Facilitated by Karen Carey and Colin Morrison
Parent-Educator relationships don’t just magically happen. Research shows the most successful ones are built over time through positive communication and collaboration, creative problem solving, goal setting, and most importantly, respect and trust. This workshop will explore and discuss the parent/educator relationship, with a focus on building positive relationships, facilitating difficult conversations, and resolving differences so a child can grow and succeed.
The core objectives of this session include:
– Gaining a richer understanding of the unique and complex needs of the children and families we service. Some areas of focus include issues relating mental health and addictions, working with blended families and respecting cultural values and beliefs.
· Identifying ways to build relationships and facilitate difficult conversations with families, communities partners and even co-workers. An emphasis will be on exploring communication styles that that might promote effective and positive working relationships, including the role of ‘empathy’ and ‘acceptance’ when we cannot seem to agree.
· Reflecting on connections between personal experience and theory – including recognizing our own unique style of communicating – as it relates to relationships with families, community partners, and co-workers.
Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online www.msvu.ca/earlychildhoodworkshops