The Annual Parenting Conference continues to be a much needed learning opportunity for both families and professionals.  Over100 parents, childcare providers and early childhood educators attended the very successful two-day conference on October 16 and 17.

On Friday evening, Dr. Simon Nuttgens of Penticton, presented Fathering: Looking Forward, Acting Now.

Dr. Simon Nuttgens, a father of two children, has been providing counselling services to children, youth, and families since 1996. Simon worked as a counselling psychologist at a residential treatment centre for youth, a school for children with learning disabilities, and a day program for pre-school children with severe behavioural concerns. Simon has written and presented on a wide range of topics and currently teaches for the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University.

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe was the presenter on Saturday. Her topics were Resistance & Tantrums and When the Worry Monster Attacks; Supporting Children Struggling with Anxiety.

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, is the author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up! Dr. Vanessa is a registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for over 15 years. A regularly invited educator and speaker, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development, Dr. Vanessa is known for being a dynamic speaker who brings a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her workshops and presentations. And, as a mother to two growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes.

Presenters and topics were very well received.

Refreshments and a hot buffet lunch were included in the price of $30 per person or $45 per couple for both days. Twenty-four children enjoyed the free on-site child minding on Saturday. Storybooks and resources were provided in the participant take-home package.