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Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

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Father Leo J Austin Catholic Secondary School

1020 Dryden Blvd.

Whitby, On

Canada

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Connection is Key: Promoting Positive Mental Health

All community members are welcome to attend this FREE event.

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

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

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 and Region of Durham Public Health Nurse):

"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!)



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