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PARENT WORKSHOPS

Throughout the school year, there are opportunities for parents to attend workshops on  a variety of topics.  Please check here regularly for updates and new workshops.


June 23, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Safer Schools Together:  Current Online Behavioral Trends and Updates                                                                                                     The Impacts of Cyberbullying

Cost: $39

According to recent data collected from 563,514 Students, we've seen a 418% increase in Bullying/Cyberbullying.

Unlike conventional face-to-face bullying, there is no escape from the emotional harm that can be caused by online negative comments, repeated messaging and the taunts that can occur with cyberbullying. 

Cyberbullying is the use of online tools like websites, social media and/or texting to hurt, humiliate, threaten and cause harm to others. The internet is a great tool, but it can also expose individuals to the dangers and victimization of cyberbullying behaviors.  

Our June 23 session will address the rising concern of cyberbullying, the current trends associated with cyberbullying, the impacts it has on youth in our communities and suggested guidelines to follow when dealing with cyberbullying. Knowing how to identify, understand and address the affects of cyberbullying is imperative to ensure youth affected feel supported. 

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June 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Safer Schools Together:  Sexual Exploitation & Online Grooming

Cost: $29

Over 90% of sexual exploitation is first facilitated online

Sexual exploitation and grooming often begin in online environments where youth are more trusting. Phones and devices are often viewed by youth as safe spaces to engage with those they have not met in real life. 

The Modern-Day Predator, presented by Tiana Sharifi, was designed to provide education to School Administrators, Law Enforcement, School Safety / Threat Assessment teams and community partners as a means for prevention of sexual exploitation.

 On June 15th and September 28th, Safer Schools Together is offering a Live Virtual Training open to Parents / Caregivers and Professionals featuring special guest, Carol Todd. Carol is a mother, an educator and an advocate who will be sharing her personal story and experience with online exploitation. 


Starting Thursday, June 2, 12:00 - 1:30 PM (for 6 weeks)

VCH Responsive Parenting Group on Zoom

This six week course will explore strategies for supporting youth (ages 12-24) through challenges with substance use and mental health.

For intake and information, please contact:

· Youth CAIT Team (604-209-3705)

· Shaun (604-418-8978/shaun.macdonald2@vch.ca)

· Tanya (604-612-9109/tanya.bentley@vch.ca)


Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

FamilySmart:  The ABCs of Substance Use and Connecting With Our Kids

Talking about substance use with our kids is important, but we don’t always know how.  Join us for a conversation with Senior Associates of Youth Substance Use Health Promotion, a Youth Addiction Counsellor, and Parents to talk about the basics of substance use; from pre-experimentation to casual using. We will focus on the importance of our relationships and staying connected to our kids.

This event will not cover chronic use and addiction.

Cindy Andrew is a mother of two, a former teacher and long time health promoter. She is a senior associate on the team leading The ABCs of Youth Substance Use, a BC government funded project focused on supporting schools – and by extension, parents and caregivers, in addressing substance use with youth. A former program consultant with the Canadian Institute on Substance Use Research, Cindy also works with a Vancouver Island based school district in supporting their health promoting schools related efforts, which includes connecting with and support parents and caregivers.

Angela Lawrence is a parent of 2, a certified educator and a registered clinical counsellor. Angela works to support youth who present with substance use issues.

Art Steinmann brings over 40 years of experience in substance use policy, education, program development, advocacy and health promotion work. Art is a Senior Associate, Youth Substance Use Health Promotion, Bunyaad Public Affairs Inc. From 2005 – 2021 Art was the co-founder, co-developer and Manager of Substance Use Health Promotion and SACY (Supporting and Connecting Youth) for the Vancouver School Board.

Victoria Keddis is a FamilySmart Practice Manager & Facilitator. Victoria is a mom of two adult children and is grateful for the teachings of her children along the way.

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Tuesday, May 3, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

FamilySmart:  Building Connection With Our Kids When It Feels Impossible

An honest conversation with parents and caregivers who are struggling to connect with their kids. We know what it’s like because we’ve been there. Join FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Workers and we will share strategies to build, and rebuild, connections even when it is complex. This conversation is facilitated by parents with lived experience.

Diane Evans, FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Worker, BC Children’s Hospitals Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Tammy Music, Family Smart Parent Peer Support Worker, Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and Short Term Assessment Response Treatment (START) Fraser North.

Victoria Keddis, Manager & Facilitator, FamilySmart.

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Monday, May 2, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

FamilySmart:  It's Never Too Late - Healing Parent-Child Relational  Stress Using                                          Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

When we experience relationship challenges with our children, it can be stressful for all involved, leaving parents confused, frustrated, even walking on eggshells. This one-hour presentation will provide techniques to support parents to heal relational ruptures with kids and teens using an emotion-focused approach.

Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, scientist, and developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. She has published extensively in the field of psychotherapy, emotion and health, including a clinical manual to support families published by the American Psychological Association. She has also written a popular parenting book titled: What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work, and provides practical resources to parents and adult influencers at no cost at www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca.

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April 4 (6:30 PM), April 12 (5 PM), April 20 (12 PM), April 26 (6:30 PM), April 28 (5 PM)

FamilySmart "In the Know" Drop-in Virtual Group

Topic: A Conversation for Families About Digital Wellbeing and Mental Health

As parents, we struggle with balancing our children’s time spent in the digital world and what we consider the real world. It’s not easy to know how much time on technology is too much and how to set boundaries that don’t create conflict. Join us for a conversation with a digital wellbeing expert to learn some practical solutions to our everyday concerns and challenges around our kids' use of screens and their mental health.

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Wednesday, February 23, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

FamilySmart:  What To Say to Kids ( and Teens) When Nothing Seems to Work

Dr. Ashley Miller will share quick and effective strategies to help your child and you weather difficult moments in a way that strengthens resilience and relationships. 

Dr. Ashley Miller is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Family Therapist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.  

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Wednesday, February 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

FamilySmart:  ADHD - The Real Deal

Dr. Don Duncan will dispel the many myths surrounding ADHD by presenting up to date scientific facts about cause, prevalence, diagnosis and treatment. He will explain how and why the ADHD brain works the way it does. Plenty of time will be reserved for questions to ensure the information is understood and relevant to those attending. 

Dr. Don Duncan is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC where he serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic and operates an assessment clinic for students at the University of British Columbia . 

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February 8, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Online Dangers: Cyberbullying and Online Child Sexual Exploitation

This panel discussion will tackle some of the most difficult topics youth, parents, and caregivers face today — cyberbullying and online child sexual exploitation. The panel of experts will define the issues, tell you what to look out for, and give advice on how to talk to your kids about these topics. They’ll also answer any questions you may have, so you have the tools you need to have open and supportive conversations about this serious issue.

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January 17, 19, 24, 26 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM; February 14, 16, 22, 23 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM

FamilySmart Help for the Hard Times Workshop

Topics: 

Session 1 & 2: How to support a safety plan at home

Session 3: How to take care of yourself and family after a crisis

Session 4: How to find the resources you need

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Thursday, January 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

FamilySmart "In the Know" Drop-in Virtual Group

Topic: Teens and School

Secondary School is an important time in a teen's life and for teen's struggling with mental health and/or substance use challenges, it can be a tough time.  This In the Know brings together a principal and a parent to discuss what they have done as adults to support things going well for teens in secondary schools. 

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Monday, November 22, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

FamilySmart "In the Know" Workshop

Topic: Beyond Behaviours: When Is It More? What It Looks Like at Ages 13+

Why can it feel so tricky to tell if our kids are on track,  going through a phase, as opposed to struggling with something more, or beyond behaviours? In this video conversation, a parent and counsellor talk about the developmental stages of children 13 years of age and older. 

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