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Tue, Mar 17



Rest Play Grow PLC Spring 2020

This online Book Study will run for 5 Sessions plus a bonus session from 3:30-4:30 pm: March 17 and 31, April 14 and 28, May 19 and 26 with facilitator, Eva de Gosztonyi, psychologist. Registration is free for English School Boards of Quebec.

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Rest Play Grow PLC Spring 2020
Rest Play Grow PLC Spring 2020

Time & Location

Mar 17, 2020, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



About the Event

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- March 17 Session 1 - Chapters 1 and 2

- March 31    Session 2 - Chapters 3 and 4

- April 14        Session 3 - Chapters 5 and 6

- April 28   Session 4 - Chapters 7 and 8

- May 19          Session 5 - Chapters 9 and 10

- May 26          Session 6 - Play, Emotions and Discipline 

* Must register by March 10  

PRE-REQUISITE: Book: “Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers by Deborah MacNamara  


Baffling and beloved, with the capacity to go from joy to frustration in seconds, young children are some of the most misunderstood people on the planet. Parents and caregivers struggle with these little ones, who are known for their extreme behaviour, from tantrums, resistance, and aggression to separation anxiety, bedtime protests, and not listening. The key to understanding youngsters lies in realizing that their challenging behaviour is not personal, nor is it a disorder or deficit.

Based on science and the relational developmental approach of renowned psychologist and bestselling author Gordon Neufeld, Rest, Play, Grow reveals how adults have a critical role to play in creating the conditions for young children to flourish.  



Orientation to the developmental approach; characteristics of the preschooler; the importance of play; the role of attachment; the alpha role and alpha children; emotions and vulnerability; tantrums and tears; opposition; and finding ways to discipline that are developmentally friendly.  

CONTENT: “Rest, Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one)”

                     Participants will read the chapters identified and complete appropriate sections of the Study Guide.

AUTHOR: Deborah MacNamara, PhD, completed a two-year post doctoral internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, is an award winning researcher, and has over 20 years experience as a teacher and counsellor working with leading institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Vancouver School Board. 


GROUP DISCUSSION: Participants will meet online to process the material they have read and to ask questions about the content.


FACILITATOR: Sessions will be facilitated by Eva de Gosztonyi, psychologist. Supported by Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management


FORMAT: This course will use Adobe Connect, an interface that requires no special applications. 

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