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October 2021

Essentials Module #2- Reflective Practice: Developing Self-awareness and Understanding

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

Family support programs value reflective practice as a principle to ensure ongoing and continual improvements. This module will focus on why Reflective Practice is important for practitioners in developing a deeper level of self-awareness and understanding. The benefits of Reflective Practice and how to apply it within staff teams to better meet the needs of families and their children will be discussed.

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November 2021

Essentials Module #3- Contemporary Families

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

Programs must understand the trends in family composition and the variety of issues that impact families such as poverty, race, mental health, addiction, violence and abuse, to name a few. This module will explore marginalization as well as the intersectionality of issues that impact families. Participants will discuss strategies and resources that support practitioners work with the unique families in their community.

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January 2022

Essentials Module #4- Enabling Family Empowerment and “Voice” in Early ON Programs

January 20, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

The practice of family support is founded on the building of relationships with families. In this module, participants will examine the inherently positive effects of building genuine relationships with families, how practitioners do it, and how to enable empowerment and “voice” for parents and caregivers that will enhance their lives far beyond the program walls.

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February 2022

Essentials Module #5- Family Engagement

February 17, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

Building relationships with families is an essential element of an effective program. This module will discuss how to facilitate enduring connections with diverse families, how to meet parents/caregivers as valued experts of their children, and how to ensure that programs are reaching the underserved. Participants will explore the ways to design a curriculum that promotes the connection between adults and children as laid out in the provincial document, How Does Learning Happen: Ontario’s New Pedagogy.

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March 2022

Essentials Module #6- Facilitating Connections with the Local Community, Including Schools- What Does It Take?

March 17, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

Family support programs do not need to be isolated entities within a community, but rather vibrant hubs at the centre of community life that are connected to schools and other community services. In this module, participants will explore concrete strategies for building community ties with an emphasis on local schools and other community resources that will enrich and support families’ lives.

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April 2022

Essentials Module #7- Fostering Mutual Support & Community-Building/Belonging

April 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

The families participating in family support programs can be a resource and a mutual support system for each other. Participants will discuss the importance of social support and how to foster a sense of belonging for all. Participants will also examine how to build social capital amongst families and how it adds value to your program.

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May 2022

Essentials Module #8- Planning in family support programs during a collective crisis

May 19, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

Over the past years, families have witnessed and been impacted by several natural disasters such as fire and floods and currently, all families are enduring the impacts of a global pandemic. This module will explore how staff working in family support programs can identify and address the needs of families and children during times of collective crisis living in their local communities.

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June 2022

Essentials Module #9- Program Evaluation in Family Support Programs

June 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$85 – $100

How do staff working in family support programs know that their programs are effective and meeting the mark with families and communities? This module will explore the importance of program evaluation in family support programs. Participants will have an opportunity to explore what methodology best suits their program needs and how to include stakeholders in this important process.

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