Speaker Series: Self-Regulation

May 4 | May 17 | June 1 | 7:00-8:30pm via ZOOM

Self-regulation is the ability to manage our thoughts, behavior, and energy to achieve the best outcomes possible in the moment. A person’s self-regulation is influenced by external factors such as their environment and interactions with others. Parents can help their children by learning to co-regulate. Often parents are used to having to manage the outcome of a strong reaction from their child after it occurs. Co-regulating enables parents to use proactive planning to impact a favourable environment before a “situation” potentially occurs. It is far easier to manage energy than it is to manage behaviour.

The Hastings PAC is delighted to introduce our next three-part webinar series on Self-Regulation – what it means and how parents and caregivers can learn co-regulation strategies that can help our children and ourselves. Trent Doiron will be presenting this series and is specialized in self-regulation. Trent is a Youth & Family Worker at Tillicum Community Annex and has been supporting kids in schools with their social-emotional growth and school readiness for nearly 30 years. He has provided training to parents and educators in trauma-informed practice, play-skill development, proactive behaviour interventions, and more.

The content and strategies covered in this series are designed to be applicable to children of all ages, youth and adults. The following is an outline of each session with dates to add to your calendar:

Wednesday, May 4th 7:00-8:30pm
Session 1 – Self-regulation – Explaining the Basics

In this session Trent will discuss the basics of self-regulation and what it looks like, as well as explain why and how it is easier to manage energy than it is to manage behaviour. He will talk us through co-regulation and how it works and why it works, and give us some easy tips for helping ourselves and our kids to stay well regulated.

Tuesday, May 17th 7:00-8:30pm
Session 2 – Self-regulation – The Five Domains

Using the model of Canada’s own expert Dr Stuart Shanker, Trent will introduce us to the biological, emotional, cognitive, social and pro-social aspects to self-regulation. He will explain how this model is a powerful method for understanding stress and managing energy flow, and demonstrate how parents and teachers can better understand children’s stress and enhance self-regulation.

Wednesday, June 1st 7:00-8:30pm
Session 3 – Self-regulation – Adding Tools to the Toolbox

This will be a working session in which Trent will interact with participants to problem-solve together. He will provide self regulation examples with practical tips to affect outcomes. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring along questions, challenges, or scenarios that Trent can help to problem-solve with applied strategies.

Book your tickets! Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/next-speaker-series-self-regulation-in-children-teens-tickets-328545918687 

Tickets are available for reservation by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you!

All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. Please email info@hastingspac.ca with your questions.

Speaker Series: Online Safety

The Uncomfortable Topic of Children and Online Pornography: Why You Shouldn’t Wait until High School to Talk About It

Wednesday, April 13th from 7:00 – 8: 30pm via Zoom

The PAC welcomes back Merlyn Horton in our third and final part of this online safety speaker series.

Curiosity about sexuality is a natural and normal part of your child’s development. However, with any reasonable access to the internet, their curiosity can expose them to extreme images and profoundly influence their sexual development. There are online sites available that can offer excellent information to children and youth, but only if we steer them in the right direction and openly talk with them about the effects of online pornography. 

We are delighted to announce that this webinar has been paid for in fully by an anonymous donor, so attendance is FREE for all parents that would like to participate.

Speaker Series Volume 2

Gaming: The Good, The Bad and The Lonely

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00-8:30 pm via Zoom

Tickets are by donation (min $1). Reserve your spot today!

The PAC welcomes back Merlyn Horton in Part Two of this three part Speaker Series on Online Safety.

Are you worried that your child is spending too much time gaming?
Does it seem like they are not happy doing anything else?
Are they more upset after they game, than before?
Do you really know who they are talking to on that headset?
What is being spoken about? 

Gaming is a big part of most children’s live, actually part of all our lives!  From grocery store rewards cards to global scavenger hunts, our lives are becoming ‘gamified’. Games are used to develop skills and train professionals. It’s important to appreciate games and gaming before we acknowledge the risks and concerns.

This webinar will talk about gaming; pro-social and education uses of gaming, concerns about excessive gaming (and how to remedy it) and exposure to inappropriate content in-game and online (and how to remedy it).

Following the webinar, participants will get a link to a webpage with links to follow up and learn more about gaming, it’s role in children’s lives and futures, and how to best guide your child to making life-long, positive gaming choices.

Tickets are available by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you!

All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. Please email info@hastingspac.ca with your questions.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gaming-the-good-the-bad-and-the-lonely-tickets-216075516687 

Speaker Series Volume 1

Parenting Online and Parental Controls Online

The PAC is delighted to present the first in the line up for our 2021/2022 Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 19th from 7-8.30pm. Back by popular demand from Hastings school administration and parents, Merlyn Horton will provide us with an informative, engaging and useful discussion around the implications and effects of technology on our children. She will also share some tools and suggestions for supporting good online and off-line choices. 

Tickets are now available for reservation by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you! All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. We will do our best to cover as much content as possible.Please email info@hastingspac.ca with your questions.


We hope you will join us on October 19th!

Safe Online: Info that Clicks!

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Speaker Series Volume 3: Parenting Online and Parental Controls Online

The PAC will present the third installment in our Speaker Series this year! Coming Tuesday, March 9th from 7-8pm,
join Merlyn Horton for an informative, engaging and useful look at
parenting online today and some immediately accessible tools and
techniques to manage our current challenges. A custom website, with
links to all resources and tools referenced in the webinar will be
provided to access to all. More info at https://www.safeonline.ca/



Reserve your tickets now. Please pay what you can afford. Donations to
cover the cost of the speaker are very much appreciated. Tickets available through Eventbrite now https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/safe-online-info-that-clicks-keeping-kids-safe-in-a-technological-world-tickets-143024380773



Speaker Series Volume 2

Mental Health and Wellness Tools for Children and Families during COVID

This online workshop explores the impact of COVID on the mental health of children & families, and provides tools to support better mental well being.

Date and Time
Thu, February 11, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST
 
About this Event
We are more connected today, than we have ever been in human history; however, in some ways we have never been lonelier. COVID has exacerbated this separation and has resulted in a mental health crisis, not only in Canada but globally, and this has particular implications for our children.
 
At this workshop, Ali will explore how our mental health is being impacted during these challenging times, and will introduce various clinical tools to support ourselves and our children. He will also focus on how to best provide a supportive environment for our children.
 
**This is a donation-based event and everyone is welcome. You may attend for free, or provide a donation that will help cover the costs of the speaker.**
 
About the Speaker
Over the last twenty years, Ali Afzali has had the privilege of working with and supporting individuals and groups in achieving their social and emotional goals. He have clinical experience in various sectors including child and youth mental health, addictions and foster care, and has extensive training in trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, and relationship issues. As a father, he understands the struggles that come with parenting and is here to help you come up with positive, creative solutions.
 
For more information, go to https://afzalicounselling.com/
 
For planning purposes we appreciate if you can register ahead of time. Simply click below to secure your spot. We hope to see you there!
 
 
 

Speaker Series, Vol. 1 Michelle Wing

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 |7:00 – 8:00 pm | Zoom

We have a parent education speaker focused on anti-racism. On Wednesday, January 20th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, join Michelle Wing to discuss what is anti-blackness, decolonization and white fragility. She will also share how racism shows up in schools and how it can be addressed.

Cost: By donation (sliding scale of $0-$20)

Register now!