Helping Children Cope with Separation and Divorce (Webinar)

Divorce is painful and confusing. How you handle it influences how your child will cope. Children need empathy, love and support at a time when parents may have less to draw on themselves. This webinar is intended to provide participants with a deeper understanding of what goes on in the hearts and minds of children of all ages in the wake of marital disruption, so that parents can help foster their children’s resilience.

The webinar will also describe how to explain divorce to children, and address common responses such reunification fantasies, separation anxiety and anger. It will also note a few tips on how to support children who have witnessed parental conflict.

Facilitator: Lynda Fernyhough, MA, Homewood Health. Lynda has approximately 30 years of experience working with children and families, which includes working as a counsellor in Vancouver elementary and high schools, as well as in private practice. In addition to working as a counsellor, Lynda currently works as a parenting coach, helping individuals and families change interpersonal dynamics that are not serving them well.

Helping Children Adjust to Separation and Divorce

This introductory workshop will explore how parents can effectively protect their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The workshop will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

Facilitator: Michael A. Saini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. For the past 15 years, he has been conducting custody evaluations and assisting children’s counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario. He is a parent coach to assist parents with the transition of separation and he has written in the area of high conflict, alienation, supervised visitation, virtual visitation and parent competencies post separation and divorce.

Help!!! I am the Parent of a Teen

Join us for a discussion on what is going on in your teen’s life and parenting strategies for dealing with these issues in a positive way. Bring your topics for discussion, which will include:

  • Teen developmental stages and challenges
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexuality
  • Peer pressure
  • What doesn’t work

The workshop will be presented by Lynne Mitchell M.E.S., M. Ed., R.S.W. Lynne is a registered social worker in private practice in the area of individuals, relationships and families with a special interest in adolescents and young adults. She has extensive experience delivering parent support groups and workshops in workplace settings. She was a clinical supervisor for 18 years at Youth Clinical Services, where she worked with teens and their families.

Healthy School Lunches and Family Meals

During this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of meal planning – why, how and where to start, for a healthy energy packed lunch. Daunting and as overwhelming it seems, it can take less than 20 minutes to do, alleviate major daily stress and cut down on your grocery bill. We will discuss:

Kids and Back to School Lunch

  • The essentials of what makes an energy packed lunch.
  • How to ensure that the lunchbox comes home empty.
  • Ideas to keep you going throughout the year.

Family Meal Planning

  • Meal planning for the whole family, even the picky eaters.
  • Easy ways to keep it going and not fall off the planning wagon!
  • Staples needed in the kitchen to pull off fast and simple meals when you are pressed for time.

Bring your favourite recipes that you use a regular basis to share with others! Let’s make this workshop as collaborative as we can!

Each participant will receive a Super Smart Kids Breakfast and Lunch Meal Plan.

Facilitator: Lianne Phillipson-Webb (Dip. ION and RNCP) is the founder of Sprout Right, a unique health and nutrition service specializing in pre-conception, pre-natal and post-natal care. Lianne graduated with Honours from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, England in 1999. She is a Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner and a member of the Nutritional Consultants Organization of Canada. Lianne has been featured on many TV shows including City TV’s Breakfast Television and CityLine and Canada AM. Lianne is also a contributor to the following online magazines SweetMama.comWeeWelcome.caiVillage.ca, and SleepDoula.com.

Halloween Costume Making Workshop

In this fun and creative workshop – for any and all skill levels – we will be learning three different easy to make Halloween costumes for kids. You are welcome to make up to two costumes being taught. You are also welcome to bring in any costume you are already working on if you are looking for assistance. All materials will be provided.