Foster parents, get your continuing education hours! Registration is now open for our free, full-day workshops in Burnaby, Parksville, Kelowna and Prince George. 




Executive Suites Hotel and Conference Centre (4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby) from 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Cultivating Resilience and Helping Children and Teens Thrive through Secure Attachments 

Caring for children can be a daunting endeavor at the best of time. Yet even more challenging can be caring for children who have had a background of separation from primary caregivers, may have experienced wounding or trauma, may have special support needs, neurodiversity, or other challenges experienced in their lifetime. Although extremely rewarding, foster caregivers may face a host of emotional and behavioral challenges from the children and teens in their care. Through a developmental lens, Colleen Drobot will uncover the roots of anxiety, and aggression as well as oppositionality and defiance in children. She will help make sense of how attachment is meant to unfold, how foster caregivers can provide a secure attachment, cultivate resilience, and confidently handle the challenges their foster children and families may face. She will also recommend some safe practices that can create more security and build relationships for children and teens. Through stories, examples, and theory, Colleen will suggest ways in which foster caregivers can help support children to find psychological and emotional rest in their world. 

Speaker: Colleen Drobot 

Colleen Drobot is a registered professional counsellor who provides therapy for adults and offers parent consulting using a developmental, attachment-based approach. She was teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children in the regular classroom. She also specialized in supporting children with neurodiversity. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and has worked with Dr. Gordon Neufeld for many years. Colleen is a mother of two and draws from her personal as well as clinical experience to support parents and professionals in gaining insight, opening their hearts, and leading by their intuition. 
  • B.Ed., Dip. Of Special Education, M.A.
  • Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Neufeld Institute
To learn more about Colleen, visit this website.


Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre (1155 Resort Drive, Parksville) from 8:00AM-3:00PM

Co-Regulation: Supporting Children and Teens in the Moment while Caring for Ourselves 

Join us for our interactive workshop, “Co-Regulation: Supporting Children and Teens in the Moment while Caring for Ourselves,” tailored exclusively for BC Foster Parents by Mary Klovance, RCC, MA, BEd. Over the course of 4.5 hours, our comprehensive session aims to deepen your understanding of co-regulation and arm you with practical strategies for fostering supportive environments. Beginning with a warm welcome and icebreaker, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of co-regulation, exploring its significance in the unique context of fostering. We’ll navigate the challenges of the foster care environment, emphasizing trauma-informed care and the vital role of co-regulation. Through dynamic discussions and hands-on activities, you’ll learn the basics of co-regulation, enhance relationship-building skills, and practice practical techniques. With a dedicated focus on self-care, we’ll debunk myths surrounding it, guide you in identifying personal triggers, and assist in crafting personalized self-care plans. The workshop culminates in real-life application, encouraging participants to integrate co-regulation into their parenting practices. We invite you to be a part of this transformative experience, fostering not only the well-being of the children and teens in your care but also nurturing your own resilience and self-care practices.

Speaker: Mary Klovance


Mary Klovance, the Owner and Clinical Director of The Neurodiversity Family Centre, brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her work. With a background shaped by her lived experience as a person with ADHD, Mary is a passionate advocate for Neurodiversity Affirming practices. Over her 12-year career as a school counselor and five years working with youth-at-risk for Victoria’s Youth Empowerment Society, she has honed her approach, guided by the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model. Mary’s dedication extends beyond her practice, as she serves as a board member for the Institute of Neurodiversity’s new Canadian chapter, contributes to the Greater Victoria School District Accessibility Advisory Group, and actively engages as a local public speaker. Mary’s goal is to educate and empower both youth and adults through a strength-based lens, fostering understanding, validating experiences, and guiding individuals toward success defined on their terms. 


  • MA, BEd, BA
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)
  • ADHD-Certified Educator (ADHD-CE)
  • Board member of the Institute of Neurodiversity Canada
To learn more about Mary, visit this website.
Ramada by Wyndham Kelowna Hotel & Conference Center (2170 Harvey Ave, Kelowna) from 8:00AM-3:00PM 

Suicidality and Trauma 

The focus of this workshop is to provide an understanding of the complexity of Suicidality and Trauma and address how cultural awareness can have a large impact on youth wellness. The hope is that foster parents can garner a deeper understanding of how to address both suicidality and trauma, de-mystify the concepts, and provide confidence on how to address these within their own homes and families. 

Trigger and Content Warning: We acknowledge that each of our attendees comes to the workshop with their own unique life experiences. This contributes to the way you perceive various types of information. This workshop will cover a variety of topics which you may find triggering, or mentally or emotionally challenging. We encourage you to take the necessary steps for your emotional safety. This may include leaving the room while a certain topic is being discussed or seeking support.

Speaker: Sebastien Jordan, RCC

Sebastien is a counsellor based out of Kelowna with a vast experience working with youth and families. His specialization is in Parent-Child Interactions which aims to look at dynamics between children and their caregivers to address both behavioural and mental health related concerns. A large focus of this work targets parenting style, communication, and structure within the family unit. 

Sebastien began his career working in residential live-in programs focusing on the stabilization and assessment of youth. He has worked in both long-term and short-term group home settings, working with government and non-government organizations to give families necessary supports to provide their children with a safe and supporting environment. 

Prestige Treasure Cove Hotel (2005 Cariboo Highway, Prince George) from 8:00AM-3:00PM
Creating Safe(r) Spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth
This workshop is intended to help give foster caregivers the knowledge and tools to create safer spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ children and youth in their homes and communities. Foster caregivers will learn about the fundamentals of gender identity, reflect on their own biases and how those biases can impact the young people in their care, and explore different strategies to help children and youth feel more welcomed and accepted. 
Speaker: Nicole Sawin 
Nicole Sawin (she/they) was born and raised in unceded Treaty 8 territory, in what is now called Fort Nelson, BC. Nicole is a child and youth mental health therapist, with a particular interest in working with neurodivergent and gender diverse youth, as well as the owner of the first trauma-informed mixed martial arts facility in Canada. Nicole is neurodivergent and nonbinary themselves, and has facilitated Parenting Gender Diverse Youth, a peer support group for caregivers, since 2019. Additionally, as a co-caregiver of her Trans brother, Nicole has both professional and personal experience to offer on the topic of creating safer spaces for gender diverse youth. 


  • BA Honors Sociology, McGill University 
  • Master of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia 
  • Registered Social Worker (#15290)
  • Workshops are exclusive to foster parents.
  • Attendees can only register for the workshop within their region. BCFPA is hoping to continue these workshops annually and we will rotate topics and have more dates/topics to offer.
  • First come, first served. Maximum of 40 attendees per workshop.
  • Breakfast will be served at 8:00AM, and a Territorial Welcome & Opening Prayer by an Elder will begin at 9:00AM. Lunch and coffee break refreshments will be provided.
  • Reimbursements available for mileage over 40km (round trip).
  • Childcare is NOT provided at the event but reimbursements are available for childcare up to a maximum of $100 (with receipt).
  • Reimbursements for parking available (with receipt).
  • Hotel accommodation may be provided for the Parksville, Kelowna and Prince George workshops. There are limited rooms available and each request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Booking should be made through BCFPA by calling 1-800-663-9999 or sending an email to Those who require hotel accommodation will be eligible for meal per diem. Please refer to the reimbursement form for rates.
  • Reimbursements available through BCFPA. All reimbursement forms (with receipts) must be completed and submitted by April 20, 2024.

2024 Trainings Project Registration Form
Are you a foster caregiver? Who is your contract with?
Are you a BCFPA member?
Please note any dietary needs or preferences.

Limited seats available on a first come, first served basis. Maximum of 40 attendees per workshop. We will notify you within 48 hours if your seat has been reserved or if you are waitlisted. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please note any learning accessibility aids that may help improve your learning experience.

Please read before submitting this form.

  • Workshops are exclusive to foster caregivers.
  • Attendees can only register for the workshop within their region. BCFPA is hoping to continue these workshops annually. We will rotate topics and have more dates/topics to offer.
  • If you have registered and are unable to attend, please inform the BCFPA office immediately so that your spot can be given to a foster parent on the waitlist.
By registering for a workshop, you confirm that you have read the statements above and that you are a foster caregiver with MCFD or an ICFS Agency.