Through The Child’s Eyes 2016/2017

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. From BIG FEELINGS to CALM: How do children develop emotional regulation?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

Children are born with the capacity to feel all range of emotions, yet they are not born with the capacity to manage all of these big feelings. This workshop will explore how emotional regulation develops in children and our role as caregivers in this development. What do we need to understand and who do we need to be to a child, to grow settled and resilient brains that can manage much of what life brings.

2. Sleepless in Surrey? How parents can support healthy sleep patterns in growing children

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. (#1856)

Sleep is something that our bodies need in order to restore us to full capacity. For children, healthy sleep patterns are a key part of optimal development. And every parent knows just how awful it can be – for both the child and the family around the child – when sleep is not going well. At this workshop we will discuss the development of healthy sleep patterns in growing children, dispel some myths about sleep that can sometimes hijack our efforts to get our kids sleeping better, and review some rescue strategies for getting your sleep game back on track.

3. From Mind Full to Mindful Parenting: How to strengthen relationships and foster resilience in children

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 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.

4. Fostering More Peaceful Sibling Relationships

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, MA, RCC

Sibling rivalry is inevitable and normal. It can however lead to a great deal of frustration and worries within many families. This workshop will share ideas that will prevent and transform sibling tensions, bringing more peace into the home.

5. Help! I’m Raising a Teenager!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Jill Haydicky, R. Psych. (#2208)

Adolescence has been traditionally known as a time of "storm and stress," but research indicates that this developmental period need not be so stormy. In this workshop we will explore the particular challenges – and strengths – of the teenage brain, in order to understand the biology that drives the behaviour of our teens. We will discuss the role of caregivers in supporting teens through this transitional period, and provide ideas for maintaining healthy relationships while helping teens manage bumps along the road to adulthood.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 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!

Autographed copies of Dr. Vanessa’s bestselling book by this same title will available on site at this workshop!

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