The Vancouver Conference on Behavioural, Developmental & Emotional Challenges with Children & Adolescents

Live Streaming from Vancouver, BC | November 25 - 26, 2024

Presented by Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych, Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. and Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC

Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Health Centre & Georgia Strait Women's Clinic


Up To 18 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s




LIVE STREAM: November 25 – 27, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Vancouver, BC) Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

ON-DEMAND: Recorded footage & course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available December 1- 28, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close November 24, 2024. 

Monday, November 25, 2024  |  Day One

Strengthen Executive Function with 20 Brain Coaching & Cognitive-Motor Activities to Improve Self-Regulation, Attention, Memory and Response Inhibition in Children and Adolescents
WORKSHOPS 1 & 4: PRESENTED BY Lynne Kenney, Psy.D.

In this dynamic and interactive 6-hour workshop, participants will delve into the fascinating realm of executive function skills and their pivotal role in academic achievement and lifelong success. Led by renowned pediatric psychologist and international educator, Dr. Lynne Kenney, this workshop will explore cutting-edge research from neuroscience, kinesiology, cognitive science, and neuroeducation.

Embark on a transformative journey that integrates research-based tools and activities into your educational practice, empowering you to enhance cognition, foster learning, and cultivate confident, self-regulated thinkers. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move and learn with enthusiasm, as we embark on this exciting exploration of executive function skills and cognitive-motor activities.

Optimizing Self-Regulation and Managing Big Emotions
WORKSHOPS 2 & 5: PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

In today’s world, our children and youth face an unprecedented level of stress and pressure, making it hard to effectively self-regulate and manage day-to-day stressors. As parents, educators, and mental health professionals, it’s essential that we equip ourselves with effective strategies to help children and teens develop the skills they need to navigate life’s challenges. When they don’t know how to manage those emotions, problem behaviours often result and can negatively affect their physical, psychological, academic, and social well-being. For many, they struggle to meet even the most basic expectations. It is essential they receive the right support.

Join us for a transformative workshop designed for mental health professionals, educators, parents, and caregivers to build self-regulation and emotional management skills in children and teens. During this workshop, you’ll learn evidence-based interventions and practical tools to promote healthy self-regulation and emotional management skills in children and youth. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and teens you work with. Join us in this engaging and practical workshop, where you will leave with the skills and knowledge to empower children and youth to manage their emotions, overcome challenges, and build resilience.

Stress and Trauma: An Attachment-Based Perspective
WORKSHOPS 3 & 6: PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Fresh insights from the sciences of development, emotion and attachment shed light on the hidden wisdom of the stress response, the essence of trauma, and the pivotal role of both attachment and emotion in etiology and recovery. What is also revealed in putting the pieces together is a common denominator that cuts across syndromes and diagnoses and informs intervention. While the material is presented with clinicians in mind, this model of stress and trauma applies across all ages and venues, including private practice, treatment programs, as well as personal healing and recovery. This model also has significant implications for the prevention, recognition and treatment of distressed children and youth, whether via the school, the family, special programs or direct treatment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2024  |  Day Two

A Mind-Body Approach to Address Chronic Pain and Co-Existing Disorders
WORKSHOP 5: PRESENTED BY Steve Grinstead, M.A.

The landscape of chronic pain treatment continues to evolve and change as we wean ourselves off the traditional biomedical approach that often over-emphasizes harmful opioid-based pain management interventions. In this presentation you will learn the unique challenges and obstacles that face chronic pain patients suffering with their pain and coexisting disorders, including medication misuse abuse or addiction. By understanding these unique challenges, you will discover that it requires an integrated, collaborative, and concurrent Body-Mind-Spirit team approach to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes.

Join chronic pain management international expert, Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, for this dynamic interactive presentation. You will obtain the proper understanding, skills and treatment techniques you need to address the neurobiological psychological/emotional, social and Spiritual aspects of chronic pain when traditional biomedical interventions are no longer a viable option. By attending this presentation, you will discover how common coexisting disorders and family dynamics can also sabotage treatment – and what to do about it. You will learn how to develop a synergistic treatment plan incorporating the mind, body and spirit for healing as well as strategies to empower clients to be proactive in their healing process.

The Current Crisis of Well-Being in Our Children and Youth: An Attachment-Based Developmental Perspective
WORKSHOPS 7 & 10: PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

What’s happening to our kids? The alarming rise in anxiety, depression and attention problems, begs for an explanation. How is it that, in this time of relative prosperity, with children being more educated than ever, with knowledge now at our fingertips, children and adolescents are becoming increasingly more troubled? How is it that, in an age when kids are finally being seen and heard, when parenting is more child-centered than ever, when schools are finally prioritizing the well-being of students, their suffering is increasing? We have never had more mental health professionals, more advocacy and literacy around mental health, or more mental health services available to us. What are we missing here?! Do we just need to try harder with what we are doing, or do we need to rethink the problem and change our approach?

In this seminar, Dr. Neufeld will unravel this alarming epidemic, tracing the symptoms back to their roots in attachment and development. Only when we understand how troubles evolve can we even begin to hope to address their roots, whether it is individually or societally. We have largely been battling against symptoms with little insight to guide us. The battle has been earnest but nevertheless futile in stemming the tide of unwellness. Never has a fresh new approach to mental health been more needed.

Art Therapy: Creative Interventions for Kids with Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD and More!
WORKSHOP 8 & 11: PRESENTED BY Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC

Join us in our upcoming workshop where you will expand your therapeutic toolkit with innovative art interventions designed to counter catastrophizing thoughts and negative self-talk. Discover how evidence-based treatments can empower your students to cultivate resilience, tolerate frustration, and navigate discomfort without resorting to immediate self-medication. Through this seminar, you will learn a repertoire of art interventions that facilitate emotional transformation, trauma processing, problem-solving, perspective shifting, and progress towards acceptance and gratitude.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your therapeutic practice and empower your students through the transformative potential of art therapy. Join us and embark on a journey towards fostering emotional resilience and growth in your students.

Conquering Anxiety: Strategies for Helping Your Anxious Clients
WORKSHOPS 9 & 12: PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Despite all the resources and training programs out there, in our post-pandemic world, anxiety is more pervasive than ever before, and people are finding it harder and harder to cope. Unfortunately, when they seek support, many anxious clients do not receive the right kind of help and some professionals even make anxiety worse.

In this workshop, you will discover evidence-based interventions and practical strategies to boost anxious client’s internal locus of control and master anxiety. Designed specifically for mental health professionals, this workshop goes beyond the basics and offers specialized knowledge and skills to optimize outcomes with anxious clients. Using a transdiagnostic approach, you’ll leave with a toolbox filled with concrete strategies that you can use immediately, no matter the nature or severity of your clients’ anxiety.

Wednesday, November 27, 2024  |  Day Three

Igniting the Spark: Strategies for Motivating the Disengaged Student
WORKSHOPS 13: PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Are you ready to ignite the flames of student engagement and unleash the untapped potential of every learner?

Concerns over students meeting academic milestones are paramount in educational settings, often linked to issues of disengagement and lack of motivation. Disengagement has become an alarming challenge, especially since the impact of COVID-19. Since most kids lose their intrinsic motivation for learning in early elementary, we need to know how to break the barriers to engagement together and revolutionize the way we approach student motivation.

Learn how to inspire students to achieve their full potential while transforming the educational experience into a journey of discovery and achievement.

Working with Stuck Kids: An Attachment Based Relational Perspective
WORKSHOPS 14: PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Not everyone grows up as they get older. The construct of psychological immaturity has been with us as an intuitive concept for ages, but only recently has developmental science advanced to a state where it can now yield effective strategies and interventions to address learning and behavioural challenges.

Bestselling author of Hold On To Your Kids, Gordon Neufeld presents an integrated developmental approach to reaching troubled kids, using the constructs of attachment, vulnerability and maturation. In this workshop, Gordon takes the best that developmental science has to offer and delivers it in a usable form to the professionals who work with these children or those responsible for them.

His model has been honed from years of application in a wide range of settings: education, special behaviour programs, therapy, corrections, aboriginal communities, adoption, counseling, parenting, and the foster system. This material is applicable to children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. The insights and interventions apply to a wide range of presenting problems and syndromes including attention problems, bullying, impulsiveness, anxiety problems, learning disabilities, autism spectrum, oppositionality, drug abuse, aggression problems, boundary problems, alarming behaviour, boredom and much more.

Join us for this insightful workshop where you’ll gain practical knowledge and strategies to better understand and address psychological immaturity in the children and adolescents you work with.

Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Disruptive Children & Adolescents in the Classroom
WORKSHOPS 15: PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

In today’s complex world, most children and adolescents experience ups and downs and engage in challenging behaviours from time to time. However, these behavioural become problematic when they occur frequently and begin to impair daily functioning. The prevalence of emotional and behavioural issues in young individuals has surged, often without adequate support, leading to potential long-term consequences for their well-being and development.

Early intervention and treatment are crucial to support the social, emotional, and behavioural wellbeing of children and adolescents and reduce future risks. However, many are unsure how to provide effective help, particularly in the heat of the moment.

Are you ready to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adolescents facing intense behavioural challenges? This dynamic workshop is a must for anyone seeking effective strategies to understand, prevent, and respond to oppositional, defiant, and disruptive behaviours.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to transform challenging behaviours into opportunities for growth and success. Establish a solid foundation for addressing these behaviours effectively with practical strategies and interventions. Even more importantly, learn how to guide children and adolescents toward positive choices while promoting their resilience and emotional well-being.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents facing oppositional, defiant, and disruptive challenges. Join us for this comprehensive workshop and be the change they need.

Making Sense of Adolescence
WORKSHOPS 16: PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood has never been so daunting. The time of adolescence is longer than ever and yet society today offers little support in understanding or facilitating this transition. This course is designed to be used by parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, professionals – anyone who desires to make sense of adolescence. Parents of pre- teens will find this course invaluable as preparation for what lies ahead.

The key to making sense of the adolescent is to understand the underlying developmental dynamics as well as the attachment needs of the adolescent. These needs are typically underestimated due to the physical maturity of adolescents and the resistance to dependence that can result from becoming prematurely attached to peers. Adding to the confusion is the fact that there is more than one developmental pathway to adulthood and societal integration.

Adolescence literally means ‘growing into maturity’. An adolescent is neither child nor adult and therein lies much of the difficulty, the turbulence, the confusion and the challenge. They need us, yet need to not need us. We are their best bet, yet their instincts are to resist us. Unlike primitive cultures, our highly complex society requires a lengthy adolescence with very few rites of passage. The task of turning children into adults has never been more daunting!

Nature’s part in creating grown-ups is to equip them for adult functioning around the time of puberty, ready or not. These changes create their own rites of passage that the adolescent must negotiate to truly mature. Unfortunately, growing up is not a given; not all adolescents embrace their developmental destiny. The most common temptation of adolescence is to replace parents with peers instead of becoming one’s own person. The most common mistake of adults is to back off prematurely. As long as an adolescent is not yet viable as a separate being, he or she is meant to be attached to those responsible for him or her.

These rites of passage create challenges for parents and teachers as well: the adolescent’s new found idealism makes them critical of us; their developmental self-absorption makes them deaf to our perspective; their acute allergy to coercion makes them rather difficult to direct.

Our challenge as adults is to help our teens cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood, to encourage them to embrace their developmental destiny and to ultimately shoehorn them into adult society. Meanwhile, we have the day-to-day challenge of parenting and teaching them, of guiding and directing them, of shielding them from stress.

Adolescence is truly the womb of adulthood and those enveloped in supportive adult relationships have the greatest chance of successfully negotiating this tumultuous time. The challenge is not to treat them as if they were children nor to retreat from them as if they were adults. Learning to ‘dance’ with an adolescent commands the very best in us.

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students in grades K-8. Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning.

Dr. Kenney’s most recent educational program is CogniMoves® a universal Tier I MTSS cognitive-motor movement program, co-developed with Benjamin S. Bunney, MD, Former Chairman Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. CogniMoves® is designed to strengthen executive function skills in K-3 students.

Dr. Kenney is a pediatric psychologist on the Language & Cognition Team at Wellington-Alexander Center for the Treatment of Dyslexia, Scottsdale, Arizona. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. As an international educator, researcher, and author, Dr. Kenney is dedicated to improving the trajectory of children’s learning, particularly in high-need, under-resourced communities.

Dr. Kenney’s books include Brain Primers, 2020 (Kuczala & Kenney); 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016);  the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking™; and Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids (Kenney & Young, 2015). My Attention Engine: An executive function skill activity book for teachers, parents, and children is slated for 2023.

Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service with national organizations including the Neurological Health Foundation, Head Start,, HandsOn Phoenix, SparkPE, the First Nations in Canada, and Points of Light (Generation On) Dr. Kenney values working with Title I Schools.

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych, is a Psychologist. Mother. International Speaker. Yoda of Anxiety. Neurodivergent Superhero. Changer of Lives. She is a dynamic force in the field of psychology, dedicating nearly three decades to transforming the lives of children, teens, and their families. With a dedicated commitment to fostering deep connections, instilling unwavering confidence, igniting motivation, and building resilience in the face of challenges, Dr. Buzanko’s mission is clear: to ensure that every child and teenager receive the understanding and support they deserve.

Renowned for her expertise in the assessment and support of anxiety, ADHD, ASD, learning, and behavioural challenges, Dr. Buzanko stands as a trusted ally, advocate, and go-to authority. Dr. Buzanko’s research pursuits delve into the realms of resilience and growth, directly informing her clinical approach and resulting in innovative training programs and workshops that have transformed the practices of countless educators, caregivers, allied mental health professionals, and medical doctors.

Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a captivating speaker and anyone who attends her workshops can expect to be enlightened, inspired, and equipped with practical strategies to empower the children and teens they work with. Together, let’s create a world where every child thrives and embraces their full potential.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 50 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. He is a father of five and a grandfather to seven.

Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the states of California, Florida, Georgia, and Rhode Island. She is also a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her specialties include: alcohol and drug addictions, relationships, families and parenting, depression and anxiety, grief, LGBTQ, gender identity and sexuality. She is also a court certified Sexual Abuse Evaluator and trained in Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Ms. Hayes has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA

Over the course of her 30+ year career she has worked in schools, hospitals, prison, foster and residential care, and private practice. Ms.Malkoff Hayes lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she runs a private practice and facilitates Art Therapy groups. She is the creator of the Creative Cognitive Therapy Method – which combines CBT with Art Therapy. She is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. In addition, she provides virtual therapy with Headspace Health.

She has taught art therapy courses at Philips Graduate University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She has written several books and produced several DVDs and online classes on Art Therapy. She stars in the video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/ SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist.

Ms. Hayes is also a painter, a 2nd Dan Black Belt and the mother of two daughters (now graduated from college) that she home schooled for the first 10 years of their lives. On a personal note, Ms. Malkoff Hayes recently married her high school prom date, after not seeing him for almost 30 years. There is no predicting life’s twists and turns. Combining parenting, fine arts, teaching and Martial Arts has furthered her understanding of discipline, perspective, creativity and family dynamics. She also loves a nice warm bowl of Pho.

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