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Montreal Families

Lectures shed light on important parenting topics

This spring, McGill University’s Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology will be hosting a series of weekly lectures to help parents navigate common challenges they face as kids move from childhood through adolescence.

The Effective Parenting seminars will take place on Tuesday evenings from April 9 to 30 and be presented by experts and professors from the department. According to Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, professor and chair of the department, the goal is to allow parents the opportunity to listen to professionals and ask them questions about parenting concerns.

The first seminar on April 9 will be led by Dr. Marie-Hélène Pennestri and will deal with sleep disorders, how sleep evolves over time, and its effect on families.

On April 16, returning speaker Dr. Tina Montreuil will address childhood anxiety, including strategies for reducing anxiety in both parents and children.

On April 23, former Harvard University professor Dr. Gigi Luk will discuss the cultural aspects of bilingualism and its effects on children.

Wrapping up the series on April 30, Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy will tackle the subject of childhood and adolescent suicide, including signs parents should watch for and resources available to families.

In order to accommodate growing attendance for the event, the seminars have been moved to the McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler. The talks will begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $80 for the full series. Parking is available in the Education Building, 3700 McTavish St., or on the street.

For more information, visit mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/ep2019.

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