Register now! 2014 S.E.E.D Conference

The 2014 Social Emotional Enhancement & Development (S.E.E.D) Conference for children and youth with special needs will take place October 20 – 21, 2014 at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel. 

This conference will serve as an entry point for professionals, families and caregivers to explore the area of social emotional health and development for children and youth with special needs. Together, international speakers, national and local experts will provide insights into the promotion of social emotional competencies and strengths of children and youth with disabilities.  Participants will benefit from gaining an understanding of the impact of special needs on social emotional health and how to nurture that development.

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HELP's Fall Research Expo: Registration Now Open!

If you would like to be put on the waitlist please continue with your registration. We will contact you if a spot becomes available.

Join us on Wednesday, October 15 for HELP’s Fall Research Expo 2014.

We are very excited about this year’s Expo as we are focusing on the future and our new Human Development Program of Research (HDPR). The day kicks off with an overview of the HDPR by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. The schedule is rounded out by keynote and Pecha Kucha presentations by HELP Faculty and Staff, including Dr. Lori G. Irwin, who will showcase the CHeq pilot project, and Dr. Paul Kershaw, who speak about Building Political Will for a Better Generational Deal.

In addition to presentations, and in response to feedback from past events, we have built in additional networking opportunities. Specifically, our afternoon networking session - entitled What Do You Want to Focus On? -  will allow participants to engage with presenters and ask questions and learn more about a particular topic in a smaller, less formal session.

The most important day in HELP’s annual calendar, this event is also one of our most popular. We encourage you ...

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Save the Date reminder!

Please mark your calendars. This year's HELP Fall Research Expo will take place on Wednesday, October 15 at UBC Robson Square. Please watch for program and registration information in the coming months.

Whoops! A Save the Date Update

We are so excited about the ideas that are taking shape here at HELP regarding this year’s Fall Research Expo that we announced the date without confirming a few things.  Whoops!  The Fall Expo will NOT be taking place on October 20, as originally announced. Instead, please mark Wednesday, October 15 in your calendars. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  Please watch for program and registration information in the coming months.

Call for presentations for the Children the Heart of the Matter Conference 2015

The Call for Presentations for the Children the Heart of the Matter Conference 2015 is now open. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please view this document for details. The deadline for submissions is May 23, 2014. If you have any questions please respond to

HELP Visits Nelson and Nanaimo in April

This April the Human Early Learning Partnership will be visiting Nelson (April 8th) and Nanaimo (April 11th). This Spring Research Seminar Series hopes to continue the legacy of HELP's founding director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, who wanted to get back to BC communities this year to increase collaborative efforts toward positive change for children and families.

Register for the Nelson event           Register for the Nanaimo event

Morning Keynote Presentation: “Children and Communities Over Time”
Presenters: Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director and Martin Guhn, Assistant Professor
The focus will be on what we have learned about children’s development and the impacts this knowledge has had at the local, provincial and national levels. New results from the MDI will be presented and will illustrate trends, and demonstrate the value of linking Kindergarten, Grade 4 and Grade 7 results.

Afternoon Workshops:

How Do Community Systems Influence Child Development?  Explore the interaction of environments that impact children’s development and examine how you can make a difference locally.  The focus will be on an asset based approach to change.  
What Does the MDI Tell Us?  Get an in depth look at results from the MDI and an overview of the valuable information that is ...

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HELP's Fall Research Expo 2012 Event Summary

Thank you for participating in HELP’s Fall Research Exposition 2012. The day was a great success and we are already planning next year’s event.

This post is intended to provide you with links to the keynote videos as well as access to some additional resources. 

Video Recordings

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Martin Guhn

Dr. Ziba Vaghri

Event Photos

We have posted a selection of pictures from this event on HELP's Flickr Page. If you would like to receive a copy of a particular image for your own personal use, please send your request to

HELP Communication Materials

HELP's Fact Sheets, Research Briefs, and other communications materials are available for download from our Documents Library.


New HELP Fall Research Exposition keynote previews are now available

Want to learn more about HELP's October 24 Fall Research Exposition keynotes? Visit the HELP YouTube channel to view presentation preview videos featuring Dr. Martin Guhn, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Dr. Ziba Vaghri.

The afternoon workshop session is completely full but there are still some seats available for the morning keynote sessions. To learn more and register, please visit HELP's Events page.

HELP Fall Expo 2012 Trailer and Keynote Preview

Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for HELP's Fall Research Expo 2012!

Last year’s Research Exposition connected the dots across the first 10 years of HELP’s research. This year, we will focus on the future, highlighting emerging child development research at HELP. We will highlight:

  • The Middle Years Development Instrument in British Columbia
  • Child Development Trajectories: Looking Forward to the Future
  • Monitoring Rights in Early Childhood

The full day event will comprise of a morning keynote session, hosted by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, which will explore the three research streams. It will continue with a number of afternoon workshops on HELP research topics, offering participants an opportunity to examine the research streams in more depth, exchange ideas and build skills.

Register Now! | Visit our events page for more information

Engaging Fathers in Early Years Programs - Webinar

Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In an upcoming EYCDI Webinar titled, Engaging Fathers in Early Years Programs, Early Years Community Developers will have a chance to learn about best-practices and resources in Father Involvement  programming and supporting community agencies to become more father-friendly in their approach to clients.  Participants will also have the opportunity to ask Abby Dads Coordinator Jeff Mclean and Father Involvement Network-BC's David Sheftel questions about effectively engaging fathers in Early Years programs in communities.

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Registration Open For HELP's Fall Research Expo

Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for the Human Early Learning Partnership's 2012 Fall Research Expo.

Last year’s Expo connected the dots, illustrating how HELP’s cell to society perspective has significantly contributed to our understanding of the importance of the early years over the last eleven years.  This year’s event will focus on the future.  Our full day event promises opportunities to examine HELP research streams in more depth, exchange ideas and build skills.

When:  Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Morning Keynotes
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM – Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road, UBC
Afternoon Sessions
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM – Various Locations

What: Morning Keynotes
Three keynotes, moderated by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, will highlight emerging child development research at HELP, including:

What: Afternoon Session
Six, small group workshops, each focusing on a different research theme, will take place across UBC campus.  Workshops are as follows:

  • MDI Tools for Action 
  • How and Why do we Study Children’s Developmental Trajectories? 
  • General ...

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Wonder of Learning opening events

The Wonder of Learning exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy will be hosting two events: 

A fundraising dinner with Dr. Carla Rinaldi, president of Reggio Children. 
When: July 17, 2012, 7:00 pm
Where: La Perla Ballroom, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Tickets are now available online at $150.  All proceeds to support the Wonder of Learning exhibit from the infant-toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The Gala Opening Celebration of the exhibit with Dr. Carla Rinaldi, president of Reggio Children.
When: July 18, 7:00 pm
Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Tickets for the Gala Opening are now available.

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.

The 2012 Educational Leadership Conference

When: November 15 – 16, 2012
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.

The 2012 Educational Leadership Conference will bring education partners throughout B.C. and the Pacific Northwest together to share innovative practices with a focus on the principles of the BC Education Plan and personalized learning opportunities throughout B.C..

Save the Date: HELP's Fall Research Expo is October 24, 2012

HELP is excited to announce the date for our 2012 Fall Research Exposition.  Please mark your calendars and join us on October 24th, 2012.

Last year’s Research Exposition connected the dots across the first 10 years of HELP’s research.  This year, we will focus on the future, highlighting emerging child development research at HELP.  We will highlight:

The full day event will comprise of a morning keynote session, hosted by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, which will explore the three research streams.  It will continue with a number of afternoon workshops on HELP research topics, offering participants an opportunity to examine the research streams in more depth, exchange ideas and build skills.

Details, including workshop topics and registration instructions, will be announced in the late summer.  In the meantime, we invite you to Save the Date.  We look forward to seeing you on October 24th.

Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools: Summer Institute 2012

When: August 23-24, 2012
Where: Neville Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

The Summer Institute 2012 will focus on:

  • The exchange of knowledge and ideas about how to build school connectedness and improve mental well-being
  • Practical information and strategies for addressing mental health challenges in classrooms and school communities
  • Networking with colleagues and partners in mental health and education

Day 1 – Building Strengths: School Culture and Connectedness
Fostering school connectedness in classrooms and school communities
Day 2 – Mitigating Vulnerabilities: Mental Health and Substance Use Issues
Information, resources and strategies for addressing mental health challenges in classrooms and school communities

This event is the result of an ongoing collaboration with the BC School-based Mental Health.

Registration fee: $55 (Lunch will be provided).  Register by June 15th.

The Data Effect: Explore Our Hidden Opportunity

When: June 5, 2012
Where: Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC

Over the last three decades, British Columbia has collected one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of health information. This public resource has the potential to save lives, reduce health care costs by billions of dollars and become a powerful catalyst for business and discovery.

Join decision makers in government, research institutions, and other leading thinkers on June 5, to unlock the opportunity.  Visit the Data Effect  website to learn more and register.

Speakers include:
•    Dr. Diane Finegood, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
•    Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia
•    Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (by video)
•    Dr. Patricia Martens, Director, Manitoba Center for Health Policy
•    Nancy Meagher, Executive Director, Population Data BC
•    Dr. Bruce Carleton, BC Children's Hospital and Chair, Provincial Data Stewardship Committee

Society for Children and Youth of BC's Annual General Meeting

When: May 17, 2012, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Peggy Gunn Woodland Halls, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC

The Society for Children and Youth (SCY) of BC's Annual General Meeting will explore emerging issues in children's rights, showcase accomplishments in the past year, and share successes with the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to SCY.

Through interactive discussion, this event will explore diversity and multi-culturalism in Canada and SCY’s commitments with the UN Convention of Rights of the Child. Does our cultural diversity in Canada conflict in any way with our adherence with the UN Convention of Rights of the Child? Who should ultimately oversee the “best interests of the child” the family or the government? Should religious or cultural tenets take precedent over the Rights of the Child? And to what extent should government’s role be in “assisting families in fulfilling their essential role as nurturers of children”? Instead of a single answer can there be a multitude of answers to the question, what is in the best interest of the child?

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

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CIHR CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE - What about me? Reflections on autism and why bullying is so easy, and acceptance so tough

When: May 10, 2012, 7:00 pm
Where: W2 Media Café, 111 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free

Join us in a discussion as we compare and contrast social rejection and social acceptance, try to better understand interactions with peers, whether positive or negative, and consider how we can promote acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


  • Grace Iarocci, PhD, R. Psych, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab, SFU
  • Anthony Bailey, MBBS, Institute of Mental Health Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry, UBC
  • Elizabeth Kelley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Director of ASD Studies, Queen’s University

Grace Iarocci and Emily Gardiner, Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab, SFU

This event is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and is intended to be an outreach initiative aimed at providing information and sparking informal discussion with the general public related to autism and bullying.

Please RSVP by May 3, 2012 to as seating is limited.

What the Dickens: How Canadian health policy orphans children's health

When: May 23, 2012, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Wosk Centre, Vancouver, BC

Noted Canadian health economist Steven Lewis will be the featured speaker at the second annual Mowafaghian Visiting Scholar event. His topic is: What the Dickens: How Canadian health policy orphans children's health. 

A very limited number of seats have been set aside for students. If you are interested in attending please contact Daphne Gray-Grant,, to request an invitation.

This event is sponsored by the Children's Health Policy Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Addressing Social Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders

When: April 30, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave at 16th and Granville, Vancouver, BC

Edutalks Seminars is pleased to present an evening with Dr. David Worling who will be addressing social challenges for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This talk will focus on the social challenges inherent to many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to specific interventions that target the core social challenges through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with descriptions of the Club Connects group program.

Dr. Worling brings this topic to light using a combination of recent evidenced-based research, clinical descriptions, and humor. The talk is intended to provide a general overview in addition to allowing the participants to leave with some practical, hands-on strategies for supporting individuals with ASD.

Child Poverty Forum

When: April 19, 2012, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Schubert Centre, Vernon, BC

The North Okanagan Early Childhood Development Coalition presents the Child Poverty Forum featuring Adrienne Montani, Provincial Advisor, First Call, BC Child and Youth Advocacy Association and Sharon Gregson, Child Care Advocates of BC.  The talk will be followed by a showing of the Canadian-made documentary Poor No More. 

Lunch will be provided.  Registration is mandatory.

Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning

When: April 19, 2012, 7:00 pm
Where: People Place, 101 – 3402 27 Ave, Vernon, BC

This is a presentation for the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning, featuring $10 a day child care and average wages of $25 an hour.

Updated: “Jumpeth like[s] drinking ice”: The Equivalent Language Abilities of Bilingual and Monolingual Children with Autism

When: April 10, 2012, 10:30am- 12:00pm (Please note: the date and time is now updated)
Where: Room 278, Neville Scarfe Building, UBC Vancouver

Speaker: Stefka Marinova-Todd, EdD, UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences

This presentation summarizes a series of studies that compares the language abilities of bilingual children with autism with those of matched groups of monolingual children with autism. Consistently, the findings show no differences between the two groups, suggesting that children with autism have the capacity to be bilingual.

Presented by: CIRCA Winter Colloquium Series 2012

Reinvesting in Families: Securing a Brighter Future Symposium

When: May 28 – 30, 2012
Where: Radisson Hotel, Edmonton, AB

The sixth bi-annual symposium will highlight strengths-based, prevention and early intervention approaches to support at risk children and families. Research, innovative programs, projects and practices that are making a difference will be featured. Special emphasis will be placed on supporting vulnerable Aboriginal families due to the over-representation of Aboriginal children in Canada’s Child Welfare system.

Host: The Prairie Child Welfare Consortium