Groups & Workshops

Due to COVID-19 there are no in person groups being offered at this time. Virtual classes or workshops are possible.

Throughout the year, there are therapeutic group sessions offered that target specific topics, such as parenting or anxiety. Please check back to see what is developing!

Parent Education Groups


For parents of children aged 6-12.


Would you like to:
  • Discover the “roles” that children adopt within the family?
  • Explore ways to shift behaviours and patterns that are no longer working?
  • Use consequences and encouragement versus punishment and praise?
  • Find ways of empowering versus enabling your children?
  • Have your child learn how to self-regulate?

Johanna cannot provide the owner’s manual but she is offering a parenting course combining the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program, Positive Discipline, attachment theory and the latest in brain research for parents of children aged 6-12. Groups for 0-5 year-olds also available.

Contact Johanna if you would like to have this program available for your group.

Read what parents who have taken the parenting program have said:
  • “What was most meaningful to me was learning about the different parenting
    styles and how to use reflective listening to help improve communication in my family.”
  • “We feel relieved to have some strategies to manage difficult situations.”
  • “Johanna was very approachable and responded to questions and comments appropriately.”

Other Presentations

The Many Faces of Anxiety

This presentation talks about the anxiety signs in children, common misdiagnoses of anxiety, and some simple strategies that parents can use with their anxious child.

Parenting Challenges: Pre-school Aged Children

This presentation looks at some of the most common issues that arise with young children and suggests effective ways of dealing with these.

Becoming an Encouraging Parent

Encouragement has positive effects on the brain. Learn what encouragement is, the differences between praise and encouragement and how to encourage your child.

Putting “You” Back in Youth: Understanding Adolescents

This presentation aims to provide parents, caregivers, educators, service providers of pre-teens and teens a helpful, new lens through which to view teens. By understanding teenage behaviours, adults can better connect with teens. This presentation utilizes Attachment Theory, the latest information about brain development, Family Systems and Adlerian Psychology.

beyond behaviour

“Self regulation is a myth” according to Dr. Bonnie Badenoch. We learn to self-regulate by co-regulating with our caregiver/parent. The Synergetic (2008) principles of Lisa Dion teach us as caregivers how to provide these learning opportunities to the children in our care.

In this 2-hour workshop, caregivers will learn what it means to be regulated and what the symptoms are of a dysregulated nervous system. We will explore each of the 4 fears that the brain sees as a threat, thus causing dysregulation in the nervous system.

The Synergetic model use the neuro-science behind the transformation process and caregivers are able to work with a child in such a way that targets:

  1. Supporting the child in experiencing uncomfortable sensations, emotions and thoughts that are triggering dys-regulated behaviours. The result is that the child learns how to regulate and manage their internal worlds and in turn manage their behaviours better.
  2. Helping the child feel empowered while learning new and more effective ways of managing their own nervous systems.
  3. Teaching the child how to stay connected to themselves so that their authentic self emerges and their belief in self increases.

parenting with the brain in mind

This two-hour workshop will look at how to approach parenting with the understanding of the child’s neurological development. Learn about how the brain develops and what can be expected from children based on which part of the brain is actually “online”. We will also look at ways to encourage brain development. This workshop is based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel and Lisa Dion.

For Professionals

Play Therapy: The Importance of Play

Learn how to:
  • have age appropriate empathy with your clinical skills to allow children the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills
  • engage a child’s inner resources, values, and move towards wholeness through play therapy
  • integrate Play Therapy with Rogerian, Adlerian, and Family Systems theory
  • engage the parent in the child’s healing process
  • support parents towards more effective engagement

Contact Johanna to book a presentation for your group on one of these topics or a topic of your choosing.