The Power to Parent Series
The Power to Parent series is a relationship-based approach to parenting that restores parents to their natural intuition and helps children realize their innate potential as human beings. This course has been developed by internationally renowned developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld, a best-selling and award-winning author. His revolutionary yet scientific approach turns parenting right-side up, restoring natural intuition to parenting and putting parents back in the driver’s seat. These courses combine video presentations by Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by Heather Ferguson, Registered Clinical Counsellor.
This parenting series delivers the best that developmental science has to offer, and helps to restore parents to their natural intuition as well as to their rightful place in their children’s lives. The series is meant to be taken in sequence, and each course consists of eight two hour sessions.The principles and dynamics apply to children of any age.
Thank you for giving me the confidence to parent in a way that is very natural to me. I feel I have a backup now when society is pressuring me to do things their way. The most surprising and unexpected thing was how much personal healing I did during this course.
As a facilitator of Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s attachment approach, Heather Ferguson both enlightens and inspires parents looking for ways to support and understand their children. She brings life to the material with bright charisma and can hold a varied group of people with heart. (Island Mom of three)
Power to Parent I: Vital Connection
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Children are far easier to parent when our relationships with them are in order. Part I of the Power to Parent series focuses on how to develop and protect right relationship with our children to foster their growth and maturity. the adult-child relationship as the context for raising children. Parents and professionals learn how this relationship is meant to develop, what can go wrong, why parents must matter more than peers, how to cultivate a context of connection, how to win back one’s child if need be, and more. This course addresses practical issues including: attachment-safe discipline, aggression, and dealing with defiance. The principles and dynamics apply to children of any age.
This course combines video presentations by Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by Heather, and consists of eight 2 hour sessions.
The Vital Connection course, facilitated by Heather, has transformed the relationship I have with my five year old boy and eleven year old girl. Thank you!
Power to Parent II: Helping Children Grow Up
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Building on the foundation of relationship in Part I of the Power to Parent series (The Vital Connection) this sequel focuses on how to help children realize their full potential as human beings. Since growing older is no guarantee of growing up, knowing how to foster maturation is key to raising children.
How do we nurture our children and provide the necessary elements for growth? How do we remove the impediments to becoming their own persons? Childhood is when most of the growing up should occur but we need to know how to cultivate the maturing process. This course sheds light on the adult’s role in the miracle of maturation. This course will shed light on:
- independence and responsibility
- resilience, recovery and resourcefulness
- emotional and social maturity
- how to help children accept limits and adapt to circumstances
- how to help children find their self control and social sensitivity
- the parent’s role in the miracle of maturation
This course combines video presentations by Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by Heather Ferguson. The material is presented in such a way that engages parents while educating professionals as well. The course consists of eight 2 hour sessions.
Heather delivered Dr. Neufeld’s course material with passion and genuineness. Each week, I was excited to learn more and share more with my peer group. Heather created a safe and comforting environment for us to speak freely as parents. Her unbiased nature and soothing personality was a pleasure to learn from. I look forward to more workshops with Heather!
Power to Parent III: Common Challenges
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Raising children is rewarding, but not always easy! Every child gets stuck from time to time on the road to maturation and every parent faces challenges at some point on the journey. Part III of the Power to Parent series focuses on the typical challenges of parenting. Guidance is provided on how to handle common behaviour problems without straining the parent-child relationship or sabotaging the conditions required for realizing one’s full potential. Dr. Neufeld equips parents to read the signs of a child in trouble, live with a sensitive child, cultivate resilience in a child, lead an alpha child, soften a defended child, discipline a stuck child, and more. He offers safe and effective practices that honour and preserve the relationship, even when the problems seem daunting.
The material and principles discussed are applicable to children of all ages. The focus of this course is on everyday parenting and everyday problems but the material applies even more so to the more challenging scenarios and problems. This course can be used for professional development, personal growth, preparation for parenting and even as a primer or enrichment for grandparenting.