Stand Together III


The Power of a Strength-Based Approach in Reshaping the Lives of Troubled Children and Youth

This full-day presentation will highlight the key principles and techniques of strength-based practice, a life-changing, inspiring approach to guiding high-risk young people.

Charlie Appelstein is a youth care specialist from the United States whose primary focus is children and youth with serious emotional and behavioural challenges.


Nurturing Attachments

This workshop will cover how to help children “bounce ahead” after an adverse start in life. Learn ways to structure our homes so that children develop abilities to connect to others, show empathy, tolerate stress, and find areas of mastery.

Deborah Gray is a clinical social worker specializing in the areas of attachment, grief, and trauma.

Working Effectively With Families

In this workshop you will learn strategies on how to manage relationships with children’s birth family, extended family, foster parents and adoptive parents.

Dr. de Andrade has worked with refugees, survivors of torture, foster children, children with learning disabilities,and groups traumatized by overwhelming circumstances. 

Dr. Bowden is a registered psychologist. He has a long standing interest in improving outcomes for foster children. He has extensive experience in working with children with complex needs and those from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as having a special interest in promoting resiliency within first natons children and youth.


Home Comng Ceremony

Laurie MacDonald explains the moving and inspiring ceremony used to welcome First Nations Children and adults back to their communities and to their cultural connections.

Wellness Room!

The wellness room is a spa-inspired space for you to enjoy the service of your choice; chair massage, manicure or  pedicure.


** Please note there is no on-site childcare on site**

Friday, May 2nd 2008

8:15-9:15    Registration with coffee and muffins

9:30-12:00   Dr Appelstein "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid"

12:00-1:00   Buffet Lunch

1:00-2:15     Dr Appelstein "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid"

2:15-2:30     Break

2:30-3:30     Dr Appelstein "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid"

4:00-5:30     Wellness Room in the Executive Boardroom 

Saturday, May 3rd 2008

**Please note there is no on-site childcare provided**

8:15-8:45      Registration with coffee and muffins

9:00-12:00    Deborah Gray "Nurturing Transitions"

12:00-12:45   Buffet Lunch

12:45-3:30     Dr de Andrade & Dr Bowden "Working          

                    Effectively with Families"

   3:40-6:00       "Welcoming Home Ceremony and Feast"

HOSTED BY Hollyburn Family Services, BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations, MCFD, Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents, DJL Conslutation & Training, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Adoptive Families Association of BC and Canadian Foster Family Association. 


Name Sales End Price
Foster/Adoptive Parents Full Conference   Ended $50
MCFD and Professionals Full Conference   Ended $75
Dr. Appelstein   Ended $75
Deborah Gray   Ended $50
Dr. Yaya de Andrade and Dr. Conrad Bowden   Ended $25
Wellness Room   Ended Free
Welcoming Home Ceremony Feast   Ended Free

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