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Thursday, April 11th 2013 - Friday, April 12th 2013

Child Development and Learning Conference

Alyson Schafer, Barbara Coloroso, Jennifer Kolari & Jody McVittie
presented by KMT, The Learning Group

The 2013 Child Development & Community Conference (CDCC) is expected to address areas surrounding relationship building and attachments with children from birth through to adolescence. This year’s conference will foster conversations around communication, conflicts, guilt, brain development, role transitioning through different developmental stages, and changes within the family dynamic while managing personal growth and self care.

Many educators, professionals and parents struggle with the idea as when to assist and where do they fit into the lives of developing children and young adults as life changes and transition; many are finding it extremely hard to cope with and maintain a balance within the family, work and home environment.

How do parents encourage independence and resilience when so many other societal factors are influencing behaviours and decisions? How do adults assist children transition between each development stage with as much confidence and self-assurance when bulling, body-image, technology, peer influence and self identification continue to mount and impact the natural socialization of human beings that are genetically pre-determined to be, social creatures? What are the roles of parents, educators and professionals in the lives of children to young adults?

These are just some of the topics to be explored at the 2013 Child Development & Community Conference (CDCC). Our expert speakers will share theories while encouraging discussion, narratives, role playing, and strategies throughout this three (3) day event. Our boot camp workshop will provide attendees with as much practical and useful information that would allow attendees to apply when working and nurturing our children and young-adults.

Conference Overview:

The Child Development and Community Conference will be using these two areas to teach and inspire:

1. Brain Development and Learning – Raising Resilient and Compassionate Kids in Times of Chaos, Loss and Change

2. Restoring the Teenage Soul

3. The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion Purpose and Sanity

The Conference themes that are being highlighted this year are: Resiliency among children, Pre-Teens and Teenagers , Bullying, Self-Esteem, Parenting with Wit and Wisdom, Grief, Mental Health, and Mind-Body Connection.

Alyson Schafer
Psychotherapist and internationally acclaimed parenting expert

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She is the bestselling author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked The Kids; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, have garnered attention from parents and the media across North America.Alyson is a reoccurring guest on The Marilyn Denis Show and CTV News Channel, and has appeared on many other shows. She is the “Ask An Expert” columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine.

Barbara Coloroso
International best selling author

Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 40 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, CBC, CTV and BBC and has been featured in the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications.She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander—From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting…without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching…without beating your kids.

Jennifer Kolari MSW, RSW
Founder and Author, Connected Parenting

Jennifer Kolari will use her signature warmth and humour to demonstrate how a few changes in how you as a parent communicate can actually stimulate the production of Oxytocin in the brain. This not only reduces anxiety, but also increases compliance, builds resilience, and de-escalates any situation.

Jody McVittie, MD

Jody McVittie, MD has been working with families since she got frustrated with her own family at the ripe age of 3. Needless to say her skills have improved a little since then. She is now a much in demand speaker to help families deal with the kind of know-it-all demanding 3 (and 13) year-old she once was.Jody received her medical degree from Case Western University and completed a family medicine residency and fellowship in Modesto California before returning to the Northwest and shifting her focus to broader community issues that impact health outcomes including parenting, education, trauma and the impact of intra-family violence. She was recently honored by the Center for Ethical Leadership with the Bill Grace Legacy award.Jody is a lead trainer for the Positive Discipline Association and co-authored their recent publication Positive Discipline in the Classroom and School, Teachers Guide: Activities for students. She is also the co-founder and currently executive director of Sound Discipline, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to teaching people to do the right thing – even when no one is looking. Sound Discipline works with local schools, educators, youth outreach programs and parenting educators to teach the tools we can all use to foster dignity, respect and equity in our communities. Jody is also the mother of three young adults who have been some of her best teachers. When she is not working you will find her in her garden, bicycling, roaming in the mountains or on the lake rowing.


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