Parent Support Services Society of BC

    Parenting Education

Parenting is the most important and challenging job that most adults undertake

Few parents, even in the best circumstances, do not feel frustrated at times by the demands of raising children. But when parents are isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress, or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques, they can lose control. 

Informed, effective child rearing builds strong communities by producing young people who work hard to create positive lives for themselves and those around them. Uninformed, ineffective child rearing jeopardizes the well-being of whole communities. Parent Support Services is a non-profit, volunteer-based society and registered charity founded in 1974. The mandate is preventing child abuse and promoting healthy parent-child relationships by supporting parenting, families, and communities. This is achieved by providing support and information to parents. The goal is building healthy communities, one family at a time.

Parent Support Services Workshops:

Immigration: loss & mourning - A Workshop For Spanish Language Speakers
Thursday June 15th & Thursday June 22nd, 2017
10am to 12pm
Centennial Community Centre
65 E Sixth Ave, New Westminster
Workshops are free of charge, however space is limited!
Please contact Violeta at 778-7698 or Millie 778‐319‐8210 to register.
Childminding and refreshments will be provided.
A workshop series offered by the Spanish
Steering Committee of the Parent Support
Services Society of BC.

Downloadable PDF of Posters here:

Lower Mainland and Interior Workshops and Events

Blissful Parenting Workshop

A 2- hour workshop FREE workshop based on positive discipline techniques that can turn “bad” child behavior around immediately! Chuck Anderson has an energetic and engaging presentation style that uses the latest accelerated learning techniques and a high level of audience involvement. This training is specifically adapted to helping parents of children & teens deal with the many behavioural issues that come with the job of being a parent. 

Raising Our Children: the Role of Discipline Workshop

It’s a 3-hour workshop provided to organizations, communities, parents, grandparents and caregivers in the Vancouver, Coastal and Fraser Valley regions. The workshop covers the following: understanding the very important difference between discipline and punishment; what does “discipline” mean to us as parents (or adults doing parenting role) and how we model appropriate “discipline” to our children; understanding stages of child development and its application of appropriate discipline according to child’s age and stages of her/his development; and resources available to support parents and children.

Facilitator’s Training

Training for volunteer facilitators is provided at least twice a year in Vancouver for 20 hours on a weekend (or 2 weekends). The purpose of the training is to help volunteers to understand their role and strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate a Circle. The training covers the following: Self-help and co-facilitation model; Group process and mechanics; Stages of group development; Basic communication and problem solving skills; Anti-oppressive practice; Child abuse prevention and related legislation; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; and Resources and making referrals. Watch here for info on our next facilitator training. The next volunteer facilitator training in the Lower Mainland (Burnaby) will take place on August 11-13, 2017.  Please check the flyer for more information about the training and not that the applicationdeadline is July 28, 2017.

Group Facilitation Workshop

It’s a 3-hour workshop available to organizations that provide training to their volunteers in facilitating groups. The workshop covers group dynamics, stages of group development, different types of groups, co-facilitation model and group facilitation.

Annual Regional Workshop and Volunteer Recognition

This all day invigorating event is provided to PSS volunteers (Circle Facilitators, Steering Committees, Board and Child Minders) in the Fall for networking, professional development, volunteer appreciation and roundtable discussion. Community partners are also welcome to attend.

Parenting and The Whole Brain Child Workshop

An 8-week parenting series for parents and grandparents looking for effective, nurturing & practical ways to relate with their child. Using the book for parents, The Whole-Brain Child: Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2012) which was authored by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson, Max Innes, the workshop facilitator will walk the participants through the 12 Whole-Brain Strategies for effective parenting.

The Essence of Adolescence: Parenting Teens and Teening Parents 

IIn this overview of adolescence and parenting teens, family therapist, Max Innes, reviews some of the ideas of Dan Siegel's new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (2014).

This workshop, for parents and their teenagers, introduces what's important about adolescence for both teens and their parents.   

The essence of the teenage years will be revealed;  The significance of this essence for adults will be considered; And some ideas for how the teenage years might be managed a little more easily by parent and teens.

Presenter- Max Innes Ph.D. (Sociology) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Whole-Brain Child

Do children conspire to make their caregivers' lives endlessly challenging? "Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field; Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store; Your preschooler refuses to get dressed"

It's just their developing mind calling the shots. 

PSS presents a free introduction to The Whole-Brain Child - an approach for parents and grandparents looking for effective, nurturing and practical ways to relate with their children. 

Presenter- Max Innes Ph.D. (Sociology) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Other Parent Education Services and Events:

BC Council for Families

Leadership through education, training advocacy and research for the healthy development of families.

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare is a national agency funded by Public Health Agency of Canada. Our mission is to foster research and disseminate knowledge on child welfare and prevention of child abuse and neglect. We have a link to your site on our website under provincial and territorial resources.

Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP)
CCIAP is a partnership of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Click here

Parent Services Boys and Girls Clubs of BC
Parent Services currently offers Parents Together a support group for parent of teens and Parenting Without Power Struggles a support group for parents of preteens across the province of BC.

LIFE Seminars
Our goal is to empower parents through our educational parenting courses, workshops, books and videos, by providing effective parenting tools for a child’s development of self-esteem, empathy, responsibility, and values, rather than obedience and conformity.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver


FSGV's Family Support page includes: Resources for: Intensive Family Support; Child Development; and Foster Family Support (Also available for GRG Families)


We provide support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children can live with dignity and respect. 

PFLAG Vancouver