2013 Conference

Workshop Descriptions

Gary Anaka

1.  Your Magical Brain: How It Learns Best

If you want to raise your children to be successful in life, then you need an enriched brain to do it with. The natural conditions necessary for learning success are unknown to most parents. Discover how to maximize your child's potential based on how the brain learns naturally. If you are looking for ways to enhance learning, foster child development, raise achievement, tap your child's full potential, then find out about the brain's best kept secrets.


  1. 15 ways to increase your children's brain power
  2. How to grow those magical dendrites every day
  3. What nourishes the brain and what kills it
  4. How social interation is the key to the future, not test results
  5. Why imagination, creativity and playing for fun grow the best brain

You will gain priceless ideas you would never have dreamed of that are simple and cost nothing. Brain smart your family! Parents you are the architects of your children's brain. Find out how to use it before you lose it.

Good news: You have much more capacity to influence your children's future than you previously thought. Yes!

2.  Differentiated Instruction Strategies - cancelled

Raj Dhasi


3.  Now What Do I Do?: Managing Emotions in Conflict Situations

This interactive session focuses on effectively navigating emotional responses in conflict situations to create productive and useful experiences. Although conflict is a normal part of any relationship whether it be at home or work, when our emotions begin to dominate we lose focus, control and relationships. This session will give special attention to understanding your emotional responses including your triggers and developing a self-regulation to ensure you can stay grounded in uncomfortable and conflictual interactions. This session is for anyone who deals with people in a personal or professional environment.

4.  Time to Tango: Key steps to managing a conflict conversation

All of us naturally have steps we follow when we engage in dialogue with other people. Sometimes our steps work and other times they get us into hot water. This interactive session is focused on a strategic and collaborative based step by step process for managing a conflict conversation from preparing to engage, to engaging in the conversation to debriefing afterwards. If conflict has kept you up at night then this session is for you.

Jane Elliott

(Thanks to modern technology Jane will be joining us electronically for this interactive presentation.)


5.  What we have learned and What we need to do – Turning the corner on Racism

Jane Elliott has spent more than forty years learning and teaching about racism. In this workshop, she will share with us what she has learned about racism and other forms of prejudice and what she believes we need to do about it?

Some of the questions that will be addressed by Jane’s comments include:

  • Is racism a learned behavior?
  • Are there differences in racism around the world?
  • Have attitudes changed since the 1960s?
  • How do we expose racism for what it is?
  • Is racism different from sexism, ageism, homophobia, ethnocentrism, elitism, castism, or disabilism?
  • What is our responsibility for illuminating prejudices in our society?
  • How do we eliminate prejudices from ourselves and our environment?

We will have the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue on the issues discussed.

Kimberley Hopwood

6.  Awakening the Gifts Within: An Introduction to The Virtues Project

The Virtues Project is a simple, do-able, step by step program, easily incorporated into your family life or classroom. It has achieved international acclaim, been honoured by the Dalai Lama , and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. The virtues are universal - valued by all cultures as the content of our character and what makes us human.

The 5 Simple Strategies of The Virtues Project can

  • Foster Appropriate Self-Esteem in Children
  • Increase Co-Operation and Harmony within Your Family, Classroom or Group
  • Help to Bring Out the Best in Our Children - and in Ourselves
  • Empower Teens to Make Responsible Choices
  • Support the Sacred in our Lives

What Will You Discover?

  • 5 simple strategies you can use for transformation right away!
  • Virtues as a language of personal empowerment.
  • Healing of hurtful family patterns.
  • Ways to support a healthy conscience.
  • More time for what matters in your life

"When I learned about Virtues, I didn't just find an excellent way to deal with and teach my daughter, I found a new way to deal with parents and employers." George, a Virtues Workshop Participant

"The presenter was clear and positive, respectful and affirming. What I liked best was that I have practical tools I can use right away." - N.F., Workshop Participant

Dr. Gabor Maté

7.  The Biology of Loss: What Happens When Attachments Are Impaired and How To Foster Resilience

This presentation, based on the books listed above, outlines the mental health implications of early childhood emotional loss, whether due to abuse in the family or simply of stress on the parents, on the subsequent loss of attunement with the child.

Childhood developmental disorders such as ADHD, ODD, and other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, etc. can all be traced to either negative childhood experiences or the absence of sufficiently positive ones. Addiction and adult mental health issues also flow from the same source.

The impact of the environment on brain development is discussed, along with ways of recognizing and helping to heal the negative consequences of early loss. Also discussed is the impact of peer orientation, as articulated in Hold On To Your Kids.

Topics covered:

  1. The basis of healthy child development: the attachment relationship with parents, teachers and other adults;
  2. How the human brain develops in interaction with the social/psychological environment
  3. The stresses in our culture that have undermined the necessary conditions for healthy development, and their consequences in childhood and adolescent disorders
  4. The role of medicalized birth practices
  5. Why, even for the average “normal” child, the traditional relationship has become undermined, leaving parents and teachers frustrated and many children alienated and immature;
  6. What peer orientation is and how it competes with children’s adult attachments; how to recognize its signs;
  7. How to recognize intra-family stresses, and how to deal with them to create a safe, nurturing environment for our children
  8. Understanding resilience and its promotion as a function of attachment