Principals’ Pro-D #1

September 20, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way
Vancouver BC

Title of Session

Description The Catholic Independent Schools of BC (CISBC) has determined that we will use the Ministry’s Mental Health Grant 2022-2023 to focus on creating relationally focused and trauma sensitive schools. We have engaged Dr. Deborah MacNamara, on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, an educator and counsellor, to lead our day.

Relationship is fundamental to emotional health and well-being, yet; it is one of the most overlooked aspects of the learning equation. Societal changes including increased peer orientation and access to attachment-based technology, is creating challenges in school and home settings, making connecting to teachers and adults much less automatic. A cultural shift is underway in education to focus on relationships as the key to educator and student emotional health and well-being.

A relational culture matters in schools but how do we do this? What are the essential ingredients that must go with this endeavour and how do we bring people along in creating a positive and trauma informed school culture? This presentation will offer insight into where time, energy, and focus can be best spent to foster the roots of true resilience and emotional well-being so that learning can take place. We will examine best practices and lessons learned using case study research from elementary and secondary schools who have successfully changed their school culture.

Following this day, we will schedule monthly Morning Conversations (virtually) with Deborah and Principal David McFall to provide opportunities to move theory into practice – based on the ‘real-life’ situations in your schools.

Presenter(s) Dr. Deborah MacNamara
Intended Audience CISBC Principals and Superintendents
Contact Person/email Sandra Marshall /