Free conference for parents at St. James High School

The Wellington Catholic Parent Involvement Committee is pleased once again to be able to provide a free conference for parents at St. James High School on Saturday April 30, 2016 – Continuing to Build Relationships and Promote Success.

Complimentary childcare will provided. Registration will open soon!

Keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Williams. Dr. Williams Keynote address “A Parent’s Guide to Reducing Stress and Increasing Resilience in Children” will describe some reasons why children are more stressed and anxious than before and help parents develop resilience, reduce stress, improve their child’s overall well-being and create a happier home.

Dr. Williams is currently the Director of the Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction in Oakville.  She maintained an appointment for 8 years as Assistant Professor (PT) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University where she conducted research on prevention and intervention with anxious and depressed children, provided treatment in the child, adolescent, and adult hospital programs, and trained residents and interns in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  She has worked on the CBT Unit at the former Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto (now CAMH), at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, the Mood Disorders program at the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, the Adolescent Program and Eating Disorders Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre, and the Child and Family Centre at Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton.

Some other topics for the day also include:

  • Mental Health Challenges and Teens (Guelph Canadian Mental Health Association)
  • Secrets of Discipline (Mr. Ron Morrish)
  • Cyberbullying 101 (Dr. Ryan Broll, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph)
  • Girls Self Esteem (Indigo Girls Guelph)
  • Looped in Learning: An introduction to BrainGym (Ms. Joanne Smyth Minds in Motion)
  • Christian Meditation (Mr. Paul Tratnyek, Faith animator, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board)
  • Strengths in Education (Dr. Margaret Lumley, University of Guelph, Mary Beth McCuen-Tersigini, Special Education Coordinator, Wellington Catholic District School Board)

We will also be joined by various community partners who will have display tables set up for you to visit.

Heidi Locher
Wellington CPIC

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