Register for one of Dr Vanessa's upcoming workshops!
Dr Vanessa is offering monthly webinars on frequently requested topics, with one scheduled for nearly every month of 2022!
Each webinar is one hour long, accompanied by a 30 minute live question and answer period. If you cannot make it to the live, a recording of the presentation will accessible to attendees for 30 days.
*Group discounts are available for organizations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The 2022 Lineup
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Dr Vanessa Lapointe
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a mom, registered psychologist, parenting educator, best-selling author, international speaker, and a regularly invited media guest. Founder and director of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, she has been supporting families and children for almost 20 years, and has previous experience in community mental health and the school system. Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. Her passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way.
May 19th, 2022
7 pm PST
Parenting Right From the Start
Our children don’t come with a manual. And it turns out that how we parent them has a LOT to do with how life will go for them. In fact, the science of child development has resolutely linked our approach to parenting with how successful our children will be in school, in relationships, in the workforce, and as contributing members of society. Dr. Vanessa has spent her 20 year career – and her personal journey as a mother – pulling together all of the key pieces so that parents might have a clearer path to follow as they take on, navigate, fall down, start again, detour, and otherwise walk on in the journey of parenthood. There is nothing quite as magnificent as growing a human – ourselves and our children.
June 23rd, 2022
7 pm PST
Fostering Resiliency: Giving Our Children The Foundation They Need
Resiliency is a characteristic that is often talked about, but how do we foster it in our children without sending them to the “school of hard knocks’? There is so much confusion out in the child raising world about this concept of resilience. Words like “grit” and “growth mindset” and “mental toughness” have become part of what we are told will allow our kids to be successful as adults. But what does this all really mean? And do we run the risk of sinking our child’s ship if we get too focused on honing their resilience? Dr. Vanessa will help you figure out how much is too much, and also when you might be doing your child a disservice by overly softening the blows of life. She will share with you how to stay ever focused on growing a child who is hardy, not hardened, and finding the balance along the way.
September 22, 2022
7 pm PST
Our Children and Friendships: The Good, The Bad, and the Confusing
From making wonderful memories to dealing with conflict and relational aggression, childhood friendships can be a large part of our child’s development. Teaching children to get along with others, resolve conflicts easily, pick up on social cues, and understand the complex dance of human interaction is important. As a result, there has been a well-intentioned, if somewhat misguided focus on socializing children. The hope of course is that exposure to these experiences and activities will ease our children’s foray out into the world – the school classroom, sports field, and beyond. Parents worry that if their child doesn’t have friends it could forecast doom on the horizon. On the other hand, navigating the challenges of the childhood peer dynamic can be really difficult. What is positive peer exposure for our children? What is possibly damaging? And how do we help our children through the sometimes bumpy, sometimes smooth, and sometimes plain-old topsy-turvy world of childhood friendships?
October 20, 2022
7 pm PST
The October Crash: Meaningful Self Care
October can be a challenging month. The newness of the school year has worn off, and the weather is changing. The grind feels that much “grindier” as nights get longer and patience gets shorter. Often times the hype that comes with a new school year – or a new kind of anything really – has worn out about a month in and all sorts of upset can present. Dr. Vanessa created this workshop after seeing the referral statistics year after year increased by approximately 300% in the month of October. This is a workshop focused on you as the big person – parent, teacher, care provider, educator, etc. – and what you can be doing for yourself in order to really show up as a light maker for the children who are counting on you. Dr Vanessa will share with you exactly what meaningful self-care is all about – which isn’t the bubble baths and wine glasses of social media, and she will share with you how you can establish your own daily practice of truly meaningful self-care. Caring for you IS caring for them.
November 17, 2022
7 pm PST
Writing Our Own Christmas Story: Examining Our Traditions and Expectations over the Holiday Season
Holiday traditions are often ones that we do not question. We bake the cookies, we overspend on presents, we go to Aunt Joan’s crowded house for Boxing Day… but do these traditions always serve our families, or are they serving someone else? Who’s dreams are we trying to live out if trapped in tradition? When does tradition play a valuable role in creating a sense of belonging and maybe even meaning for us and our children? And what if you’re just simply at the end of your rope and have nothing left to put into a tradition – positive or otherwise? Dr. Vanessa will explain why it is so important thay we dig into our narratives and question WHY we do the things that we do? She will help you understand anew what it is that you model for your children along the way. And she will map out a plan for you to navigate the upcoming holiday season full of peace, joy, and all things merry.
January 20th, 2022
Navigating Adolescence: Showing up for our Teens
The teen brain is growing and changing in remarkable ways. During this critical time of development, parents and educators often experience their adolescent as very challenging (!). They love you…they hate you. They’re happy…they’re devastated. They’re smart and sensible…they’re making terrible decisions. As a result of the complex processes unfolding in your teen’s growing brain, feeling heart, and developing sense of self, this time period can be experienced as very topsy turvy, and leave even the most unshakable parent or other “big person” feeling very much stirred. In this seminar, Dr. Vanessa will pull back the curtains on this mysterious, fabulous, maddening, and incredibly important stage of development. She will focus on understanding the mysteries of the adolescent brain and how to work with that brain, rather than against it, in promoting maturation for your growing teen in the best possible way
February 17th, 2022
7 pm PST
Successful Coparenting: How To Make It Work For You And Your Kids When It Didn't Work For Your Marriage
Love, marriage, and a baby carriage. And then, happily ever after right? But it doesn’t go that way for all families. With divorce/separation rates approaching 60% in certain countries, the shattered dreams of happily ever after are a reality for many of us. And yet, what if separated/divorced didn’t have to mean “shattered?” What if there was a way to “be a family” and have your children know love and connectedness in the midst of divorce and lawyers and house moves and shared custody and all the things?
March 31st, 2022
7 pm PST
What? Me Worry!?!? Supporting Children With Anxiety
Anxiety in children is on the rise in our fast-paced, outcomes-focused world. Understanding where anxiety actually begins for children is key to informing support that helps rather than hinders. Dr. Vanessa will discuss the origins of childhood anxiety and the most common forms it presents in. She will also reveal the 3-stage approach she has developed from her years of research and experience for big people – parents, teachers, educators, and other grown-ups – to respond to the hearts of anxious children so that every child is ultimately able to know their own courage and grow into the fullest version of themselves.