Empowering Parents / Fraser Forum : Becoming a Behavioural Detective

Empowering Parents / Fraser Forum : Becoming a Behavioural Detective

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Port Coquitlam

Address provided upon registration

Venue is near transit routes and is wheelchair accessible. There is free parking.



THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT, with a full wait list. We will contact people on the wait list as/if space becomes available. Thanks for all the interest!

Please arrive at 12:15 for registration check in and a light lunch.

Presentation is from 1:00-4:15pm.

"Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Sensory, Mental Health, Trauma and Resilience"

In this workshop, Kim Barthel (OTR) will share how, as a parent, becoming a “behavioural detective” helps us to better understand what’s going on behind the scenes for our kids. Many things impact behaviour that aren’t always front of mind: the sensory system, trauma history (even multi-generational), developmental disabilities, attachment strategies… Understanding these impacts, and how we can be more attuned to our kids who are living with mental health challenges, plays a significant role in how we can help and connect more with our kids. Viewed through the lens that all behaviour is a way of coping, Kim will discuss strategies to adapt the environment, focus on relationship, provide appropriate supports and help foster greater resiliency. The art of becoming a good behavioural detective – working to understand why our kids do what they do - involves not only what you do, but how you do it. Come to this free workshop to learn more.


Kim Barthel, OTR is a mental health occupational therapist and co-author of the book “Conversations with a Rattlesnake”. Kim has a gift of taking complex information like neurobiology, attachment, developmental disorders and healing and making it easy to relate to and understand. Theo Fleury calls her “the Wayne Gretzky of Therapy and probably the best speaker I’ve ever heard”. She is passionate about this topic because of the impact this information has on creating change.

This is a free event for families of children and youth who experience mental health challenges. Preregistration is required. Early registration is reserved for these families.

If space permits on March 16, there may be a limited number of seats available for all families, service providers and professionals with an interest in child and youth mental health.

The event is intended for parents and adult caregivers. Unfortunately, childcare is not available.

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