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

Live Streaming from Winnipeg, MB | November 18 - 20, 2024

Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., Kathy Morris, M.Ed. and Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

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


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




LIVE STREAM: November 18 – 20, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Winnipeg, MB) Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

ON-DEMAND: Recorded footage & course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available December 2 – 20, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close November 17, 2024. 

Monday, November 18, 2024  |  Day One

Addressing the Root Causes of Anxiety in Children and Adolescence
PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

There is currently an epidemic of anxiety and agitation affecting children and teens which can take many forms including attention problems, clinginess, eating problems, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, panic, sleep issues, physical illnesses, as well as a host of other perplexing behaviours. Today’s world can create many challenges for children and youth with school pressures, peer interactions, family dynamics, negative self-image, perfectionism, and many other stressors that can impede a child’s ability to learn and mature. Whether it’s the natural, episodic worries or more profound and crippling versions of anxiety, Dr. Neufeld will help make sense of the roots of anxiety and agitation and suggest ways in which we can help bring the anxious and agitated to rest.

Tuesday, November 19, 2024  |  Day Two

After the Meltdown: 20 Practical Prevention & Intervention Strategies to Improve Self-Regulation, Executive Function & Explosive Behaviour
PRESENTED BY Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

This 6-hour course offers comprehensive training for professionals and caregivers working with children or adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other developmental disorders. Participants will learn practical strategies to manage meltdowns, tantrums, and challenging behaviors resulting from sensory overload and emotional dysregulation. The course emphasizes fostering positive behavior, enhancing self-regulation skills, and improving overall quality of life for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences.

Wednesday, November 20, 2024  |  Day Three

Supporting Students: Understanding and Addressing Mental Health in the Classroom
PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Experience a transformative workshop that is meticulously designed for educators seeking to understand and effectively support students experiencing mental health challenges. Empower yourself with the knowledge, practical skills, and strategies essential for fostering a positive classroom atmosphere where all students can thrive, even when facing mental health difficulties.

Through a combination of presentations, interactive discussions, case studies, and practical activities, you will gain a deeper understanding of the common social, emotional, and behavioural challenges prevalent in today’s classrooms. Master concrete, practical tools aimed at cultivating a positive educational environment and managing a spectrum of issues including oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and other disruptive behaviours, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pathological demand avoidance (PDA), autism, anxiety, and depression.

Through Dr. Buzanko’s expert guidance and the practical strategies shared, you will leave equipped to create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive learning environment that promotes student engagement, fosters harmonious interactions, and enhances overall academic and emotional well-being.

Positive Paths: Transforming Behaviour In Children & Adolescents with Essential Behaviour Modification Techniques
PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Addressing disruptive behaviours in children requires a delicate balance of assertiveness, understanding, and strategy.

In this workshop you will receive in-depth training on managing and transforming challenging behaviours through positive behaviour support strategies and conflict resolution skills. These strategies will address all behavioural challenges including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), and screen addiction. By integrating case studies, evidence-based practices, and interactive discussions, you will learn how to address challenging behaviours without escalating situations.

Learn how to create positive, supportive environments that encourage desirable behaviours, enhance communication, and foster conflict resolution skills.

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.

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.

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs (including students with autism, severe behavioural difficulties, and cerebral palsy), resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/ behaviour/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families and educators throughout the world,. Kathy has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioural difficulties.

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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$269.00N/A
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$469.00N/A
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$669.00N/A
Full-Time Student$609.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees are per person, seat sharing is not allowed. Please respect this policy, failure to comply will result in termination of access without a refund. For group rates please contact


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