Register for one of Dr Vanessa Lapointe's upcoming workshops!

Dr Vanessa is offering monthly webinars on frequently requested topics, with one scheduled for nearly every month of the year!

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 team@drvanessalapointe.com for more details. 

The 2023 Lineup

Curious about an upcoming webinar or a group discount? Email team@drvanessalapointe.com for more info! 

Dr Vanessa Lapointe

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a mom, counsellor, parenting educator, best-selling author, international speaker, and regularly invited media guest. Founder and director of The North Star 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 way5

Upcoming Webinars

June 8th, 2023
7 pm PDT

Social Media, Screen Time And Your Kids: A Parent's Guide For Healthy Screen Habits

As a society, we have never before experienced a revolution as swift and all-encompassing as the Technology Revolution and the advent of social media. What has been the impact of that? Well, we are growing children in a time when their brains and worlds are being changed and shaped by forces we could not have imagined even 10 years ago.

So how to navigate it? One of the greatest challenges is that it all came on so quickly there was not enough time for our culture to adjust parenting practices and build in safeguards and check-points to ensure that social media does not harm the influential brains and minds of our growing children.

Join Dr Vanessa for a webinar all about how how technology can harm our children, and how to flip this all around to actually benefit the development of our children.

June 28th, 2023
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.

July 26, 2023
7 pm PST

Your Teen's Brain: Unwraveling the mystery of adolescence

Adolescence as a developmental stage has copped a bad rap over the years, with many parents fearing rather than leaning into this time with their growing children. And yet, it is such an important period of growth, and with a little understanding to shift the perception, can be incredibly fabulous!


In this webinar, Dr. Vanessa will discuss the the adolescent brain and the myriad changes it is undergoing. She will highlight how these neurological shifts impact behavior and relationships, and how parents can be sure that their understanding of who their teen actually is does not become clouded by the way the adolescent brain has the teen showing up in their day to day life.

August 30, 2023

Bullying: What causes it, what resolves it, and how we can equip our children for social resilience

Bullying is everywhere. And modern times means it extends beyond the playground into the sanctuary of home via social media and online platforms. The impact of bullying can be devastating, from long-term mental health fall-out, suicidality, alterations in sense of self, and social isolation to name a few.


In this webinar, Dr. Vanessa will discuss how bullying is impactful not only for the “victim”, but also for the “bully.” She will discuss how bullies and their victims are made to think, and where that thinking comes from, followed by key things parents can be doing to protect their child from becoming either.

September 22, 2022
7 pm PST

Resilience: Why we must teach our children to adapt

Resilience 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’? And what are the downstream benefits of resilience? What about the downstream fallout from a lack thereof?


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.

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