Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

Wednesday  17 October  2018  5:15 PM    Wednesday  17 October  2018 8:30 PM
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Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

All community members are welcome to attend this FREE event. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 

Come early for registration and to explore community displays. Refreshments and door prizes will be available throughout the evening. 

Keynote Address by Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant: 

The relationships that we have with our children are essential components of healthy brain development. These relationships play a key role all the way from early brain development to healthy adolescent development. This presentation will explore brain development through the lens that relationships and love build brains.

Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant is an Associate Professor with the Psychology Department at Trent University and Senior Researcher and Advisor to Stuart Shanker for the Self-Regulation Institute ( She has been the primary researcher on projects with Peel Regional Health and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She has served as past coordinator of the Developmental Section of the Canadian Psychological Society and as Senior Research with the Ministry of Children and Youth. Her research interests are in the area of children’s cognitive development and how early development is influenced by parents, educators, and social policy. 

Following the keynote address select ONE of the following optional workshops offered by DCDSB Student Services staff and community partners

1. Stress Behaviour vs Misbehaviour (Presented by members of DCDSB Behaviour Resource Team)

"If you look at a child differently, you will see a different child" (Dr. Stuart Shanker). Examining challenging behaviours through a self-regulation lens and the belief that "kids do well if they can" (Dr. Ross Greene).

2. Understanding and Supporting Your Worried Child (Presented by DCDSB Social Workers)

This workshop will provide a basic understanding of anxiety in children and youth, highlighting the difference between adaptive and problematic anxiety.  Some ideas and suggestions around ways to support your child with their worried thinking will also be provided. 

3. Mindful Parenting (Presented by DCDSB Speech-Language Pathologist)

Mindful parenting is about being fully present with our children and teenagers - in both shared moments of joy, as well as during challenging times. In this workshop, participants will learn how mindfulness practices apply to parenting, how to develop present-moment awareness in day-to-day parenting, and strategies and ideas for engagin in mindfulness practices with your child.

4. No workshop

Select this option if you do not plan to attend a workshop (Don't worry - you can change your mind on the evening of the event!)

New Workshop: Communicating With Your Teen (Presented by Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health) 

The adolescent years can be challenging for youth and parents alike. We will discuss effective communication strategies that encourage setting limits, house rules, fostering respect and supporting parents with regards to where to put their energy and where it is wasted. Changing the dynamics in the home can reduce the impact of problems that already exist, such as substance use, and prevent relationship problems from developing.

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