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