Learning Opportunity

NeuroRelational Framework for Caregivers: Three Steps to Resilience

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: April Prescott Dr. Carole Anne Hapchyn

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 17, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Jan 24, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Jan 31, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 4Feb 07, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 5Feb 21, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 6Feb 28, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
Day 7Mar 06, 2024 (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT)
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-PA-582
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience


About this Learning Opportunity

Toxic stress resulting from early adversity or neurodevelopmental vulnerability is considered a public crisis as it has lifelong impacts on health, behavior, and even socioeconomic inequity (Bucci et al. 2016; Gilbert et al. 2015).  Long-term consequences of toxic stress include structural brain changes and epigenetic shifts, resulting in disrupted stress physiology, poor social-emotional outcomes, and increased risk for autoimmune diseases, mental health disorders, substance use, and suicide (Anda et al. 2006; Bahreinian et al. 2013; Gradus 2017; McEwen 1998; Teicher et al. 2002).
In this series of 7 sessions, Dr. Hapchyn and April will provide an overview of the Three Steps to Resilience model from the NeuroRelational Framework (NRF). The main objective of this series
is to provide caregivers with the basic knowledge and skills of recognizing stress response states, addressing these states through co-regulation, and how to do so in an interdisciplinary model. (https://nrfcare.org/)
Participants will benefit from downloading the free NRF starter kit from the website here:
The NeuroRelational Framework (NRF) (Lillas et al. 2009) seeks to provide trauma-informed assessment and intervention with three clinical steps based on neuroscience and relational research.

The clinical steps aim to:
1) reduce or eliminate toxic stress patterns and promote adaptive stress responses,
2) support healthy caregiver-child engagement and social-emotional development, and
3) utilize individualized, neurodevelopmentally informed approaches to supporting children and caregivers based on their strengths and vulnerabilities across brain systems.

By integrating science about the brain and the wisdom of relationships, the NRF aims to improve care for the whole child. The NRF provides a big-picture and collaborative approach to understanding the brain and body and how that shows up in your relationships. The framework bridges fragmented systems of care and overlapping diagnoses through a common language and shared approach toward whole-person care.


NOTE: Sessions will be recorded and shared with participants who have signed up for the series. As each session builds on the next, attendance for each is recommended.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 3. Embodying Visionary Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments


April Prescott

When April Prescott was ten years old, she spent her summer holidays teaching to her stuffed animals—they were a captive audience and solidified her dream to become a teacher! She went on to work as an Educational Assistant for St Albert Public Schools for five years until she achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. While... Read more »

Dr. Hapchyn

Dr. Carole Anne Hapchyn, MD, FRCPC  - Carole Anne Hapchyn is an infant and early childhood psychiatrist who has provided assessment and treatment for infants and young children and their families for over 30 years in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She was the medical lead of Infant Preschool Services at CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health and of the Autism Clinic at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. She currently works in private practice and is Co-Director at the ElmTree Clinic, an outpatient psychiatry clinic for infants, young children, and their families. Dr. Hapchyn is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. Carole Anne is a past president and founding member of the Alberta Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She collaborates with agencies, educators, and health and mental health care providers in Alberta to incorporate the NeuroRelational Framework into practice in her role as faculty, trainer, and mentor for the NRF.