Free

Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

1375 Harwood Ave. N.

Ajax, On

Canada

Event description

Description

Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

All community members are welcome to attend this FREE event. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Come early for registration and to explore community displays. Refreshments and door prizes will be available throughout the evening.

Keynote Address by Dr. Jean Clinton:

The relationships that we have with our children are essential components of healthy brain development. These relationships play a key role all the way from early brain development to healthy adolescent development. This presentation will explore brain development through the lens that relationships and love build brains.

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for almost 30 years, and was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education. Dr Clinton's special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein.

Following the keynote address select ONE of the following optional workshops offered by DCDSB Student Services staff and community partners:

1. Stress Behaviour vs Misbehaviour (Presented by members of DCDSB Behaviour Resource Team)

"If you look at a child differently, you will see a different child" (Dr. Stuart Shanker). Examining challenging behaviours through a self-regulation lens and the belief that "kids do well if they can" (Dr. Ross Greene).

2. Understanding and Supporting Your Worried Child (Presented by DCDSB Social Workers)

This workshop will provide a basic understanding of anxiety in children and youth, highlighting the difference between adaptive and problematic anxiety. Some ideas and suggestions around ways to support your child with their worried thinking will also be provided.

3. Mindful Parenting (Presented by DCDSB Speech-Language Pathologist)

Mindful parenting is about being fully present with our children and teenagers - in both shared moments of joy, as well as during challenging times. In this workshop, participants will learn how mindfulness practices apply to parenting, how to develop present-moment awareness in day-to-day parenting, and strategies and ideas for engagin in mindfulness practices with your child.


4. No workshop

Select this option if you do not plan to attend a workshop (Don't worry - you can change your mind on the evening of the event!)


5 New Workshop: Communicating With Your Teen (Presented by Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health)

The adolescent years can be challenging for youth and parents alike. We will discuss effective communication strategies that encourage setting limits, house rules, fostering respect and supporting parents with regards to where to put their energy and where it is wasted. Changing the dynamics in the home can reduce the impact of problems that already exist, such as substance use, and prevent relationship problems from developing.


Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

1375 Harwood Ave. N.

Ajax, On

Canada

Save This Event

Event Saved