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École Maillard Middle School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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FREE Event: "Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Sensory, Mental Health, Trauma and Resilience"

March 06, 2018

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018

Time: 12:15pm - 4:15pm; light lunch served

Location: Port Coquitlam, BC (address given with registration; venue has free parking, is wheelchair accessible, and is close to transit)

Cost: Free

Audience: Parents & Caregivers whose children/youth experience mental health challenges (opening to mental health service providers March 16)

**childcare is not available, and is event is not suited to children or youth

Registration link:


"Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Sensory, Mental Health, Trauma and Resilience"

In this workshop, Kim Barthel (OTR) will share how, as a parent, becoming a "behavioural detective" helps us to better understand what's going on behind the scenes for our kids. Many things impact behaviour that aren't always front of mind: the sensory system, trauma history (even multi-generational), developmental disabilities, attachment strategies… Understanding these impacts, and how we can be more attuned to our kids who are living with mental health challenges, plays a significant role in how we can help and connect more with our kids. Viewed through the lens that all behaviour is a way of coping, Kim will discuss strategies to adapt the environment, focus on relationship, provide appropriate supports and help foster greater resiliency. The art of becoming a good behavioural detective – working to understand why our kids do what they do - involves not only what you do, but how you do it. Come to this free workshop to learn more.


Kim Barthel, OTR is a mental health occupational therapist and co-author of the book "Conversations with a Rattlesnake". Kim has a gift of taking complex information like neurobiology, attachment, developmental disorders and healing and making it easy to relate to and understand. Theo Fleury calls her "the Wayne Gretzky of Therapy and probably the best speaker I've ever heard". She is passionate about this topic because of the impact this information has on creating change.

This is a free event for families of children and youth who experience mental health challenges. Preregistration is required. Early registration is reserved for these families.

If space permits on March 16, there may be a limited number of seats available for all families, service providers and professionals with an interest in child and youth mental health.

The event is intended for parents and adult caregivers. Unfortunately, childcare is not available.

We hope that you can join us,

Moira and Marlisse

Moira Hazlehurst & Marlisse McRobie- Parents in Residence; Tri-Cities

Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health 

Phone: 604-878-3400




Twitter: @IFCanada 


École Maillard Middle School

1300 Rochester Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3K 2X5
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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