The next series of workshops are scheduled for Fall 2016. Please check back for details soon. Contact us if you would like to arrange a specific group workshop for your colleagues, acquaintances, or friends.   

Workshops: are in the evening, between 2 to 3 hours in length and priced between $35.00 and $55.00,

1.    Early Childhood Development (5 workshops). Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the most important and fastest phase for overall development throughout our lifespan. Early years’ experiences determine education, health, social and economic participation for the rest of our lives.

Mother and ChildEarly Childhood Education (ECE) refers to diverse programs, such as child care centres, family resource centres and preschools, for young children (0-6) based on a specific curriculum facilitated by qualified staff (Early Childhood Educators, Infant/Toddler Educators and Special Needs Educators), and designed to support children’s overall development and learning.

ECD is embedded into ECE staff training and programs. Our ECD/ECE workshops extend or provide you with knowledge, understanding, skills, tools and ideas with how to guide young children’s overall growth and learning, so that you are more aware of, and ready for, their next stages of development –  social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. Click here for details about the workshops.

2.     English as an Additional Language (EAL) (5 workshops). English is a complex language, and learning and using it as an additional language can be very challenging, especially in regards to grammar and vocabulary. Four learning skills are incorporated into all of the workshops, giving you the opportunity to practice and enhance your listening, speaking, reading and writing as “everyday language.” Click here for details about the workshops.

3.     Hypnotherapy/Self-Hypnosis (2 workshops)Hypnotherapy helps you to seek different ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Hypnotherapy can also help you become more accepting of yourself and others, and is useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential. We have developed workshops focusing on Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. Click here for details about the workshops.

Early Childhood Development Workshops

1.     Caring for Children is Caring for Yourself   Whether you care for children professionally or as a parent/caregiver, there are times when you may feel highly stressed and tired. Caring for children is valuable and rewarding, but it is also extremely demanding, due to the necessity to put young children’s safety and needs first – no wonder you’re exhausted! This workshop shares tips about how to recognize and decrease unhealthy self-care habits, resulting in better well-being. Also, learn and share practical realistic tips for your busy life, and how to set personal goals and boundaries.

2.     Discipline versus Punishment   Guiding children involves prevention and intervention. Guidance techniques are used to monitor young children’s behaviours. When the child’s behaviour is harmful or inappropriate to him/herself or to others, we intervene with a consequence, which is considered discipline and/or punishment. What is discipline and what is punishment? Are they both the same? Are they effective or harmful, and are they appropriate to use in today’s local or global society?  Learn more and share your views about this controversial topic.

3.     Tantrums and Tears – Tame your Toddlers’ Tantrums and Reduce your Tears J   Sometimes, young children lose control and are unable to respond to adult guidance. When these challenging times occur, you may need to use more direct approaches. This workshop explains why toddlers and preschoolers have tantrums, describes typical developmental behaviours, and offers you guidance techniques about how to manage your young ones’ tantrums.

4.     Promoting Inclusive Habits in Children  As adults, we bring our experiences of the world into the lives of children, teaching them (consciously or subconsciously) about our beliefs, values, biases and prejudices. Inclusive Early Childhood environments help children recognize and understand differences, and develop positive self-esteem, through activities and role-modelling. Learn more about how you can help children understand and appreciate their uniqueness, and the uniqueness of their peers and others in their world.

5.     Play is Serious Learning!   Play is important for children – and adults, too – as it allows for the exploration of new ideas, self-confidence and pride, and helps children develop physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. What better way for children to learn naturally about their world and grow into developmentally healthy adults? Join us for discussion and ideas about how and why play prepares young children with essential life skills to positively participate in the world.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Workshops

1.     Let’s Chat!  Practice your listening and speaking English-language skills in this informal workshop, where the focus is on improving your oral communication. Practice your pronunciation and intonation, so that you can communicate more confidently. This workshop is for learners of all levels, and is adaptable to meet learners’ needs.

2.      Relaxed Reading and Writing  Practice your reading and writing English-language skills in this informal workshop, where the focus is on improving your confidence with English language. Reading out loud is harder than reading silently, so we will practice this skill, along with spelling and other written grammar. This workshop is for learners of all levels, and is adaptable to meet learners’ needs.

3.     “Easy As Pie” Everyday Idioms  We’ll “start from scratch” to help you get “the gist” about idioms, so that you don’t “throw in the towel.” Get ready for some fun while we try to understand, and practice a variety of everyday idioms and idiomatic phrases. This workshop suits Intermediate or Advanced learners.

4.     The Hard and Soft Sounds of “C” and “G”   These two consonants can be confusing, as they change sounds depending on where the “C” and “G” are placed in words. Come and learn and practice when to use a hard or soft sound with these two consonants, so that you pronounce words correctly. This adaptable workshop is suitable for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced learners.

5.     Vowels: the Long and Short of it!  English-language vowels have a different sound, depending on their position in a word. Have fun while learning and practicing the basic rules of long and short vowels (A, E, I, O and U), including the letter “Y,” which is also considered a vowel and has different sounds, depending on the word. This workshop suits Beginner or Intermediate learners.

Hypnotherapy Workshops

1.     Self-Hypnosis   Hypnosis is a state of mind and something that we experience every day, even if we are unaware of it. The workshop focuses on steps for learning Self-Hypnosis, including focused attention exercises, positive suggestions to help you reach your goals, and tips to help get rid of negative emotions.

2.     The Therapeutic Alliance  The Therapeutic Alliance is the building of trust and rapport between professional practitioners and their clients, and starts as soon as communication begins. Learn how to build great relationships with your clients through acceptance of who they are and what they want to achieve. This workshop is suitable for: therapists; social workers; counsellors; and any other professional practitioners.