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    Podcast Series 

                                 Attachment Network of Manitoba Youtube Page 

Ten Things Your Child Wants You to Know Podcast


Episode Four – Ten Things You School-Aged Child Wants You to Know

That kid of yours is getting bigger, but from an attachment perspective their needs are the same.  Join host Laurie McPherson and Dr. Malik as they discuss what your child needs you to know at this critical stage of development. 

Episode Three – Ten Things Your Toddler Wants You to Know

Yikes! Now you’re walking and running and getting into everything!  Laurie and Dr. Malik translate your toddler’s advice about what they need at this stage in order to keep growing and learning and having fun while staying safe. 

Episode Two – Ten Things Your Baby Wants You to Know

Host Laurie McPherson and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sayma Malik have an in-depth discussion about what babies need from their caregivers in order to thrive and feel secure.  Spoiler alert – they don’t need ‘perfect’ parents!

Episode One

In this first episode, host Laurie McPherson talks with Joanne Brown and Leslie Johnston, co-chairs of the Attachment Network of Manitoba. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Attachment, or with the Attachment Network itself, this episode will give you a good basic understanding of both, as preparation for the rest of the episodes. We start right from the ground up, with Laurie’s first question, “What is attachment?”


Lunch & Learn Series 

Toward a Pedagogy of Belonging

Michael McKnight talks about the importance of building relationships with students in schools, the true meaning of a trauma-informed school, and the reminder that curriculum will not ever be absorbed unless connection and calm have been established.

Michael worked for the New Jersey Department of Education in the Cape May County office of education for 17 years. In those years he served as a resource for school districts in the county as well as throughout southern New Jersey. Beyond the work of the department of education he provided training to educators, parents, community members and school leaders. Prior to joining the department of education Michael had 24 years of experience working in schools. He was a special education teacher for 14 years working and learning with emotionally and behaviourally troubled adolescents. Michael also was an administrator at Atlantic County Special Services School District for 10 years and was responsible for the programming for troubled students, ages 5 through 21 years, removed from the local school district. Michael has a passion for creating and supporting Reclaiming Environments for “at-risk” children and youth as well as the adults who serve them. He currently provides professional development to practicing educators. He also is an adjunct instructor at Stockton University where he gets to teach and learn with future educators. He views himself not as an expert, but as a learner and a teacher who has always enjoyed building strength-based cultures with others.

This session will focus on the current state of children and youth in both Canada and the United States. We will be touching on topics that include adversity and trauma in our young and what that presents as in schools and classrooms. We will also touch on what we know about how the brain learns best and resiliency. We will then explore current best practice for schools that are moving toward becoming trauma responsive. It is important to note that those practices are positive for all kids.


The Impacts of Immigration and Re-settlement on Attachment

Heather Robertson is the Director of Mental Health Services at Aurora Family Therapy Centre and oversees the delivery of clinical services to a diverse range of individuals, couples and families across Manitoba. She has over 15 years of experience in the settlement sector including program development and delivery, psychosocial support, mental health, advocacy and clinical services. Heather believes strongly in the power of safe and genuine connections and works from a trauma-informed and attachment lens. She also runs a small private practice and aims to help build resilient individuals, families and communities. Heather completed her Bachelor of Social Work (2005) at University of Manitoba and her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy (2018) at the University of Winnipeg. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

10 Things Your Child Wants you to Know Podcast 

We are very excited to have with us that day Laurie McPherson, long time member of the Network and Dr. Sayma Malik, a local child psychologist. Together, they have been busy all summer creating a series of podcasts based on the 10Things Brochure series we created over the years.

Traditional Ways of Family Attachment  with Dr. Jann Derrick

Jann trained first as a teacher then as a Counselling Psychologist with a specialty in Relationship and Family Therapy. She is a Registered Family Therapist and Supervisor in the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a member of the  Canadian Psychological Association.  Jann is of Haudensaunee/Mohawk, Irish and English heritage. She is the mother of three children and the Dotah/grandmother of nine.

Miteh Atôskê – Heart Work

Raven and Ivana are relatives who share 30+ years of specialized services in working with children, youth, and families. Our collective work history ranges from program development and implementation (youth leadership and mentorship programming, etc.) employee training and work-shop(s) development and facilitation, case management (child welfare, social services, front-line), group and individual counselling, and more. Our work is applied through Indigenous frameworks, ceremonies and ways of knowing and care. Miteh atôskê was created to further our “heart work” to children, youth, and families; specifically towards young indigenous women and girls in care.

Where’s Dad? Working with High Risk Fathers in Treatment with Dr. Carla Stover

Dr. Carla Stover presents on a fathering program for men involved with intimate partner violence, which includes concepts from Circle of Security, and when appropriate, involves their partners

Holding the Line (HTL) with Michelle MacIsaac

Michelle MacIsaac MSW, RSW from CLANNAD Counseling and Consulting INC discusses Holding the Line (HTL) model. HTL is a model for change and healing in our organizations. HTL was created from Michelles own experience as a Social Work Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), her experience and work with Circle of Security and, most recently her training in Somatic Experiencing. During the podcast Michelle explores a new way to think about our work environment, some simple and key components that can change, and consider your potential contribution in leading change within your own organization.


Reframing Addiction: The Crisis of Disconnection


This podcast series explores addiction through the lens of trauma, disconnection and healing. As our communities have become more and more disconnected from healthy relationships with family, friends, and community itself, addictions too have become more widespread in our communities.

We define trauma here, as the lack of safety, connection and healthy relationships. The crisis of disconnection is a trauma that we are facing in our communities, families and friendships.

We will be exploring how the trauma of disconnection impacts addictions.

How can we reconnect in ways to assist those individuals, families and communities struggling with addictions?

Episode One

Episode One: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Marion Cooper (RSW) to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.

Marion Cooper is Chief Executive Officer of CMHA for Manitoba and Winnipeg. Marion also served as the Executive Lead for Strategic Partnerships with CMHA National supporting partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities from January 2018 -2020. She is a clinical social worker and mental health and addictions leader who has worked in the community sector in various positions since 1992. She was instrumental in establishing the mental health promotion and prevention team at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from 2003 till 2014. Marion is passionate about recovery, system transformation and innovation to advance mental health and well-being for the entire population.

Episode Two

Episode Two: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Tim Fletcher to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.

Tim Fletcher is President and Director of Finding Freedom, President and Founder of Tim Fletcher Co., RE/ACT and LIFT Online Learning. Pastor for 30+ years, and a counsellor at Tamarack Recovery Centre in Winnipeg for 15 years. As an addictions counsellor at Tamarack Recovery Centre in Winnipeg, he found the work of Gabor Mate which showed research stating that 97% of addicts he worked with also struggled from Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). Tim began researching C-PTSD extensively and he concluded that this was the missing link between people struggling with mental health issues and addictions and finding freedom from the effects of it. Tim began hosting Finding Freedom on Friday nights, which grew to a weekly attendance of over 1,000 people in person and online. From there, clients were searching and asking for more, so Tim developed the RE/ACT program. Today, the RE/ACT program runs in-person across Canada and online worldwide, helping those who are struggling with the consequences of Complex Trauma. Over 5 years of data shows 68% addiction recovery rates for clients who have graduated from the RE/ACT program. Finding Freedom has over 1.2 Million views collectively on YouTube. Together with his team and partners, Tim’s vision is to help shift the addiction recovery landscape by continuing to be a front runner in helping people on their journeys of Thriving Beyond Complex Trauma.

Episode Three

Episode Three: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Marion Willis to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.

Marion Willis M.S.M. (Meritorious Service Medal) is the Founder & Executive Director of St. Boniface Street Links and its’ flagship long-term recovery program, Morberg House. 2021 recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Orders Chancellery of Honours, Governor General of Canada Morberg House Recovery Program producing successful outcomes many times the national average for addictions recovery.

Episode Four

Episode Four: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Eldon Dueck to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.

Eldon Dueck is an educator from Steinbach, Manitoba. Eldon began his teaching career in 1984, previously he worked with young people as a youth pastor. The last 13 years of Eldon’s career as an educator, he was in the role of school principal and enjoyed his work as a school leader. Eldon took it as an opportunity to influence school culture with a mindset of inclusion and deep caring for all students, especially any at-risk or marginalized students. A few years into being a school principal, he recognized the need to attain his M. Ed. to help do his work better. After retirement, Eldon has been working half-time as a teacher liaison for students with attendance issues and other complicating factors. After 41 years of working with young people, Eldon considers it a privilege to still make connections with students and build meaningful and lasting relationships. Eldon’s two favorite personal quotes are: “I will help you until you can help yourself” and “RPR – Relentless Pursuit of Relationship!”