The Greater Victoria Teenhood Summit – A Virtual Event for Parents

Jan 18, 2022 | Events, High School, Learning News, Middle School

An interactive event designed to help us re-examine our role as parents

Parenting is never easy, but a particularly challenging time in the life of a family is when kids reach adolescence. Not only do our kids begin to go through significant growth and changes in their development, but our relationship with them, our place in their lives and the level of influence we have significantly changes as well. It can be a rocky and turbulent time, as teens and parents learn to navigate their relationship together like never before.

Topics this event will cover:

  • effectively parenting teens and creating harmonies relationships;
  • understanding the power of parenting from a steady, present place;
  • ways we can be less triggered by our teens;
  • social media use and its impact;
  • online safety;
  • teen mental health and adolescent development; 
  • mental health red flags and how to get help;
  • tools and support systems for good mental health. 

Why attend:

  • you’re interested in understanding your role as parent of a teen;
  • you’re concerned about technology and social media use and safety;
  • you wonder what you can do to help your teen feel more resilient;
  • you’d like to create more peace and less conflict in your day-to-day family life. 

How it works:

  • As a participant, you simply purchase a ticket and then tune in during on our session date using the Zoom link provided to you. 
  • You’ll sit back and learn from insightful experts.
  • You’ll receive a recording a few days after the event so you can review each session again. 

You’ll leave this event feeling excited and inspired to embark on a new chapter in your family’s journey. 

Date and time

Sat, February 26, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST

All participant will receive a recording after the event

Discussion topics

  • A new model for parenting teens
  • Social media and technology
  • Adolescent mental health


  • 9:00 Dr. Carrie Contey / A new model for paretning teens
  • 10:30 Marc Ladouceur / Social media and teens
  • 11:30 Megan Ames / Adolesent mental health


Online event
Recording will be provided after the event

Ticket price


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More Details

The Greater Victoria Teenhood Summit – A Virtual Event for Parents is an interactive event designed to help us re-examine our role as parents as well as explore some important topics (technology and mental health) in the lives of our teens. We’ve invited extraordinary parenting experts who will give you insights, tools and tactics to parent your teen with peace and confidence.

If you’re feeling lost, hopeless or a little out of your depth, you’re not alone. Parents of teens almost universally share the same worries and concerns: will I be able to help my child to transition safely and happily into adulthood? Can we create and adapt to a new healthy and loving relationship? Can we get through the next few years together without our home feeling like a constant battleground?

The answer is YES!

Join us for this half-day virtual event designed to inspire a new perspective on parenting and reinvigorate our commitment to raising resilient teens and building peaceful families.

About Westmont High School

Westmont was founded 67 years ago by an independent community of parents and teachers passionate about creating an environment that inspired students to learn through experiences and respected the individual and their own interests, developmental needs and speeds, following the principles of Maria Montessori.

Westmont High School is intended to disrupt the current educational model that has students segregated from the real world in a classroom environment that treats content areas as siloed from each other and what happens out in communities around the world. For many students, they see little connection between what happens in their classrooms and daily life. Many programs that seek to provide that real world experience are seen as vocational schools or non-academic streams. Westmont High School intends to provide real world experiences with exceptional academics and personal growth opportunities, adhering to that most fundamental Montessori principle of developing the whole individual. The program will be demanding of students, challenging them in all realms, but at the same time immensely rewarding to be a part of. It will provide an experience like no other school. Westmont High School sets students up for a world that is rapidly changing, with new professions and vocations that we cannot even imagine.

Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carrie Contey

Dr. Carrie County

A New Model for Parenting Teens

Carrie Contey, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide-open and courageous hearts so they can approach family life with skill and spaciousness. Carrie received her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on prenatal and perinatal psychology and is masterful at synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology and spirituality of humanhood. She is the creator of several “personal growth through parenting” programs. She is also the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS: A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. Carrie has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe.

Social Media and Teens: Navigating An Ever-Changing Terrain

Understanding the connected world of teens can be challenging for parents because adults don’t communicate online in the same way and are not necessarily using the same social media. Even more challenging is the reality that there’s always something new coming around the corner. This session will help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking and will provide them with tips and tools they can use to help them minimize negative experiences and maximize the positive opportunities that social media has to offer.

As a Media Education Specialist at MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, Marc Alexandre Ladouceur creates resources for educators, parents and community groups and conducts outreach activities with schools, school boards, education ministries, faculties of education and community organizations across Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology, as well as Bachelors in Education and Theology. Marc Alexandre has previously worked as a teacher in the Ontario and Alberta school systems, as a facilitator in Ontario schools and as an editor and translator. He believes in the well-being of all persons experiencing the rapid growth of technology through comprehensive digital literacy and intersubjective education.

Marc Alexandre Ladouceur

Megan Ames

Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Carrie County

Adolescent Mental Health: Raising Resilient Teens

The inner and outer worlds of an adolescent can feel extraordinarily turbulent. For those of us who love and care for teens, we know we can feel powerless when it comes to helping them navigate the ups and downs of adolescent life. This session is designed to tackle such issues as anxiety, depression and loneliness, and provide parents with thoughtful guidance for helping their teen traverse emotional, social and psychological weather in healthy and connective ways.

Dr. Megan Ames is a registered psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on how health behaviours (e.g., physical activity) are related to mental health outcomes during adolescence and young adulthood. She also holds research interests in supporting autistic postsecondary students. She provides client-centred psychological services to children, adolescents, and their families in private practice.

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