Effective Parenting 2019

Effective Parenting April 2019 Tuesday Evening Seminars



APRIL 9th - 30th, 2019


McGill University
McIntyre Medical Building

3655 Promenade Sir William Osler Montreal, QC




This informative four-week public lecture series features McGill University Educational Psychology professors. This series focuses on topics of concern for parents/guardians/grandparents in our fast-paced world and digital age.  For any questions, please contact Arlene Doheny at 514-398-1391.

Marie-Helene Pennestri

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pennestri

April 9

Sleeping through the night: From expectations to reality!

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Topics covered include:

  • New parents often face challenges with infants’ sleep
  • Sleep concerns are one of the most common reasons for medical consultation during the perinatal period.
  • Consolidated sleep (sleeping through the night) is typically considered a developmental process that is achieved at around 6 months of age, however, this milestone is not always reached!/li>
  • First part of the presentation will focus on the development of the sleep-wake cycle in infants and will describe the importance of culture, values and parental expectations in sleep-related parental behaviors.
  • The second portion of the presentation will describe the evolution of the sleep-wake cycle in toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children.
  • Healthy sleep routines will be reviewed, and possible interventions will be presented, in a developmental perspective.

Room 522

Tina Montreuil

Dr. Tina Montreuil

April 16

Moving from worry to mastery: Identifying parenting behaviors that are associated with childhood anxiety

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Dr. Montreuil’s presentation will:

  • Shed light on some common misconceptions surrounding child/adolescent mental health issues.
  • Cover key topics such as the importance of parental emotion regulation skills, emotional self-care, and parental reaction to their children's emotional expression (i.e., parental emotion socialization), and how these contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety-related difficulties in their children.
  • The aim of the presentation is to provide parents with greater knowledge and strategies that will ultimately help them move away from “worry” toward “mastery” in helping their children overcome their battle with anxiety.

Room 504

Gigi Luk

Dr. Gigi Luk

April 23

The science of bilingualism: Implications for your child's development,
learning, and education

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In our increasingly globalized society, bilingualism has become a norm rather than an exception. In this talk, Dr. Luk will:

  • Share research on bilingual child development, beginning with shaping bilingualism as a life experience.
  • Introduce factors that promote the use of multiple languages at home, language development in bilingual children, and brain changes that are associated with bilingual language acquisition in adolescents and adults.
  • Discuss the message that childhood bilingualism is shaped by the social ecology constructed by adults in the community.

Room 504

Marie-Claude Geoffroy

Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy

April 30

Understanding suicidal risk among children and adolescents

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The teenage years can be a stressful time for many children and their parents. High profile suicides in the headlines may leave parents with questions and concerns: ‘is my teen at risk for suicide?’ ‘how can I spot red flags and differentiate warning signs from typical teen behaviors?’ ‘what are the common causes of teen suicide?’ ‘how should I talk to my teens about suicide?’

The presentation will improve suicide awareness and knowledge, and skills towards suicide prevention:

  • The statistics surrounding suicide, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and self-harm in children and adolescents
  • Common causes for suicide and its relation to bullying, social media, sexual questioning, and mental health
  • How to recognize the signs of a crisis and when to find immediate help
  • How to engage communication with your teens
  • Evidenced-based skills to help your teen manage his/her suicidal thoughts

Room 504



$80 – Includes all dates

$60 - Senior rate, includes all dates




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Parking is available in the Education Building, 3700 McTavish St., or on the street.