SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Laval Senior Academy
A FREE conference for parents

Play… more than meets the eye!

Helen Morrison
Conseillère en prevention et promotion de la santé en contexte scolaire, Direction de Santé Publique CISSS de Laval

Join us for this keynote presentation on the importance of play. Play remains the universal language of all children and it is through play that children understand each other and make sense of the world around them. Least we forget that children with special needs are children first and foremost. Let’s help them back into the game!

Bachelor degree in Social Work from McGill University with 22 years of hands on experience working within the school milieu with vulnerable families and special needs children. More recentlym since 2011, my work within the Public Department has been to support schools in the implementation of health initiatives that lead to student success.

Workshop 1 – 5 self-care strategies to help parents to recharge

Dr. Jewel Perlin

Participants will walk away with specific tools they can start using right away to reduce their anxiety and increase their wellness. Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the Canadian household population, causing mild to severe impairment. Through this stress and anxiety keynote, you will develop an understanding of anxiety and become aware of the signs and symptoms. The participants will be introduced to the latest research and knowledge about anxiety management strategies. They will learn practical coping tools to reduce the symptoms. They will also learn ways to build daily anxiety management practices and a wellness action plan.

Dr. Jewel Perlin is a passionate and empathetic psychologist who divides her time between her clinical practice, training and supervision, facilitating workshops, anda psychological expert on television.

In her clinical practice at Concordia University Counseling and Psychological Services, she delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments to the university students. Dr. Jewel Perlin has over 10 years of experience working as a guidance counselor and psychologist in Montreal high schools. She also provides training and supervision to interns and colleagues as they acquire skills to deliver CBT in their own practice.

In her consulting work, Dr. Jewel Perlin has been a facilitator on self-care, stress management, and work life balance at AAESQ, LBPSB, SWLSB, EAAWQ, and Scotia Bank. She has been a guest on Montreal City TV Breakfast Television show since 2013.

Dr. Jewel Perlin received her PhD from McGill University. She is a member of The Order of Psychologists of Quebec and The Order of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists of Quebec.

Workshop 2– Understanding the after-school meltdown

Eva de Gosztonyi

Schools are struggling with students who experience frequent and intense explosions. In order to effectively intervene, we must first understand the origins of this challenging behaviour, whether the student is in Kindergarten, Elementary or High School. This presentation will reveal the underlying emotion, which is frustration, and then explain why certain students have a hard time managing their frustration. We will delve into the neuroscience surrounding this emotion. Finally, we will look at ways of intervening that allow us to avoid certain pitfalls and that have proven to be effective.

Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A. is a psychologist who has worked for over 40 years in schools across Canada. She is the Co-ordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, a support to the English School Boards of Quebec, helping them to provide effective interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Eva bases her interventions on the current brain and trauma research, and on practices that are congruent with the Neufeld attachment-based developmental paradigm.

Emotional regulation strategies for my child

Marla Cable
Coordinator, Resource and Training Centre, Giant Steps School

How does your child express and deal with their emotions? We will discuss the base root to emotions and go over concrete strategies you can use to support your child while keeping yourself safe as well.

This workshop will include participation input through breakout sessions. Come with your challenges and your ideas to share.

Marla Cable is the Coordinator of the Resource and Training Centre at Giant Steps School. Trained as a Special Care Counsellor and having a degree in DESS en autisme, she has worked in the field of autism for over 25 years in a variety of different job roles. Ms Cable is also an autism content specialist at CEGEP Champlain. She worked as an educator and inclusion educator at Giant Steps. She has also managed a classroom based on the TEACCH approach. She strives to share her knowledge and experiences to impact the community at large. Her interests and expertise lay in the implementation of programs to support the ASD community.

As Coordinator of the Resource and Training Centre Ms.Cable shares her wealth of knowledge through public speaking, supporting community groups in the implementation of services for the autistic community, giving workshops and conferences, and offering other supportive services to the greater community of autism whether it be to a student, professional, parent or individual on the spectrum.

Social emotional learning

Dr. Gerry Weintraub
Psychologist, Centre of Excellence for Mental Health

Dr. Gerry Weintraub has been working as a school psychologist for over thirty years. He is currently the co-coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Mental Health.

Building a positive school climate for all


Coping with stress Navigating anxiety Building SEL (social emotional learning)
Understanding ASD (autism spectrum disorder)
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