CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

17 Nov 2017

Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development

Available until: February 28, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The purpose of this session will be to educate participants on the benefits of using music in early childhood. The presenters will also give an overview of how the development of infants and toddlers is promoted through music therapy interventions.

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11 Dec 2017

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter

Available until: March 1, 2018 - 11:55 PM

In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.

20min Laughter session info
Good Hearted Living worksheet
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Resiliency in Children
Science of Laughter Yoga

10 Jan 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: July 10, 2018 - 4:00 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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10 Jan 2018

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

Available until: July 10, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The RDSP is a program for those that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and are under the age of 60. There is up to $70,000 in grants and $20,000 in bonds that can be collected until their 49th year. Come get all your questions answered about he Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Saving Plan.

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12 Jan 2018

Can One Story Change Everything?

Available until: July 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

-Participants will develop an understanding of early brain development and its impact on health throughout life.
-Participants will learn about applying brain development knowledge into policies and practice.
-Participants will receive information about learning tools (including the new online Brain Story course)they can access to learn more.

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31 Jan 2018

It Takes a Community - Supports for Opportunity Youth including Family Finding, Community Support Homes, and Mentorship Based Employment

Available until: April 1, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Accessing treatment, reunifying with family members, and transitioning to adulthood are complex and challenging life events that are difficult for youth to navigate alone. Come and learn about the unique challenges as well as the programs and services available to help strengthen and enrich the lives of youth who have been in care and youth who are accessing treatment programs. Hear about how you can contribute to the growing body of individuals in the community who are helping address these issues alongside our youth.

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01 Feb 2018

Boys and Girls Learn Differently: How Gender Differences Influence Learning and Behaviour

Available until: July 1, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The author of Raising Boys in a New Kind of World presents how gender differences have a profound influence on learning and behaviour. Boys’ brains and girls’ brains develop and operate very differently. Current brain research has revealed fascinating differences between the way males and females think and communicate. The implications for teaching and raising boys and girls are profound. Teachers and parents of both genders will benefit from this entertaining and enlightening workshop.

Handout
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22 Feb 2018

Part 2: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Presentation Across the Lifespan, Learning and Behaviour, Supports and Resources

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation expands on the background and conceptualization of FASD by focusing on presentation throughout the lifespan. A discussion of practical learning and behavioural management strategies will be provided, as well as various resources for families and individuals. 

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28 Feb 2018

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.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
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28 Feb 2018

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Mary's School

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success.

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28 Feb 2018

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant resources will be shared.

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01 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Curious about Cannabis?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the pending legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

Poster - Teen Series

01 Mar 2018

ADHD is Awesome!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ernest Manning High School

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success. Important considerations and practical strategies to overcome common challenges faced by high school students with ADHD are also addressed.

05 Mar 2018

"Keeping Busy?" A Reflection for Social Work Week

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

Happy Social Work Week! As we begin the week honouring social workers, join social worker and HMHC clinical consultant Katherine Jarrell for a reflection on how we envision success and the implications this has for our work culture and personal choices. Let's consider how our frenetic schedules impact how we relate to children. Katherine will draw on the work of Robert Holden, Kristin Neff and others to encourage those in the helping professions to take pause and consider how we approach our work and play.

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06 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Are You A Good Financial Role Model For Your Children?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Forest Lawn Library

Self-assess your skills to determine what kind of financial role model you are and how to align your values with your family's goals.

Poster - Teen Series

06 Mar 2018

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Good Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ReidBuilt Centre for Community Leadership

This session will discuss the importance of sleep, provide increased awareness of the physical and emotional consequences of sleep deprivation and suggest ways to promote adequate sleep in young people.

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06 Mar 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

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07 Mar 2018

Youth Concussion: A Public Health Concern

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

At the conclusion of this presentation the learner will be able to;
1) define concussion
2) compare and contrast traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion
3) discuss the role of concussion as a public health concern
4) describe the role of "culture" in dealing with youth concussion in sport and outside of sport

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08 Mar 2018

Teens & Risk-Taking: Challenges & Opportunities

Noon - 1:00 PM

Teens are faced with making decisions about many new kinds of risk. Choices about drugs, alcohol, social media, relationships and sexuality can be life changing. Research shows that brain development continues until the mid 20s with the pleasure centre of the brain developing before the judgement centre. That is why teens often do not recognize the risk in the things they do or think about the bad things that can happen. Learn tips and tools to allow teens enough risk to grow yet manage risk so they are safe.

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08 Mar 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.

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08 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Gangs and Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library

Join us for an information session about teens and gang prevention. Detective Da Silva-Spence with the Guns and Gangs Unit, Calgary Police Service will lead a discussion on gang prevention, organized crime, current settings and trends in Calgary.

Poster - Teen Series

13 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Calgary Health Centre - Room 2285

Learn to understand sexual orientation, gender identity, related terms, values, and youth issues. Practical information about supporting youth, using inclusive language, and accessing local resources will be discussed.

Poster - Teen Series

13 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to understand sexual orientation, gender identity, related terms, values, and youth issues. Practical information about supporting youth, using inclusive language, and accessing local resources will be discussed.

Poster - Webinar

14 Mar 2018

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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15 Mar 2018

Parenting in 2018: Meeting New Challenges with some Tried and True Tips and Tricks

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary School

Join AHS Clinical Consultant Katherine Jarrell as she shares a parenting perspective that she has found helpful both personally and professionally. Katherine will share some strategies to deal with common parenting concerns, and resources to further support you. Come prepared to laugh and learn! Leave with more confidence and tools in your toolbox.

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15 Mar 2018

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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15 Mar 2018

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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15 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES How to Help Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD PART 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Learn additional intervention strategies and skills for parents and teens with ADD / ADHD.

Poster - Teen Series

15 Mar 2018

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Good Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

This session will discuss the importance of sleep, provide increased awareness of the physical and emotional consequences of sleep deprivation and suggest ways to promote adequate sleep in young people.

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19 Mar 2018

Understanding Mindfulness (MindUP Program in School)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

This session will outline/discuss the main content in the MindUP program, how understanding the brain can improve self-regulation and the science behind neuroplasticity. Using a hands on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts using mindfulness. This session will also discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

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19 Mar 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Understanding Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 1

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills are mental processes that help us tolerate change, control our emotions, resist impulses, juggle information, make a plan, and start and finish tasks. Much like an air traffic controller who manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways at a busy airport, the brain needs this skill set to get things done in an organized and efficient way. In this session you will learn about these skills and their importance for both school and personal success. (Part 2 April 5, 2018)

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20 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Bullying and Peer Harassment

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Calgary Health Centre - Room 2285

Discover the context in which bullying takes place, the effect it has on those being bullied (and the bully), what can be done from a social perspective, and tips for parents to support children and youth.

Poster - Teen Series

21 Mar 2018

Partnering with Parents to Address Behavioural Challenges and Mental Health Concerns at School

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Good mental health starts with an understanding of the brain and its primary roles. This session will introduce parents and those who work with youth to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health in these young people. Topics will include discussion of the teenage brain, common myths about mental illness, teenage stress, promoting positive mental health in the child and accessing help.

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22 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Navigating Mental Health Services - Who to Call

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Finding out about the appropriate services for mental health can be very challenging. Explore the services that are offered in the Calgary area for teens.

Poster - Teen Series

27 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Curious about Cannabis? *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the pending legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

Poster - Webinar

27 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Curious about Cannabis? *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Calgary Health Centre - Room 2285

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the pending legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

Poster - Teen Series

28 Mar 2018

Conflict Management

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Conflict Management Training helps individuals, business professionals, educators, and community members learn practical and proven strategies to successfully deal with conflict. Through engaging, and interactive team-building exercises, participants learn how to:

C o-operate with others to resolve disputes
M aster skills such as listening and communicating effectively
T urn theory into everyday conflict management practice

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28 Mar 2018

Cybercrime Education: Adult Talk

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

This session will discuss current concerns for individual users, police services, governments and businesses including: Information on “the deep web” and how that is impacting law enforcement and citizens, the importance of being involved in a child’s internet experience, the importance of having a respectable internet footprint, how online predators target children, general risks associated with social media, and the phenomena of cyberbullying. Calgary Police Service resources dedicated to these issues as well as helpful tips, and links will be provided, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

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05 Apr 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Improving Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 2

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills help the brain get things done in an organized and efficient way but what happens when a child or teen has difficulty in this area? Does your child often start an activity prior to hearing all the instructions? Have a hard time tolerating change? Have trouble knowing where to begin a big project? Or often underestimate time needed to complete a task? If so, strategies for improving executive functioning skills might be helpful. In this session you will learn how difficulties in executive functioning affect children and adolescents. You will also learn a number of strategies for helping your child or teen improve their skills.

12 Apr 2018

Videogaming and Youth

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

West Ridge School

Increase your comprehension of videogame culture, including popularity of play in Canada, pros and cons of play and signs of problematic use. Identify strategies to open up conversations at home, within your organization, or in the classroom that raise awareness and help people to make informed decisions. Session is run by Alberta Health Services, Youth Addiction Services.

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17 Apr 2018

Do you know what to say? How to talk with children and teens about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

Are you ready to answer the questions your kids could ask? In this session, we will explore how to support healthy development by talking to children and teens about sexuality, identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children of any age. Participants will gain understanding of child and teen sexual development and behavior and discuss practical strategies about how to support children and youth develop healthy sexuality, boundaries, values.

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17 Apr 2018

Mental Health Literacy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary French and International School (CFIS)

Provides individuals working with youth as well as parents/guardians an understanding of mental health, and the mental disorders that commonly onset during the child and adolescent years. Includes available resources.

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17 Apr 2018

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sarah Thompson School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like, how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

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18 Apr 2018

Understanding the risk and protective factors of Child Resilience: “Bending and not breaking”

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Resilience is the ability to recover, adapt and rebound from adversity. Children exposed to adversities e.g. a natural disaster, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at risk of developing physical and mental health problems. However, in children exposed to risk, some experience adverse outcomes while other do not. The most pressing unanswered question in child outcome research is child resiliency- why some children exposed to risk do not experience adverse outcomes. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of child resiliency using longitudinal data from an Alberta cohort of mothers and children. The presentation will highlight the interplay between risk factors (adverse maternal mental health, inter-parental conflict) and protective factors (social support, parenting) in shaping child resiliency.

18 Apr 2018

How to Successfully Build Resilience in Children & Youth

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ralph McCall Elementary School

This presentation is for anyone wanting to learn how to foster resiliency in children and youth. Learn about resiliency, the benefits, the risk factors, and how to build resilient children and youth.

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19 Apr 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

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24 Apr 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Langdon School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

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24 Apr 2018

Substance Use Prevention

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Webber Academy

Enhance your knowledge of youth substance use by examining trends, the effects of different substances, and the developing adolescent brain. Learn strategies for engaging youth in conversation and how to enhance protective factors that strengthen youth and families and prevent substance misuse/abuse.

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08 May 2018

Healthy Relationships: How parents can help their children create positive and healthy relationships

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sarah Thompson School

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop positive healthy relationships in their lives. Healthy relationships among youth are key to fostering positive social-emotional development, as well as preventing bullying and other relationship problems. The qualities of a healthy relationship will be outlined. Strategies to help parents talk about relationships and promote healthy and positive relationships will be provided. The purpose of this presentation is to empower parents to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as provide strategies that parents can use to help their children develop healthy relationships with other adults and their peers.

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10 May 2018

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety with Practical Tools to Implement in the Home

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like, and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

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05 Jun 2018

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

An introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, and the crucial role parents and professionals play in buffering the impact of stress on kids. Learn strategies to help young children become aware of and manage stress in fun and engaging ways.

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07 Jun 2018

Do you know what to say? How to talk with children and teens about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

Are you ready to answer the questions your kids could ask? In this session, we will explore how to support healthy development by talking to children and teens about sexuality, identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children of any age. Participants will gain understanding of child and teen sexual development and behavior and discuss practical strategies about how to support children and youth develop healthy sexuality, boundaries, values.

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