Bridgett is an authorized facilitator of the Neufeld Institute. She tailors workshops to meet the specific topic requirements and time needs of the group.
Bridgett is an authorized facilitator of the Neufeld Institute. She is certified by the British Columbia Ministry of Education in Canada and draws on her almost two decades of teaching experience to help illustrate the material in a true-to-life and engaging way. She offers single session workshops and multi session courses suitable for educators.
Neufeld Institute Certificates of Attendance presented to those in attendance requiring ECE Professional Development hours. Available upon request.
The following presentations are based on the developmental-relational approach of Dr Gordon Neufeld. For full course details and more information about the Neufeld Institute and the resources they offer, please visit www.neufeldinstitute.org
Making Sense of Resistance and Defiance
Adults are frequently perplexed by children who appear to do the opposite of what is asked or expected of them. This instinctive reaction known as Counterwill can take many forms: Opposition, negativism, laziness, noncompliance, disrespect, lack of motivation, belligerence and even resistance to learning. We need to deepen our connection with our children if we want them to follow our lead. This talk will focus on what’s driving our children to act out in these ways and what we can do to support them (and ourselves!) through it.
Parenting with Patience
Parenting is said to be one of the most difficult jobs on Earth. It requires us to have patience and lots of it. This talk will focus on what happens to our emotional system when we feel triggered, why we lose our patience and what is required to grow it. Understanding ourselves better is key to becoming a more patient parent.
Raising Resilient Children
Every day our children must face disappointment, loss and circumstances they cannot change. How can we as parents cultivate resilience so that our children will not only endure these experiences, but will be able to gain strength and confidence in their ability to cope with them? This presentation will uncover the roots of resilience and share ideas with parents on how to foster this process in their children
Discipline – What ‘works’, what doesn’t and why?
Two of the most common questions asked by parents are ‘How should I discipline my child? and ‘What should I do when…?’ The answers can be found in our understanding of the underlying emotions and instincts in a child. This talk will focus on what children need for healthy development, what attachment-safe and developmentally friendly discipline strategies are and why many common discipline practices like timeouts and consequences often backfire in the long run. Material applicable to all ages.
True Play builds the Brain
Play - at least the kind that builds brains and forwards development - is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most. We live in an age of electronics and scheduled activities and seem to be moving away from what we once understood play to be. Parents will learn more about why children need to play and what they can do to provide the conditions needed for true play to result.
Tantrums can include various aggressive behaviours including hitting, biting, irritability, impatience, self-harming, acting mean or rude. These actions are deeply rooted in instinct and emotion and are often resistant to conventional discipline practices. If we want to help our children through them, we need to understand what’s going on for them from the inside out. Principles applicable to children of all ages.
Making Sense of Young Children (Ages 2-7years) Series
Bridgett has extensive experience in working with young children. She has created a four-part talk series based on the Neufeld “Making sense of Preschoolers” course. Each session is a stand-alone talk or can be attended in sequence by anyone wanting a for a deeper understanding of what drives young children to behave in the ways they do.
Six Common Parenting Mistakes to Avoid
The six most common mistakes are discussed and suggestions are provided for how to avoid these pitfalls with young children. Topics include: premature focus on socialization, instruction-based schooling and getting a head start, putting children in the lead and parenting-on-demand, pushing independence and our pre-occupation with getting good behaviour.
Insight offered into common challenges evident in children of all ages:
- Alpha Children
- Attention Problems
- Bedtime Challenges
- Discipline Concerns
- Defiance and Opposition
- Separation Anxiety
- Sibling Rivalry
- Peer Pressure