14th Annual Breakfast For Champions

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For sponsorship opportunities please contact Anne Lovegrove








Key messages for healthy development in early childhood

A public health agency in Ontario has identified the need to update a resource that highlights key factors and messages about the socio-emotional development of children ages 0 to 6 years. The current resource is a valuable prevention and promotion tool for staff to use when interacting with children, caregivers and families but is in need of more current information.

 

Girl Guides of Canada Mighty Minds                    
                  


Girl Guides of Canada Mighty Minds is a new, national program being introduced across Canada to promote positive mental health. Developed in collaboration with experts at The Psychology Foundation of Canada  and Kids Help Phone, Mighty Minds will help girls and young women learn about mental health, address the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, develop skills to face the ups and downs of the daily life and learn to take care of their mental health now and throughout their lives.


The Psychology Foundation of Canada has recently completed "Parenting Tip Sheets" for parents of preteens (Available in different languages)



The “You and Your Preteen” Tip sheets were developed to provide helpful information on how parents can maintain their relationship with their child as they transition into the teen years. While the sheets provide tips for all parents of preteens, they were specifically created to address the challenges newcomer families face as their child moves towards greater independence. There are 6 topics that cover Friendships, Discipline, Puberty, Building a Strong Relationship, Independence and Managing Conflict.  

They are currently available for download on our RESOURCE  page.



New Partnership with CBC Parents 




Some of our psychologists will be writing articles for this popular
 CBC website that features everything from parenting information and advice to fun crafts and activity ideas. The articles will draw from PFC resources and programs, including Make The Connection, Parenting for Life, Kids Have Stress Too!® and Stress Lessons.  Articles will cover a variety of important parenting topics such as building resilience in an anxious world, finding quality time, and how to help ensure your children get enough sleep. 

Dr. Nasreen Khatri 
The Health Risk of Loneliness and How to Tackle it During the Parenting Years

Dr. Robin Alter
Active Minds, Restless Sleep: An Expert's Advice for Making Bedtime Sleep Time 

Dr. Nasreen Khatri 
7 Ways to Incorporated More Rest into Your Daily Life

Dr. Robin Alter 
How To Create Quality Time With Your Kids When There Is So Little Time

Dr. Julaine Brent
Are We Destined to Repeat the Mistakes Our Parents Made?

Dr. Nasreen Khatri
6 Tips For Helping Girls Develop A Healthy Body Image

Dr. Robin Alter
5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Resilience In An Anxious World

Dr. Julaine Brent 
Your Kids May Actually Think You Love Your Phone More Than Them

Dr. Robin Alter
4 Tips to Keep your Holidays Happy and Stress Free


Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report


Last year the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychology Foundation of Canada commissioned a joint task force to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (2015). The task force was created to develop concrete, action-oriented recommendations in order to improve the field’s service to the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations in Canada.  With additional financial support from the University of Guelph-Humber, the task force carried out its mandate and provided its report to both CPA Board of Directors and PFC Board of Trustees. In April of this year both Boards voted to accept the report and will begin acting on its recommendations. Task force representatives are scheduled to discuss the report at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology, on June 26th, 2018 at 10:15 AM in room 516 E, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Québec.  The Task Force invites all ICAP delegates  interested in hearing about the report, and discussing the ways forward, to attend. Importantly, the task force asks all readers to be mindful that its report represents the start of a collaborative discussion, not a conclusion. All feedback is welcome.  See below the report.

TRC Task Force Report
(Adobe PDF File)
Dorothy Hill Memorial Symposium
Save the Date for the 2018 Dorothy Hill Memorial Symposium, presented by The Section of Psychology in Education (SecPE), of the Ontario Psychological Association. The topic of this year's symposium is Trauma-Informed Psychological Approaches to Assessing, Supporting and Educating Students, presented by Drs. Eric Rossen and Robert Hull. Check the flyer for more program details.
DHS Flyer
(Adobe PDF File)
Coping with Trauma




When a crisis happens, as it just did in Toronto, then all of us become a bit unglued.  The unspeakable has happened, but we must find some words to help our children, so they can make sense of the world and still be able to carry on– to  play, do their work and get to sleep at night.  We must think about how to reassure and help them.  This is certainly no small task, when we are grappling to understand it ourselves. Since our children look to us for this very thing, we must not let them down. We offer the following suggestions gleaned from our psychologists and some of the wisdom of others:

How to help our children when disaster happens
: by Dr. Robin Alter

Coping with tragic events: by Dr. Ester Cole

centerforparentingeducation.org: Talking to children about traumatic events

traumaawareschools.org: Promoting trauma informed school systems

cbitsprogram.org: Cognitive behavioural intervention for trauma in schools

ssetprogram.org: Support for students exposed to trauma


CPA Award Winners 2017    

The Psychology Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce and congratulates the award winning projects 2017:

Dr. Bea Wickett - Self Regulation Education Program - Thames Valley District School Board.

Innovative Service Award - Increasing Access to Intervention for Youth Mental Health Difficulties - Kindercare Pediatrics Toronto.    

Dr. Mary J.Wright - Merleau-Ponty on embodiment: Implications for Psychology - Susannah Mulvale.



Stress is a normal part of life and a certain amount can actually be good for us. However, if not properly managed, stress can build up and negatively impact both physical and mental health. To help Canadians build the resiliency to effectively manage their stress, The Psychology Foundation of Canada, with support from Pfizer Canada, has developed Stress Strategies – an online tool empowering Canadian adults to explore the sources of their stress and develop their own customized plans for managing it.

For more information  www.StressStrategies.ca


 The Anxiety Workbook for Kids

Congratulations to our Trustee Dr. Robin Alter, she has just published a second book: “The Anxiety Workbook for kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of Imagination”

Millions of children suffer from anxiety, and those who are diagnosed with anxiety or brought into therapy often feel embarrassed about not being “normal”. But children have an underutilized tool at their disposal – their imagination.

As children become more aware of the role of their imagination in fueling their anxiety, they will ultimately become the boss of their worries by harnessing the power of their imaginations. This creates an opportunity for children to understand their anxiety from a positive framework.

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a fun and unique workbook grounded in evidence-based CBT and designed to help children understand their anxious thoughts within a positive framework—a perspective that will allow kids to see themselves as the highly imaginative individuals they are, and actually appreciate the role imagination plays in their anxiety. With this workbook, children will learn that, just as they are capable of envisioning vivid scenarios that fuel their anxiety, they are capable of using their imagination to move away from anxious thoughts and become the boss of their own worries.