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Talks & Workshops


Raising the Next Generation: a parenting workshop in East Van 

Facilitated by Ishtar Beck, MA, RCC, CCC, CPF

Raising the Next Generation: A six-class comprehensive workshop accompanying parents as they fulfill their parenting goals in the New Year. January 10, 17, & 31, February 14 & 28, March 14, 2018, 7:00-8:45pm at Circus Play Cafe, 1650 East 12th Avenue (at Commercial), Vancouver, B.C.

This workshop guides parents in creating cooperation with their children, peace at home, and more joy in the family. As the term proceeds we will learn and apply methods of effective communication, firm discipline, and loving connection with our children. Based on the highly regarded S.T.E.P. program blended with attachment and mindfulness practices, this workshop comes with a warning:

Parents, beware!
Skills gained may result in greater confidence and connection for you and your kids!

Tuition: $249 per household, including GST. One or both parents, or persons in parental roles, may attend.

Registration: To register, please contact Ishtar to confirm the availability of your spot via phone or email. Cheque, cash, and e-transfer are accepted.

No parent will be turned away due to financial constraints. Please inquire directly with Ishtar; inquiries are kept confidential.

Raising the Next Generation takes place in an open, inclusive, non-judgmental environment that celebrates diversity, recognizing that East Van is home and safe haven to families of diverse shapes, forms, sizes, arrangements, gender identities, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, languages, religions, socio-economic levels, political ideologies, and relationship preferences. Anyone who is a parent or in a parental role is welcome in the class. We are all in this together, for the children.




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FAQs about the workshop:


1) What is your parenting philosophy?

The content of the S.T.E.P./Raising the Next Generation workshop is based on the Adlerian system of democratic parenting and Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline. These approaches are combined with attachment practices from Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen, and Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. The synthesis of the materials is built into the curriculum. Reading is recommended but not required. Group discussions and brainstorming make it all come alive. The tools taught are practical and can be implemented immediately at home.

For a more detailed description of the S.T.E.P. and Positive Discipline approaches, here is a resource:



2) What is the format of the parenting class?
The classes are participatory. We are great believers in experiential learning and in facilitating situations in which parents learn from each other. There are plenty of thought-provoking exercises, small group discussions, and, in class #4, we even get to sculpt play-dough. The very first class in the series has a bit of a lecture or talk as part of it, to lay a solid foundation for the rest of the material.



3) Is childminding provided? Can we bring the kids?
Childminding is not provided as part of the workshop. We come to Circus Play Cafe or to the Adler Centre to enjoy adult time in the evening. We take time away from the family to examine our parenting and laugh and learn. Babes in arms are welcome (East Side only; for the Adler Centre please inquire directly at 604-742-1818).



4) Why is the tuition per household (East Van)?
The tuition is priced per household so as to make it affordable for both parents to attend and pay for child care too. In other words, you’re not being asked to pay double tuition as well as the babysitter. If you are encountering financial obstacles, please talk to me about it. Single parent/single income/low income families may receive a sliding scale option.