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Pine River Institute Learning Series

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Pine River Institute Learning Series

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Pine River Institute (PRI) have committed to work together to support student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families, staff and within its school communities. In November 2021 the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out a three-year partnership and working agreement.

The Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) will provide several multi-part learning series focused on student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families, staff and within SCDSB’s broader school communities. 
Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, Pine River reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. CFI@PRI extends Pine River’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions.  Learn more about Pine River Institute by visiting their website at

Parent/Guardian Session

Register for the parent/guardian sessions

Parenting for positive mental health (part 1)

Nov. 23, 2021
Understanding your child's behaviours and development so that you can respond with intention to promote mental wellness and growth. 

Parenting for positive mental health (part 2)

Nov. 30, 2021
Understanding your parenting style and the challenges parents/guardians face when their children push back.

Understanding and managing screen time

Jan. 25, 2022
What parents/guardians need to know about the digital world and how it affects their child's development. Positive strategies to build connection with your kids through technology. 

Connection and empathy in response to behaviour

March 29, 2022
What can your child’s behaviour tell you about their developmental needs? How can you respond in a way that builds your relationship and create safety for them, rather than create conflict? Exploring the needs of children through the lifespan and recognizing why it is sometimes a struggle to connect.. 

Understanding addiction and addictive behaviours

May 19, 2022
Looking at why kids can get stuck and how addictive behaviours may develop. Seeing the 'function' behind the addiction, and how parents/guardians can support recovery without shame and guilt.

Community Members Sessions

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Understanding addiction and risky behaviours through a developmental lens

Dec. 7, 2021

How we understand addiction and addictive behaviours has evolved greatly over the years, moving away from a 'medical or genetic' model to a more developmental model and recognizing its role as a coping mechanism. Shifting our lens and helping families of those who struggle with addictive behaviours is the first step towards recovery. 

Working with family systems through a developmental lens

Feb. 3, 2021

In this webinar you will learn about Pine River's developmental, maturity model and how to help caregivers reframe behaviours as communication, recognize the needs they express and foster resilience and connection within the family system.

The Parallel Process - encouraging parental participation for positive outcomes

April 4, 2021

Interventions and exercises to engage families in therapeutic inquiry with their children. Using tools from Pine River, clinicians will engage in experiential learning to gain awareness and understanding of how families function as a system.

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