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Parenting with Grace
Gregory Popcak, 2010
Raising Kids for True Greatness
Dr. Tim Kimmel, 2003
Why Children Matter
Johann Christoph Arnold, 2012
 Parenting for Purity
Jason Evert, 2013
Discipline that Lasts a Lifetime
Ray Guarendi, 2003
James Stenson
How to Really Love Your Child
Ross Campbell
The Temperament God Gave You
Art and Lorraine Bennett

(The Catholic Company: Catholic Parenting Books)



Parenting Program Presenters

PRH Workshop: Who Am I?

Leah Bittante

A 4 day workshop (can be 4 consecutive days or 2 weekends) that helps persons to become more aware of the solid core on their personality for persons who long to: discover the richness within themselves, improve their relationships, and increase their happiness and productivity

Leah Bittante, BA, BEd, is a Licensed PRH Educator who lives in Langley, BC, with her husband and four daughters.  She worked as a teacher in the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese between 1991 and 2016.  In 2001, she began her own personal growth journey in PRH (Personality and Human Relations). She attained her license as PRH Educator in 2017 and currently receives persons for one-on-one accompaniment (counselling) and facilitates PRH groups and workshops in the Lower Mainland.  She also works part-time as a personal counsellor at Holy Cross Regional High School.

Making Sense of Anxiety in Children and Youth

Kevin Bredeman

(4 sessions, 2 hrs. each). Discusses the causes and manifestations of anxiety and surprising, relationship-based ways in which to manage anxiety.


  • Hold On to Your Kids [book by Dr. Gordon Neufeld, and Dr. Gabor Mate]
  • Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One)[book by Deborah MacNamara, Neufeld Institute faculty]
  • www.neufeldinstitute.org
  • www.macnamara.ca

Kevin Bredeman is a husband, father, and Canadian Certified Counsellor from Abbotsford, BC, who obtained his M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. He has worked for 9 years in the mental health field and currently coordinates a mental health program for youth.  Kevin has trained through the Vancouver based Neufeld Institute to be able to facilitate several courses developed by renowned child development expert and best-selling author, Dr. Gordon Neufeld. He is excited for the opportunity to share the insights from Dr. Neufeld’s attachment-based, developmental approach with parents, caregivers, and anyone with children or youth in their charge and to see the growth in relationships that often occurs as a result.   

Communicating Well in the Home

Emi Garzitto

3 sessions. A practical workshop to help families communicate effectively. Listening Skills, Conflict Management and role plays will be emphasized.


  • NLP
  • Process Work
  • Nicholas Carr
  • John Ratey
  • Arnold Mindell
  • Candace Pert
  • Lynn Mctaggart
  • The Explosive Child
  • Restorative Justice
  • Justice Institute – Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

Garzitto has been developing, promoting and implementing positive communication practices and conflict support skills over 20 years. Her post graduate research focused on brain research and interactive, experiential based conflict support models. Her consulting practice (Creative Edge Consulting) brings her conflict support practices to both corporate and educational communities. She has facilitated conflict support workshops in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Positive Parenting Workshops

Joy Jose

  • Session 1: Parenting: a blessing or a burden?
    This workshop is aimed to help parents understand themselves by learning about how the family of origin and their life cycle stages affect their parenting styles. How does parenting become a blessing or a burden?
  • Session 2: How to improve your Child’s Self Esteem
    “I am loved…I am capable” – two components of a healthy self-esteem. This workshop provides parents practical ways to help their child/teen develop positive self-esteem.
  • Session 3: Parenting Teenagers
    Parenting teens in today’s generation is not a very easy task. This workshop will help parents understand what’s happening to a teenager’s brain, know the impact of the roles they play and learn strategies for effective parenting.
  • Session 4: “Family Communication”
    This workshop is aimed to teach parents the importance of communication, identify blocks to communication and how discovering the Love languages (Gary Chapman) can help improve family relationships.
  • Session 5: How to Handle Kids’ Misbehaviour, Problem Solving and Family Meetings
    Cooperation and not coercion, is the goal of democratic parenting. Children respond effectively to parents who know how to handle kids’ misbehaviour and are good problem solvers. This workshop will help parents develop the awareness and the skill to help their kids/teens problem solve using a simple guide and the introduction of family meetings.
  • Session 6: Finding God in the Home
    “Without vision, people perish” (Prov. 29:18). The family as a domestic Church of God, has the goal of uniting each member with God who loves us. This workshop will help parents look into their lifestyles today to see what changes can be made in order to allow God in their family life.


  • The Parent’s Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting – Jan 1997 by Don C., Sr. Dinkmeyer (Author), Gary D. McKay (Author), & 1 more;
  • “What Parents Need to Know about Teens” by David Wolfe;
  • “Raising Kids Who Care”, Kathleen O’Connel Chesto, 2003;
  • “Discipline that Lasts a Lifetime” Dr. Ray Guarendi, 2003;
  • “Your Child’s Self Esteem”, Dorothy Corkille Briggs,1970;
  • Six Pillars of sel-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden,1994;
  • “Three Steps to a Styrong Family, Linda and Richard Eyre, 1994;
  • “The Five Love Languages of Teenagers”, Gary Chapman,2000;
  • “The Five Love Languages of Children (parent Activity Guide)”,Rhonda Van Cleave,2000;
  • “Teaching Your Children Responsibility”, Linda and Richard Eyre,1982;
  • “Teaching Your Children Values”, Linda dn Richard eyre, 1993;

Joy Jose is an active parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima, Coquitlam. She holds a degree in Nursing and a diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Family Counseling from the Center for Family Ministries, Loyola School of Theology, Philippines. Joy is also a certified PIDP ( Provincial Instructors Diploma Program) instructor in BC and has developed and facilitated family life, marriage and parenting workshops for different parishes and communities for over 10 years now. She is supported by her husband, Gary, who is active in the church’s ministries. Both Joy and Gary belong to the Secular Franciscan Order of St. Agnes of Assisi, Coquitlam. Together they raised four daughters.

intelliPLAY BABY Program

Cherrie Tam

A 6-week multi-sensory parent + child program designed to help parents nurture a strong connection with their baby, while stimulating their baby’s 3 Pillars of Intelligence (IQ, EQ & SQ).

intelliPLAY TOTS Program

Cherrie Tam

A 6-week multi-sensory parent + child program designed to help parents confidently navigate common toddler behaviour challenges with love and compassion, while stimulating their toddler’s 3 Pillars of Intelligence (IQ, EQ & SQ).

Toddler Behaviour Management 101 Workshop

Cherrie Tam

A 2-hour workshop with practical tools to help parents interact positively with their toddler so they will be more willing to cooperate without all the fuss, tears & tantrums.

Preschooler Behaviour Management 101 Workshop

Cherrie Tam

A 2-hour workshop with practical tools to help parents interact positively with their preschoolers without the use of timeouts, threats or bribes.


Cherrie is an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and a Parenting Coach who specializes in baby and toddler development. She has a background in child psychology and earned an M. Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of British Columbia. She has worked with parents and children in various early learning contexts in both Vancouver and Toronto over the past decade. Her vocation is supporting families to live a healthy lifestyle: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, whilst helping moms and dads simplify parenting so they can focus on nurturing their children in love and guiding children to become the best version of themselves. Cherrie is a firm believer that developing core virtues begins at birth and the relationships we build with our children, as babies, sets the foundation for such development and all future growth. As such, strengthening parent child relationships within the context of holistic development is at the heart of her work, and it is her dream to help nurture the next generation of kiddos to grow up with resilience, compassion and kindness.

Helping my Children be Their Best

Jane Waldock

A 6 hour PRH workshop focussing on helping your child develop their true identity by encouraging their strength and receiving them in their uniqueness. Also looks at how our lived experience, past and present, positively or negatively effects how we apprentice our children in their growth and development.

Jane is a mother of 7 children and holds a MA in Family Studies focussing on child development in the family context. She also has a Diploma in Catholic Christian Lay Ministry and is a Director of Religious Education at the parish level.  For the past 5 years Jane has been in training to be a PRH educator.  PRH is an international school of adult education which offers personal counselling and workshops aimed at facilitating personal growth and formation.

Emotion Coaching Parenting

PJ Lewis

4 sessions – empowering parents to meet their children’s emotional needs and coach them through challenges

Emotion Regulation for youth (11-14) and Parents

PJ Lewis

9 sessions – Equipping parents and youth with the skills to regulate intense emotions and avoid engaging in self harming behaviours.

Several 1 to 2 session workshops on: self-harm, suicide prevention, anxiety, depression, recovering from exposure to traumatic events

PJ Lewis

PJ’s clinical practice is informed from both interpersonal-process and family systems approaches, while he also helps families employ skill-based strategies through thoughtful integration of the theoretical foundations and principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. PJ provides individual, group, couple, and family treatment, and has specific expertise in working with high-risk youth and families experiencing concerns such as suicidality, self-harm, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addictions (sexual addictions, pornography, and substance use).

As a skilled speaker and an active member of the global community, PJ has presented at numerous forums, workshops, and conferences locally, nationally and internationally providing skill-based trainings for parents, teachers, counsellors, and health care professionals. PJ is deeply committed to family life with his wife and four children, active in parish life, and also serves on the boards of the Life, Marriage, and Family Office for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada.

Secrets of the Teenage Brain

Grace Voo

(2 sessions) This workshop is most suitable for parents with teenagers. Teenagers are perplexing, intriguing, and spirited creatures. To no one’s surprise, research has shown that the teenage brain is under heavy construction! These discoveries can help parents understand the (until now) unexplainable teenager. Research based strategies for reaching teens will be discussed in this hands-on workshop. Our time together will offer parents fresh strategies that work for engaging erratic, distracted, and often-unpredictable teenagers. Topics that will be discussed will include:

  • The benefits and challenges of raising adolescents
  • The teenage brain
  • The key issues affecting cognition and adolescent learners’ emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being
  • Strategies and ideas to help parents navigate the teenage years


  • Training Workshops for Parents:
    • Secrets of the Teenage Brain;
    • STEP: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (4-6-8 weeks);
    • Parenting Gifted Teens;
    • Educating Children in Canada;
    • Planning Towards Graduation and Beyond: BC’s Grade 10-12 Graduation Program;
    • Managing Post-partum Depression;
    • Training Workshops for Children, Teens/Young Adults:;
    • Managing Stress & Anxiety;
    • Dating & Relationships;
    • Struggling with Anger

Grace is the Clinic Director and Founder of Soma Counselling and Family Resources;  MEd (UBC), RCC, CCC (BCACC Certified,  Canadian Certified,  Published in the BC Educational Leadership Research Journal)

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