CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

15 Nov 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 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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06 Nov 2019

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children and Adolescents

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 10:00 PM

OCD occurs in 1 to 2% of the population and symptoms most often emerge in childhood or adolescence. OCD can cause considerable dysfunction at home and at school, yet is frequently under-diagnosed and under-treated. At Alberta Children’s Hospital we have developed a multi-disciplinary program which provides evidence-based and family-centred care.
In this presentation you will learn about:
1) How to recognize symptoms of OCD and distinguish it from other common childhood disorders
2) Evidence-based treatments including cognitive-behavioural therapy and medication, and
3) New research into better understanding causes and treatments of OCD.

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26 Nov 2019

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

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 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.

12 Dec 2019

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

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 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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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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23 Jan 2020

Emotional Regulation for Parents, Caregivers, and Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Briar Hill Elementary

This presentation will introduce ways in which parents and adults providing care to children can self-regulate and model calming behaviors to help children who are emotionally escalated and/or difficult to manage. Drawing on neuroscience and the latest research on attachment theories in early childhood and beyond, attendees will develop an understanding of how to craft interactions with young people that are positive, reciprocal, and empowering for all family members.

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23 Jan 2020

Seeing through the Vape

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Crossing Park 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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25 Jan 2020

Mindfulness for Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Calgary Girls School

This SATURDAY session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices and give you ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. In this transformative practice, you will be introduced to ways that mindfulness can be used to increase focus and achievement while giving you a toolbox of experiential skills that help lower anxiety, build resilience, reduce stress and help with your (or your child’s) emotional regulation.

Youth 10+ may join with their caregiver(s).

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30 Jan 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dalhousie 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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10 Feb 2020

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake 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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10 Feb 2020

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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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13 Feb 2020

Navigating the Social Network Super Highway *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adolescents and adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.

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13 Feb 2020

Navigating the Social Network Super Highway *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adolescents and adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.

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20 Feb 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham 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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24 Feb 2020

Teen Mental Health: Depression

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School

Adolescent Depression will present parents/caregivers with an overview and trajectory of depressive symptoms, guidance in helping teens identify and manage them, and resources and interventions designed to have a mitigating effect.

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05 Mar 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marion Carson 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.

10 Mar 2020

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

This 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.

10 Mar 2020

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This 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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23 Apr 2020

Let's Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts of mindfulness and how understanding the brain functions can improve self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach, skills related to these concepts will be taught along with a discussion of how the brain influences thinking, emotions, self-regulation and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

12 May 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

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.