I often feel like I’m standing at the bottom of a cliff trying to catch children as they fall and the whole time wishing…if only.
Avon Maitland is very pleased to present the renowned and dynamic Dr. Jean Clinton – mother, professor and child psychiatrist – on May 16, 2016 at Anne Hathaway Public School, Stratford from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The title of her presentation is ‘The Power of Relationships between Parents/Teacher and Child’. This is a free event and will be sure to encourage and inspire those who wish to improve the lives of children.
As a parent of 5 children and a child psychiatrist for nearly 30 years Jean has learned a few things. One of them is that it really does take a whole village, a system, to raise our children. Also, that there will never be enough child psychiatrists to meet the growing need of children and young people suffering mental illness. She’s seen hundreds of clients and many times has wished for a better system of care. She’s thought “Oh….if only”.
If only more schools could have the resources they need to help and prevent kids from getting more isolated, if only more parents could know that there’s something they can do, if only they had someone to ask, if only they weren’t afraid to ask – “I often feel like I’m standing at the bottom of a cliff trying to catch children as they fall and the whole time wishing…if only.”
It started Jean asking: “How can I be at the top of the cliff, stopping children before they fall, supporting parents before they grieve?”
How could she translate knowledge from scientists, therapists, physicians to those who need it?
“There is new knowledge being learned every day,” states Dr. Clinton. “How can I talk to real parents, teachers, coaches…asking and finding out what they know or need to know? So that’s what we’re doing here [on April 19th]. I want to spark a conversation. To share what I know, hear what you need, to spread knowledge, learn more and turn knowledge into action.”
I want to be at the top, far from the edge of that cliff with you, changing our view of children and improving lives.
Don’t miss this important event. There is no cost to attend and participants can register online via: https://eforms.amdsb.ca/index.php/548974/lang-en
For reference, please see the following presentations Dr. Clinton has given on relationships and brain development:
‘Connection is the Key’ – Dr. Jean Clinton explains the importance of making connections with the most vulnerable, to embody a state of whole heartedness and prioritize the development of relationships, touching upon relational health and how encounters and experiences have a role in brain development.
‘Love Builds Brains’ – Dr. Jean Clinton (McMaster University) at the YMCA Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto, ON on May 25th 2012.