Brain Development and Learning: Weekend Conference and Fundraiser Gala (BDL2011)

Venue: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Apr 15, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 16, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 15, 2011
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9:00 - 10:00 AM:
Developmental experiences have a profound impact on how a mature brain functions.
The more pleasant experiences a child's brain has, the more the brain specializes for positivity.
In fact, scientists now know that strong bonding between parent and child increases the reward
chemicals in the brain which have been proven to increase trust, deescalate heated situations and
decrease anxiety. As parents we are intimately responsible for this brain development and want to
do everything possible to give our children the tools for resilience, social health and happiness.
So what if a few small adjustments in how you parent could actually impact their brain function? .
Jennifer Kolari has developed a technique called CALM which takes into account a therapy technique
called ‘mirroring’, and guides parents to empathic relating through a four step process:
Connect emotionally
Match the Affect of the child
Listen to what he or she is really saying
Mirror or reflect the emption back to show true understanding
Using warmth and humour, as well as real-life examples Kolari will demonstrate the CALM technique
in practice and how using it can help you to increase that bonding effect with your child?.
More than just actively listening, The CALM technique will allow you to stimulate the reward receptors
in the brain, bypassing the language centre, and engaging directly with the part of the brain that
moderates behaviour..
Outline of Session:
Jennifer Kolari will use her signature warmth and humour to demonstrate how a few changes in how
you communicate can actually stimulate the production of Oxytocin in the brain. This not only
reduces anxiety, but also increases compliancy, builds resilience, and deescalates any situation.
Through case studies and examples, Kolari will demonstrate how her CALM technique has become
a blueprint for peaceful interactions that build strong relationships and happier families.
Speaker: Jennifer Kolari, MSW, RSW, Founder and Author, Connected Parenting, Toronto, ON
The consequences of stressed parenting are seen in our society in the preponderance of childhood
disorders, with an increasing number of kids being diagnoses with conditions such as ADHD,
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, autism, Asperger’s, conduct disorders, as well as depression, anxiety
and OCD. The numbers of children being prescribed medications is rising exponentially.
10:15 - 12:15
The general theme of Dr. Gabor Maté’s talks over these two days will be the central importance of
attachment-based child rearing practices in creating an optimal environment for both the healthy brain
development and psychological maturation of children and adolescents. The parents and teachers
of troubled children also need help to understand the basic principles of child development, the role of
environmental stress on sensitive children, and the negative impact of many currently popular
child-rearing methods..
1. The basis of healthy child development: the attachment relationship with parents, teachers and
other adults;
2. What current brain sciences teaches: how the human brain develops in interaction with the
social/psychological environment. The neurophysiology of the brain in unhealthy states
3. ADHD and other childhood developmental disorders, addictions and adult mental health problems
as the outcomes of early loss: how the three primary brain defenses harden into pathology
4. The stresses in our culture that have undermined the necessary conditions for healthy development,
and their consequences in childhood and adolescent disorders
5. The role of medicalized birth practices and of behaviourally-oriented parenting practices
Speaker: Dr Gabor Maté. MD, Physician, Author and Public Speaker
12:15 PM - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15
Students with Learning Disabilities can Rewire Their Brains to Achieve Academic and Social Success
by Targeting the Source of the Learning Disabilities
The presentation will describe in detail the specific role of each of the critical brain areas that contribute
to the task of reading. Additionally, the presentation will illustrate how a deficit in each of these critical
cognitive areas related to reading impact learning differently and therefore, why different students with
a diagnoses of Dyslexia present differently in the classroom. Lastly, the presentation will include a
demonstration of cognitive exercises that strengthen these individual cognitive areas thereby addressing
the underlying problem and effecting neuroplastic changes in students’ brains making them effective
life-long learners.
Speaker: Annette Goodman - Chief Educational Officer, Arrowsmith Program
2:30 - 5:00pm
Dr. Mate continues to outline Brain Development and Attachment Base theory
6. Why, even for the average “normal” child, the traditional relationship has become undermined,
leaving parents and teachers frustrated and many children alienated and immature;
7. What peer orientation is and how it competes with children’s adult attachments;
how to recognize its signs;
8. What children “act out” in such behaviours as bullying, aggression, precocious sexuality,
drug use, internet addiction and other manifestations.
9. How to respond to such behaviours without further weakening the adult-child bond, the very
basis of healthy child development.
10. How to understand intra-family stresses, and how to deal with them to create a safe, nurturing
environment for children
11. Understanding resilience and its promotion as a function of attachment
Speaker: Dr Gabor Maté. MD, Physician, Author and Public Speaker
7:00 - 10:00PM Fundraiser Dinner/Silent Auction
Day 1 Conference and Fundraiser Dinner to be held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Proceeds to be donated to a local Charity working on research on Brain Development.


6 Garamond Court

Additional Information

Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 April 15, 2011 Register & pay at