CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

10 Aug 2018

Adolescent Dating Violence: Prevalence, Correlates, Outcomes and Prevention

Available until: March 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM

This presentation will introduce attendees to the topic of adolescent dating violence. The latest research on prevalence, correlates and outcomes will be reviewed, as well as best practices for prevention. The presenter will also review key take-aways for health care providers, parents and educators.

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16 Aug 2018

Marijuana and Development of the Brain

Available until: March 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Please join visiting Neuroscientist from New York, Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards to learn about:

• Pharmacology and anatomy of endocannabinoid system
• What exogenous cannabinoids do to developing nervous system
• Mental health consequences of adolescent marijuana smoking

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08 Nov 2018

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

Available until: May 8, 2019 - 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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09 Nov 2018

Identifying Youth at Risk of Psychosis

Available until: May 9, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Participants can expect to learn what clinical high risk of psychosis is, as well as what we know about conversion to psychosis. They will learn about symptoms that help identify young people at risk for psychosis. Finally, they will learn about our research group, how our projects might be helpful to them and their clients and how to refer to our program.

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09 Nov 2018

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

Available until: November 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about the Speaking OUT Special Report process, themes, recommendations and the next steps in this systemic advocacy effort.
2. To build on participants knowledge of supporting LGBTQ2S+ young people and to encourage action to improve their experiences and realities.
3. To hear from young people about what works, what doesn't and how things should change.

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13 Nov 2018

Restricted Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): How do they engage the brain?

Available until: May 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

One of the lesser studied symptoms in ASD is restricted interests. In a series of studies conducted at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital we asked: how does the brain respond to restricted interests? In this presentation I will talk about how we use techniques like electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain, and what the images we get tell us about how restricted interests are processed in the brain.

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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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17 Dec 2018

An Overview of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE): Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities *Also available as a Webinar*

Available until: June 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the Inclusive Post-Secondary (IPSE) model, promoting higher learning for adults with intellectual disabilities. The IPSE Team from the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University will be providing key information on the importance of collaboration, application processes/preparation and desired outcomes.

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18 Dec 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

Available until: March 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM


Ryan will address:

The characteristics of a healthy relationship
The relationships between healthy interactions,
social connection and bullying behavior
Power
Bullying
Intervention and Response

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/respect-education-courses

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01 Jan 2019

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter

Available until: February 2, 2019 - 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.

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01 Jan 2019

Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development

Available until: February 1, 2019 - 11:55 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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01 Jan 2019

Not falling through the cracks - How Psychoeducational Assessments can help Foster Success!

Available until: February 1, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Does your child struggle in a mainstream classroom? Are you concerned that your child may be anxious, overwhelmed or inattentive at school? Does your child struggle to understand new academic concepts or lessons? Do you think your child needs extra support to achieve academic or social success? If you can relate to any of these questions, please join the presenters to explore when a psychoeducational assessment may be warranted for your child. Within the current session, presenters will provide parents and supports with an overview of how psychoeducational assessments can be helpful in identifying a child’s strengths, areas of difficulty, and learning style, as well as help caregivers learn how to advocate through the educational system and community supports to foster growth and success.

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01 Jan 2019

Videogaming and Youth

Available until: February 1, 2019 - 11:55 PM

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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23 Jan 2019

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta- Community Education Presentation

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The Schizophrenia society of Alberta offers community education Presentations to educate our community on the disorder, its symptoms and what those living with it experience.

Community education Presentations are unique in that the program presenters are living with schizophrenia themselves, they share their personal experiences in order to combat the stigma around the illness, with the goal of creating a more inclusive and educated society.

Audio Line/Telehealth Sign In
Evaluation- Pls Complete
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24 Jan 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

St. Sebastian 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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05 Feb 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019, must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

This 4-session infant massage class is open to moms, dads & families 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.

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05 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

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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12 Feb 2019

Cannabis and Youth

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

St. John Paul II Collegiate School

This presentation will speak to fundamental facts about cannabis while looking at the rates of use of this drug.General health effects will be discussed along with the specific risks associated with using cannabis while under 25 years of age.  Risk and protective factors related to cannabis use will be presented as well as parenting strategies and information for educators. 

*Some cannabis resources will also be provided.

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13 Feb 2019

Grief and Loss

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Grief is a universal experience, yet we often feel vulnerable in our ability to support bereaved families. This session will present a basic understanding of how to understand and deal with grief. Participants will enhance learning around contemporary grief theories, healthy symptoms and experiences of grief and caring interventions.

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13 Feb 2019

Asking for a friend: 10 keys for family and friends to respond to youth substance abuse

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Genesis Place

This session will empower you and our community to understand the impact of prescription drug use on our youth, engage you in prevention techniques, how to recognize signs of use and equip you with a simplified conversation guide, how to respond and where to seek support. This session will enable and better support parent and caregivers to more confidently respond to the curious question “just asking for a friend!”

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20 Feb 2019

"Raising Canada"

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Presented by Sara Austin, Founder of "Children's First Canada"
CEO of the "Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre"

Description coming soon

Sara's Biography

21 Feb 2019

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

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21 Feb 2019

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

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25 Feb 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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25 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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26 Feb 2019

How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Crowfoot Public Library Program Room 2

This presentation details the tools, techniques and strategies that are needed to guide a stepfamily from its early beginnings to becoming a successful, stable, and well functioning, cohesive family unit.

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26 Feb 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve
self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will 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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27 Feb 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

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02 Mar 2019

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

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cochrane Public Library - Board Room

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.

Poster - Cochrane

05 Mar 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course * March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019 must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

Learn how to connect with your baby through massage, and why massage is so beneficial for your child's body and brain development. Dolls will be provided for expectant moms 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.

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06 Mar 2019

Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD

07 Mar 2019

The Core Story Of Infant Mental Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Participants in this workshop will learn what infant mental health is,how it unfolds, and how the emotional
well-being of very young children can be derailed. The presenter will discuss what can parents do to support healthy attachments and brain development in their infants and toddlers. Parents will learn about how the young child’s brain is shaped by experiences, how relationships help children learn how to regulate their emotions, attention and behavior.

07 Mar 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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13 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Education Centre

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

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14 Mar 2019

Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.

19 Mar 2019

“I Am Still Right Here” : Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Children & Adolescents

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

There has been an ongoing increase in the prevalence of children and youth who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). It can be very frightening to have a child/ student who engages in NSSI, and adults can often have reactions that don’t really help. This session will focus on the types of NSSI, the reasoning behind the behaviour, and some ideas about how parents and teachers can help. We will spend some time on some case studies to provide examples and ample room for Q & A will be provided.

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21 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

Poster

26 Mar 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A.E. Bowers Elementary School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve
self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will 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.

Poster

02 Apr 2019

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Manachaban Middle School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

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30 Apr 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Kids 1st Parent Link Center - Chestermere

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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07 May 2019

Empowering Parents and Caregivers: A Discussion about Substance Use Prevention and How to Support our Young People Today

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bow Valley High School

Incidence of prescription drug misuse continues to be of concern amongst youth. The new cannabis legislation will be discussed including the impacts legislation has on youth, use, frequency and trends. Harm reduction methods, Use Vs. Misuse and addiction related resources will be presented. This session will provide an understanding of the impact of prescription drug use on our youth, offer prevention techniques, help recognize the signs of use and equip participants with a simplified conversation guide. There will also be discussion on how to respond and where to seek support. This session will enable and better support parent and caregivers to more confidently respond to the curious question “just asking for a friend!”