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Expired Why Relationship Matters: Resiliency, Emotional Health, and Healing Trauma -Professional Development Day with Dr. Deborah MacNamara (Edmonton)

  • One Day Event
     June 6, 2023
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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*Spots still available, call AHVNA at 780-429-4787 to register, or register at the door*

Why Relationship Matters: Resiliency, Emotional Health, and Healing Trauma

Relationship is fundamental to emotional health and well-being, yet; it is one of the most overlooked aspects when it comes to healing. Societal changes including increased peer orientation and access to attachment-based technology, is creating challenges in home and school settings, making connecting to adults and teachers much less automatic. A paradigm shift is needed, and a cultural shift is underway which places relationships as the key to developing emotional maturity, becoming resilient, and healing trauma.

Constructs like emotional intelligence, emotional self-regulation, emotional well-being are talked about like never before. Emotion, long dismissed as a nuisance factor, is now confirmed to be at the core of development and well-being. What are the implications for raising children? How can we ensure healthy hearts and how is this connected to raising confident kids? How do we teach our children the language of the heart? Should we be discouraging negative emotions’ and encouraging our children to calm down? The goal will be to bring clarity to the plethora of confusing information bombarding parents and educators today.

The answers to health and well-being are right under our noses starting with relationship and ending with play. What does play offer a child’s emotional world? How do the primal emotions come to the surface in play? We will end our time together in play, and demonstrate why and how play and emotion must go together.

Dr. Deborah MacNamara provides counselling and educational services to parents and professionals based on the relational-developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and presents on Neufeld material. She is the author of the best selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and her new children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane.

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 (register by May 31, 2023) *Spots still available, call AHVNA at 780-429-4787 to register, or register at the door*

Time: 9:00-4:00 p.m.


Holiday Inn Edmonton South – Evario Events

950 Parsons Rd SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0J4

Room Block:

The hotel has a block of rooms set aside for our members, you can book directly with them. Rooms with 2 queen beds will be $115 plus fess and taxes at your cost.

Call 1-800-HOLIDAY or the front desk by calling 780-784-8500, please ensure that you quote Block Booking Code HVN.  Agencies and individuals will be responsible for payment of their own hotel rooms.


AHVNA Member: $85.00 (includes Hot Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks)

Non Member: $150.00 (includes Hot Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks)

Registration is limited, we suggest registering early!

*For Early Childhood Educators, the AGM and Professional Developmental Day does not qualify for PD Funding

Click here to register for the AGM if you haven’t done so already.