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Parent Seminar Series


The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre - Gail Appel Institute is partnering with Young People’s Theatre to present a series of seminars that will offer practical skills to promote children’s well-being and improve the lives of families. The Hincks-Dellcrest - Gail Appel Institute offers advanced education to those who work with children and families in a variety of mental health care professions. We also provide resources to parents and caregivers to support them with their children’s mental health care needs. Our mission is to build knowledge and capacity in children and family mental health.

The Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre is a leading edge, non-profit children’s mental health centre offering a comprehensive range of innovative mental health services to infants, children, youth, and their families. Our vision is to bring hope, optimism, and possibilities to the children and families we serve.

Young People's Theatre (YPT) is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first and largest of its kind in Canada. Over the past 50 years YPT has staged many of the most important plays that form the canon of work for youth in our country. The enriched learning experiences of YPT’s Education & Participation Department also provide young people with opportunities to develop their whole being. At Young People’s Theatre we strive for a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people – giving them the chance to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be.

Who Should Attend:
Parents, grandparents, teachers, child development professionals and others who can help children grow will find these learning experiences filled with practical skills that can promote children’s well-being and improve the lives of families.

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Doors open/registration
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Presentation
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Networking and book signing

Registration is online! Scroll down to register for the parent night(s) you wish to attend.

Admission for each seminar: $20.00

February 29, 2016 | Young People's Theatre (YPT)
Bouncing Forward: Tips for Raising Resilient Children

Pamela King LMFT

Workshop participants can look forward to practical, easy-to-implement strategies and creative approaches for parents that teach and encourage responsibility, self-motivation, and resiliency. There will be an emphasis on what is already working in our parenting. Participants will also share idea to encourage children to be solution builders in their own lives.

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April 11, 2016 | Young People's Theatre (YPT)
Breathe in and Shine: Mindfulness-based Practices that Support Children and Families to Thrive
Sara Marlowe MSW, RSW

Mindfulness has been the foundation for stress-reduction programs for decades. Recent research in neuroscience has found mindfulness practice to have a significant beneficial impact on the brain. Mindfulness helps develop increased attention and focus, strengthen empathy and compassion, counter the brain's 'negativity bias,' and improve overall brain integration, leading to mental wellness and increased longevity. With all these known benefits, why not start early by teaching mindfulness to children? But how? How can we invite children into practicing mindfulness, as it is so often associated with being still for long periods of time? This experiential workshop will engage participants in a variety of age-appropriate, creative and playful ways to share mindfulness practice with children and parents, all infused with mindfulness principles - such as acceptance, letting go, patience, non-judgement, non-striving and compassion.  It will explore the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience and offer accessible ways to share this exciting information with children and families.

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September 19, 2016 | TBD
Understanding and Supporting Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
David Tolin PhD, ABPP

This presentation will help to familiarize parents with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, a category of psychiatric disorders that includes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder. Other conditions, such as Pathological Gambling and
Compulsive Buying, are also considered by many to be part of this spectrum. 

In this presentation, Dr. Tolin will explain the early signs of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, what we know about why these disorders persist, and some of the strategies and treatments that have been shown to be effective

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