Liv­ing Hope Ranch spon­sor­ing trust-based par­ent­ing simul­cast on April 5-6

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The Liv­ing Hope Ranch is spon­sored a simul­cast of the Em­pow­ered To Con­nect Con­fer­ence to help build aware­ness of their pro­gram in the South­west.

The two day par­ent­ing work­shop will be hosted at the Assem­bly of God Church in Maple Creek on April 5 and 6. Ses­sions run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both the Fri­day and Satur­day. Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance or at the door.

The simul­cast is aimed at par­ents in­ter­ested in learn­ing how to bet­ter par­ent their chil­dren through the use of Trust-based Re­la­tional In­ter­ven­tion (TBRI).

Cyndi Zim­mer­man, Client Care Di­rec­tor at Liv­ing Hope Ranch, noted that in­di­vid­u­als at­tend­ing the simul­cast will re­ceive a work­book in or­der to fol­low along with a se­ries of tele­vised speak­ers and pre­sen­ters.

“It’s about of­fer­ing par­ents some amaz­ing tools that just make sense, hav­ing fun while we do it, but equip­ping peo­ple to make bet­ter con­nec­tions with their kids, whether they’re teens, young chil­dren,” Zim­mer­man said.

“All be­hav­iour is a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. So it’s about see­ing the need be­hind the be­hav­iour, meet­ing the need, dis­arm­ing fear, and build­ing trust. When we do those things, we can cor­rect be­hav­iours. And it’s just as­tound­ing.”

TBRI also helps chil­dren learn to have a voice in how to ne­go­ti­ate their needs in a healthy way. TBRI is also one of the best in­ter­ven­tion strate­gies with chil­dren with Fe­tal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Dis­or­der.

Ber­nadette Dowkes, the Pro­gram Di­rec­tor of Liv­ing Hope Ranch, noted the simul­cast helps par­ents move for­ward from the mes­sage that you shouldn’t spank your chil­dren, but those par­ents are never pre­sented with a par­ent­ing al­ter­na­tive, es­pe­cially when young chil­dren are hav­ing a melt­down.

“I came across on of the TBRI videos, and it’s ex­actly a step-by-step al­ter­na­tive. It lit­er­ally breaks it down, step-bystep, what you should do when your child is be­hav­ing in this man­ner and how you should ap­proach them, and the tone of voice and ex­actly where you should be stand­ing,” Dowkes said.

The simul­cast is also an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of the Liv­ing Hope Ranch which will op­er­ate at Di­a­mond Wil­low Re­treat lo­cated in the Cy­press Hills.

Liv­ing Hope Ranch will be launch­ing as a 12 month res­i­den­tial pro­gram for girls aged 13 to 17 strug­gling with life-con­trol­ling is­sues. The faith-based pro­gram will help give them the tools to make pos­i­tive life­style choices.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the simul­cast con­fer­ence are avail­able by email­ing liv­ingh­op­er­[email protected] or by call­ing 306-315.6919. In­for­ma­tion on the Liv­ing Hope Ranch is avail­able by vis­it­ing liv­ingh­op­er­anch.ca.

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