News and Events

Decolonizing Early Childhood Education: New Workshop

"To help early childhood educators engage Indigenous voices and develop practices to incorporate Indigenous worldviews into their programs, the BC Council for Families has developed a new workshop in partnership with UBC Child Care Services. ECEs are invited to join with an open mind and heart to reflect on the continual influences of colonization and share how this has affected them personally and professionally.

"The course will explore how educators can develop pedagogy and practices that are post-developmental, situated in land-based knowledges, and incorporate Indigenous worldviews in culturally respectful ways, as well as, appropriate steps to take when connecting with local Indigenous community members."

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Location: UBC Childcare Salal Daycare, 5655 Osoyoos Crescent, Vancouver

For more information, please visit BC Council for Families' website.

Register here

Catch us at the Early Years Conference

On January 31st and February 1st, we'll be in Vancouver for the EY Conferences. Come drop by our exhibit table to meet the FRP-BC team!

Parenting 2.0 Summit

Want to know why you yell at your kids even when you try so hard not to? Want to figure out what your child's behaviour actually means? Want to know what to do when you and your child's parent don't agree on child-raising practices?
Parenting 2.0 Summit, feauturing Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, David Loyst, Gila Golubs, and Maggie Dent, will take on all of these topics and more.
Date: September 28, 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC
Cost: $115 + tax per person, $205 + tax for two members of the same-family household
For more info and to register, visit the Eventbrite registration page

23rd Annual BCAPOP Conference and Annual General Meeting

October 9, 2019 to October 11, 2019 | Richmond, BC

Supporting Families: Mind, Body & Spirit

Check out this year's conference hosted by the BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs. The theme is "Supporting Families: Mind, Body & Spirit" and will feature several prestigious guest speakers as well as numerous workshops relating to new ideas and approaches to maternal/child health within the context of marginalized and vulnerable families. More information can be found on the
BCAPOP conference website.

FREE Tickets: Healthy Together Facilitator Training

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Burnaby, BC

"Grow your business, change behaviour, and improve client outcomes with the Healthy Together Facilitator Training." Attendees will receive a full day of training, certification as a Healthy Together Facilitator, and access to the resource toolkit, enabling them to deliver the Healthy Together Program.

To register: Please see the Eventbrite registration page.

FRP-BC has limited number of FREE TICKETS available to members. First come, first served! Please email to claim yours!

We have some questions about NLC FRP Advanced Certificate. Can you help?

FRP-BC in partnership with Northern Lights College is reassessing the Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate and its accessibility to our members and future students. We are gathering feedback on the following:

1. How the course might be improved; and 

2. What barriers are currently preventing individuals and organizations from taking place.

Please check your inbox for this survey, which was sent out Thursday, August 15th, 2019. Get in touch with us at if you have any questions or concerns.


Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women - Co-hort #3 and #4

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Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women

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FRP-BC office is moving!

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Understanding Difficult Behaviors and Supporting Lifelong Resilience

Understanding Difficult Behaviors and Supporting Lifelong Resilience 


We are excited to share with you that Madelaine Hittos, instructor for the FRP-BC Family Violence Prevention Toolkit webinar, is back with “Understanding Difficult Behaviors and Supporting Lifelong Resilience”.   


There are only 26 seats for enrollment, so register today!  Email Norah at


Date: Feb 15 to Mar 11, 2019 

Cost: $25.00 


Description: This workshop will focus on the myriad of possible contributors impacting a child's ability to self-regulate.  Interested participants will be involved in the day to day care for young children: Early Childhood Educators, Family Care Providers, Parents, Counsellors, Mental Health Practitioners. 


Participants will learn current theory involving the developmental needs of young children and the essential role caregivers provide in supporting a child's capacity to self-regulate.  In particular, we will focus on difficult to understand behaviors and plausible causes for them.  Participants will also gain access to tools and strategies to use that will support the development of all children. 


About Madelaine: 

Madelaine Hittos currently teaches in the Early Learning and Care program at Camosun College and with the University of British Columba.  She also works as a Child, Youth and Family Mental Health counsellor at the Queen Alexandra Centre.  Her interests are focused on how educators, caregivers and society informs and co-constructs the child's sense of themselves. 



Course Syllabus 


Caregivers and educators play an important role in supporting children and youth to be successful in managing stress.  How well an individual is able to manage stress will contribute to their life-long resilience.  Throughout this course, we will explore what contributes to self-regulation and the ability to manage stress, and how this relates to temperament, sensory processing and executive functioning skills.  We will also focus on practical skills for working with children who struggle to regulate their emotions and who appear to have difficult behaviours.  Many skills are required before a child is able to consistently manage their own behaviours while also sustaining healthy relationships with others.  Each unit is designed to allow you either a brief introduction to the topics and ideas, as well as the opportunity to deepen your learning and understanding. 


Unit One will focus on the importance of executive functioning skills and how these skills support self-regulation and problem-solving.  We will also explore resilience, and how this relates to executive functioning skills.  You will also be introduced to the idea of toxic stress and how this can impair a child's healthy development.  


Unit Two is focused on temperament and sensory processing and how these shape a child’s perceptions and how they manage stress. We will also start to explore Izard’s emotion theory and the importance of responding to children's behaviours in a manner that supports how they regulate their emotions and how they understand themselves in regards to their emotional responses.  


Unit Three explores children’s behaviours as communication and how caregivers can build self-awareness and resilience by recognizing the child’s behaviours as the child’s voice.  We will discuss why it is important to pay attention to the child’s voice in relation to their developing sense of themselves, and how to develop children's spoken voice in a manner that respects behaviour as another form of communication. 


Unit Four will focus on practical strategies and tools for self-regulation and builds a child's emotional vocabulary and insight into their own behaviours. 


In order to complete the eight hours towards professional development you are required to: 

  • Complete weekly activities and discussion postings 
  • Final evaluation and feedback form 



2018 FRP-BC AGM Agenda

FRP-BC 28th AGM AGENDA - NOV 29, 2018

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration, Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma – Family Support Workshop

Dr Erika Cheng

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Catalyst of Change Awards

Presented by Jan White, MCFD Office of the Early Years

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

2017-2018 Annual General Meeting Proceedings

·         Welcome – board chair and executive director

·         Adopt Agenda

·         Approval of 2016-2017 AGM Nov 24, 2017 minutes

·         Annual Report 2017-2018

·         Provincial Standards of Practice programs in progress for 2018

·         FRP-BC Friend of the Family acknowledgment

·         Annual Financial Statement Review

·         Appointment of Auditor

·         Board of Directors step down

·         Presentation and election of 2018-2019 slate of Directors

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm

Video Message from Dr Vanessa Lapointe, Wishing Star Clinic

1:10 pm – 4:00 pm

Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma – Family Support Workshop

Dr Erika Cheng

4:00 pm



TRAINING - November 28 AND 29, 2018

Dr Erika Cheng

Dr. Erika Cheng is a family physician who delivers inpatient, outpatient and emergency medical care, and teaches students, residents, and fellow healthcare providers.  Dr Cheng’s special interests include Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociation, Suicide Prevention, the promotion of Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Competency in Health Care, and the strengthening of community-based knowledge on healing from Trauma. 


Dr Cheng is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia; is Co-Chair of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Trauma-Informed Practice Steering Committee; and has given numerous presentations to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous healthcare providers, teachers, and youth on the subject of reaching past the cycle of trauma.

Jan White

Jan White is currently Director of Early Years Policy and Programs with the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Prior to this, Jan’s career began over 25 years ago working as an early childhood educator then working with various governments both in Canada and abroad managing cross ministry initiatives in communities including; Ontario’s School-based Child Care Initiative, Sure Start Wales, Early Learning in School Districts and Success by 6.   When not ‘engaging on behalf of government’ Jan enjoys spending time with her family being active in our beautiful province.


Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting educator, and registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. She is the author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up, a regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development. Dr. Vanessa’s passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She is a mother to 2 growing children.


A G M - 28th AGM with Dr Erika Cheng 2-day Training

For more information about the AGM and 2-day training session, please click on this link.

28th AGM with Dr Erika Cheng 2-day Training
“Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma”
Nov 28 and Nov 29, 2018

Get your seats now!

It’s that time of the year again - our FRP-BC AGM is just 6 weeks away. This year’s AGM includes specialized training “Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma”. This is sure to be a sought-after training for Family Support and Family Resource Practitioners.  
$75 for 2-days training “Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma”
facilitated by Dr Erika Cheng
Includes lunch

Marpole-Oakridge Family Place
8188 Lord St, Vancouver, BC
Training Dates: Nov 28 and Nov 29, 2018
$75 - Lunch included
Time:  8:30am - 4:00pm
AGM Date: Nov 29, 2018
Free - Lunch included
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 Registration and Payment

Please email Norah at to secure your seat for the training session and/or the AGM.  

PS.  Don’t forget to submit your Catalyst of Change nomination.  Please click here for the nomination form.

Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate

We are pleased to share that Northern Lights College is now offering a Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate program! This program will enhance the career prospects of Family Support Practitioners, particularly those in prevention-focused parent/child engagement programs.

The program will commence September to August for full-time completion in one year; part-time start dates may be available in September, January, and May.

Please share this post with those whom you think maybe interested in this program .


Summer Bulletin!

The summer has arrived, the time to relax and recharge with your family is now. While soaking in those vibrant sun rays, FRP-BC has some exciting news for you. We are thrilled to announce the Family Resource Practitioner Advance Certificate program. For more information click here.

Brand New FRPBC Brochure, and ACES Summit Attendance!

Our office is excited to share our brand new 2018 FRPBC Brochure and ACEs Summit Poster. We encourage you to download the brochure and share it among your program participants, visitors and networks. We are also proud to raise awareness on Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how FRPs can play a role.

In November, we attended the 2-day event with another 600 Doctors, Clinicians, Community and Police. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) ACEs, is a term that refers to a 20-year-old study determining what happens when we are younger affects our health as adults.  

We presented the case for Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE), and how FRPs play a role in connection, the first factor to stop Adverse Childhood Experiences. We presented a poster and an updated  FRP-BC brochure which can be downloaded below.  We are excited to continue building awareness of ACEs and how HOPE at family resource programs can play a role. 

View the ACEs Posters Now

Download the new FRP-BC Brochure (Viewing only)

Download the new FRP-BC Brochure (for distribution/printing)