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September 2019
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dr neufeld

All our workshops are based on the research of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Dr. Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a worldwide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to five.

To register, click on the title of the workshop you wish to attend. 


If you want to learn more about adoption, the requirements and the procedure, you will first need to attend an information session. Consult the schedule below for the dates and locations of the next information sessions. Call (613) 673-5148 or (1-800) 675-6168 to register or to speak with someone to learn more about adoption.

If you are considering becoming a homesharer, you probably have questions for us. This site should provide some answers, but we invite you to contact us to register for an information session or to learn more about caring for a adult with a developmental disability.

To speak with someone about these opportunities, please call us at  (613) 673-5148 or 1 (800) 675-6168. 

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, you probably have questions. This site should provide some answers, but we invite you to contact us to register for an information session or to learn more about caring for a foster child.

To speak with someone about welcoming a foster child in your home, please call us at  (613) 673-5148 or 1 800 675-6168. New information sessions will be scheduled soon.

Training for new foster parents

Since 2006, all future foster parents or adoptive parents must complete certain mandatory training provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS).

The PRIDE training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is among those mandatory training sessions. The Valor Institute provides this training on a regular basis in order to give future foster parents the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and the particular aspects of being a new foster parent. The PRIDE training is offered both in French and in English. The MCSS-certified trainers provide this training. It is offered jointly by a trainer and a foster parent to showcase the positive aspects of team work. Training is given through nine modules that are three hours long for a total of 27 hours.

Developmental training for foster parents:

Furthermore, the Valor Institute offers the Looking after Children (LAC) two day training program, to complete the foster parents' training process. LAC is offered in both in French and  English by certified trainers that form a professional team. Key concepts of the youth in care's developmental model are reviewed including:
  • Resilience and different approaches based on their strengths
  • Positive parental role and democratic style
  • Seven developmental aspects evaluated under the LAC model
  • Effects of positive expectations
  • Youth's results, score and necessary follow-up evaluation 

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is a learning and parenting skills development program aimed at promoting positive relationships between the parents, their children and/or teenagers.

Triple P allows parents to learn effective parenting tools to deal with the behaviour problems they may have with their children and\or teenagers.

See below for dates and additional information or contact us if you have any questions.

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