The Sights and Sounds of Where We Belong at the CATA Conference

Betty Brouwer and Meghan Schuurman will be leading a workshop at the 2016 OATA/CATA conference: Art Therapy & Anti-Oppressive Practice. The conference is from Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Betty and Meghan will share their Lessons Learned from the Sights and Sounds of Where We Belong Project at RE-create Outreach Art Studio.

For more information on this conference and to register, visit the CATA website here.


2016 Battle of the Brushes

Join with us on Friday, September 23, 2016 for Battle of the Brushes! This event to support RE-create Outreach Art Studio will be held at the Spice Factory in Hamilton (121 Hughson Street North). This is a live art making competition and promises to be an exciting evening. For more information, please contact Meghan Schuurman, Studio Coordinator. To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page here.

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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Study Day

Join with other DDP practitioners for this study day. This day is for those interested in learning more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Dr. Dan Hughes, Attachment Focussed Therapy model) as well as people trained in DDP. The focus of this study day will be working with parents. Betty J. B. Brouwer and Dr. Sian Phillips will be leading the conversations and presentations. Michelle Hogeterp will present “Nurturing Attachments – Parenting Group”, and Annette Kussin will present on “Adult Attachment”.  The day will consist of presentations, case studies and opportunities to practice PACE through role-play. Attendees are encouraged to come with related questions about using the model in their practice.

The study day is scheduled for Friday, November 11 in Hamilton. To register visit the Attachment Association of Canada’s website here.

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Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Training: Level 1

The Attachment Association of Canada Presents Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Training: Level 1. Betty Brouwer will be leading this training on November 23 – 26, 2016 in Oakville.

This course is suitable for parents, social workers, child and youth workers, caregivers or teachers working with children with attachment issues. This training is also relevant for therapists and clinicians who want to increase their skill set of attachment focused treatment. The model is relevant for those working with children aged four through to adult years. This is phase one of certification in DDP Training and is limited to 24 participants.

To register contact the Attachment Association of Canada here.


A Dynamic Blended Family: When Restorative Practice Marries Family Therapy

Jennifer Bowen and Anne Martin are presenting at the Restoring Community 21st World Conference, hosted by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. The session is on Thursday, October 24, 2016 and is about “A Dynamic Blended Family: When Restorative Practice Marries Family Therapy”.

For more information on the World Conference, visit the IIRP here.

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2016 Special Education Conference OACS

Shalem staff will be presenting at the 2016 Special Education Conference on October 3, 2016, hosted by the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools. The focus for the day will be “Learning through Relationships: Attachment, Interventions and the Developing Brain”. Mark Vander Vennen and Betty Brouwer will begin the day with the Plenary Session: Attachment and the Developing Brain. Shalem staff presenting throughout the day are Mark Vander Vennen, Betty Brouwer, Michelle DeBoer, Anne Martin, and Shawn Groen.

For more information on this event and to register, visit this page.

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4th Annual Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Conference

Betty Brouwer will be co-presenting at the 4th Annual Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Conference in Stony Point, NY. The conference will be on October 31, – November 2, 2016. Betty will present with Charlie Melendez on “Nurturing Attachment Support Groups for Parents“.

For more information and to register for this conference, visit the DDPI conference page here.