Archive for "Workshops" Category

  • Through The Child’s Eyes 2017/2018 - 2017.10.17 ( Through the Child's Eyes, Workshops )

    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 and Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC.

    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 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

    Registration is now closed.

    Location

    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 4 workshops in our sixth year of the "Through the Child’s Eyes" series:

    1. GROWING A SECURE CHILD

    How many times have we heard ourselves saying, «our children needed to come with a manual!» This workshop introduces you to the Circle of Security Parenting program which will be offered at The Wishing Star this coming Winter! It offers a clear road map to the needs of children, which if met much of the time, leads to security. Much of the time we inadvertently make parenting harder than it needs to be, not seeing what is right in front of our eyes! This workshop will offer an opportunity to unlock your innate capacity as a parent to recognize and meet these needs. Please join us in sharing our positive intention to grow our children in the best possible way.

    2. What it Means to Be a Parent: Growing ourselves to grow our children

    Becoming a parent doesn’t come with a manual and often it leads to significant emotions and upheaval in ourselves as we wonder if we are doing it right. What we often don’t realize until we are in the middle of it is that growing up a child comes with the incredible opportunity to finally grow up ourselves. And in fact, when we have made sense of that we will finally be able to make sense of our children. This workshop will address the key elements of growth we must recognize and cultivate within ourselves as parents in order to do right by our children.

    3. Parenting in the Early Years: What moms and dads of children 0-3 years need to know

    Should you sleep train? What are you supposed to do when your 2-year-old has a tantrum? What if potty training becomes a battle? How should the transition into daycare be handled? If you have a child 0-3 years and have wondered about these and other key questions this workshop is for you. Making informed and wise decisions now about these things promotes resilience and improves outcomes ongoing. Using the science of child development we will address the big issues that come with raising your little one.

    4. LARGE & IN CHARGE

    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!

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  • Free Workshop for parents and caregivers in Salmon Arm - 2016.10.28 ( Workshops )
    The ABCs of Mental Health for Children | Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych #1856

    In this workshop, we will seek to understand the most common mental health challenges in young children, including behaviour disorders, anxiety, and depression, through the lens of attachment. We will examine our approaches to understanding the needs of children presenting with mental health concerns, as well as the methods we use to intervene and nurture change in their worlds.

    Presented by:

    The Shuswap Local Action Team of the Child and Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Collaborative

    Dates & Times:

    Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Registration:

    Registration is now closed.

    Location:

    SD83 District Education Support Centre | 341 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.






    To download and print out the information, click here.

  • Through The Child’s Eyes 2016/2017 - 2016.09.09 ( Through the Child's Eyes, Workshops )

    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

    Registration is now closed.

    Location

    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!

    To download and print out the information, click here.

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  • Growing Up Strong Workshops for Girls 2016 Spring - 2016.03.04 ( Workshops )

    The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic in connection with Bold New Girls to present:
    Growing Up Strong Workshops for Girls with with Lindsay Sealey, B.A., M.A. Ed.

    The Growing Up Strong Workshop Series offers girls, ages 9-13, the opportunity to explore the meaning of strong in terms of: girlhood, anxiety, social media, and perfectionism. Workshops are a fun combination of: learning tools and strategies, discussion and sharing, activities, and reflecting – workbooks and snacks are also included.

    Registration

    Registration is now closed.

    Location

    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
    1. #Like A Girl

    Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    When did doing something "like a girl" become an insult? This workshop is designed to explore what "like a girl" and girlhood means as girls grows into greatness. This workshop is all about championing girls and includes: a short empowerment yoga session with Yoga It Up! followed by self-exploration, discussion of "femaleness", positive affirmations, and goal setting towards personal best. "Like a girl" needs to become a phrase that means something amazing and powerful!

    2. Growing Up Strong in an Anxious World

    Saturday, March 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Girls today live in an anxious world – girls can feel over-stimulated, over exposed, and, oftentimes, overwhelmed by everything! It makes perfect sense why girls feel anxious – there seems to be a lot to worry about! This workshop has been designed to explore anxiety: learning to pay attention to your body, focusing on breathing and relaxation techniques, asking questions of curiosity and interest, challenging "worry thoughts", and using tools to manage anxiety for inner strength!

    3. Media Madness and Mixed Messages

    Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Social media – Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – is all around us. Girls today are bombarded with images and messages 24/7. There is no break from social media and although it may help girls to feel connected, engaged, and informed, it can also contribute to feeling anxious and "not good enough". This workshop looks at all aspects of media: the benefits, the drawbacks, time limitations and healthy boundaries, understanding how media affects girls, and what they can do to stand strong in all this media madness!

    4. The 3 P’s: Pleasing, Performing and Perfecting

    Saturday, May 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    There is no doubt about it: girls have social pressures to please people, perform for people, and try to perfect all they do to be all things to all people! The 3 P’s workshop looks at each at the 3 P’s together and separately – what they are and the why they exist. The workshop focuses on ideas for: developing a strong self, social awareness, learning curiosity and compassion, letting go of the need to be "perfect" and the "disease to please", and learning to develop their authentic selves to make meaningful and positive social connections.

    To download and print out the information, click here.

  • Through The Child’s Eyes 2015/2016 - 2015.10.08 ( Through the Child's Eyes, Workshops )

    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

    Registration is now closed.

    Location

    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.


    View Larger Map


    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.

    To download and print out the information, click here.

    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

  • Summer Learning Workshops for Kids 2015 - 2015.04.22 ( Workshops )
    Summer Learning Workshops for Kids 2015

    Summer is a great time for fun and adventure. Summer is also an excellent time to review learning skills and tools and start preparing for school success in the fall. The Wishing Star is now offering interactive learning workshops for students ages 8 and up.

    Workshops will be a combination of learning, discussion, and practical tools and strategies. Workbooks are included.

    Outside of these group offerings, one-on-one learning support is also available.

    1. Let’s Get Ready - equipping kids with foundation learning skills

    Friday, August 7, 10am – 12pm

    This workshop is a great introduction to some key learning habits and strategies for optimal learning. Foundation skills to be explored include:

    • Positive learning behaviours, and focus and attention
    • Internal dialogue and positive self-talk
    • Asking questions/being curious
    • Following rules and directions
    • Vocabulary development
    • Reading for pleasure
    • Reflective learning
    • Personal best
    2. Smart kids - teaching kids how to learn

    Friday, August 14, 10am – 12pm

    So often kids are taught what to learn but not how to learn. This workshop will look at the process of learning, and the learning how to learn skills, including:

    • Learning styles
    • Learning strategies and ways to remember information
    • Brain booster tips and memory tools
    • Textbook exploration and note taking
    • Active reading and reading comprehension
    • Study habits and test taking skills
    • Making mistakes
    • Preparation and planning
    3. Smart, not Scattered - teaching kids the executive functioning skills

    Friday, August 21, 10am – 12pm

    Ever feel your child is scattered and forgetful? You are not alone. This workshop aims to increase kids’ awareness and understanding of the executive functioning skills, and will provide some practical suggestions to put these skills to good use. The executive functioning skills to be looked at include:

    • Response inhibition
    • Working memory
    • Emotional control
    • Attention
    • Time management and organization
    • Goal-directed persistence
    • Self-Monitoring/self-management
    • Planning and prioritization
    4. Ready, Set, Go! - preparing kids to be ready for school

    Friday, August 28, 10am – 12pm

    School is coming and it’s time to get ready! It’s helpful to start talking with kids about what they can do to prepare and also what to expect in the school year ahead. Topics explored include:

    • Successful learning strategies
    • Managing anxiety in learning
    • Transitions and changes
    • Personal best at school
    • Life balance and lifelong learning
    • Reflective learning
    Location

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

    129-3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC V3Z 0K7.


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    Cost

    $100 / Workshop

    Registration

    Please contact our office
    Phone: 778-294-8732 | Fax: 778-294-3732 | Email: info@lapointepsychology.com

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  • Through The Child’s Eyes 2014/2015 - 2014.10.15 ( Through the Child's Eyes, Workshops )

    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

    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.

    Click here for our contact information.

    Download a Registration Form if you are mailing in payment.

    Location

    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.

    To download and print out the information, click here.

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

  • Summer Learning Workshops for Kids - 2014.03.06 ( Archive, Workshops )
    Summer Learning Workshops for Kids

    Fun and interactive learning workshops for kids ages 8 to 13!
    Presented by The Wishing Star Developmental Clinic

    This summer The Wishing Star is offering summer learning support. Summer is a great time to review school curriculum and preview curriculum for the year to come. Sessions include: learning strategies, learning tools, the executive functioning skills and a preview of the vocabulary and concepts for the school grade your child is entering. Priming students for the year to come can prepare them both emotionally and academically and equip them with the learning tools and confidence so they are ready to learn. Summer learning programs are also a great way to help with the back to school transition and can build learning momentum. New clients are welcome!

    You can sign up for one or take all 4! Workshops include a take-home booklet and will be a combination of learning, discussion, and practical tools (and some laughter and fun!)

    1. Let’s Get Ready - equipping kids with foundation learning skills

    July 30th (Wed) 3:00PM – 5:00PM or August 1st (Fri) 9:00AM – 11:00AM

    This workshop is a great introduction to some key learning habits and strategies for optimal learning. Foundation skills to be explored include:

    • Positive learning behaviours and focus and attention
    • Internal dialogue and positive self-talk
    • Asking questions/being curious
    • Following rules and directions
    • Vocabulary development
    • Reading for pleasure
    • Reflective learning
    • Personal best
    2. Smart kids - teaching kids how to learn

    August 6th (Wed) 3:00PM – 5:00PM or August 8th (Fri) 9:00AM – 11:00AM

    So often kids are taught what to learn but not how to learn. This workshop will look at the process of learning and the learning how to learn skills including:

    • Learning styles
    • Learning strategies and ways to remember information
    • Brain booster tips and memory tools
    • Textbook exploration and note taking
    • Active reading and reading comprehension
    • Study habits and test taking skills
    • Making mistakes
    • Preparation and planning
    3. Smart, not Scattered - teaching kids the executive functioning skills

    August 13th (Wed) 3:00PM – 5:00PM or August 15th (Fri) 9:00AM – 11:00AM

    Ever feel your child is scattered and forgetful? You are not alone. So, this workshop aims to increase kids’ awareness and understanding of the executive functioning skills and will provide some practical suggestions to put these skills to good use. The executive functioning skills to be looked at include:

    • Response inhibition
    • Working memory
    • Emotional control
    • Attention
    • Organization
    • Goal-directed persistence
    • Self-Monitoring
    • Planning and prioritization
    4. Ready, Set, Go! - preparing kids to be ready for school

    August 20th (Wed) 3:00PM – 5:00PM or August 22nd (Fri) 9:00AM – 11:00AM

    School is coming and it’s time to get ready! It’s helpful to start talking with kids about what they can do to prepare and also what to expect in the school year ahead. Topics explored include:

    • Successful learning
    • Managing anxiety in learning
    • Transitions
    • Personal best at school
    • Life balance
    • Reflective learning
    Location

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

    129-3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC.


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    Cost

    $125 / Workshop or $400 / for all 4 Workshops

    Registration

    Please contact our office
    Phone: 778-294-8732 | Fax: 778-294-3732 | Email: info@lapointepsychology.com

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