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APSYP Conference 2018


Friday, October 19, 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

North Shore Neighbourhood House ,
225 East 2nd St, North Vancouver ,

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Do you—or would you like to—work with young parents?

Join us for the only conference of its kind in BC that provides learning and connecting opportunities for professionals in young parent programs. The focus of this year's conference is emotional regulation and social-emotional wellness.  

Highlights include an all day workshop about emotional regulation with Kim Barthel, workshops on reconciliation and supporting the social-emotional development of children, as well as an interactive dialogue with MCFD subsidy staff and an early evening gathering including appetizers.

Take a look at the conference agenda 

Friday, October 19, 8:30AM to 6:30PM

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM: Registration and light refreshments while YPP staff connect, followed by conference opening and energizer by Angela Low. 
  • 9:30-11:30 AM: Sessions include, and may not be limited to: 
    • Secure and Calm (experiential workshop to explore a toolkit that helps children regulate themselves and promote social emotional development). A Dalai Lama Center workshop.
    • Supporting Children’s Social Emotional Development by Kirsten Forestell, Manager of Supported Child Development; ECE’s will learn assessment tools and emotional regulation strategies for children
    • Visit to North Shore YPP centre or brainstorming session for YPP staff
  • 11:45 AM-1:25 PM: Catered hot lunch by Well Fed, a catering company from North Vancouver (included in conference rate).  
  • 1:30 – 3:30 PM: Sessions include:
    • Reconciliation and Indigenous Place in the Early Years (exploration of the ways ECEs can introduce indigenous place and perspectives with young children): Kristin Webster
    • Interactive Dialogue with MCFD Staff and presentation of APSYP Survey results
    • Encouraging Attachment Parenting with Young Fathers 
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM: Connecting opportunity with appetizers. Cash bar available at Boston Pizza (included in conference rate).

Saturday, October 20, 8:30-3:30

  • 8:15 AM: Saturday only registration and chance to connect with other YPP staff over light refreshments. 
  • 8:30 – 11:30: Workshop sessions include but may not be limited to:
    • Becoming a Behavioural Detective:  Supporting Young Parents and their Children to Recognize, Express and Regulate Emotions (note, this is a full day workshop with Kim Barthel)
    • safeTALK (increase your awareness of suicide and learn how to recognize and support persons who may have thoughts of suicide)
  • 11:30– 12:45: Sandwich lunch, included in conference rate
  • 1:00 – 4:00: Workshop sessions include but may not be limited to:
    • Becoming a Behavioural Detective:  Supporting Young Parents and their Children to Recognize, Express and Regulate Emotions (continuation of morning workshop)
  • 4:30: Conference closes

Accommodations information
Rooms are on hold at the following two hotels within walking distance of the conference venue:

  1.  Lonsdale Quay Hotel. $139.00 per room per night plus taxes:  call 1-800-836-6111 and ask for Alliance for Professionals Service Young Parents group rate.  Reserve by September 18, 2018.
  2. Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier. Mountainside room, $159 per room per night plus taxes; Harbourview room, $189 per room per night plus taxes.  Email or call 1-800-986-7437 or 604-986-7437 and quote Group ID 206246.  Reserve by September 18, 2018.

Rooms also are on hold at the Best Western Capilano Inn and Suites, which is less than a 15 minute drive.  Ask for the group rate for APSYP Conference.  Reserve by September 18, 2018.

$ 85.24 + tax, per nt.  -  2 double beds ( max 4 people )

$ 93.49 + tax, per nt.  -  2 queen beds ( max 4 people )

$ 118.99 + tax, per nt. – 1 bedroom suite ( kitchenette ) max 2 people


For more information, please email Jennifer at