CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

15 Nov 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: November 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Objectives:
1. To learn about the difference between triggers/expectations, lagging skills and challenging behavior.
2. To understand the rationale for helping children and youth develop 5 common lagging skills for better adaptation.
3. To learn the advantages of collaborative vs. coercive approaches with children and youth.

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27 Jun 2019

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

Available until: February 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Child abuse is a serious, pervasive and complex issue experienced by approximately 1/3 of Canadians. All adults who work with children and youth have an obligation to report suspected abuse. Talking with a child or youth about suspected abuse or making a report is often very stressful. Knowing what signs to look for, how to respond and what to expect when you report can help make this difficult situation more manageable. This session is designed to increase the capacity of adults who work with children and youth to:
- Recognize behavioral and physical signs of potential child abuse
- Respond to children and youth who disclose or give subtle verbal clues
- Confidently report suspected child abuse.

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04 Jul 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the complex nature of Autism and ADHD, as well as the associated strengths and challenges. Executive functions are discussed, along with practical intervention techniques to promote long-term success in all areas of functioning. Valuable information regarding common medications often prescribed will also be reviewed.

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05 Jul 2019

Nutrition and Mental Health: An overview of what the science says

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The key to understanding the importance of nutrition for our mental health is having some basic knowledge about what exactly it is that nutrients do in our brains. This workshop will provide an overview of nutrition in brain health, as well as a summary of some of the clinical studies showing how dietary education and supplementation are being used to improve mental health. The talk will end with practical ideas for fostering better eating habits, even in our pickiest eaters such as those on the autism spectrum.

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18 Jul 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

This presentation will discuss the signs and symptoms of youth opioid abuse. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including how to access and when to use a Naloxone kit. A universal screener for opioid abuse and other resources will also be examined.

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21 Aug 2019

Advancing Care Transitions: ACH Patient/Family Perspectives and Emerging Practices

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Objectives:
1. Understand impact of transitions to adult care from the patient/family perspective.
2. Learn about emerging practices in care coordination aimed at creating more seamless transitions across health, education and community services.
3. Learn about ACH specific resources helping patients/families and care teams navigate care transitions across life's trajectory.

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09 Oct 2019

Infant Massage - 4 Sessions Oct 9, 16, 23,30 * Must attend ALL 4 Classes

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

The YW Parent Link Centre is offering a FREE 4-session infant massage class to moms, dads & caregivers with babies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age. Dolls will be provided for expectant parents and those who come without children.
Topics include: Benefits of infant massage for child and parent; emotional regulation; reading babies’ cues; and simple strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, back and face.
*The final Infant Massage session will be held at the Calgary Reads Children’s Reading Place. Enrolled families will be given more details

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17 Oct 2019

Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

Do you have questions about your child’s eating? Learn how to create a positive mealtime environment, introduce new foods and how to cope with mealtime struggles. Taught by a dietitian, this introductory session is for parents and caregivers with children 1-5 years of age.

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17 Oct 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Marguerite School

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and teens. This workshop will promote parent and teachers' understanding of anxiety and teach them how traditional ways of offering help may unwittingly feed into the child's worries and associated behaviours. Participants will learn effective tools to help children manage their anxiety to promote their resilience and overall well-being.

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19 Oct 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

Teens Talk Transition is a free 3-week program designed to support teens with a long term health condition in learning medical management and advocacy skills. This program aims to help teens learn to balance priorities, set goals, create action plans, develop problem-solving skills and communicate effectively with both their healthcare team and personal supports.

This program was created in partnership with youth and young adults to be suitable for teens aged 14 to 18 years who are living with one or more long term health conditions. Teens are encouraged to bring a similarly-aged peer for support
(i.e., sibling, friend, cousin).

A simultaneous workshop will be held for parents at the same location so they can support their children in developing medical management and advocacy skills.

Teens Talk Transition will be held on 3 consecutive Saturdays – October 19, 2019 to November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

For more information or to register contact Deb Thul at 403-955-7252.

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23 Oct 2019

Sleep For Children and Adolescents: Commons Concerns and Strategies for Improving Sleep

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary Academy

Good quality sleep is a positive factor in healthy development of children and adolescents. It influences learning, behaviour and decision making; supports our emotional health and well being; and promotes healthy growth, metabolism and immune system functioning. Yet, evidence suggests that many kids do not get enough sleep.
This presentation will focus on the importance of sleep for school aged children and teens, common signs and causes of sleep deprivation, and effective solutions for improving sleep.

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24 Oct 2019

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Country Hills Public Library

Parents of children and teens with ADHD are often concerned about their eating habits - are they eating enough, too much or the right type of foods? In this presentation, parents can expect to learn the fundamentals of nutrition, nutrition related to ADHD and practical strategies to make mealtimes more enjoyable!

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12 Nov 2019

Little Warriors: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

The Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop was developed by researchers in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, utilizing leading scientific evidence.
The workshop is useful for parents, professionals and organizations that are:
- Interested in learning how to protect the children in their lives
- Seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse
After the workshop participants will feel empowered and be informed about child sexual abuse, healthy sexual development and how to reduce the risk of sexual abuse as responsible adults and organizations.

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13 Nov 2019

Let's Talk About: Typical Speech and Language Development (2 to 5 years)

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Typical speech and language development for two to five year olds will be presented, as well as when and how to seek help. There are many misunderstandings of what 'typical' speech and language development looks like in preschool-aged children. We will set the record straight and discuss when to refer, and how the 'wait and see' approach often may not be appropriate.

14 Nov 2019

Sexual Health Workshop *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

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14 Nov 2019

Sexual Health Workshop *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

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14 Nov 2019

Sleep 101 for Parents of School-Aged Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Is your child taking forever to fall asleep at night?
Delaying bedtime and offering up every excuse possible?
Are you co-sleeping and want to change?
This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 6 to 12 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, along with details on how to obtain adequate sleep hygiene. A variety of techniques helpful for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep will also be discussed.

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18 Nov 2019

When Consequences Don't Seem to Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Parenting is frustrating at times, especially when consequences don’t seem to be working. There are positive and respectful solutions and helps available. In this workshop we will explore concerns and discuss options to help guide parents through these tough and challenging periods.

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19 Nov 2019

Responding to Youth Crime: An Overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To Be Announced

This presentation will provide a general overview of the purpose, principles and procedures found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and will address a number of common misconceptions about the criminal justice system as it relates to youth between the ages of 12-17. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which youth in
conflict with the law are treated differently than adults, with particular focus on the areas of diversion from the formal court process, bail, sentencing and youth records

25 Nov 2019

25 Things Kids with ADHD Wished Their Parents & Teachers Knew About ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Most parents of kids and adolescents who have ADHD try very hard to be compassionate and understanding of the nature of ADHD and its various effects on behaviour, mood, academic performance, and so on. What we can all forget, sometimes, is that somewhere in there is a kid who understands ADHD better than anyone else. This presentation is based on hundreds of conversations with kids with ADHD and their response to the basic – but critically important – question “What do you wish others knew about you and your ADHD?” Using their own words is a great place to engage in truly understanding the condition and developing more effective ways to work with kids, adolescents, and young adults who have ADHD while also framing the symptoms in a much more positive manner, so the focus is on strengths as opposed to focusing on the negative effects of ADHD. Strategies developed in collaboration with kids with ADHD will also be discussed.

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26 Nov 2019

My child has the problem, why do you want to meet with us?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

Sometimes expressed verbally (the question), other times nonverbally (the look!), both forms are expressions of surprise. Parent involvement in education of children is established; parent involvement in counselling of children is evolving. In this session, I share the insights that I have gleaned over many years of counselling that support the idea that parents are an essential part of successful counselling of children. It is a truism that parents are the most important people in children's lives. It is inefficient not to engage them in attempts to deal with children's psychological issues. When such children are not in counselling, there are things that parents can do to help their children. Obviously, the session cannot provide solutions to children's issues; however, I will share ideas that have proven helpful, when parents in counselling have been prepared to reflect on how they currently interact with their children.

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27 Nov 2019

Conflict Between Separated Parents and Its Effect on Your Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss how and my parents find themselves fighting with each other after they separate and the serious short- and long-term effects parents' conflict can have on their children.

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28 Nov 2019

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham School

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping, impacts of nicotine, appropriate prevention, identifying problematic use and legislation.

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