Through The Child’s Eyes 2015/2016

The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic proudly presenting a 6-part workshop series: Through the Child’s Eyes with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. #1856, Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC, and Dr. Jill Haydicky, R. Psych. #2208.

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, Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC and Dr. Jill Haydicky, Registered Psychologist, this workshop series is now in its fourth 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 is now closed.


All workshops will be offered at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic:

128-3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC V3Z 0K7.
A note about parking: there is a parking lot in the back of the building; there is also street parking on Rosemary Heights Crescent and on 34 Ave.

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The Series

We are thrilled to present the following 6 workshops in our fourth year of the "Through the Child’s Eyes" series:

1. Discipline Without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. (#1856)

When your child is threatening a meltdown in the grocery aisle, is it really possible to keep your cool, get the behaviour turned around, and support healthy development, all at the same time?! Parents, caregivers and big people of all kinds will discover how discipline affects children’s development, why our reactions to our children’s behavior should reinforce connection instead of introduce more upset, and why the disciplinary strategies that may have been used on us as children are not the ones that children really need. In addition, you’ll learn:

  • How the concept of "childhood" has been understood in different ways historically and why we must understand it anew today.
  • The basic and impactful truth behind Dr. Vanessa’s mantra "See it, feel it, be it."
  • The foundation of a healthy, effective approach to discipline that respects your child’s developmental needs… and works!

Dr. Vanessa’s book by this same title will be released in January 2016! As a special offer to all those who attend this workshop, with proof of book preordering (just print and bring your receipt from Amazon!) Dr. Vanessa will sign book plates and will provide online access to a free webinar in 2016.

2. I Can Get Smarter!: The power of a "Growth Mindset"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

How do we best support our children to embrace challenges rather than run from them, be truly resilient when things feel difficult and celebrate the power of possibilities! This workshop will explore Dr. Carol Dweck’s concept of a "Growth Mindset" versus a "Fixed Mindset". What is it and how do we gift our children the sense that things are possible if we work hard and stick with it. We will also explore the "supporting cast", supporting through challenges whilst remaining connected, the basis of true growth and maturity. This workshop promises to be enlightening and practical.

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: 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. From Mind Full Parent to Mindful Parent: How to strengthen relationships and foster resilience in children

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Jill Haydicky, R. Psych. (#2208)

Parenting can often feel like a juggling act. Balancing the demands of work and home life, coordinating appointments and activities, and dealing with daily hassles can leave little time for joyful connection with our children. In this workshop, parents will learn how shifting the emphasis from doing to being has a profound effect on parent-child relationships. We will explore how a mindful approach to parenting moves us from reactive to reflective, and helps us to understand and respond to the needs of our children. We will seek to understand how taking care of yourself and your child supports the development of emotion regulation skills and fosters resilience in our children. Parents will be introduced to mindful practices appropriate for adults and children alike.

5. Screen Time & Attention Deficit: Understanding the growing epidemic of inattentive children alongside the rise of technology exposure

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych (#1856)

The nature verses nurture approach to understanding how children develop leads us to intuit that exactly how brain growth and development unfolds most certainly is impacted by the amount of screen-time and technology exposure that children have. In this workshop we will discuss two key reasons why we must protect our children’s (1) hearts; and (2) brains from the impact of screen time (video games, FaceBook, texting, social media, etc.). Participants can expect some ideas and strategies to put into place for safeguarding their children around technology exposure, a developmental guide to what is safe and when, and an overall understanding of our role as big people must be for our children as we navigate the technology revolution.

6. When the Worry Monster Attacks: Understanding anxiety and the surprising answer to helping your child through it

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Jill Haydicky, R. Psych. (#2208)

The prevalence of anxiety in our children has perhaps never been more prominent than now. What has happened that our children are so full of worry? And what shifts need to occur for us as adults to be able to turn worry about the uncontrollable into wonder about the possibilities? As parents, teachers, and other ‘big people’ become increasingly concerned about their children and the functional daily impact of anxiety, our efforts can turn almost frantic as we try to glean helpful, supportive information from the unmanageable amounts available online and elsewhere. Too often this results in ‘quick fix’ approaches to ‘solving’ anxiety, rather than inviting a contemplative approach that is informed by the science of child development. This workshop will focus on making sense of the world of anxiety for children as they experience it and direct us to land on a surprising answer for overcoming it! We will discuss the roots of anxiety and use our understanding of such to inform knowledgeable responses and supports for the children we are growing up who might be struggling with too much worry. The goal will be to provide participants with a developmentally sensitive approach to understanding worry and transforming it into wonder.

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Click to look back at the 2012/2013 Through the Child’s Eyes Series, the 2013/2014 Through the Child’s Eyes Series, and the 2014/2015 Through the Child’s Eyes Series