls Clubs of BC
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)