Guest speaker to address military family relationships in a virtual seminar


Peter Mallett
Staff Writer

Spaces are filling up fast for the free presentation by renowned childhood development counsellor and author Deborah MacNamara.

She will deliver her online presentation May 27 at 7 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre and will focus on relationships in a military family.

MacNamara is a best-selling author and director of the “Kids Best Bet” counselling centre. The centre provides educational training to adults involved with children and youth based on Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s attachment-based, developmental model.

MacNamara focuses much of her work on how the desire for connections is a person’s greatest need, and on the importance of adult relationships for children and teens, and how to protect these relationships.

Kelly Aucoin, Esquimalt MFRC Children’s Services Coordinator, says MacNamara’s offer to present is a coup for the base, military families, and educators within the community. She previously attended a presentation by the lecturer at a conference hosted by the Neufeld Institute and described it as an “ah-ha” moment.

“For me, her message on attachment and its connection to brain development was so powerful I felt compelled to have her speak to us on behalf of military families,” said Aucoin. “She explains neuroscience and attachment in a way every parent can understand with some funny, relatable, real life stories. You will see your children in a whole different way after you hear her speak.”

MacNamara has authored books on childhood development including Rest, Play and Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), a best-selling book that has been translated into nine languages. The book explains young children through developmental science and the concept of “what every child wished adults understood about them.” Her first children’s picture book entitled The Sorry Plane focuses on respecting the feelings of children and supporting their emotional development.

For more information and to register visit the MFRC webpage:


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