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  • From Mistrust to Trust: Building the Bonds of Attachment in Traumatized Children & Youth

  • November 15, 2018
  • Marymound is inviting everyone to join them for 2 enlighting days to hear Dr. Dan Hughes (author of Attachment-Focused Parenting & Attachment-Focused Family Therapy) and Dr. Jon Baylin (co-author with Dr. Hughes of the books Brain-Based Parenting  &The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy)  as they share stories of trauma and a practical approach to working with children and youth to support the trust building process.

    Dr. Jon Baylin and Dr. Dan Hughes will present their new model of blocked trust as a multi-dimensional adaptation to poor care, a science-based understanding of what happens to children’s brain development when they are forced to survive without the comfort and joy of secure relationships.

    In addition, they will be presenting how their latest thinking about their model of treatment can include intergenerational family interventions. The principles in the model can be applied beyond the family, to organizations and the larger community where trust building and human connection is integral.

    Through the use of case studies, participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of how to support the trust building process.
    • Explore the concepts of attachment when working with traumatized children and adolescents.
    • Learn about relational processes (including PACE, follow-lead-follow, storytelling, reprocessing of fear-based relational memories, safe recovery of the ability to feel social emotions, and effective/reflective dialogue).
    • Understand how relational processes can repair mistrust in children’s brains with consistent “safety messages” and enable a trust-building process to emerge.
    • Learn practical strategies that can be applied in any work setting.

    This workshop is a must for child protection workers, child and family therapists, foster care workers, residential care workers and any professionals who support kinship carers and families who are looking after children affected by violence, abuse and neglect.


    Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM –Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM

    Canad Inn Polo Park
    1405 St Matthews Ave



    Morning Session:

    • Developing Trust and Mistrust: The Respective Impacts of Secure Attachment & Developmental Trauma on Human Development
    • Building the Brain to Trust or Mistrust: The Neurobiological Foundations of Blocked Trust and Blocked Care

    Afternoon Session:

    • The State of Open Engagement to Facilitate Both Trusting and Caregiving
    • Comfort, Joy and Being Safe Enough to be Sad: The Neurobiological Foundations of Relationships
    • The Relational Attitude of PACE


    Morning Session:

    • Conversations: Affective-Reflective Dialogues that Build Trust
    • Awakening the Prefrontal Cortex: Neurobiological Processes for Trust Building
    • Correction within Connection: Continuous Relationship Repair

    Afternoon Session:

    • Trust Building across the generations of the family
    • Trust Building across the family/community network
    • Reciprocal Growth of the Individual and the Relationship


    Dr. Dan Hughes, is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
    (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who demonstrate ongoing
    problems related to attachment and trauma. This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model
    has expanded to become a general model of family treatment. He has spent over 40 years helping children and youth reach their full potential and reconnect with others in their lives. Dan has authored many books and has conducted seminars, workshops, spoken at conferences, and guest lectured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia over the past 18 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals.

    Dr. Jon Baylin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in
    1981. He has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past fifteen years, while continuing
    his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in the study of neurobiology and in teaching mental health
    practitioners about the brain. In addition to studying neuroscience, he developed a brain-based model of developmental trauma and the processes of therapeutic change. He has given numerous workshops for mental health professionals on “Putting the Brain in Therapy.” Dr. Baylin has delivered keynote sessions at international conferences and has also given numerous workshops both internationally and regionally within the USA.

  • Watch St.Amant’s Town Hall Videos

  • October 19, 2018
  • Presentation
    John Leggat, President & CEO, celebrates the accomplishments of the last five years and announces St.Amant’s new strategic priorities for the next five years.

    Questions & Answers
    John Leggat, President & CEO, answers questions from staff and people supported by St.Amant.

    Rhonda Penner shares how St.Amant is like a second family to her son, Alec. The Town Hall closes with stories​ from Gary and his longtime support staff, John Lewis.

    Strategic Plan Success Video
    A look back at some of the accomplishments that impacted people’s lives over the last five years and what the next five could hold.

  • St.Amant’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023

  • St.Amant developed this strategic plan to set the organization’s direction for the next five years (2019–2023).

    The plan articulates a mission, vision, goals and strategic priorities and objectives, to guide the leadership team in developing realistic, achievable and measurable annual plans. It demonstrates a continuing uniqueness of the organization and a commitment to human rights as demonstrated through the changes to 440 River Road over the past 5 years where people who were chronically underserved and inappropriately restrained are living better lives; some in the community, some in dignified living environments with more choice and a focus on outcomes.

    The plan continues to build on what we have collectively accomplished to-date, including the goals and objectives set in our previous 5-year strategic plan as well as work that was not articulated in the last plan, but that became a priority over the past five years, such as supporting Abilities Manitoba’s goals of implementing a community quality assurance framework, staff training program and improved wages for direct support professionals. The plan reflects St.Amant’s values of collaboration, hospitality, excellence and respect — values that guide actions and relationships with the people supported, families and co-workers.

    Achievement towards the goals and objectives set in the plan will be monitored, with progress reviewed regularly against annual performance indicators.


  • New wheelchair glider at 440 River Road

  • September 26, 2018
  • There’s nothing like the feeling of wind on your face and the soothing sway of a swing. Thanks to the initiative of Ace Burpee and the generosity of Quintex Services and Superior Asphalt Paving, people who use a wheelchair will now be able to enjoy an inclusive glider at St.Amant.

    “We are super excited to see this all come together. A swing should be enjoyed by everybody and I hope it brings smiles for years to come,” said Ace Burpee, 103.1 Virgin Radio.

    Recreation and building friendships can be one of the biggest challenges faced by people with disabilities. An inclusive community brings opportunity for people with disabilities to spend time with friends and family in different, interesting places while actively taking part in recreation.

    “We’re excited to be a part of fulfilling this need in our community. We hope many families will enjoy the time spent together on this wheelchair glider, the first of its kind in Winnipeg. Our entire team at Quintex is proud to jump on board to support one of Ace’s many community initiatives,” said David Quinton, President of Quintex Services.

    The new wheelchair glider accommodates one wheelchair and 2 adults to glide together.

    “St.Amant Foundation is so grateful to Ace Burpee and his team at Virgin Radio for acknowledging and championing accessibility and inclusion in our community,” said Juliette Mucha, Director of St.Amant Foundation.

    St.Amant has placed the new wheelchair glider in the front of its property at 440 River Road so that it’s accessible to anyone walking and exploring the area to use, particularly our neighbours at Action Marguerite.

    “Superior Asphalt Paving Co. has worked with St.Amant Foundation for many, many years. We love being able to give back to the community and support a foundation that is so beneficial to families and individuals that require their service,” said Howard Bloomfield, Director of Sales & Marketing for Superior Asphalt Paving.


  • Let the Government Know You Support Living Wages for Direct Support Professionals

  • September 12, 2018
  • Abilities Manitoba, Family Advocacy Network, and Alliance of Direct Support Professionals of Manitoba are collecting signatures to send to the Provincial Government letting them know the number of Manitobans who support living wages for direct support professionals.

    Postcards can be picked up, filled out and dropped off at the St.Amant’s front desk at 440 River Road, no postage is necessary. A change.org petition can also be signed online https://bit.ly/DSPpetition.

    Disability support staff are among the lowest paid human service workforces in Manitoba. Their work is undervalued and staff are paid significantly less than others working in comparable professions including health care aides and educational assistants. Low wages mean high turnover, staff shortages, huge overtime costs and difficulty recruiting staff with relevant knowledge and skills.

    From the ages of 18-65, a Manitoban with an intellectual disability can expect to have more than 770 different staff providing very personal supports to them.

    People deserve consistency in their lives. Staff who choose disability support work as a profession deserve a living wage. #ShowUsASign

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