CPIC Parent Events

As part of its mandate to increase parent involvement, CPIC organizes a number of events and online webinars to support parents with their role of educating their children.

PLEASE NOTE: Instructions as to how to log on will be provided once you register for the webinars below. All webinar sessions will be recorded, and available for online viewing at a later time. Previous webinars are available for viewing on the  HaltonCPIC YouTube channel.


Anxiety in School-Age Children

"Anxiety in School-Age Children", a speaker presentation by Dr. Jean Clinton, was offered through the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (Halton CPIC).

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor at McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. In this presentation, she addresses the increased concern about the number of students exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be, and some strategies for helping students cope with their emotions.

Watch a recording of this CPIC presentation here!​

For more information about Halton CPIC and the events offered throughout the year, please feel free to contact: cpic@hcdsb.org​.

Indigenous Education at the Halton Catholic District School Board

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

On October 5th, this webinar explained the Ministry of Education's commitment to ensuring that all students have the knowledge and appreciation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, cultures and perspectives, through the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.

The framework clarifies the roles and relationships of the ministry, school boards and schools have to ensure effective strategies are in place to guide provincially funded elementary and secondary schools when teaching about Indigenous contributions in Canadian Society

Grade 1 Religious Education Resource, "Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ" 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

This webinar explores how the Bishops’ new religion program, Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, is implemented in Grade 1 to support our entire educational community in the New Evangelization. Discover supports for the program for use at home so that we can all become faith-filled members of our Catholic family.

Through a Catholic Lens: Implementing the Ontario Curriculum - Health and Physical Education, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

This webinar provides an update on the materials and resources that have been produced to support the efforts of Ontario Catholic schools in implementing the revised Health & Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. The revised HPE curriculum, last updated in 1998, contains new material related to a number of issues, including mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting, respect for self, consent within healthy relationships, and respect for diversity. This webinar explains how the expectations of the revised HPE curriculum, Human Development and Sexual Health strand, will be delivered as part of the Family Life curriculum offered in Catholic schools. 

Parenting into the Teen Years
- Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Cheryl Deszpoth and Cynthia Lindsay, Public Health Nurses with the Region of Halton, Health Department’s School Years Program

This webinar guides you through 5 key parenting strategies and provides practical tips to use as your child transitions to adolescence. These strategies will strengthen your parent/youth relationship and help reduce high risk teen behaviours. Additional resources for parents, including how you can help your teen thrive during the transition from elementary to high school, will also be highlighted.
Watch a recording of this webinar: on You​Tube.

Fostering: Have you thought about it?
- Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Kathy Stanton, Halton Children's Aid Society Social Worker, and Eddie MacDonald, veteran foster parent (from CPIC)

Halton Children’s Aid Society Social Worker Kathy Stanton and veteran foster parent Eddie MacDonald (from CPIC) discuss the realities of fostering children in need of a home. Kids in care come from all backgrounds and families have different challenges. Each case is different. Yet no matter what the reason a child comes into care one thing is for certain – this is a traumatic experience for them! Halton CAS strives to find caring homes that will help begin the healing process for these children and form bridges for families to regain permanency. Special guest speakers include a former child in care and a current foster family child. Receive the answers that you have always wanted but were afraid to ask!
Watch a recording of this webinar: on YouTube​.

How to Coach and Motivate your Children to Study
- Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Dr. Susan Williams, Psychologist

After giving numerous presentations to parents on how to reduce stress, anxiety and distress in children and teens, Dr. Susan Williams created a new presentation for parents entitled, “How to Coach and Motivate your Children to Study”. She provides detailed tips on how to guide your children so they develop responsibility, independence, and intrinsic motivation for studying and achievement. She also offers advice on how to avoid falling into the habit of dictating when and how your children should study or frequently doing your children’s homework with or for them. This session provides concrete tips for parents on how to coach ADHD children and those with low self-esteem in their studies.
Watch a recording of this webinar: on YouTube​.

​Concussions & The HCDSB Concussion Protocol
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Halton and Tim Overholt, Superintendent of Education, School Services with the Halton Catholic District School Board

Dr. Meghani discusses concussion signs and symptoms, typical sports injuries in the Halton Region, what to do if you suspect your child has a concussion, as well as the importance of gradual return to learn and physical activity. Superintendent Tim Overholt addresses the new HCDSB Concussion Protocol​, as well as the forms, packages, and parent information and resources available if your child is suspected to have a concussion or has been diagnosed with one.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

​A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child with Math
- Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Angelina Barden, Curriculum Consultant Supporting Mathematics, Halton Catholic District School Board
This webinar discusses how parents can help their elementary and/or secondary school student/s with their Math studies and provides digital resources that can be accessed online.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

​Ontario College of Teachers Public Awareness Initiative
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented By: Michael Salvatori, CEO and Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers
The Ontario College of Teachers regulates the teaching profession in the public interest. Michael Salvatori, CEO and Registrar, will discuss the College’s Public Awareness Initiative, its mandate and the free resources they provide parents.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

​The Teenage Brain, Part II (10 Ways to Grow Student Success)
- Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Presented By: Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman
In an increasing complex world, it is becoming more important than ever that our children are taught the 3 C’s as well as the 3 R’s. The 3 C’s refer to creative, critical and collaborative thinking.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube​.

Social Media Fitness - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Presented By: Chris Vollum

“Social Media Fitness” educates from the perspective that many of us are connected 24/7 across a variety of social apps and sites. This webinar disseminates and illustrates the world’s most prominent social sites and apps. 
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube​.

Cyber Bullying & Electronic Safety -
Monday, May 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Presented By: Ryan Broll, PhD
This webinar examines youth technology use, explores what cyber bullying is and provides parents with strategies to keep their children safe in the digital world.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

dr.williams-CPIC.pngReducing Stress and Anxiety in our Children and Teens 
- Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Presented By: Dr. Susan Williams, Psychologist
This presentation describes the reasons why children are stressed and anxious and provides parents with various ways to reduce this stress and create a happier home. The presentation is followed by a question and answer period.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

The Teenage Brain, Part I - Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Presented By: Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman
This webinar explores some of the important brain developments occurring during adolescence and provides practical strategies for parents/guardians to nurture thoughtful, decision-making in their teens.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube​.

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Parents Reaching Out Grants are designed to support parents in identifying barriers in their own community and to find local solutions to involve more parents in support of student achievement and well-being.

My Blueprint - Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

My Blueprint is an online program that all HCDSB students have access to and helps them plan their education. A 3 minute video as to what My Blueprint is all about can be found here: http://www.myblueprint.ca/introduction-to-education-planner/
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube​

Will There Be Faith? The Crucial Role of Parents in Catholic Education Presentation - November 21, 2013

Presented By: Dr. Thomas H. Groome 
All Halton Catholic District School Board parents were invited to attend a presentation about their role as faith leaders. Dr. Groome discussed the crucial role of parents in Catholic Education as the theme of his discussion.

Raising Pure Teens, CPIC Free Parent Webinar - November 4, 2013

Webinar Hosted By: Chris Stefanick
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called Chris Stefanick “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” In this CPIC Free Parent Webinar, Chris spoke about how parents are the number one influencers in the choices that their teens make, and how parents can turn their influencing power into positive action.
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

Depression, Anxiety and Drugs - Oh My! - June, 2013

Webinar Hosted By: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW 
Gary Direnfeld, social worker, parenting columnist and author, spoke to parents about issues of depression, anxiety and drug use in teens and how to address these difficult issues. 
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

Webinar with Dr. Karen Mapp - January, 2013

Dr. Mapp spoke to parents about parent engagement and student success.                           
Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

2012 Catholic Parent Conference

November, 2012
The Halton Catholic Parent Conference was held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School in Burlington. 
This conference theme was:
Engaging Families: Achieving, Believing, Belonging.
A number of workshops, relevant for parents of both elementary and secondary students were offered - with topics including Curriculum, Catholicity, Parenting, Healthy Living, Mental Health, Safety and Technology.
Recordings from the Parent Conference are being uploaded to this CPIC YouTube Playlist. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​