CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

21 Jan 2020

Canadian Cannabis..."to eat it or to smoke it?"...that is the question!

Available until: November 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Cannabis has been legal for over a year now in CANADA. As of October 17th, 2019 edible cannabis is now legalized for people who are 18yrs and older. What should our community and the larger society know about the risks of CANNABIS? Despite the marketing message that you may have heard (cannabis is natural, a good sleep promoter or for pain relief), CANNABIS is not a panacea. You can become addicted and it does have some serious side effects for a vulnerable section of our society.

This presentation will focus on the risks and benefits inherent in its use. There are 3 populations at particular risk of negative consequences due to cannabis use: children and youth, mothers-to-be and people with underlying mental health problems will be discussed. This presentation will also outline the medical indications for cannabis use and the risks associated with regular high potency use, such as addiction and psychosis. This impact of CANNABIS on family functioning, motivation and impaired executive skills will be emphasized. In particular, the effect on school and social relationships will be highlighted.

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21 Jan 2020

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

Available until: November 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Over the past decade, hospitalizations for mental health disorders in this age group grew by 55% to 65% while hospitalizations for all other conditions decreased by 24%.

Newly updated information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of hospital visits by Canadians age 5 to 24 for mental health disorders over the past decade, especially adolescent girls with self-injury, substance use issues as well as depression and anxiety. At the same time, the number of young Canadians diagnosed with mental health disorders remained stable. In addition, the number of young Canadians who were dispensed a mood or anxiety medication or antipsychotic medication has increased.

Now as we live in a busy, sophisticated, extraverted thinking world most of our interventions for depression and anxiety are medications or talking therapies. This minimizes the fact we are individuals who not only think but we feel, experience bodily sensations and have intuition. Consequently, we neglect the importance of arts, sports, drama and the humanities and the magical symbolic world of childhood. This presentation will focus on the innovative role of arts for engaging and educating children and adolescents from around the world.

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01 Apr 2020

Mindfulness as an Anxiety Management Tool

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

The purpose of this 5-minute module is to introduce parents and caregivers to mindfulness as a management tool for anxiety and stress management.

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
• Understand the difference between stress and anxiety
• Have an emerging understanding of mindfulness and learn possible ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life
• Utilize mindfulness-based strategies to support your child with stress and anxiety management

01 Apr 2020

That Kid, Your Child, My Student (Parent Version)

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Amy Murray, Principal of Early Childhood Education at the Calgary French & International School and author of the blog http://missnightmutters.com, has collaborated with MORE and CES to transform her world-renowned blog on Dear Parent: About that Kid … into a 6-minute video presentation. The purpose of this module is to share with parents what teacher confidentiality is from a teacher’s perspective. Reflection questions are provided at the beginning of this presentation, and as a download, for you to consider how confidentiality impacts teachers, parents and students.

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01 Apr 2020

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

Available until: December 1, 2020 - 8:00 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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01 Apr 2020

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 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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01 Apr 2020

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

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 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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01 Apr 2020

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

Available until: December 1, 2020 - 8:00 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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01 Apr 2020

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 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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07 May 2020

From Finsta to FOMO: Understanding Social Media Use in Teens

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

The world of social media is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up. This session will look at some of the most popular platforms among Canadian youth and how to protect privacy and keep everyone safe. We will also discuss the effects of social media use on teen mental health and how to promote healthy social media habits in a digital world.

15 May 2020

COVID-19 and family law

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 12:00 AM

This easy to understand video talks about how the coronavirus is impacting the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the sort of issues that judges are dealing with and those they are not. It discusses how mediation and arbitration can be used to resolve important problems that can't be dealt with in court. It talks about the Canadian family law court decisions that are accumulating about the coronavirus and issues like parenting time, decision-making, the payment of child support, and the payment of spousal support. This video is prepared for the Alberta Health Services' Community Education Service by John-Paul Boyd QC, an Alberta-based family law mediator, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator.

29 May 2020

Crisis Survival Skills: Supporting your Child and Teen during Stressful Times

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will provide parents with a better understanding of how to support their child during a time of global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in psychological distress for some children and youth. Related stressors include social isolation, disruptions in routine, difficulty coping, and the disappointment of canceled events and anticipated opportunities. It aims to empower parents in recognizing signs that a child may be struggling and how they can support their child during this time of physical distancing and absence of in-person peer interactions. Parents will be provided with strategies and tools for helping their children and teens manage through this crisis and maintain social and emotional connection and well-being. Strategies discussed will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, and other coping skills.

01 Jun 2020

Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships during Physical Distancing

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships during a time of physical distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and others outside one’s household. Physical distancing does not mean the same thing as social and emotional distancing. Children and teens can and should stay social and emotionally connected with their peers and others. Healthy relationships and social connections are key in fostering positive social-emotional development and resilience. Strategies to help parents promote healthy and positive relationships during a time of increased physical distance will be provided. Parents will be empowered to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as help their children develop and maintain healthy relationships and digital connection outside their immediate household. Strategies for engaging in digital connection safely will be discussed.

08 Jun 2020

Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your childs emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session.

19 Jun 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins: Avoiding anxiety traps while promoting resilience

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children, teens, and adults. Individuals with ASD also have a high risk of developing anxiety. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of anxiety and how traditional ways of offering help may unwittingly worsen anxiety. Participants will also learn effective tools to help individuals manage anxiety to promote their resilience and overall well-being.

25 Jun 2020

Supporting a Smooth Transition into the 2020-2021 School Year

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Since the closing of schools in mid-March due to the recent pandemic, school districts have offered at-home learning opportunities for all students (e.g., online, telephone check-ins, and/or course packages). Parents (in conjunction with their child’s school team) have been supporting their child‘s learning and social-emotional development during this time. Currently, the province continues to work with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan. This situation leaves many families wondering how they can support their child to transition smoothly into the 2020-21 school year regardless of the re-entry plan that is developed. Knowing that it will be important for parents to share student strengths and home-based strategies that have worked well with school teams, this presentation will be designed to provide families with effective tools and ways to share information to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Tools to be explored may include; slides, videos, creating books and memory boxes.

Coping and Connection
Helping Teens Cope - Covid
Home Schooling and EF
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Supporting Children - Covid

29 Jun 2020

Family Violence and Brain Development

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on helping parents and caregivers understand family violence and how trauma in children starting from gestation to adulthood affects their socioemotional and neurological brain development. The effects of changes in the brain can manifest in behavioural changes and adverse mental health concerns. Strategies to help parents, caregivers, and professionals recognize signs of childhood trauma, knowing when and where to seek help will be discussed. Strategies to engage in meaningful conversations and finding resources to prevent harm, build protective factors and support children exposed to domestic violence will also be provided.

08 Jul 2020

The Core Story of Brain Development: Learning, Growing, and Developing in Uncertain Times

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Even though it feels like the world has come to a strange stand still, children’s brains are still learning, growing, and developing. This session will provide information on brain development and how early life experiences, including COVID 19, are stored into a child’s brain and body.

The session will explore how brain architecture is established early in life and supports life-long learning, behaviour, and health.

08 Jul 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

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 school and community resources will be shared.

04 Aug 2020

Understanding and Supporting Mental Health in Gifted Children

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression) in children and adolescents who are intellectually gifted. It will also describe ways in which parents and schools can support gifted children experiencing mental health challenges.

11 Aug 2020

Understanding ADHD in Girls

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 11:55 PM

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in girls. It will go on to discuss ways in which parents and schools can support children and youth presenting with ADHD.

03 Sep 2020

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 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.

04 Sep 2020

Building Social Connections

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on the importance of social connections, reflecting on your existing connections, learning how to strengthen them, and building new connections. As humans, we have a basic need to connect with other people. We will be talking about why social connections are important and the impact of connections on mental and physical well-being. We will talk about practical ways and strategies you can utilize which will help you feel connected in your relationships at work, school, and home. We use the Teaching-Family Model to help teach practical skills such as communication, active listening, maintaining relationships that support learning and lead to long-term outcomes. With the recent changes and adaptations that we as a society have had to make over the last few months, we would like to assist youth, parents, caregivers, families, professionals, and our community in staying connected and incorporating connection building in our everyday lives.

04 Sep 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

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.

28 Oct 2020

Sleep in School-age Children and Youth: Strategies to promote healthy sleep and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Optimal sleep and alertness can be promoted in healthy school-age children and youth by following particular behavioural strategies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has brought about many challenges to following these strategies and obtaining adequate sleep quality, quantity, and optimal daytime alertness. In this interactive workshop you will learn about: The structure and function of sleep in children, the challenges to obtaining healthy sleep including those brought about by COVID-19, and strategies children and parents/caregivers can implement to counter these difficulties.

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04 Nov 2020

Sleep in School-age Children and Youth: Strategies to promote healthy sleep and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Optimal sleep and alertness can be promoted in healthy school-age children and youth by following particular behavioural strategies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has brought about many challenges to following these strategies and obtaining adequate sleep quality, quantity, and optimal daytime alertness. In this interactive workshop you will learn about: The structure and function of sleep in children, the challenges to obtaining healthy sleep including those brought about by COVID-19, and strategies children and parents/caregivers can implement to counter these difficulties.

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10 Nov 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

Noon - 1:30 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and teens. This workshop will promote parent and teachers’ understanding of anxiety, how it shows up, and how to tell the difference from normal worries and anxiety. Participants will also learn how typical strategies may unwittingly worsen kids’ worries and associated behaviours, along with the key skills needed to successfully manage their anxiety while building courage, confidence, and resilience.

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12 Nov 2020

Children and Parenting After Separation SERIES Session 2 ' Parenting Coordination and other Dispute Resolution Processes '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Court is not the only way to resolve family law problems, and it’s not always the best way to resolve family law problems. In this webinar, we’ll talk about some alternatives to court. We’ll cover mediation, where a neutral person helps people reach an agreement on their own, and arbitration, where a neutral person makes a decision resolving a problem, just like a judge. We'll also talk about parenting coordination, a long-term process that combines parts of mediation and parts of arbitration to resolve problems while helping people learn to communicate better and resolve problems on their own.

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12 Nov 2020

Everyday Banking and Budgeting: Strategies to Help You Plan for the Future

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how today’s purchases impact tomorrow’s freedoms. This workshop will teach participants how to map out a monthly budget. Using case studies and materials you can later use for your own financial planning, participants will learn strategies that will help navigate the month to ensure there is no overspending.

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16 Nov 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health and Wellness during a Pandemic

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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 including an emphasis on Covid19 and your youth. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.

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17 Nov 2020

Overcoming Mental Health Challenges in a Global Pandemic

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This webinar takes a look at five evidence informed strategies to advise action, program development, and community interventions. Recognizing that we all respond to stress in different ways and recover following our own timelines, tools will be given to support each participant on their journey forward.

Webinar Objectives:

1. Understanding the impact on our own mental health and wellness
2. Ways that we can support individuals, families and communities, both short and long term

Tim has worked on the CMHA Alberta Division's provincial training development in the area of workplace wellness. He has travelled across Alberta teaching about psychological safety and the promotion of mental health. Tim has spent over 28 years working in the social profit sector and has a background in community development and psycho-social capacity building.

18 Nov 2020

National Child Day 2020 Building Resiliency in Children

10:30 AM - Noon

During the presentation a description of stress in its various forms is provided as well as practical means to develop skills that help reduce stress in children and youth. There is an emphasis on connection and promoting buffering relationships so we can diminish the impact of toxic stressors by converting them to tolerable stressors. Brain and physiological mechanisms will be introduced and integrated into the discussion of stress and relationships.

Join us to celebrate National Child Day and learn more about building resiliency in our young citizens.

National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th in recognition of our commitment to upholding children’s rights and raising healthy, safe and happy young people. Go to www.nationalchildday.ca to find out more.

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19 Nov 2020

National Child Day 2020 Respecting the Young Child’s Right to Connection in these “COVID Times”

10:30 AM - Noon

We celebrate National Child Day in Canada on November 20th in recognition of our province and country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC.) The CRC sets out the rights of children, with 54 articles that give us a very clear road map to what we need to raise healthy, safe and happy children.

CRC Article 12: Respect for children's views
Children have the right to give their opinions freely on issues that affect them. Adults should listen and take children seriously.

CRC Article 15: Setting up or joining groups
Children can join or set up groups or organizations, and they can meet with others, as long as this does not harm other people.

What do these rights mean for children under 6 years? How has COVID impacted these rights, and what might it mean to move forward with these rights in mind?

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19 Nov 2020

Nurturing stability in the face of uncertainty

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Families are faced with a variety of challenges due to COVID-19, which can increase relational strain, stress, and anxiety.

With everchanging transitions like school, seasons, and new rules to follow, teens may be feeling some added pressure to adapt.

In this presentation, we discuss supportive tips and considerations for supporting your family under stress, fostering healthy relationships, and nurturing stability when in the face of uncertainty.

Q & A will be addressed throughout the presentation

Jezz Stone is a registered provisional psychologist and PhD candidate in counselling psychology in the Werklund School of Education, with specialized training in family therapy and group facilitation (ADHD, social-emotional/behavioural regulation, and parenting). Outside of her counselling practice, Jezz is involved in research focused on supporting the relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families. Her master’s research focused on mother’s experiences of communicating to their children about the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which has informed her current dissertation research on familial experiences of COVID-19.

Dr. Tanya Mudry is a registered psychologist and assistant professor of counselling psychology in the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. She supervises and trains counselling psychology students, practices family therapy at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and has a small private practice. She has specialized clinical training in child and adolescent mental health and family therapy. Tanya’s research and writing have focused on family therapy, excessive behaviours, addiction and recovery from addiction, and relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families.

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24 Nov 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health and Wellness during a Pandemic

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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 including an emphasis on Covid19 and your youth. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.

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25 Nov 2020

Intergenerational Trauma- Learning and Healing

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

In this session, you will be walked through some information about intergenerational trauma and how it has impacted the Indigenous peoples of Canada and societal imprints on a specific population. With this information participants will learn through questions, videos and examples and hopefully spark attendees to learn more. Attendees will also learn about a Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary Indigenous led program for youth that is challenging systems and creating space for healing.

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26 Nov 2020

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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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01 Dec 2020

Help! My Child is Struggling in School!

Noon - 1:30 PM

While school can be a place of excitement for some students who look forward to seeing their friends and learning new things, school can be a place of tremendous anxiety and frustration for others. When kids struggle in school, their self-esteem can be negatively affected. Many of these students start to experience stress, anxiety, frustration, and even anger that results in acting out behaviours that can disrupt their relationships and long-term success if not supported. In this workshop, participants will learn the signs of learning difficulties, different types of learning disabilities, and what to do to help.

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03 Dec 2020

Teens in Trouble With the Law: What You Need to Know

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.


08 Dec 2020

Children and Parenting After Separation SERIES Session 3 ' Developing Parenting Plans '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Parenting plans are agreements, court orders and arbitrator awards that set out the rules for how separated parents will care for their children and share their children’s time. This webinar will talk about separated parents can work together to develop parenting plans that are good for children. We'll talk about parenting plans for parents in high levels of conflict and parents in low levels of conflict, some of the important things to include in parenting plans and some considerations that will minimize children's exposure too their parents’ conflict.

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09 Dec 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

10 Dec 2020

Motivation: Fuelling the invisible fire within

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will describe the invisible fire within each of us that we call motivation. Participants will learn a variety of strategies to inspire others and help to fuel the invisible fire.

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13 Jan 2021

Part 1: Specific Learning Disorders with impairment in Reading: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Summary/Objectives:

1. Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Reading
2. Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3. Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

10 Mar 2021

A Parents’ Guide to Tackling Stress, Anxiety, and Mood: Using CBT Skills to Support Your Children and Yourself

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a well-established way of reducing anxiety, stress, and low mood in adolescents and adults. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to implement practical CBT strategies to support your children and teens in managing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Tools to support parent well-being will also be included in this presentation. By the end you should feel you have strategies that will help you help your kids!

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