Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm -- a guide to parenting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. 

Interested in having Ann speak to your group? Please get in touch. She'd love to brainstorm the possibilities and provide you with information about purchasing copies of her books at a significant discount. 

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     Descriptions of Ann's most popular parenting presentations 
     List of recent speaking engagements (2015-2017)

St. Ann's Catholic High School, Penetanguishene, Ontario
Oct
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

St. Ann's Catholic High School, Penetanguishene, Ontario

  • 5 Dunlop Street Penetanguishene, Ontario (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

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Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
2
9:00am 9:00am

Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition, Toronto, Ontario

Ann will be giving the lunchtime keynote address ("Helping Families to Weather the Storm") and delivering an afternoon workshop ("Let's Start a Self-Care Revolution!") at this day-long conference for professionals who work with families. For full conference details, please contact the Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition.

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Hillcrest Middle School, Mississauga, Ontario
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Hillcrest Middle School, Mississauga, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking on the topic of Big-Picture Parenting at this Parents Reaching Out event.

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

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Child Bright Network: Brain-Child-Partners Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
6
to Nov 8

Child Bright Network: Brain-Child-Partners Conference, Toronto, Ontario

Ann will be acting as a responder for the "Making Research Understandable: New Channels of Communication" workshop (Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm) at the Child Bright Network's Brain-Child-Partners Conference in Toronto. Workshop description: "Research (both its process and its results) has often been opaque to non-researchers, sometimes, it seems, deliberately so. In this session we will learn from three people who in different roles and mainly through the use of various social media, including YouTube videos, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, have succeeded in helping families understand research, engage in it as partners, and apply its results. And with so much misinformation and context-free information floating about, especially on social media, our experts will discuss ways of ensuring that what they convey is accurate and sufficiently nuanced while still engagingly and effectively presented." 

Moderator: Kate Robson, Louise Kinross, Rachel Maartens
Speakers: Christine Chambers
Responder: Ann Douglas

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Conestogo Public School, Conestogo, Ontario
Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Conestogo Public School, Conestogo, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this event for Conestogo Public School parents and community members.

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

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York Region District School Board: The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment
Nov
17
10:45am10:45am

York Region District School Board: The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment

Ann will be presenting at the 2017 York Region District School Board Quest Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment." 

Workshop description: "Let’s Spark a Revolution of Caring"

In this inspiring and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas will talk about ways to spark a revolution of caring in our classrooms and communities. She will talk about how practicing self-care and self-compassion create the foundation for a healthy community (a critical message for students, teachers, parents, support staff and other community members). She will also talk about ways to make caring contagious by offering support to others.

Conference registration details here.

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Toronto Public Library: Tutor Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
25
9:00am 9:00am

Toronto Public Library: Tutor Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Toronto Public Library's Tutor Conference 2017 (a professional development day for tutors volunteering with the Toronto Public Library system). She will be speaking on "The Power of Connection: A mental health toolkit for tutors working with child, youth, and adult learners."

Workshop description: Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a learner who is struggling with a mental health challenge? Eager to learn more about managing challenging behaviours? This thought-provoking and highly interactive session will provide you with the tools you need to forge powerful relationships—and in ways that support mental health. 

You’ll learn
• The importance of taking a “learner’s eye view” of the tutoring process as a means of better understanding and meeting the needs of each individual.
• The best ways to respond to challenging behaviours in learners and their family members (everything from missed appointments to angry outbursts to extreme anxiety). 
• The power of relationship (why relationships are fundamental to the success of the tutoring process—and how to seize the opportunity to make a difference for each learner).

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario
May
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario

  • 560 Pioneer Drive Kitchener, ON, N2P 1P2 Canada (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

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Waterloo Region Family Network, Kitchener, Ontario
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Waterloo Region Family Network, Kitchener, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be the keynote speaker at this parenting conference at St. Mary's Catholic High School in Kitchener, Ontario. Her topic will be Parenting Through the Storm.

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

For more information about this event, please contact the Waterloo Region Family Network.

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Understood.org Twitter Chat: #LDChat on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships
Sep
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Understood.org Twitter Chat: #LDChat on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

Eager to get the new school year off to the best possible start with your child's teachers? That's what we'll be talking about when I return for another #LDChat hosted by Understood.org. Just follow the #LDChat hashtag on Twitter at 12:00 pm ET on Wednesday, September 6th to join in the conversation. 

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Jean Vanier Catholic School, Richmond Hill, Ontario
May
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Jean Vanier Catholic School, Richmond Hill, Ontario

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.

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Pleasant Public School, North York, Ontario, May 29, 2017
May
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pleasant Public School, North York, Ontario, May 29, 2017

Big-Picture Parenting: In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.

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Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out
May
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out

A community mental health forum hosted by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and featuring keynote speaker Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive a copy of Ann's book. Event location: Holy Trinity School, 60 Lorne Crescent, Sarnia, Ontario. Event is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Register by calling Marian at 519-344-2841 or emailing Marian at marian@reboundonline.com.

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Butterfly Walk, Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, Peterborough, Ontario
Apr
30
9:00am 9:00am

Butterfly Walk, Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, Peterborough, Ontario

Ann Douglas is serving as the honorary ambassador for The Butterfly Run Peterborough, "a fun, family-friendly walk/run event in Peterborough in 2017, that is taking place to
Increase community awareness and encourage dialogue to support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive;
Provide an opportunity for connections and community support among families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive; and
Raise funds for local health and community services that support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive."

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Cosburn Middle School, Toronto, Ontario
Apr
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Cosburn Middle School, Toronto, Ontario

Big-Picture Parenting: Learn how important it is for parents to both model and guide their children’s behaviour. Guiding, or scaffolding, involves being aware of where a child is at developmentally right now and then asking them questions (or guiding actions) so that the child can master new skills. Those skills could include everything from dealing with challenging emotions to mastering the art of relationship repair (because things can and do go wrong in relationships!) The presentation also talks about how important it is for parents to remain calm, to treat themselves and their children with compassion, to have developmentally appropriate expectations of their children, and to keep their big-picture hopes and dreams for their child and their family at the forefront of all their parenting decisions. 

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R. A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario
Mar
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

R. A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario

Parenting Through the Storm: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

 

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Children's Mental Health Ontario: Pink Shirt Day Twitter Chat
Feb
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Children's Mental Health Ontario: Pink Shirt Day Twitter Chat

Ann Douglas will be co-hosting a Twitter Chat in honour of Pink Shirt Day. The chat is being organized and hosted by Children's Mental Health Ontario and will focus on bullying and mental health. Find out more here and join in by following the #kidscantwait hashtag on Twitter on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 pm ET. #pinkshirtday

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Trent Students for Literacy Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Jan
21
10:45am10:45am

Trent Students for Literacy Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Ann will be delivering the closing keynote address at this literacy conference at Trent University. She will be speaking on "The Power of Stories" -- why stories matter in our lives and how parents, teachers, and other caring adults can nurture a love of stories in the next generation of readers and writers. 

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Life With A Baby, Toronto/GTA
Nov
25
10:00am10:00am

Life With A Baby, Toronto/GTA

Ann will be delivering the morning keynote address and an afternoon workshop for parents at this day-long professional development event for professionals and parents.

Parenting Through the Storm: Helping families to weather the storm (Professional session: keynote)
Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a child or a family who is struggling? Eager to learn how you can communicate your caring and support in a way that recognizes and builds upon the strengths of that family? In this practical and inspiring presentation, Ann Douglas will connect the dots between the growing body of research about family support and engagement and the real-world needs of children and families. After all, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parent. Here’s how to be that village…. 
Learning objectives:
•    Learn strategies for helping parents navigate difficult parenting challenges that can directly impact mental health outcomes in parent and baby.
•    Understand your role in supporting a child with a mental health challenges—and the importance of supporting other family members at the same time.
•    Discover best practices for creating circles of support for families.
•    Discover how attachment and healthy brain development lead to enhanced mental health during childhood and over the life course.

The Umbrella Workshop: Keeping family relationships on track when a family member is struggling (Parent session: afternoon workshop)
A family member is struggling. It could be your child. It could be your partner. It might even be you. In this practical and empowering workshop, Ann Douglas will share strategies for keeping family relationships on track during times of struggle.  Expect to be inspired and encouraged by the mix of real-world stories and workable solutions offered by this popular and engaging speaker. 

Workshop times and locations and other registration details available from Life With A Baby.

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Ajax Public Library - Ask the Experts - Ajax, Ontario
Nov
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ajax Public Library - Ask the Experts - Ajax, Ontario

Ann Douglas is coming to the Ajax Public Library to speak about Big-Picture Parenting.

Workshop description: In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting—in other words, parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind. She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

Bio: Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about parenting including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and Parenting Through the Storm. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. 

 

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Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat
Nov
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat

Ann will be co-hosting one of Understood.org's highly popular #LDChats. The focus of this particular chat will be self-care for teachers and parents -- why it matters and how to make taking better care of yourself a priority and a reality! Self-care is a key theme in Ann's latest book, Parenting Through the Storm.

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