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Family Pulse-April 2021

Welcome to April! 


Inside the April issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates 
Save the Date
Always Hope
What's Happening at WRFN
Steph's Corner
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

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Parenting Essentials Webinar | PCMH and WRDSB

Check out the recorded webinar from a recent session called Parenting Essentials Webinar | PCMH and WRDSB - YouTube.


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Youth Job Connection Workshops

Are you under 30 and looking for work? Get ahead in your job search, connect with employers and get paid to do it! YJC-Lutherwood now offers online help.

Click here to get more details.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite is offering for Virtual Service this December.

Click here an overview of programs.


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Kerry's Place- Foundational Family Services & Groups

Kerry's Place has lots of learning opportunities for families and groups children with ASD.


Check out their Foundational Family Service catalogue here for learning opportunities for parents.

Check out their Groups catalogue here for chldren & youth to participate in & learn new skills.

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Empowering Ability-Live Masterclass

Helping your loved one with a developmental disability to gain their independence, and build their own life.  


Build Your Plan, Get Expert Strategies, & Connect with Other Families. 

To register, please send a short email to eric@ericgoll.com with the subject 'Masterclass Access' and we will send you access within a couple of hours.


What you’ll get in this (free) Workshop:

  • The thinking and strategy you must apply before you start trying to find housing, supports, and other families. This is the most important step to ensure that you aren't wasting your time.
  • Get the Planning Tools and Start Building Your Plan that will create amazing opportunities for your son/ daughter/ loved one. And yes: we will do this together, and you can do this even if you are tired or feeling overwhelmed.
  • Learn how other families are creating a safe & sustainable future & how you can do the same! Plus: learn live how you can start taking easy bite-sized steps to help your loved one create their own life and independence.

**You will get these three (3) free live trainings, plus bonus tools, and resources, and live events that will total over 6 hours of free training!!!


Places on the (FREE) LIVE EVENT are limited! Reserve your seat now and join us for the event that will change the way you think about creating the best life with your son/ daughter/ loved one...

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The Psychology Foundation of Canada-Resiliency Courses

Student Resilience Building Program 

Our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs are designed to support the students in your school identify and manage stress while moving to resilience. They have all been evaluated with a demonstrated impact on a student’s ability to recognize stress in themselves.

  • Masterclass in Stress Management

1.5 hour recording on the fundamentals of stress and resiliency, including how to identify it in yourself and your students, the physiology of stress, tips and strategies for managing stress and moving to resilience.
One page of curated resources to support learning 
Asynchronous: watch at your own pace and return to the video whenever you need to – this workshop will prepare you for implementing our stress management programs in your school 
RETAIL = $25/person
BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly

Please note: the Masterclass is a prerequisite for our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs.


Student Resilience Building Courses

Two live sessions (1 hour each) that provide an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
Live Q&A with Stress Management expert
Implementation tools for adapting and delivering lessons in the virtual classroom
Ongoing coaching and support through program delivery
Certificate of completion of specialization 

·  Preschool, Kindergarten, Parent

·  Grades 1-3

·  Grades 4-6

·  Grades 7-9

·  Grades 9-12

RETAIL = $75/course/per person

BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly 


Adult Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from parents to teachers, to Early Childhood Educators, Child & Youth Workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers and anyone in a child serving profession are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to nurture resilience in children and youth while also taking care of you.

  • Taking Care of YOU! Workshop: Basics of Stress Management for Adults

One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 adults in your community can participate per session
Adult Stress Management Resources
Support the mental wellbeing of you and your staff with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program 

Engage parents in your community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. 

Parent Masterclass in Stress Management.

One 1.5 hour live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 parents in your school community can participate
Parent Resources
Support the efforts your student’s parents are making during this difficult time with our series of parent’s guides, podcasts and articles on relevant issues. 
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


Please contact us if you are interested in PERSONALIZED PRICING

Mandi Hickman, Manager Programs and Community Partnerships


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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite has on for virtual programming this September 2020!

-September calendar


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Bridges to Belonging LINKS workshops

Bridges to Belonging is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative for youth experiencing social isolation and barriers to inclusion who self identify as living with a disability or dual diagnosis. 

Thanks to funding from the Lyle Hallman Foundation for the Resilience Project,  Bridges to Belonging is launching Phase 1 of LINKS for youth ages 14 to 24 beginning in September.

Phase 1 is a series of five virtual workshops over a 5-week period offering a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and community connection via ZOOM.  Each youth can have one or two people who they are in a meaningful relationship with and who know them well (parent/guardian, sibling, other relatives/extended family member, friend, neighbour teacher, coach or other community members) participate with them to learn, grow, and build a network of support.

Participants will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet equipped with speakers and a good microphone (or headset); a built-in or external HD webcam and availability of a stable internet connection.


CLICK HERE To Register on EventBrite.

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Sick Kids CCMH Live Webinars - Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement

Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules (webinars).

This certificate program will be offered as a webinar only.

Dates: September 17, October 20, November 26, 2020 and January 19, February 23, 2021

Facilitators: Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP., Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S., Lysa Toye, MSW., RSW., Rev. Andrew Blake

This training is suitable for: Any professional or volunteer who is in a position to influence the support received by a grieving child. This includes front-line workers and volunteers such as medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.

Please note; Each of the modules (webinars) may be taken on their own as a stand-alone training, however all five days must be completed to obtain the certificate.


Overview: Grief is a confusing and isolating experience for any person, old or young. Children's grief, however, differs considerably from adult grief, resulting in the needs of grieving children often being overlooked or misunderstood. This can have a profound impact on the social and emotional development of a child. Caregivers, including the most skilled professionals, often feel helpless when supporting children through the death of someone close to them.

The Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement explores the roots of our cultural discomfort with the topic of children and death and exposes common myths and misconceptions. This certificate program equips you with skills to provide support to children, youth and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. Adults cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child's life, but with the right tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child's grief experience and therefore help the child thrive in life.

Module 1: Children at the Bedside.

Module 2: When Death Darkens the Door.

Module 3: When Grief Gets More Complicated.

Module 4: Using Mindfulness and Compassion to Support Grieving Children/Families.

Module 5: Dancing in the Darkness.


For more details, click here.

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