Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. For 10 years, she worked on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where she became a believer in the power of the relationship in assisting children and their families who are struggling with emotional disregulation. She developed a particular passion working with children who are in care and assisting Fthose who care for these babes in understanding how to best to support children who have experienced difficult stories. She believes that human connections shape neural connections. Through the relationships that children have with their caregivers, they begin to develop the “story” of themselves and others around them, and they decide two things: whether they are worthy of love and support and whether they are capable and competent beings. Children are in constant search of the “bigger, stronger, kinder, wise”; they need an anchor. When they have these things in place, they have a much greater chance of developing into strong, healthy, and competent adults. The good news – and why she does what she does – is that she believes it is never too late to develop these skills. To repair relationships. To regain influence. To develop (or redevelop) strong and meaningful relationships that will influence others to have strong and meaningful relationships. Together, we will spend some time talking about the power we have in assisting children in developing these skills and how critical (and life changing) these relationships can become.