Courses & Seminars

Parenting-CoursesRebecca Janke facilitates large group seminars as well as small group courses.  Join a currently scheduled course, or contact Rebecca to select a topic and schedule a private course for your group.   When forming a closed group, participants have the ability to select the course topic and tailor the frequency, time and venue. Please refer to the list of course options and contact Rebecca for further details on cost, availability and the booking procedure.

Parenting Courses:

II. Neufeld Institute Courses

Power To Parent: Three-Course Series

General information about the three-part Power to Parent series

This three-part Power to parent series delivers the best that developmental science has to offer to those who are our children`s best bet – parents and those who support them. The effect of the material is to restore parents to their natural intuition as well as to their rightful place in their children`s lives. The principles and dynamics apply to children of any age. Although some attention is given to the more perplexing problems of childhood, the general thrust of the course concerns issues and challenges facing most every parent.

This parent education series offers a complete approach to parenting. Rather than dumbing parents down with prescriptive solutions and superficial strategies, this series truly informs and educates so that parents can become the true experts in their children’s lives. The basic attachment and developmental needs of children are uncovered so that parents can become the answer to these needs. Challenging problems are explained is such a way that the root problems can be addressed.

Dr. Neufeld has had exceptional success as a parent consultant, working with thousands of families over the years. In this three-part series, he shares the insights and understandings that have changed the ways of countless of parents to the benefit of thousands of children.

Though it is recommended that participants take the three part series in sequence, it is not a requirement.


Power to Parent I: The Vital Connection

Part I of the Power to Parent series focuses on the child-adult relationship as the context for raising children. Parents and professionals learn how this relationship is meant to develop, what can go wrong, why parents must matter more than peers, how to cultivate a context of connection, how to win back one`s child if need be, and more. Parents and professionals are also introduced to discipline strategies that are attachment-safe and developmentally friendly.


Power to Parent II: Helping Children Grow Up

Part II of the Power to Parent series focuses on how to help children realize their potential as human beings. Since growing older is no guarantee of growing up, knowing how to foster maturation is key to raising children. The material is presented in such a way that engages parents while educating professionals as well.


Power to Parent III: Common Childhood Challenges

Part III of the Power to Parent series focuses on the typical challenges of parenting. Every child gets stuck from time to time on the road to maturation. Dr. Neufeld helps equip parents to read the signs of a child in trouble, live with a sensitive child, cultivate resilience in a child, lead an alpha child, soften a defended child, discipline a stuck child, and more. Dr. Neufeld offers effective and safe practices that honour and preserve the relationship, even when the problems seem daunting.


The Art and Science of Transplanting Children

The impact of attachment disruption, even when in the best interest of the child, can be deep and profound. This course provides effective and encouraging strategies for resolving these challenges and bringing these children to their full potential as human beings. The material is useful for all those who are involved with transplanted children: adoptive parents, adoption agencies, foster parents, step parents, teachers, supporting relatives, social workers, psychologists, pediatricians.

Participant Feedback For This Course:

“Every parent of any child (transplanted or not) should take this course.” (Father of biological and adopted children)

“This is a fantastic course to gain a deeper understanding and new perspective of what challenges our transplanted children may be experiencing and provides some great tools for deepening the relationship” (Kat, mother of one adopted child)

“Excellent course!  It gave us new insight into how to parent better.  We are excited to try out the tools that we have been given.” (Tamara, Adoptive Mother of 2)

“We are parents to a 10 year old and about to be parents to a 7 year old – we have learned key techniques which we have begun to apply immediately.” (Angela, Mother of one biological child and awaiting the adoption of a second child)

“This helped me understand how to work with my future child in a way that helps him/her feel more connected and safe.  It gave me a new perspective on attachment issues our family will face.” (Sophia, Adoptive Parent Awaiting Placement)

“This course assisted us to understand some our children’s past behaviour and gave us the tools to successfully manage predictable future behaviour.” (Kim, mother of adopted twins)

“Although we don’t yet have a child, the course material was useful in anticipation of receiving one. It has helped us to manage our expectations and we’ve both seen it impact our adult lives as well as dealing with others.” (Dara, an expecting adoptive father)

“Understanding how natural attachment unfolds has given me a great framework for understanding what is happening (or not!) within my child. Rebecca Janke promoted discussion that gave me very practical tools that I have implemented to help bridge some of the separation that I didn’t realize was driving the difficult behaviour we had in our home. A very valuable course!” (Mandy, a mother with one biological child and one adopted child)


Making Sense of Adolescence

Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood has never been so daunting. The time of adolescence is longer than ever and yet society today offers little support in understanding or facilitating this transition. This course is designed to be used by parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, professionals – anyone who desires to make sense of adolescence. Parents of pre- teens will find this course invaluable as preparation for what lies ahead.

Participant Feedback For This Course:

“The material gave suggestions but also hope in our ability to parent our adolescent.” (Father of Teen)

“A very helpful class about making sense out of adolescence! It was encouraging to learn to stay attached to our teens and build the attachment to them.”

“A lot was packed into each session but reading through my notes afterwards allowed it all to sink in! 8 weeks was a perfect amount of time. I would enjoy doing this series again!” (Mother of teen)

“I feel much more equipped with the knowledge I’m taking away from these 8 weeks of learning.”

If you would like to attend a currently scheduled parenting course or if you would like arrange private group courses for your community, school, church, or other organization, please contact Rebecca.

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