Mark Vander Vennen is giving a workshop on “Seniors and Depression” at Holland Christian Homes in Brampton, Ontario, on September 18, 2 pm. For more information, contact Hank Bylstra, Chaplain at Holland Christian Homes.
Betty Brouwer, Director of Attachment Services at Shalem, will be offering Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training, Level 1 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This training has been postponed – we will post more information when it has been rescheduled.
Betty Brouwer will be offering a training in Creemore, ON on November 22 – 25, 2017. This is the Level 1 training for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. DDP is based on attachment theory, intersubjectivity theory and interpersonal neurobiology and provides clinicians ways of creating safety for both parents and children who are struggling in their relationships. This training is 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.
For more information and to register for this training, please visit this link.
Join with Generous Space Ministries and Shalem for a joint conference on LGBTQ+, Mental Health and Faith.
Luis F Goncalves, an experienced therapist who has navigated his own LGBTQ+ journey, will give the keynote presentation on LGBTQ+ and Mental Health. In the afternoon, there will be a panel of experienced partitioners and a panel members of the LGBTQ+ community.
You can expect a day of dialogue and co-learning with LGBTQ+ individuals and practitioners, a better understanding of the complexity of mental health challenges for LGBTQ+ indviduals, a sharing of the unique challenges and opportunities for building support systems and an exploration of the distinctions between mental illness and orientation/gender realities.
For more information, view the complete flyer here.
This conference registration is FULL, and the registration is closed. Thank you for your interest!
Join us in Ajax, ON for Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: a three day classroom training in growing restorative congregations. This training will be on April 25, 26 and 27, 2017. This training is offered in partnership with the IIRP and the Eastern Canada District, Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
For more information please view this flyer.
To register, contact Danielle VandenAkker.
Join us in Ottawa, ON on May 26, 2017 for a Study Day focused on Dyadic Development Psychotherapy. Come refresh your DDP skills and learn how DDP can be effective with families who have experienced great stresses, including relationship trauma. This study day is for those interested in learning more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP – Dr. Daniel Hughes’ Attachment-Focused Family therapy model) as well as people already trained in DDP who want to refresh their skills.
Betty J.B. Brouwer, Michelle Hogeterp and Sian Phillips will lead the conversations and presentations. The day will consist of presentations, case studies, and opportunities to practice PACE. Attendees are encouraged to come with with related questions about using the model in their practice.
Registration begins at 8:30 and the day will wrap up by 3:30. For more information, view this flyer.
To register, please complete the form below
Shalem facilitates Hold Me Tight® weekend workshops. We have two weekends to choose from in each year. The Hold Me Tight® Workshop, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson is a weekend workshop designed for couples around seven conversations based on the new science of love and the wisdom of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). The Hold Me Tight® is appropriate for couples who:
- want to connect more deeply
- want to get “unstuck” from their patterns
- are in established or new relationships
November 11 and 12, 2017 will be facilitated by Bernadine Togeretz and Shawn Groen.
The workshop will be held in Hamilton, Ontario.
Registration fees for the weekend are $550 and include refreshments and materials for the workshop, including lunch on both days. Please contact us for fee options or to discuss how you could use extended health coverage or other benefits to help with the fee.
To register, please complete the form below:
Shalem is thrilled to host an attachment conference in November 2016! Join us on November 28 and 29 with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Janina Fisher, leading experts in the field of attachment and trauma recovery. The speakers will draw connections between attachment, trauma and the newest insights into the neurobiology of relationships, with a focus on effective clinical interventions.
For more information, view the conference flyer here.
This conference registration is now closed.
Mark Vander Vennen will present a workshop entitled “Helicopter Parents: Are They A Bane or A Blessing?” at the Edifide Teacher’s Convention on October 28, 2016, in Ancaster. Click here for more information.
Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin will be conducting FaithCARE’s three-day Restorative Practice training from October 4 to October 6, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sponsored by the Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. For more information and to register, click here, or contact Kate Kooyman at [email protected] or 616-241-1691 ex 2120.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elske de Visch Eybergen will be leading three days of Wraparound Facilitator Training. The training will take place at Stoney Creek United Church on the following three Saturdays:
April 2, April 9 and April 23, 2016.
With the completion of all sessions totalling 18 hours, plus five hours of live coaching, participants will receive a WrapAround Facilitator Certificate.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada hosted a webinar on January 20, 2016, with Wanda Malcolm and Mark Vander Vennen. The webinar focussed on what is the state of mental and emotional health of our clergy in Canada? What does wellbeing look like in a busy pastoral life that is often full of demands and ripe for burn-out? How can churches care better for their ministry leaders? To listen to the full webinar, visit this link.
For more information on Shalem’s Clergy Care program click here.
Our partner, Faith and Hope Ministries is hosting their annual conference on April 9, 2016 in Cobourg, ON. This year, the keynote speaker is Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds along with an opening message by Dr. Victor Shepherd, professor at Tyndale Seminary. For more information and to register, visit this link.
Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan giving a three day training: “Restorative Practices for Congregations”. This will be from October 7 – 9, 2015 at the denominational office of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. For more information, you can view this flyer.
In January 2016, Anne Martin will present in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for Edu Deo Ministries on “Conflict Resolution: A Restorative Approach“. For more information on this work in the Dominical Republic visit Edu Deo.
At the Promise Keepers “Legacy” Conference on October 17, 2015, Mark will be presenting on Men and Depression. This conference is in Kingston at the Salvation Army Citadel. For more information and to register visit this link.
Anne Martin, Bruce Schenk and Mark Vander Vennen will be presenting at the 19th Annual World Conference of the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethelehem, PA. This workshop will be on October 26, 2015 and is on Enhancing Employee Engagement:The Restorative Lens in Action. For more information and to register, visit this link.
A number of Shalem staff will be participating in the Annual Day of Encouragement in Ancaster on October 17, 2015.
- Susan Winter Fledderus will speak on “When Marriages Fall Apart: How Churches can support couples and their families”.
- Jennifer Bowen will lead a workshop entitled: “Mental Health in Our Churches: Let’s Talk About It”.
- Anne Martin will present on “Going Forth Creating Healthy Relationships: A Restorative Response to the Great Commission”.
For more information and to register for this event, visit Diaconal Ministries.
Several of Shalem’s staff will be presenting at the 2015 Edifide Convention on Friday, October 30, 2015. Here are the workshops offered by Shalem staff:
- Anne Martin will lead a workshop on “Boundaries, from a Restorative Practice Perspective.”
- Betty Brouwer’s workshop is on “Protecting Student’s Potential”.
- Shawn Groen will present “Protecting Your Potential through Mental Health”.
For more information visit Edifide’s website.
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, June Zwier will be participating in a mental health awareness at Westside CRC in Kingston. For more information, contact the church here.
On April 9, 2016, Faith and Hope Ministries will be presenting “Mental Illness : In Our Church, In Our Families”. This day long conference will be held in Cobourg and keynote speaker is Amy Simpson author of “TROUBLED MINDS: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission“. Stay tuned for more information!
On Sept. 22 and 23, 2015, at a retreat for a group of seniors held at Fairhavens Retreat Centre, Mark Vander Vennen will be leading two workshops:
- The Emotional Impact of Immigration
- What’s Happening with our Grandkids?
Marg Smit-VandeZande and Anne Martin will be presenting at the Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby on July 7th and July 9th. Marg will present on Care of Self Isn’t Selfish and Anne will speak on Feeling Conflicted, Let’s Talk. For more information on this conference, visit the SICM website.
June Zwier and Winnie Visser will be presenting a webinar on April 22, 2015, titled: Youth Depression and Suicide. The World Health Organization has reported that globally, depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability in the 10 -19 year old age group, and suicide ranks 3rd among causes of death. For more information on this event, visit this link.
Jennifer Bowen will be the morning key note speaker on Saturday, April 25 in Woodstock. Jennifer will speak on Understanding Anxiety and Depression, looking at both disorders—their causes, symptoms, treatments—and their impact on the individual and his or her relationships. Jennifer will also address how faith communities relate to these issues as a community, and where there is room for growth. This event is hosted by CRC Disability Concerns, to register and for more information visit this link.
Join us this Spring for WrapAround Facilitator Training. This training is in partnership with Stoney Creek United Church, and Elske de Visch Eybergen and Jacqueline Jean-Pierre will be leading the training. With the completion of the 18 hours of training and five hours of live coaching, the participants will receive a “Foundations” WrapAround facilitator Certificate. Visit here to view the flyer with the complete details.
To register, contact Elske de Visch Eybergen, or complete the form below.
Join us for a FaithCARE training: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. This training is scheduled for April 21 – 23, 2015 and offered in partnership with the Eastern Canada Christian and Missionary Alliance. This training is open to anyone. For more information and for the complete conference brochure, visit this link.
This training can also be applied to the IIRP Masters Degree in Restorative Practice.
For more information and to register please contact Danielle VandenAkker or complete the form below.
On October 27 staff members Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin will co-present with Bruce Schenk, Director of the International Institute for Restorative Practices—Canada, a workshop called “Fostering Restorative Workplaces: A Framework Approach”, at the 17th World Conference of the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting at the Annual Day of Encouragement, hosted by Diaconal Ministries on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Susan’s workshop is titled “When Marriages Fall Apart”. At this workshop, we will explore how to minister to couples with relationship troubles, creating space for them to seek help. We will also discuss how we can journey with families experiencing separation or divorce, and respond to each family members’ needs. For more information and to register, please contact Diaconal Ministries.
Join us on October 7, 2014 for an interactive workshop: Information on Drugs for Counsellors. This workshop will provide a base of technical drug information for those in the helping profession who do not have a background in biology and whose work would benefit from a basic understanding of psychoactive drugs and how they produce the behaviours they do.
This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Rick Csiernik, from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. Rick has written and edited eight books, as well as co-authored three professional journal essays about Shalem’s CAP program.
For more information on this workshop, view this flyer.
To register, call 905.528.0353 or 866.347.0041 or complete the form below:
This training will be held in Whitby on November 6 and 7, 2014. This is hosted by the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Susan Winter Fledderus will go beyond the basics to deepen your knowledge and use of the Solution-Focused model of therapy. For more information and to register please visit this link.
FaithCARE presents a three-day training on how to nurture a relationally healthy, connected congregation. A restorative congregation lives out the belief that every person has God-given worth, no one is disposable and conflict and harm can be most effectively addressed by attending to the healing of all persons affected. The training will be led by Rev. Bruce Schenk from the International Institute of Restorative Practices (canada.iirp.edu) and hosted by Shalem. The conference will be at Kanata Community CRC on September 9 – 11, 2014. Classis Eastern Canada and Safe Church Ministry endorses and recommends this training. For more information and to register, view this flyer, or contact Shalem at 866.347.0041 or by email at [email protected].
The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute will be hosting their International Conference in Kingston, Ontario this year. This is the first time the DDPI International Conference has been held in Canada. Betty J.B. Brouwer, Shalem’s Director of Attachment Services will be presenting at this exciting conference. For more information and to register please visit Attach Canada’s website. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend this three day event! A group of international speakers with leading expertise in trauma, attachment and brain development will be on hand to present.
Faith and Hope Ministries is partnering with Living Hope CRC to host a conference on April 25 – 26, 2014. This conference is titled: “Emotionally Free”. Dr. Grant Mullen takes a very balanced perspective, recognizing how the physical, spiritual, and emotional all potentially impact our mental health. This conference is suitable for those who work in the mental health field, those suffering from mental illness, depression, and mood disorders, and those who live with or care for those struggling with mental illness
For more information on this conference and to register, please visit this link.
We are pleased to offer a Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Working with Varied Clients and Settings on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Hamilton. Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed., RMFT, R.S.W., CSFT will lead the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for counsellors, social workers, and couple and family therapists who want to increase their skill in applying the Solution-Focused model in their clinical practice.
This training is part two of a two-part training, the first of which was held in the Fall of 2013. These two days of training can be used together in place of one of the modules in the University of Toronto’s Certificate program in Solution-Focused Counselling.
For more information, please view the workshop flyer here.
On February 20 Shalem’s Executive Director Mark Vander Vennen will offer a plenary address at a conference at the University of Toronto called “Peace In the City“. Mark will speak on “Restorative Justice: Reconciliation in the City”. The conference is put on by Wycliffe College, World Vision Canada, Conrad Grebel (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Urban Remixed. You can register here.
Betty Brouwer will be participating in a panel at the Flagship Gallery on Tuesday, February 4th. The Gallery is located at 237 James Street North in Hamilton and the panel begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, please view this flyer.
Intimate and interactive conversations with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes. Early Bird Date approaching – register soon!
Join us for two exciting days of learning about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP), including two panel discussions led by Dr. Jean Clinton. Come and hear both presenters speak into each other’s model.
This conference is scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2014 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, ON. For more information, please view the conference flyer.
To register for this conference, please submit the form below:
On November 9 Mark Vander Vennen will be giving a day-long workshop in Ottawa for the Safe Church group of Classis Eastern Canada of the CRC on “Restorative Justice and Church Leader Sexual Misconduct“. This workshop is open to the public. For more information, please contact Sarah Cook.
On November 18, Anne Martin and Mark Vander Vennen are doing a workshop at “The National Restorative Justice Symposium 2013″, entitled “Center for Workplace Engagement: Building the Social Capital of Workplaces Using Restorative Practice“. The conference will be in Toronto, for more information and registration information please visit this link.
FaithCARE presents: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. The conference was held in Mississauga, ON on November 5 – 7, 2013. At this conference you will explore, learn and practice what it means to be a restorative church. The conference fee also includes Individualized Field Coaching. For more information and to register, view the conference brochure.
Betty Brouwer will be presenting at the Ontario Association of Child, Youth and Young Parent Centres Conference: Building Resiliency through Collaboration on Monday, November 4th, 2013. Betty’s workshop is entitled: Me2you2we-Facilitating healthy attachments between young moms and their children. For more information on this conference, visit the Ontario Association of Child, Youth and Young Parent Centres website.
Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting the above workshop on November 8th at the 2013 Conference on Solution-Focused Practices: “One Heart, Many Hands“. Couples seeking therapy are often caught in highly emotional and distressing negative interaction patterns. At this workshop, we will explore how therapists can apply the basic assumptions and interventions of the SFBT model as we seek to facilitate couple solution-building and growth in the areas of emotional closeness, attachment experiences, meaning-making and power-negotiation.
For more information on this conference and workshop, please visit: the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association website.
Betty Brouwer will be presenting this workshop on November 7, 2013 for Family and Children’s Services Niagara. Betty will give an overview about attachment and explore the impact of attachment disruptions. Betty will discuss ways to support parents as they seek to build, nuture and repair a healthy and secure attachment for children who have had a difficult start.
For more information on this presentation, please contact Anita Foran and FACS Niagara.
We are pleased to offer a Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Assumptions and Interventions that Support Short-Term Work on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Hamilton. Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed., RMFT, R.S.W., CSFT will lead the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for counsellors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who want to increase their skill in applying the Solution-Focused model in their clinical practice.
This training is part one of a two-part training, the second of which will be held in the Spring of 2014.These two days of training can be used together in place of one of the modules in the University of Toronto’s Certificate program in Solution-Focused Counselling.
For more information, please view the workshop flyer here.
To register for this conference, please complete the form below.
Michelle DeBoer and Betty Brouwer will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013. At this workshop, you will come and explore the basic principles of art therapy. You will be experience how art-making gives expression to our own emotional and spiritual health, and together with prayer, can also deepen our relationship with Christ. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.
Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting this workshop at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013. At this workshop, you will explore how we can minister to couples dealing with relationship troubles, creating space for them to seek help and support. We will discuss how we can journey with families who are experiencing separation or divorce, responding to the needs of each family member. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.
Elske de Visch Eybergen and Andrew Hawkins will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013. They will address the question How can we answer Christ’s calling to walk alongside our neighbours while avoiding burnout? At this workshop, hear success stories and learn how to take steps towards starting a WrapAround Relational Ministry. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.
Jennifer Bowen will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Jennifer will teach and discuss strategies to support loved ones who are struggling with depression. At this workshop, gain insight into this disorder and how caregivers can position themselves in a helpful and hopeful stance, avoiding the pitfalls of helplessness, anger or despair. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.
Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting a workshop on abuse prevention and response entitled: “Open our Hearts Workshop” in Drayton, ON on November 16, 2013.
Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting a workshop on “Creating a Safe Church Workshop” on abuse prevention and response to members at Woodstock Covenant CRC on September 12, 2013.
Mark Vander Vennen will be presenting at the Outreach Networking Conference 2013 on October 5, 2013. The conference theme is “Where is the Spirit Leading?”, and is put on by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. The workshop will cover how we can have difficult, challenging conversations in a safe way in our parishes and communities? How can we deal with conflict so that we repair harm, restore relationship and build stronger, more connected congregations? In this workshop, learn how faith communities are embracing restorative practices as a way of moving forward and of providing opportunities for reconciliation. Learn how restorative justice also provides a healing alternative to standard approaches to crime and punishment. For more information and to register, please visit the Anglican Diocese of Toronto website.
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting a workshop at the North American Council on Adopted Children’s (NACAC) annual conference in Toronto on August 8th and 9th, 2013. Betty will co-present a workshop titled “Beyond PRIDE: Next Steps in Pre and Post Adoption Training and Support” on August 8th. Then on August 9th, with Lisette Heleno, Betty will present “Attachment -Focused Parenting: Connecting, Nuturing, and Restoring Hope”. For more information and to register, please visit NACAC.
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting at the annual Cangrands conference on July 24, 2013. This conference takes place at a Ignite Camp & Retreat Centre. For more information and to register for this conference visit, Cangrands website.
Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin will be presenting a three day workshop on Becoming a Stronger Community Together at the Quisqueya Chapel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 23 – 25, 2013.
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting at the annual Cangrands conference on July 24, 2013. This conference takes place at a Ignite Camp & Retreat Centre. For more information and to register for this conference visit, Cangrands website.
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting a workshop at the North American Council on Adopted Children’s (NACAC) annual conference in Toronto on August 8th and 9th, 2013. For more information and to register, please visit NACAC.
Anne Martin and Ron Cameron will be presenting an Introduction to Restorative Justice and Facilitator Training at Redeemer University on July 2 – 5th, 2013. This training is offered through Edifide’s Summer Institute. For more information and to register, please visit Edifide’s conference page.
Many clergy joined us on April 11, 2013 as we learned from Dr. Marta Durski about sexual addiction and the church.
Those who attended gained a better understanding of:
- The nature and prevalence of sexual addiction
- How sexual addictions can impact a church
- How the church can respond when a member discloses a sexual addiction
- How to support spouses/ family members/ congregations affected by sexual addiction
- How to protect pastors and church members from sexual addiction
On February 12th, 2013, Mark Vander Vennen will present a workshop on “Reconciliation in the City” with Urban Remixed, through Christian Reformed Campus Ministry at the University of Toronto. Mark will speak on if there is a justice that transforms and heals, connects rather than alienates and repairs relationships and builds stronger communities.
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting a workshop in St. Catharines for Child and Family Services (CAS) on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm. Betty will be presenting to adoptive parents with Lisette Heleno on nurturing healthy attachments and therapeutic parenting. To learn more, contact our office.
On February 5 – 7, 2013, Shalem hosted a conference on “Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches”. Bruce Schenk from the International Institute for Restorative Practice (IIRP) led us through 3 days of classroom training in growing restorative congregations. Also included in this training was individualized field coaching from FaithCARE practitioners for individualized mentoring in implementation. For more information, please download the conference brochure.
Shalem was thrilled to offer a one-day workshop with Dr. Linda Liebenberg of Dalhousie’s Resilience Research Centre (RRC) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. This workshop was for professionals working with youth and young parents and for researchers interested in resilience. Dr. Liebenberg is the Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre along with Dr. Michael Ungar at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and a leading researcher in the field of youth resilience.
Join us for this exciting conference in Cobourg, ON on November 9 and 10, 2012. Dr. Michael Pare is the keynote speaker, and will be addressing boundaries, depression and stigma in mental health. There are many exciting breakout sessions as well. June Zwier from Shalem is actively involved in this ministry. For more information and to register, click here.
Mark Vander Vennen will be speaking to staff members, community members, and students on “How Safe is Too Safe? Parenting Our Kids to Prepare for Life“, at Hamilton District Christian High School, November 5 in the evening. For more information, visit Hamilton District Christian High School.
On October 14, 2012, Mark Vander Vennen preached at Rehoboth Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 800 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, ON M9C 2Z3. Mark’s message is entitled “The Gift of Joy”, focused on older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Read his message in full here click HERE.
Mark Vander Vennen will lead a workshop on “A Justice That Transforms” on October 20, 2012 at the Day of Encouragement. As churches, how do we deal with “wrongdoing”, whether it is done in the community (crime), in schools and workplaces (bullying), or in congregations? Is there a justice that transforms? How does Scripture talk about justice? Learn a framework and some practical tools for repairing harm and doing “justice for all.” For more information and to register for the Day of Encouragement, please visit: diaconalministries.com
On October 20, 2012, Susan Winter Fledderus will present this workshop at the Day of Encouragement. In this workshop, Susan will present about depression and how it affects individuals and their families. Exploring how to support those experiencing depression, paying attention to risks for suicide, developing safety plans, and holding hope for those who are feeling hopeless. For more information and to register for the Day of Encouragement, please visit: diaconalministries.com
Anne Martin will be presenting: “Introducing Restorative Practice in Christian Schools, Part 1 and Part 2“, at the CRTA Convention at John Calvin School in Smithville, ON on October 25, 2012. For more information on this workshop, please contact Anne Martin.
Michelle DeBoer will present Caring for the Caregiver at the Day of Encouragement on October 20, 2012. Knowing the roles, challenges, and supports of the caregiver helps to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. Through interactive dialogue, participants will examine various approaches to caregiving, understand limitations, and develop realistic expectations. Participants will gain practical guidance and tips for their role as caregiver. For more information on this workshop, please contact Diaconal Ministries Canada
Anne Martin will be presenting at the Christian Schools Canada Conference on Friday, September 28th, 2012. For more information on this workshop, please contact Christian Schools Canada.
On September 28th, 2012, Mark Vander Vennen will present the workshop above at the Christian Schools Canada in Cambridge, ON. For more information on this conference visit Christian Schools Canada.
The dynamics of parental influence in schools appear to be shifting in the 21st century. One example is the emergence of “helicopter parents”. These shifts seem that much more pronounced in “parent-led” Christian schools. Are they a bane or a blessing? How do we work with them? In this interactive workshop we will listen to your stories and focus on strategies and approaches that seek to develop genuine collaboration between parents, students and teachers.
Join us on June 5 – 7, 2012 for this exciting training: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. The classroom training will be provided by Bruce Schenk from the IIRP. For more information and to register, please view the brochure.
Mark Vander Vennen will be giving the opening keynote at the Safe Church Conference in Grand Rapids on April 27. The theme for this conference is Restorative Congregations for Safe Churches. Anne Martin will also be presenting at this conference on Circles and other Transformative Techniques. For more information on this conference contact Safe Church Ministries.
Mark Vander Vennen was a guest on Crossroads Connection, a voice for Restorative Justice. Mark was invited to speak on Restorative Practices in churches in schools, and how to create a restorative culture. Check out this interview here.
We have unfortunately had to postpone the Clergy Care conference due to some health issues experienced by our presenter. Given the positive feedback and interest that we received with regards to the topic of “Sexual Addiction and the Church“, we will be rescheduling this conference for the Spring of 2013. We will be updating this information and posting a new date, as soon as we have the information confirmed.
Anne Martin will be speaking at the Annual General Meeting at St. Paul’s United Church in Paris on Sunday, February 5th, 2012. Anne will be speaking about being a restorative congregation.
Michelle DeBoer will be presenting a workshop on how to walk alongside someone who is experiencing grief or crisis. This workshop is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th in the afternoon at Faith CRC in Burlington..
Elske de Visch Eybergen and Colleen Cavanaugh will be offering WrapAround Facilitator Training on three Saturdays this spring. For more information view this flyer. Register early, space is limited.
In the Fall of 2012, Mark Vander Vennen will be doing a Plenary and a Workshop at a Safe Church conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia, sponsored by the CRC classis there. The date for this conference is yet to be determined, more information to follow.
On January 29, 2012, Mark Vander Vennen will be giving a meditation at the Community Worship Service sponsored by the Grimsby Ministerial. This service will be held at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, in Grimsby at 6:30 pm. The theme for the service is Christian Unity.