Surrey Christian School is proudly presenting The Parent Files: Parenting with Purpose workshop. This 3-part workshop will take place October 6, 13, & 20 via Zoom. Our deep hope is to continue to foster community as well as help equip and provide support to the parents and guardians at Surrey Christian School. Each evening we will engage in conversation around key topics as well as providing time for questions and answers following the presentation.
Join us for 1 or all 3 Workshops! Invite family & friends in your community too!
Anxiety in Children & Teens – Tuesday October 6, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Anxiety is a healthy, normal response to life’s uncertainties. It provides motivation, curiosity, and opportunity to assess our level of safety. Sometimes anxiety crosses the line from being a helpful tool and becomes an invasive alarm that gets in the way of healthy living. Panic attacks, sleeping issues and isolation are some of the many impacts anxiety has on children and teens. These common symptoms can easily be mistaken for poor behaviour, increased acting out and ‘just a teenage thing’. Join us in a brief two hour workshop where we will explore what to look for in children and teens, how anxiety impacts growing bodies and brains and practical tools for caregivers on how to help your loved one.
Alisha Stobbe MAMFT & RCC
Alisha Stobbe has a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trinity Western University, ACTS Seminary and is registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She owns and operates Experience Change Counselling practice in Surrey BC where her and her Associates provide services for families, youth, individuals and couples.
Alisha started her career in counselling as a Youth and Family Therapist where she saw clients ages 5-17 years and their families who were referred from the RCMP for behavioural issues leading to breaking the law. Her time working for with the RCMP gave her a unique perspective on contemporary children and youth issues such as: anxiety, behavioural issues, teen sexting, the impacts of screens, online sexual exploitation of children, parent/child attachment, mental health disorders, and the individual and systemic impacts of trauma.
One of Alisha’s passions is supporting those who support others. In addition to providing counselling and supervision for therapists, she enjoys engaging with the community through presentations; providing relevant information on contemporary family, ministry and workplace issues as well as practical insights on how to implement healthy change. A full bio can be seen at ExperienceChange.ca
Parenting in a Digital Age – Tuesday October 13, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Youth today communicate in a very different way than their parents. Online and digital communication is an integral part of their lives and social engagement. More and more issues surrounding technology and children/teens are flooding the home front. What impact will video games have on my child’s development? What are the risks I need to be aware of as a parent? How do I talk to my teen about their social media presence? Join us as Sid Koop leads us through a discussion on how to navigate parenting in today’s digital age.
Sid has been involved in full-time youth ministry for over 19 years. Following his time at Briercrest Seminary, Sid spent 4 years in Canmore as the youth pastor at Canmore Trinity Bible Church, 11 years at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge as Director of Student Ministries, and the last 4 years in Kelowna British Columbia with Truth Matters Ministries. In 2001, Sid founded Truth Matters with the mission to help the next generation see and experience the truth of Jesus Christ. Since 2013, Sid has put his full-time energy into Truth Matters Ministries as the Executive Director. Currently, Truth Matters runs 7 youth worker training conferences across Canada each year under the title “Canadian Youth Workers Conference”. Sid also speaks to students, equips youth workers and informs parents at conferences, retreats, and events across the country. He has a Masters in Youth and Family Ministries and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Sid lives with his wife Jen and two boys Cole and Payton at Green Bay Bible Camp in Kelowna British Columbia, where his wife is currently the Executive Director.
Intentional Parenting – Tuesday October 20, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Navigating the throws of parenthood can be challenging and exhausting. Every child comes with their own character and personality traits. Join us as Dawna-Lyn guides us through topics such as what kind of a parent are you going to be, how to communicate effectively with your child, raising responsible children, how to manage sibling rivalry and discipline each child uniquely.
Dawna-Lyn was born in Chile, South America to Canadian Christian missionary parents who were caring, loving and modelled what it meant to rely on God. From an early age she saw them demonstrate coming along side others with advice, encouragement, and help. She lived in Chile until she was eleven before coming to Canada where she finished high school and went on to graduate from college with my ECE (Early Childhood Education). From a very young age and to this day I love to be around children. She enjoy teaching preschoolers, school-aged and teenagers about life – guiding them through all areas of development.
Drawing on over three decades of experience, Dawna-Lyn now offer counsel to all ages, teaching parenting classes, and works with parents as they navigate specific challenges with their children.
You can read more about Dawna-Lyn’s services at her website: nextsteps.life