Through The Child’s Eyes 2014/2015

Proudly presenting a 5-part workshop series:
Through the Child’s Eyes with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. #1856, and Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC.

Hosted by The Wishing Star Developmental Clinic at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic (Surrey, BC)

This series is specially created for every "big person" out there – moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, caregivers, teachers – who are invested in the growing up of children. Created and delivered by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Registered Psychologist, experienced dynamic speaker and Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC, this workshop series is now in its third year. Each of the workshops in this series are meant to stir in each participant the wonder of seeing the world Through the Child’s Eyes. Dr. Lapointe firmly believes that if each of us big people can find ourselves looking out at the world, experiencing and knowing the world, and feeling and responding to the world the way a child does, we are infinitely more capable of responding to children in ways that resonate with the science of development. That is, to do right by our children we need to see the world through their eyes.

Each workshop is a "stand-alone" workshop, and does not require participation in any of the previous workshops.


Registration for each workshop in the series is now open!
There are a limited number of seats available so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Tickets: $20 + GST / person per workshop  |  $30 + GST / parenting couple per workshop

Payment can be made:
- over the phone (778-294-8732) by credit card,
- via mail by cheque (Registration Form to be completed and included) or
- in person at the Wishing Star offices at 129 – 3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC, V3Z 0K7.

Payment must be received within 3 business days of a phone call reservation for a reserved spot to be held. Registration is open until the day before each workshop is presented provided space is still available.

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For the 2014/2015 year, these workshops will be offered at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic:

128-3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC V3Z 0K7.

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The Series

We are thrilled to present the following 5 workshops in our third year of the "Through the Child’s Eyes" series:

1. Knowing & Trusting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Presented by Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

(This is the foundational workshop of the series and was also presented in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 – repeat attendees are welcome! Those new to the series are strong encouraged to attend this foundational workshop)

The treasure of knowing that you are "being held in mind" brings with it an incredible amount of trust for the young child in their big person. Imagine knowing that your big person so understood you, so cared for you, so had your back, and so wanted to do right by you that you could just sit back, relax, and trust your development to unfold in the manner nature intended! This is what we want for our growing children. We don’t want young children to have to up the ante to have their developmental needs met. This leads to unnecessary challenges and a foundational disruption for the child who is simply trying to grow up. How then do we instill in our children that sense that they are being held in mind? Knowing and Trusting is a workshop that offers big people different ways to think about and approach gifting a child the treasure of being known and of "being held in mind." This will include understanding key concepts foundational to the relationship between the child and their special big people, as well as a year-by-year developmental understanding from birth through 8 of how a child’s special big people can connect with them in meaningful ways.

2. Large & in Charge

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych.

Sometimes things get turned upside down and you find your child telling you what to do and how to do it. In other words, being bossy, demanding, prescriptive, and generally large and in charge! There is a reason this is happening with increasing frequency for our children. Contrary to popular culture, this reason is not that children need a firmer, stricter hand. The true reason for why children are adopting the large and in charge stance is much more complex. This workshop will focus on understanding how things get flipped upside down in today’s parenting culture, and will provide ideas for taking steps toward turning it right side up!

3. Anger & Eruptions: Understanding anger and what to do about it

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Presented by Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

Anger in our children is one of those emotions that often takes us by surprise, and indeed, provokes interesting responses out of us as parents. Where does anger come from? When is anger a problem? What does anger have to do with brain development? This workshop will take on the task of helping big people understand the needs of children when anger erupts. We will explore the emotional pathways that lead to angry explosions and we will seek to understand how to respond in ways that calm rather than agitate, and in ways that actually facilitate improved growth for the developing brain.

4. Time out for Time Outs: Understanding the needs of children in the world of discipline

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych.

The science of child development has gifted us an incredible understanding of the growing brain and the needs of children. At the same time, we are surrounded by an overwhelming amount of "pop-culture" information and "fads" regarding how we are meant to discipline our children. And very often, we find ourselves lost in the "noise" of behaviour, rather than finding helpful ways to make sense of it, and move beyond it. The focus of this workshop is to facilitate an understanding what does and does not work for children when it comes to discipline. We will discuss what makes some approaches to discipline, such as Time Outs, actually harmful to the developing brain. And we will explore developmentally informed alternatives that allow us to guide our children in nurturing ways.

5. Friend or Foe?: Understanding social skill development in the growing child

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Presented by Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

In the current culture in which we grow up children, the pressure to "socialize" them begins earlier and earlier. Our children attend baby groups, structure play dates, begin preschool, and transition into formalized education at ever younger ages. We are taught as parents that our children need to be proficient in social settings in order to have any chance of making it in this world. But what does the science of child development have to say about this hyper focus on social skills for the growing child? In this workshop we will discover the needs of growing children as they compare with the wants of the social world around us. We will explore what is healthy for brain development in the world of social skills…and what is not. And we will investigate ideas and approaches for ensuring our children both get what they need and can find their way through our social world.

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Click to look back at the 2012/2013 Through the Child’s Eyes Series and the 2013/2014 Through the Child’s Eyes Series