Loved it!

The pace was great; the content was current and relevant; and the presenters were clear and candid.

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As the educational programming branch of Pine River Institute, The Centre for Family Initiatives aims to work with families, educators, and clinicians to reduce the stigma of talking about mental health and to offer some tools and strategies that could promote mental wellness. One way we are working to do this is through our free webinars. In these presentations, Centre for Family Initiatives Director Amanda Lamb shares practical insights and strategies to help parents better understand and support their tweens and teens.

To learn more about the Pine River program, please visit Our Programs page.

09 December 2022

Virtual Tour

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 12:30pm while we take a virtual tour of Pine River Institute!

18 January 2023

Walk-Through Wednesdays

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, January 18th at 12:00pm while we take a virtual tour of Pine River Institute!

Interested in hosting a webinar for your community?

To request a webinar for your school, community, or employees, please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions, please email the Centre for Family Initiatives at: [email protected] 


Parenting for Positive Mental Health: An introductory workshop that covers early warning signs and behaviours you should be concerned about. It will help you better understand adolescence and what constitutes “maturity.” It introduces key approaches and strategies to foster maturity and support positive mental well-being. 

Understanding and Managing Screen Time: Learn how to create conversations and set boundaries and limits to help tweens and teens balance screen time, social media and online activities. 

Stress, Trauma, and COVID-19: An opportunity to hear from about how to support your child through traumatic experiences, including the stresses and challenges caused by COVID-19. 

Youth Mental Health & Addictions Question and Answers: An opportunity to have the CFI Director answer a range of questions about youth mental health and addiction.

Webinars for staff and students: In addition to the topics listed above, we also offer webinars that address the needs and concerns of staff and students, such as stress and self-care. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Centre for Family Initiatives at: [email protected] 

Frequently Ask Questions

To register as an individual, please visit certain events

If you would like to submit a request to have a webinar presented for your school, community, or workplace, please fill out the webinar request form, found here.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

We want to provide helpful and valuable information to parents, guardians and educators. If you do not see a topic listed that suits your needs, please contact the Centre for Family Initiatives  at: [email protected] While we cannot guarantee we can offer your topic of interest, we will do our best to work with you to provide a valuable and educational experience for your community.

We can also offer a combination webinar featuring any two topics listed.

Typically our webinars run for an hour, with at least 15 minutes following the presentation dedicated to an open question period.

To learn more about the Pine River program, you can visit our Admissions Page. If you would like to speak with someone about the program, please contact  Admissions at 1-519-925-9225 ext. 139.

Knowledge is power and knowing that we are capable and that we aren't alone builds confidence to be able to do this.

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Previous Workshops and Webinars

Pine River and CFI have presented workshops and webinars in partnership with multiple school boards and organizations, including:

Toronto District School Board

Malvern Family Resource Centre

City of Toronto: V.O.Y.C.E. Speaker Series

Trillium Lakelands District School Board

Blyth Academy

Thames Valley

District School Board

Bishop Strachan School

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Durham District School Board

Near North District School Board

Upper Grand District School Board


On Point Parenting, by the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

“On this episode, Chantelle has a conversation with Amanda Lamb from Pine River Institute in follow up to parent webinars that were presented this spring. Together, they go deeper into the topic of screen time and parenting. You will also hear from our student voice correspondents, Emma and Isabella, as they talk with Chantelle about social media and cell phone use from the perspectives of secondary students.”




CBC: Ontario Today

Episode: How to talk to kids about today’s drugs?

In a world where tainted pills could kill you, what do you say? Are we back to just-say-no? Harm reduction nurse Tali Magboo Cahill says no, it’s a bigger conversation than that.
Aired: June 7, 2022