course schedule

Over the three-month course, we will have ten invaluable expert workshops within five half-day weekend sessions. We'll also have a number of carefully crafted small group cohort meetings for in-depth discussions and support from other women physicians. Scroll down to see the detailed session descriptions and course outline. 

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session one

clarity



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022

12:00pm - 1:45pm EST

Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt

Giving the Love that Heals: Becoming the Parent You Wish You Had Had?
  
 

It may be an uncomfortable fact, but without an epiphany, we parent our children the way we were parented. We said we never would, and we are shocked to discover we have! And our children are witnesses. In this session we describe Conscious Parenting as an art form supported by relational science, demonstrate and ask you to practice the parenting skill your parents did not have, and guide you to experience parenting as a joyful privilege.   




2:00pm - 3:45pm EST

Dr. Shimi Kang

The Science of Raising Healthy, Happy, Self-Motivated Kids


 

In this seminar, Dr. Kang will use irrefutable science and unforgettable stories from around the world to walk audiences through her three-part method for raising healthy, happy, self-motivated kids. Dr. Kang will show how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” models hinder kids’ internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful interpersonal model for raising the next generation: the intelligent, strong, joyful, and highly social “dolphin” approach.

cohort meeting


 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022
evening 
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session two

 consciousness



SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022

12:00pm - 1:45pm EST

 

Ann Douglas

 

Post-Pandemic Parenting

What will our lives be like once we begin to emerge from the pandemic? How can we support our children in preparing for that post-pandemic world? And how can we begin to process everything that our families and our communities have experienced during this strange and uncertain time? In this thought-provoking presentation, you'll be encouraged to reflect on your family's pandemic experience to acknowledge all the learning and growth that you have witnessed in yourself and your children over the past year-and-a-half. You'll also have an opportunity to consider your hopes and dreams for your family moving forward, and to zero in on parenting, strategies that can help you to achieve your big-picture parenting goals. This is your opportunity to dare to imagine life in a post-pandemic world for yourself, your family and your community

2:00pm - 3:45pm EST

 

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

The Power of Showing Up
 

Parents worry. It’s what we do. We worry about our kids and their safety; about the times we let our kids down; if we’re giving them too little or too much attention; and how to manage in a world filled with digital distractions and endless commitments on our time. Reassuringly, the latest brain and attachment research is clear on how best to make a difference in our child’s life over the long run: we simply need to show up.


In this presentation based on her latest book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson will share how when a caregiver predictably (not perfectly) cares for a child, that child will enjoy the very best outcomes, even in the face of significant adversity. Offering plenty of warmth and humor, Dr. Bryson will share stories and simple strategies for honouring the Four S’s effectively in all kinds of situations—when our kids are struggling or when they are enjoying success; when we are consoling, disciplining, or arguing with them; and even when we're apologizing for the times we don’t show up for them. No parent is perfect, but all of us can show up for our kids. Impactful parenting begins right where you are, right now.

cohort meeting


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022

evening

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session three

care



SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022

12:00pm - 3:45pm EST


Natasha Sharma, Psy.D

What Do You Want Most For Your Children?
How to Raise Confident, Self-Loving Children by Being a Confident, Self-Loving Parent


 

Most parents want their children to be happy, healthy, kind, and loving. Modern parenting, however, does not reflect the actual desire parents have for their kids. This workshop will focus on how as parents, we can help our children "achieve the things we want for them" through becoming the things we want for them ourselves. The goal is to teach our children how to parent themselves one day. That process starts with us first, as their parents today. 

cohort meeting


THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022

evening

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session four

connection



SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022

12:00pm - 3:45pm EST

Jennifer Kolari

CALM is Your Superpower 
 

Learn a neuroscience-based parenting model that will transform your relationship with your child and with your clients.


Parents are left drained, ashamed, and beating themselves up at the end of the day... and kids are experiencing higher levels of depression and anxiety than ever. When you’re parenting a strong-willed child or “gladiator child,” as I like to call them, many of the practical, sensible parenting models that work beautifully on other kids will backfire.
 

It’s time for a revolution in parenting that’s based on the neuroscience of love.

 

This course will teach you the very same skills therapists use to enhance your communication skills and strengthen the connection between you and your child. Imagine if instead of screaming matches, never-ending negotiations, or feeling like you’re at your child’s mercy at every family gathering, you could:
 

  • Become deeply present with your child and maintain a calm, neutral presence that de-escalates tantrums and eases anxiety.

  • Meet your child where they are and use empathy to naturally soothe their emotional responses by creating a deep sense of safety.

  • Listen to what your child is showing you with their actions but not telling you with their words so that you can actually address what’s upsetting them.

  • Use language and communication techniques as “brain food” or “emotional nutrition” to trigger the release of reward chemicals in their brain.

  • Create a deeper connection with your child so that your bond can weather any storm.
     

cohort meeting


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2022

evening
 

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session five

commitment



SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022

12:00pm - 1:45pm EST

Alyson Schafer

Breaking the Good Mom Myth:
How to overcome the plague of perfectionism, working mom guilt and reclaim work/life balance.

 

 





 
 

Modern motherhood seems to be a sure formula for inducing guilt, anxiety, and often more misery than enjoyment.  And you know what the funny part is?  All our fussing is not even healthy for our children!  In this workshop, Alyson will have us laughing as we drop the old baggage,  learn new paradigms for evaluating how we are doing as moms, where our efforts should be focussed, and creating a work/life balance that ensures the best outcomes for every member of the family.   

2:00pm - 3:45pm EST 
Dr. Lindsay Borovay
The Choice Point: Moving Towards Who and What is Important in Your Life

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Borovay will help participants identify what it is that drives them, and who and what is most important to them as a parent, as a professional, and as a person. Close attention will be paid to the “stuff that shows up";  that is, the emotions and negative experiences that can move us away from engaging in the satisfying family relationships and professional endeavours we really want. By identifying our "hooks" or "blocks", we can learn to recognize our triggers, and the short- and long-term implications of choosing a life focused on moving away from the "stuff that shows up" or choosing a life focused on moving toward who and what is important to us.