Holistic Parenting Symposium October 7, 2019

The Novotel Centre Toronto 45 The Esplanade

Effective Strategies for raising empathetic and caring children & adolescents. A day for parents and professionals who support them committed to a kinder world for everybody.

Illness is something we fix & Repair, Wellness is something we grow, maintain and conserve.
Parenting for child & adolescent wellness
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Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:30 am

Effective Parenting

Lisa Romano-Dwyer PhD, MSW, BSC, RSW

Opening Address by Lisa Romano-Dwyer, former Chief Social Worker DPCDSB 9:30 am

Lisa will highlight some of the main Parenting Resources that are tried, tested and true. Easily implemented by parents and coached by professional counsellors, Lisa will summarize parenting resources that aim to reduce defiance and non-compliance in the home; increase cooperation and prosocial interactions with siblings; and create a happy healthy structure and routine without constant fighting and bickering.

Stephanie Morrison BBA, CNP, RYT Holistic Nutritionist

Stephanie is a Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) practicing digestive and emotional health 10:30 am

Her talk on the role of food in child and adolescent wellness will help professionals and parents about the importance of diet and healthy eating. Stephanie will highlight what foods are associated with calming a typical human nervous system and what foods to reduce or eliminate altogether from a child or adolescent’s diet. Families who eat together have less conduct related problems with children as they age. The food shared at meals and snack times also shape the quality of your time together.

Expert Panel 11:00 am

Jonah Paritzky, Family Lawyer

Jonah Paritzky offers legal services through Clearway Law Jonah will provide a 10 minute presentation on his experience with separation agreements that involve children and adolescents. He will then be available for your questions.

Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist

Lisa will return to the panel to respond to your questions related to Parenting and evidence-based strategies that work to promote wellness, social, and academic success.

Miriana Nicoletti BEd, MA, Retired Elementary School Principal

Miriana will provide a 10 minute presentation on the important role of parents in success at school. She will highlight her work on parent engagement in elementary schools and her lengthy experiences with parent councils, advisories, and projects. Miriana is excited about answering your questions about you have about your child’s schooling.

Holistic parenting involves strategies that build every aspect of child & adolescent wellness

Lunch (not included) noon – 1:30 pm

Keynote Address 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Kate Davis
speaker, comedian, writer, mother and actress

Kate promises to remind us to lighten up! Her comedic presentation aims to promote life-work balance with humour. Kate uses her own mothering to discuss how she maintains levity and joy in her family while maintaining a successful career. Her talk promises to encourage people to use laughter as a stress reducer at work, home, and at play with your children and teens.

Holistic Parenting Resources Showcase 3:15-4:30 pm

  • Unique products for children and families will be on display
  • Creators of local resources and products will be present to discuss their items

A portion of proceedings after costs will be donated to a local charity and not-for-profit organization.

Wine & Cheese Networking Session 4:30-6:00 pm