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From Foster Parents:  What I have learned that works
May
21
10:00 AM10:00

From Foster Parents: What I have learned that works

Join us to hear from foster parents:
What I Have Learned That Works

This will be an interesting panel of foster parents who will share with us some of the best and most challenging experiences fostering over the years, and how they learned to live with the children in their homes, and still demonstrate their wisdom and compassion. 

Please join us for a boisterous discussion and delicious refreshments!

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LLT More Self Care: NEUROPLASTICITY A Neurobiological Perspective
Jan
22
10:00 AM10:00

LLT More Self Care: NEUROPLASTICITY A Neurobiological Perspective

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Brian Dean Williams returns by popular demand to talk about ways to keep ourselves from experiencing burnout. He will describe some new findings in the scientific community about how the brain can rewire itself.

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. It allows the brain to adjust to new situations or changes in the environment. Come to learn more about how our body can repair itself, and how we can care for ourselves.

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Self Care: Brian Dean Williams
Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

Self Care: Brian Dean Williams

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This is the second in a workshop with Brian guiding us to better understand and care for ourselves.

There will be plenty of time for discussion. We will also explore practices to sustain us as foster parents.

Join us for a conversation about putting yourself first, so you can help others.

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Social Stories
May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Social Stories

Presented by Rusty Whitford

These are cartoon like stories to assist children with Autism or FASD to understand social concepts, and to decrease undesirable behaviours. ey can help improve their learning, safety, and behaviours.

Rusty has been a foster parent for 10 years and is also a social worker with VACFSS. He has developed communication tools to use with non verbal and low functioning children and adults with Autism and FASD to help them better understand their world.

If you have a laptop, please bring it.

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S.T.A.R. Program for Kids
Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

S.T.A.R. Program for Kids

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What were you thinking about in elementary school? When we go into any one of the 80 or so grade 4 to 7 classrooms in Vancouver, we are amazed at the depth and breadth of what kids consider these days. Sometimes the environment is front and centre; still other times, it’s homeless people they see on their way to school and the next week it’s bullying in the playground. No matter what is on their minds, when Watari’s S.T.A.R program counsellors show up, you can count on kids to be curious, engaged and enthusiastic

S.T.A.R stands for ‘Stop Think Assess & Respond’ and is an education program that takes a ‘just say KNOW’ approach to drugs, safety, compassion and community. Each week during the school year – three mornings a week from 9 a.m. until noon – students in an elementary school somewhere in Vancouver are buzzing as they participate in quizzes and role plays that challenge them to think and act in a new and informed way.

Values, conflict and tricky situations are just a few of the topics that two skilled youth counsellors approach over the 4 or 5 sessions, all with intention of building resiliency skills and creating options that allow young people to stand up for themselves and others.

Gabriella Anderson

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Tech Savvy Parents
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Tech Savvy Parents

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Jessica Wollen will help us stay up to date with our kids’ technology. You will discuss how you can regain control over screen time and incoming content, and see what your kids are doing on social media. Look forward to creating greater safety for our kids together.

*Please bring your cell phones and tablets that you and/or your child use.

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