CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

15 Nov 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

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

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

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27 Jun 2019

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

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

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

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04 Jul 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

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

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

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05 Jul 2019

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

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

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

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18 Jul 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

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

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

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21 Aug 2019

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

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

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

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26 Sep 2019

Sleep 101 for Teens and Parents

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Is your teen tired all the time? Does he/she have sleep habits that you’re pretty sure are not helping the situation? Not sure where to start? This session will focus on teens (13 years+) that struggle to obtain adequate, restful sleep. We will discuss the purpose of sleep and evidence-based sleep hygiene techniques helpful for setting up a foundation to obtain a better night’s rest. We will also cover how to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested.
Teens (13 years+) and Parents are welcome to attend.

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30 Sep 2019

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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03 Oct 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Sebastian 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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08 Oct 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights 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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08 Oct 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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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09 Oct 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop is for parents and caregivers on how to help their child cope positively with painful medical procedures, tests and injuries of childhood. 90 minute session will include a presentation with discussion focusing on how a child’s pain is perceived, how to talk to your child about pain, and how to successfully coach them to help themselves to overcome fears and worries associated with medical interventions.

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09 Oct 2019

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

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

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

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10 Oct 2019

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.

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10 Oct 2019

Gender Diversity and Autism: A Spectrum Within the Spectrum

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families working to understand gender diversity and autism simultaneously. This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children and transgender youth who are also on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn practical strategies to provide sensitive care for trans autistic family members, clients, and community members.

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10 Oct 2019

Gender Diversity and Autism: A Spectrum Within the Spectrum

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families working to understand gender diversity and autism simultaneously. This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children and transgender youth who are also on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn practical strategies to provide sensitive care for trans autistic family members, clients, and community members.

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17 Oct 2019

Sleep 101: For Parents of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 0 to 5 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, who will learn how to teach their young children to fall asleep independently and stay asleep through the night. We will also cover naps and how to address early morning waking.
* Expecting parents are also welcome to attend *

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17 Oct 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Marguerite School

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

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19 Oct 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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21 Oct 2019
23 Oct 2019

Sleep Hygiene and your Teens

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary Academy

Are you and your family members getting enough sleep? Do you:
• Feel sleepy at the wrong times
• Have trouble paying attention
• Fall asleep quickly
• Feeling wired at the wrong time of day
• Feel frustrated and irritable
• Have trouble controlling impulses
• Have difficulties with attention and concentration
• Have memory problems
Approximately 30% of adolescents between 12-18 do not meet
minimum sleep requirements (8-10 hours/ night), and about 60% report feeling tired when going to school.

This presentation will focus on why sleep is so necessary and will provide parents with practical strategies to help develop healthy sleeping habits for everyone, parents included!

24 Oct 2019

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Country Hills Public Library

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

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06 Nov 2019

Infant Massage - 4 Sessions Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 * Must attend ALL 4 Classes

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

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

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14 Nov 2019

Sleep 101 for Parents of School-Aged Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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

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27 Nov 2019

Conflict Between Separated Parents and Its Effect on Your Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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

28 Nov 2019

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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