This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Saskatoon, SK. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here: http://www.jackhirose.com/workshop/neufeld-hirose-conference-towards-flourishing-children-youth/
This conference will be live streaming from Saskatoon, SK to online participants on November 6 – 8, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm CST.
This course is streaming live out of Saskatoon, SK beginning at 8:30am CST (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone.
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 6, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.
Registration will close on November 26, 2023.
Attend More and Save! 1 Day enrollment $269.00, 2 day enrollment $469.00, 3 day enrollement $669.00 + tax
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Day Two (November 7, 2023) Workshop Choices:
Day Two Morning 8:30am – 11:45am:
Workshop #5: Resilience & The Stress Response: Addressing Emotional Stuckness Including Trauma | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.
New understandings reveal that there is much wisdom to the stress response. Rather than focusing on dysfunction, we should begin by appreciating how our brains are brilliantly programmed to not only summon the strength required to deal with distressing situations, but to also serve as an emotional first-aid response. The problem is not with the stress response per se, but when the stress response is not followed in a timely fashion by its partner, the resilience response. We will be much more effective in our interaction with distressed children, youth, and students if we first come alongside how their brains are trying to take care of them, and from this stance, proceed to help the stress response become unstuck.
Workshop #6: Making Sense of Today’s Feeding & Eating Problems | PRESENTED BY Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D.
We have never known so much about food and what our bodies need to survive yet we continue to face increasing feeding and eating issues with our kids. What has come undone and what do we need to do to get back on track? What if it wasn’t just about food, or the table, or sitting beside each other to eat? We have missed something more critical to well-being that was meant to go along with eating. This issue couldn’t be more urgent with eating issues mounting in our kids and with children eating at least one meal away from home in the care of other adults. It is no longer about what happens at home with the responsibility for feeding our kids shared among many in a food obsessed context. Based on over ten years of research, Dr. Deborah MacNamara will share her findings based on her new book, Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for our Kids (and everyone else we love).
Day Two Afternoon 12:45pm – 4:00pm:
Workshop #7: The Vital Role of Emotional Playgrounds in Flourishing: From Toddlerhood To Elderhood | PRESENTED BY Tamara Strijack, M.A.
Emotions need room to play, for their sake, for our sake, for everyone’s sake. Just as the brain has to sleep for optimal functioning, emotions need to play in order to do its work in moving us towards health and well-being. Fresh insights from developmental science reveal play as the care-taker of emotion and thus key to emotional health and well-being. What play can do for emotion is remarkable, providing safety for expression as well as acting as a sanctuary for feeling, a womb for adaptation, a hospital for healing, and a greenhouse for development. Once upon a time, the kind of play we needed was built in to our culture. Unfortunately, the wisdom of true play is becoming eclipsed today and therefore we are left to create what culture no longer provides. In this session, Tamara Strijack will guide us as we consider the emotional playgrounds that can best serve the emotional health and well-being of those in our care, as well as ourselves. It is never too late to invite emotions to come out and play, and never too early to put emotions into the hands of play.
Workshop #8: Shielding the Vulnerable: How to Protect Their Hearts & Minds | PRESENTED BY Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A.
For those who spend their days interacting with the young, be it in schools, group homes, daycares and in our own homes, we sometimes forget how vulnerable they are. Developing beings are entirely dependent on the care of the more mature. Yet so many common practices we use, especially when behaviour is challenging, increase feelings of vulnerability and inadvertently lead to other unanticipated problems, including mental health issues. This session will focus on creating a better understanding of what our children need from us and on analyzing the pitfalls of some of our most commonly used interventions and interactions, including the use of praise, rewards, consequences, time outs, democratic or child-led practices, and self-regulation. The presentation will then provide alternatives to these, as well as encouraging adults to find ways to support children in the most important task of all, helping their emotions to move through.