CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

21 Sep 2017

Rage Age: How to Reach and Connect with Angry Adolescent Girls

Available until: December 31, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Aggressive angry adolescent girls are an increasing fallacy of female empowerment in our schools requiring intensive services and monopolizing crucial amounts of time by school staff. Gain insight and understanding of their provocative, self-destructive and conflicting behavior. Learn how to be a champion and create a dream team for these girls within your setting. Gain and practice tools on how to relate to and intervene with this hard to reach population to help them develop into resilient, competent young women.

Handout

17 Oct 2017

Childhood Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Strategies

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Ecole Good Shepherd School

Participants can expect to learn:

- symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders and common presentations for children aged 5-12
- evidenced-based treatment strategies for treating anxiety
- review of emerging practices and research related to prevention and mental wellness

Poster

19 Oct 2017

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

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.

Poster

19 Oct 2017

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

Poster

19 Oct 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Brain

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Western Canada High School

We live in two worlds...the external materialistic world and the internal psychic one which regulates our self-esteem...the external world is planning to legalize marijuana in July 2018 and the internal world needs to be well informed about the possible risks of using marijuana in pursuing a quick fix, new sensations and relief from despair if we want to avoid addictions and psychotic experiences.
This talk will look at the risks of marijuana to the developing brain, pregnant moms and those with mental health disorders in addition to the risks for driving and combining with meds or alcohol. Finally, the importance of strict regulation, marketing and distribution will be suggested if we want to prevent unnecessary suffering. Open to everyone 15yrs +

Poster

23 Oct 2017

Sibling Rivalry

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Is it really possible to reduce the rivalry between our children? This workshop covers, reducing anger between siblings, encouraging cooperation and support, looking at the role we play as parents, and when and how to intervene consciously.

Poster

24 Oct 2017

INTRODUCTION to MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!): A healthy lifestyle program for children 7-13yrs old.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bowness Parent Link

MEND is a FREE healthy-lifestyle program designed for three specific age groups: 2-4, 5-7 and 7-13, who are at risk of, or are above a healthy weight, and their families. MEND's goals are to empower children and families to become fitter, healthier and happier!
You will learn about:
- Healthy eating and mealtime habits
- How to read food labels
- What serving sizes look like
- Building self-esteem
- Healthy growth
- Behaviour change strategies
- Positive parenting
- Active play
Learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices for your entire family. Check out MEND!

Poster

24 Oct 2017

Parents of Anxious Kids - 3 classes

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Canmore Civic Centre

See attached poster. Please call (403) 609-3743 to register.

Poster

25 Oct 2017

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

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

South Health Campus - Wellness Centre Room 180006

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

26 Oct 2017

Calgary Police Response to Domestic Violence

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants will learn what domestic violence is and the cycle of violence, how the police respond and what to expect. Advice will be given on who to contact if you or someone you know are in a domestic violence relationship along with information on court orders to help protect you and your family. The session will conclude with a Q&A with a member of the CPS.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

02 Nov 2017

Positive Parenting: Boundaries, Modelling and Emotion Coaching

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Monsignor JJ OBrien School

Participants can expect to learn:
- How different parenting styles can have an impact on the behaviours of children.
- What boundaries are and practical uses of them in parenting, especially via modelling.
- How emotional moments can be coached toward healthy boundaries.

Poster

06 Nov 2017

Labyrinths in Health and Healing: The Use of the Labyrinth Form in Promoting Holistic Health

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants can expect to:
- Gain knowledge in the history of the labyrinth form and their uses through the ages.
- Understand the uniqueness of the form and its current use as a tool for mindful practice and self-regulation.
- Learn about the work of artist Jim Buchanan in hospitals and communities in Scotland, England, USA and Canada in the design and development of the therapeutic strategies using the labyrinth form.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

06 Nov 2017

Labyrinths in Health and Healing: The Use of the Labyrinth Form for Coping, Stress Reduction and Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Participants can expect to:
- Gain knowledge in the history of the labyrinth form and its use in Schools, Community, and Mental Health.
-Experience practical 'hands on' exercises that can help with coping and stress reduction.
- Learn about the work of Jim Buchanan in hospitals and communities in Scotland, England, USA and Canada in the design and development of therapeutic strategies using the labyrinth form.
- Learn about available resources in Calgary and Area.

Poster

07 Nov 2017

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children and Adolescents

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

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.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

07 Nov 2017

Understanding ADHD and Strategies that Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

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.

Poster

07 Nov 2017

Understanding Mindfulness

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 discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviors. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.



Poster

08 Nov 2017

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

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

09 Nov 2017

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

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.

Poster

15 Nov 2017

National Child Day 2017: Creating Safe and Caring Environments for Children and Youth

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Supporting children's rights is a key factor in improving their quality of life despite our abundant resources, many children and youth in Alberta face poverty, bullying, discrimination, poor mental health outcomes and abuse. A community that promotes and invests in healthy childhood development, free from these adversities, raises healthier and more engaged citizens.

Join us to learn more about:
1. The current state of services for young people in Alberta and Canada and plans to create a Canadian Children's Charter and enact a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth.
2. The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and how celebrating National Child Day, and raising rights awareness can enhance your work.
3. How you can support children and youth to be safe, healthy and engaged citizens in your daily work.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

15 Nov 2017

Eating Disorders, Body Image, & Youth

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Simon Fraser School

In this interactive workshop, you will learn positive strategies to help youth develop a healthy body image, without focusing on weight. We will address risk factors, protective factors, and approaches to prevention and intervention for youth issues with body image, weight bias, and eating disorders. This workshop is recommended for parents, teachers, and other allied adults who work with youth.

Poster

20 Nov 2017

Understanding and Resolving Power Struggles Respectfully

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

This class explores the common causes of power struggles, and strategies to reduce the frequency and intensity of them.

Poster

21 Nov 2017

Circle of Security Parenting- Building Secure Attachment

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

What does my child need from me?
How can I support my child's independence?
Why do some of my child's behaviours affect me so much?
Can parenting be less stressful?
The Circle of Security Parenting Program answers these and many other parenting questions. It is an attachment based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. This presentation is designed to give parents an understanding of the goals of the program, help parents to make sense of their child's behaviours, learn strategies to support secure attachment with their children and make parenting less stressful.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

21 Nov 2017

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford 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.

Poster

21 Nov 2017

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake 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.

Poster

23 Nov 2017

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
Posters

23 Nov 2017

What's next after High School for your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? What's possible - What's practical

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Graduating from high school is a major milestone and an opportunity for young people and their parents to celebrate this achievement. For some families living with autism it can also be a scary time, as thoughts turn to "what's next?" Many young adults want to get a job after high school or pursue further education and training - but some individuals are simply not ready yet. Going to college or getting a job can be a big step at 18, especially if adolescents don't have all the skills yet to be successful. What options are available to keep emerging adults on the autism spectrum socially and intellectually engaged while they are preparing for the next step in the journey to adulthood (continued education, employment and independent living)?

Poster

23 Nov 2017

What's next after High School for your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? What's possible - What's practical

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Graduating from high school is a major milestone and an opportunity for young people and their parents to celebrate this achievement. For some families living with autism it can also be a scary time, as thoughts turn to "what's next?" Many young adults want to get a job after high school or pursue further education and training - but some individuals are simply not ready yet. Going to college or getting a job can be a big step at 18, especially if adolescents don't have all the skills yet to be successful. What options are available to keep emerging adults on the autism spectrum socially and intellectually engaged while they are preparing for the next step in the journey to adulthood (continued education, employment and independent living)?

Poster

28 Nov 2017

How fast can the treadmill go? Helping families and students endure daily stressors

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rundle College

Anxiety and stress are very real daily stressors for more and more families. Rising expectations and continually expanding curriculums leave students faced with a blizzard of options. To help parents proactively face these very pressing and potentially destructive issues, Dr. Nieman will describe the trend of socially and academically stressed teens, and offer tools and strategies to increase resilience, thus helping families better understand, manage and support their child’s anxiety.

Dr. Nieman authored Moving Forward: The Power of Consistent Choices in Everyday Life

Poster

29 Nov 2017

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Aspen Family and Community Network

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.

Poster

30 Nov 2017

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter

6:30 PM - 8:00 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.

Poster

06 Dec 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Adolescent Brain: What Parents Need to Know as Canada is Moving Towards Legalization

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

To Be Announced

In 2016 the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) undertook a research project with youth across Canada to better understand why youth are using marijuana, what are their misconceptions, what influences their choices and what are their thoughts about prevention. To effectively prevent harms related to adolescents and marijuana use, parents and youth will need the facts about marijuana and its effects.

07 Dec 2017

All the Pieces of Me: Childhood Dissociative Identity Disorder

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants will learn about the causes for, and the process of,dissociation as a creative way to 'stay sane in an insane world' ,and how this coping skill may lead to the development of more than one personality within an individual. Signs and symptoms of the disorder will be outlined, as well as information on how parents and professionals can help these children and all their other selves.

07 Dec 2017

Understanding Teen Mental Health and Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High 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 resources will be shared.

Poster

08 Jan 2018

Grief and Loss

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

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.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

15 Jan 2018

Motivating Unmotivated Teens: A parent - focused approach

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame Ridell Family T

Parents become concerned with their children’s lack of motivation for school achievement when their achievement falls short of their potential.  When parents attempt to enhance motivation, they find motivating young children challenging, motivating teens daunting.  The task is formidable, particularly when there is a history of academic underachievement.  Simply put: habits are difficult to change.  Habits or patterns of behavior do not apply solely to teens, but also to parents.  The idea of changing parental behaviour in such cases is not new.  What makes my approach somewhat different is that I have made parental behavior the underlying principle permeating my thinking on this topic.  The result is a parent - focused approach to the problem. I share the key elements of my perspective in this session. While by no means a quick solution, parent counselling, in my experience, has proven more effective than teen-focused intervention.

This session is FREE and open to all - parents, professionals and students.

Poster

31 Jan 2018

Healthy Brain Development: Protective & Risk Factors

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

Childhood and adolescence is a period of major developmental change for the human brain. The foundations for healthy brain development are laid during pregnancy and infancy, and after birth external environmental factors constantly influence how a child interacts with and learns from the world around them. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of healthy brain development during childhood and adolescence, and highlight how the interplay between protective factors (diverse support networks, good nutrition) and risk factors (maternal and child stress, substance use) can influence brain development and how a child thinks, learns, and acts.

Emily's Backyard Childcar
Poster

14 Feb 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

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

Poster - Calgary Attendees

14 Feb 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Royal Alexandra Hospital - Robbins Learning Centre

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

Poster - Edmonton Attendees