Workshops/Presentations

Corporate 

Conflict Resolution Strategies for Managers

This workshop will provide practical strategies to manage various workplace conflicts.  Topics covered include; active listening, de-escalation strategies for yourself and others, and addressing peer-to-peer conflict. Strategies and practical applications will be presented.  Opportunities for role-play and practice are an important part of the workshop so be prepared to participate.

How to Listen So Your Boss, Colleague or Co-Worker Will Talk

Your boss expects you to figure out all the missing details of the project he hands you but fails to communicate all the requirements. Your co-worker repeatedly arrives late and unprepared.  Your colleague publicly jokes about the quality of your work and you want it to stop.

Peer to Peer Conflict

This workshop is designed to help adults in the school community address conflicts, concerns or difficult conversations in a meaningful way.  Participants will be introduced to basic conflict theories.  The remainder of the workshop will practice the fundamental tools for addressing peer to peer conflict.  This workshop is designed for all members of a learning community. A handout with the conflict template will be provided to all workshop participants.

Discovering Your Conflict Style

What do you do when you find yourself in conflict?  Do you get quiet? Do you leave the room? Do you get loud? Or do you walk away and find someone to tell? Conflict is always about an opportunity to get to know yourself and by extension, those around you. Come and take this opportunity to get to know how you can be more effective in your capacity to get along with others in your workspace.

Responding to Aggressive Confrontation

Workplace hostility and aggressive behavior can seem unpredictable and dangerous.  It can contribute to negative and stressful workplace environments. This workshop provides you with tools and practice to manage hostile individuals in a constructive, proactive manner.

Listening Strategies That Work in an Attention Economy

As social media and internet use squeeze our opportunities to practice face to face communication, how can we listen in ways that encourage successful workplace dialogue?  How can we help communities actively give their full attention to a speaker, notice body cues, words and feelings?

Education

Neuroplasticity in the Classroom

This workshop addresses how we can address the challenges and concerns that come up in the classroom with the lens of current brain body research. Evolutionary biology, Polyvagal Theory and Neuroplasticity research provide practical ideas on how best to tackle current classroom challenges. A strategy sheet will be provided at the end of the session.

Your Brain on Twitter – Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distraction

Video games, online gaming, social media and all things electronic are here to stay with both positive and negative outcomes.  How do we help children (and adults) cope with the ever-increasing culture of distraction? What can we do to counteract the negative outcomes?

This presentation will explore what happens to our brains with the constant bombardment of distractions and provides concrete ideas on what parents and teachers can do to counteract negative outcomes. A “cheat sheet” will be provided for parents to take home that will contain the key points of the presentation.

How Can I Trust You?

Like all feelings, trust is a physical experience. It requires repeated experiences of vulnerability with repeated experiences of feeling safe and cared for. Trust happens in the brain and it happens in the body. Trust is also a vital building block in developing listening skills and conflict management skills. How do we help communities build trust? This workshop is designed to help you to practice building your own ‘trust muscles’ in a safe and playful environment. Links to grade K-7 progressive unit plans will be discussed and provided.

The Feeling Brain and Learning:

  • The role of our feelings, how we can manage our feelings successfully and strategies for our feelings could be discussed and practiced. Using current brain research research (Polyvagal Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology) we will go through a variety of practical strategies to work towards optimal learning. In this talk we will:
  • Review research on emotions especially as they relate to neuroplasticity
  • Look at the strategies related to each theory.
  • Practice conflict strategies

Family

Parenting Resilient, Capable Children – Strategies for Parenting in the Attention Economy

It is less than easy to parent in a culture that continues to pull our attention from one distraction to the next at an ever-increasing speed. We are all getting limited practice at managing stress and anxiety. We are also getting limited practice at communicating with our loved ones as we spend less time in face-to-face conversations and activities. This two-hour workshop will provide insight into how this change effects brain development. Strategies and practical applications in managing stress in positive ways for all members of the family will be presented. A cheat sheet with key messages will be provided at the end of the workshop. A cheat sheet with key messages will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Anxiety and the Brain

This workshop will focus on understanding the nature of anxiety based on some of the current research on neuroplasticity. Practical strategies on what you can do to support families on how best to manage anxiousness in the home for children and adults alike!

A cheat sheet with key messages will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Parenting in a Digital World Series

This series of workshops will support families in understanding the role which the Digital Age plays in social emotional learning, brain development, and communications. The three workshops are designed to help parents apply current research and understanding of how we best learn social and emotional skills and to provide opportunities to practice and implement these strategies in the home.

Our Evolving Brains – Getting a Long Term Perspective to Help Us Understand Why We Do What We Do

Our brains have evolved over 400 million years, but our ‘modern’ brains have only developed over the last 200,000 years.  In that time, our lives and lifestyles have dramatically changed.  Find out what all of this has to do with our modern day complexities such as anxiety, stress, distraction and memory loss. This is a practical overview with follow up home strategies. A “cheat sheet” will be provided for parents to take home that will contain the key points of the presentation.

Managing Difficult Conversations with Children

This presentation will provide parents with some tools and strategies on how to practice holding difficult conversations with children (and adults!).

The following topics will be explored:

  1. Creating systems and strategies in the home that help children develop the skills required to hold difficult conversations.
  2. Provide a framework when dealing with children who are angry and upset.
  3. Provide time to practice the framework in the session.
  4. Provide time for questions

Communicating Well at Home – Practicing the Skills to Help Us All Get Along

Do you ever feel like you keep having the same annoying conversations with your children, spouse and in-laws and still feel like you are getting nowhere?  Do you sometimes feel like everything in your house is “fine” but there seems to be an underlying feeling that something is not quite right? Do you ever have the desire to get to know your family members better but you are not quite sure how to do that? This is the workshop for you! This three part workshop is intended to help families learn the skills and techniques required to help you communicate effectively and respectfully. Each session will be designed to help you understand and practice the skills in a playful and interactive setting. The first two sessions will be for all members of the family 16 years old and over, while the final session will welcome all family member 8 years old and over.