5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, September 2015

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 2-4 September 2015 in the Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world will gather for three days to share and discuss the latest child indicator research and implications for policy and interventions.

The theme of the conference is: “From Welfare to Well-being: Child indicators in research, policy and practice.”

The 5th ISCI conference is hosted by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF and the Poverty and Inequality Initiative of the University of Cape Town.

The call for abstracts has just been announced. All information about the conference can be found at

Be the Village: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama Vancouver 2014

On October 21, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama returns to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia.

During his previous visits to Vancouver, the Dalai Lama challenged British Columbians to advance heart-mind learning in children and youth. Heart-Mind learning has been proven to not only improve the well-being of children, but it also improves academic performance.

Since then, the Dalai Lama Center has become a strong voice in promoting “education of the heart” which results in more peaceful, secure, engaged, and compassionate children. And British Columbia has become a global leader in incorporating heart-mind learning into school curriculum.

We are pleased to note that Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl will participate on the panel with the Dalai Lama.

Please visit The Dalai Lama Center website to learn more and to buy tickets.

Fiona Stanley's IHDL Conference presentation now online

The International Health Data Linkage Conference, which took place April 28-30, 2014, has posted presentations to the IHDL Conference website, including slides and video of Professor Fiona Stanley’s plenary session and Clyde Hertzman Memorial Lecture, Science with a Soul: Data to Action for Healthy Child Development. Please visit to view.

Register now for the Brain Development & Learning: Making Sense of the Science conference.

Join us for the 4th conference in a series dedicated to truly making a difference – the Brain Development & Learning: Making Sense of the Science conference.
Date:   July 24-28, 2013
Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC                    
A conference for all those trying to do their best with children, wishing they had more guidance, wishing they knew more about what the research says are best practices.

Learn about innovative evidence-based programs and ground-breaking, mind-changing discoveries in neuroscience, mental health, & child development presented with clarity and enthusiasm by the famous people who made the advances. Learn about the latest research on how to help children:
           • start school on the right trajectory
           • flourish despite developmental disorders, motor challenges, or blindness
           • nurture empathy and compassion within themselves
           • heal from trauma and manage ongoing stresses in their lives
           • thrive socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

Continuing education credits are provided in many fields, & Scholarships are available. Save money! Register before February 16th to receive the early bird discount.

For more information please visit the Conference Website and the Conference Brochure.



Save the Date! Cities Fit for Children will take place in November.

Mark your calendars. The Cities Fit for Children Conference will take place November 21-23, 2013 in Surrey, BC. More information will be available soon.

The 11th Annual Assessment Workshop to take place May 2, 2013.

The date for the 11th Annual Assessment Workshop has been set for Thursday, May 2, 2013.

This year’s workshop theme is “Start Early, Go Far: Early Assessment Leads to Understanding and Inclusive Communities.” Keynote presentations will be made by Dr. Charlotte Waddell and Dr. Martin Guhn. In addition, workshops will explore the importance of early identification of learning difficulties, autism and other developmental conditions. Presenters will also demonstrate how early identification can lead to better parent/child relationships, increased acceptance and inclusive communities for all children. Workshop presenters will cover a variety of topics on the theme of "Start Early Go Far."

Registration programs will be available in early January, 2013.  Please contact to receive your copy contact.

Rural Linkages: Inter-collaborative Practice for Safe and Healthy Communities Conference

When: September 28, 2012
Where: Sandman Signature Hotel Edmonton South

The Rural Linkages conference will explore human services in rural Alberta and how they relate to safe and healthy communities. Explore the landscape through interactive presentations on quality of life, challenges & gaps in rural human service provision, ideas for fostering vibrant communities, & collaboration to address deficits. Sessions will showcase communities, human services education, research, & professional practice in rural Alberta.

Complexities: Encounters with the Pedagogical Project of Reggio Emilia Conference

When: October 19 - 20, 2012
Where: Massey Theatre, River Market & The Inn at the Quay, New Westminster, B.C.

Complexities, a conference co-hosted by The Vancouver Reggio Consortium, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, CAYC, and NAREA, will coincide with the BC Provincial Professional Development Day October 19/20.

The theme for this conference is “Embracing Complexity in the Daily Life of the School: The Learning Process Through the Process of Observation, Interpretation, and Documentation.” Featured speakers will be two educators from Reggio Emilia,Karyn Callaghan, Carol Anne Wien and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw.

In the afternoon, there will be:

  • Sessions with guests from Reggio Emilia
  • CAYC sponsored workshops
  • Encounters with the Wonder of Learning exhibit

3rd Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Challenging Behaviour - The Tip of the Iceberg

When: Main Conference: November 15-16, 2012, Focused Workshops: November 17, 2012

Where: The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, B.C.

This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field.

Specifically, the conference will focus on approaches to complex challenging behaviours, contributing medical issues and new developments in medication and behavioural treatment. In addition, the conference will address important health and mental health issues and will review common genetic syndromes such as Down Syndrome.

This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to maximize health and wellbeing so as to minimize disability and improve quality of life. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Models of Early Childhood Services Conference

When: June 5-6, 2012
Where: Hotel Omni Mont-royal, Montreal (Quebec) Canada

The Models of Early Childhood Services Conference will offer policy makers, policy advisors and service planners from Canada and abroad a place to present, discuss, compare and find answers to the challenges faced while funding, developing, implementing, maintaining or downsizing effective early childhood services.

Child and Youth Mental Health Matters

When: May 6-8, 2012
Where: The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, Vancouver BC

The Child and Youth Mental Health Matters conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of mental health with young people and parents and other stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences related to child and youth mental health. There are three themes woven through the conferences: Family Mental Health, Children of Parents with Mental Illness and Young Carers.

Early Years Conference 2012: The Development of Children's Mental Health: How Do We Become Who We Are?

When: February 3-4, 2012 (Pre-conference: February 2, 2012)
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC Canada

Our early relationships and experiences shape all aspects of physical and mental health, and are pivotal to who we become and how we function throughout life. We naturally strive forward. The behaviour of young children is meaningful, and understanding this concept is vital for all involved with children. This conference will stimulate dialogue, reflection, a deeper understanding of a child’s total development as rooted in their earliest relationships, and may revolutionize our approaches and practices with young children, their families, and their communities.

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From Generation to Generation: The Interplay between Genes and Family Process Conference

When: February 24 – 25, 2012

Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

This conference will explore how family emotional process in one generation can influence levels of functioning – including genetic expression – in the next.


Dr. Michael Meaney of McGill University, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics, and Dr. Daniel Papero of the Bowen Center, an expert in Bowen theory and therapy, will lead the expedition, joined by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Dr. Anne McKnight and Dr. Bob Noone.

More Information

Strengthening Today, Building Tomorrow Conference

When: January 26 -27, 2012
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, AB

The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF) 4th Annual Conference is designed to provide cutting edge educational value while strengthening member agencies and promoting attitudes, practices and conditions that contribute to quality services for vulnerable children and families in Alberta.

Please visit their website for more information.

Population Health Data Analysis: From Infrastructure to Innovation Conference

Population Data BC is partnering with the Canadian Population Health Initiative of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to deliver a conference and related workshops that will focus on Population Health Data Analysis: From Infrastructure to Innovation. The event will take place from February 8th to 10th at the Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, downtown Vancouver.

February 8th will include plenary presentations that focus on data linkage infrastructure, researcher case studies in different forms of data analysis, and innovation in data presentation and knowledge translation. February 9th and 10th will offer one-day and two-day hands-on workshops that will align with key presentations from day one. 

For further information on the program, speakers, workshop topics and to register online, please visit the Population Data BC website.

Save the Date: January 12, 2012

HELP is excited to announce the International Child Rights Monitoring Symposium, to take place on January 12, 2012 from 9am to 12pm. Join us for an introduction to, and demonstration of, a new Child Rights Monitoring tool, developed by HELP and international partners including the UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The symposium will feature Dr Clyde Hertzman, Director, HELP, and Dr Ziba Vahgri, Director, International Research & Initiatives Program, HELP. This event will be of interest to all child rights stakeholders.

Registration will be available soon.  In the mean time, please save the date in your calendar

The FUTURE of LEARNING in Canada

When: October 28, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
: Victoria Learning Theatre Room 182, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Point Grey Campus.

Canada Council on Learning (CCL) and the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET) present Paul Cappon speaking about the Future of Learning in Canada, followed by a panel discussion.

Light refreshments provided.


For further information please contact:

CIHR CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE - When Lullabies are Not Enough: Reducing the Impact of Poor Sleep on Infants and Parents

Join us in a public discussion of recent scientific evidence about sleep and its effects on children’s and parents’ health. Presenters will examine both popular and scientific discourses regarding parents’ beliefs and cognitions about children’s sleep and effects of sleep problems.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30 pm
Where: The Roundhouse Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Cost: Free
Presented by: Human Early Learning Partnership and UBC School of Nursing - Sleep Research Group

Dr. Wendy Hall, Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership
Dr. Anat Zaidman-Zait, PhD Fellow, Human Early Learning Partnership

Stephen Quinn, Host of CBC's On The Coast

For more information please email:


Teaching Receptive Language Skills to Young Children with ASD: Past, Present, and Future

When: October 14, 2011, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Neville Scarfe Building, Room 310

This presentation will provide an overview of strategies for teaching early receptive language skills, including recent research by the presenter comparing various approaches. Evidence-based recommendations for effective and efficient instruction will be provided.

Speaker: Dr. Laura Grow, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology and Special Education

More information:

REGISTER NOW: HELP's Fall Research Exposition: 10 Years of Insight - Connecting the Dots

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, 2011 for 10 Years of Insight - Connecting the Dots, an event hosted by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).

10 Years of Insight - Connecting the Dots will connect neuroscience, to child development in BC, to family policy. This cell to society perspective has significantly contributed to our understanding of the importance of the early years. We will explore how HELP’s research has been - and will continue to be - used to improve children’s and families lives. At a time when the pressure on families and children is greater than it has ever been, it is imperative that we continue to move from research to action.

Wednesday, OCTOBER 26, 2011
Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC

•1:00 – 4:00
Presentations on HELP’s past and emerging research, featuring:

◦Dr W Thomas Boyce, Professor, HELP and CCCHR
◦Dr Clyde Hertzman, Director, HELP
◦Dr. Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, CFIS, HELP

•4:00 – 5:00
Facilitated poster presentations providing additional insight into the breadth of HELP’s research. Refreshments will be served.

•5:00 – 7:00
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Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years Presentation

When: October 13, 2011, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
: The Chan Center at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver and live webcast

The BC Healthy Child Development Alliance is pleased to present a trainer education session to introduce a suite of multimedia training resources on ‘Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years’. The content for this resource package was prepared by Evelyn Wotherspoon and includes a PowerPoint presentation with video clips, information flyers tailored to special audiences and a presenter’s guide.

The objectives of the trainer education session are to:
1) familiarize participant trainers with the presentation package
2) review and discuss each of the slides in detail
3) consider how the presentation can be adapted to suit the training needs of different organizations.

Register online at:

Attachment Training with Diane Benoit

When: September 19-21, 2011, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
: Penticton Lakeside Resort, 21 Lakeshore Drive W., Penticton, BC

The Attachment & Atypical Caregiver Behaviors Associated with Disorganized Attachment and Modified Interaction Guidance Training will be delivered by Diane Benoit in two parts:

  • September 19th and 20th (Part One): Attachment & Atypical Caregiver Behaviours Associated with Disorganized attachment
  • September 21st (Part Two): Modified Interaction Guidance Training

Diane Benoit is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Project Director in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Staff Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

For more information, contact Wendy: 250.492.5864 ext. 108 or

Cost: Part One: $225 (Early Bird Rate: $200) | Part Two: $125 (Early Bird Rate:  $100) |All Three Days: $325 (Early Bird Rate: $300)

Best Practices in bringing ABA into your Classroom

When: October 21, 2011
Century Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC

The how-to element of this presentation and emphasis on practical strategies will enable teachers and other professionals to design ABA interventions when including students with ASD in the general classroom.

Participants will learn how to conduct assessments, set goals, collect and analyze data, and how to collaborate with parents and other professionals.

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Biological Embedding of Early Social Adversity: From Fruit Flies to Kindergartners

When: December 8-10, 2011
Where: Beckman Center, 100 Academy, Irvine, CA

Sackler Colloquia

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences address scientific topics of broad and current interest, cutting across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.  Each colloquium is organized by a member of the Academy, often with the assistance of an organizing committee, and feature presentations by leading scientists in the field and discussions with a hundred or more researchers with an interest in the topic. These colloquia are made possible by a generous gift from Jill Sackler, in memory of her husband, Arthur M. Sackler.

This meeting is co-sponsored by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.  The Sackler Colloquium provides a significant opportunity for CIFAR to share new knowledge created within its Experience-based Brain and Biological Development research program. Launched in 2003, this program explores the core question of how social experiences affect human biology and looks at how the trajectory for development and health is set early in life.  Two earlier CIFAR research programs, Population Health and Human Development identified a major opportunity to explore this new paradigm of the relationship between nature and nurture.

Meeting Overview

Socioeconomic position is the single most powerful determinant ...

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