CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

18 Apr 2018

Curious About Cannabis

Available until: October 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the pending legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

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10 Jul 2018

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

Available until: October 1, 2018 - 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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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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24 Sep 2018

Anxiety and its Associated Consequences During Childhood and Adolescence Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Among school aged children and youth, fear and anxiety are common emotions. Although many children experience healthy anxiety, some experience disproportionately higher anxiety in relation to their context (e.g., separation anxiety) and/or developmental age. This presentation will explain the nature, cause, and developmental course of anxiety disorders as well as explore the predictive nature of poor social relationships on anxiety symptoms. Information will be provided on how parents and professionals can support children with anxiety. Part 2 on November 13, 2018.

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27 Sep 2018

How to Help Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD PART 2

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn additional intervention strategies and skills for parents and teens with ADD / ADHD.

* This is a level 2 session, and meant for those who attended Part 1, or have some understanding of ADD/ADHD/

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02 Oct 2018

Sexuality and Diverse Abilities

Noon - 1:00 PM

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with diverse abilities? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

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02 Oct 2018

Teenage Sleep Deprivation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about common sleep disorders in teens, the causes of teenage sleep problems and the mental and physical effects
of sleep deprivation. How to improve teens’ sleep health? Join us and find out.

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03 Oct 2018

Physical Literacy and Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In a world where children are sedentary, over-scheduled, and less likely to play outside, Active for Life helps parents raise physically literate kids.

Physical literacy is when kids have developed the skills and confidence to be physically active for life.
In this presentation we explain why it is important to the grassroots (parents, teachers, professionals, etc) in developing physical literacy in children.

We will emphasize the importance of developing physical literacy and how that supports engagement in physical activities across the lifespan. Tools and resources that help support the development of physical literacy will be shared in this session.

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04 Oct 2018

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:00 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 Oct 2018

HeartMath

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Foundations for the Future Charter Academy

Stress affects people physically, mentally and emotionally. Relieve stress anytime, anywhere and feel better in the moment. This course introduces the HeartMath system of breathing techniques and a heart rate variability tool that can help you manage life's challenges and improve overall health, emotional wellness and resilience.

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15 Oct 2018

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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15 Oct 2018

Taming Toddler Tantrums

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Ever wondered how to break through a toddler meltdown? This presentation will help you gain an understanding of toddler emotions and how to tame the tantrums that go with it. You will also learn techniques and tips on how to prevent them, how you can handle these strong emotions and also teach toddlers better ways to express them. Covers 1-4 years of age.

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16 Oct 2018

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford 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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18 Oct 2018

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

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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18 Oct 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

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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18 Oct 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 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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22 Oct 2018

Youth Fentanyl and Prescription Drug Use

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

South Health Campus - Wellness Centre

Improve your knowledge of youth over-the-counter and prescription drug use, misuse and abuse. Information provided will include prevalence of use, drugs of abuse (including fentanyl), signs and symptoms of misuse/abuse, the link to mental health concerns, a harm-reduction approach, and available resources.

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22 Oct 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Understanding Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills are mental processes that help us tolerate change, control our emotions, resist impulses, juggle information, make a plan, and start and finish tasks. Much like an air traffic controller who manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways at a busy airport, the brain needs this skill set to get things done in an organized and efficient way. In this session you will learn about these skills and their importance for both school and personal success. Part 2 will be November 5, 2018.

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22 Oct 2018

Helping your stressed out student: Tips for parents to combat test anxiety and school stress

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

This session will provide parents with information about stress in adolescence and signs to look for. It will also focus on strategies that parents can use to help their teen manage general and school stress, with specific strategies for combating test anxiety.

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24 Oct 2018

Tech Neck

Noon - 1:00 PM

Cochrane Community Health Centre

Are your teens and tweens spending endless hours on electronic devices? A phenomenon called Tech Neck
(yes... it's so prevalent, it's actually been named) is having detrimental effects on the posture and health of our youth! Our mission is to educate our community in prevention of postural related-problems with a grassroots approach.
The good news: Tech Neck is totally preventable with a proper awareness and understanding of what causes it, and some simple strategies to prevent it.

The workshop is brief, interactive and applicable to all ages.

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24 Oct 2018

Tech Neck

Noon - 1:00 PM

Are your teens and tweens spending endless hours on electronic devices? A phenomenon called Tech Neck
(yes... it's so prevalent, it's actually been named) is having detrimental effects on the posture and health of our youth! Our mission is to educate our community in prevention of postural related-problems with a grassroots approach.
The good news: Tech Neck is totally preventable with a proper awareness and understanding of what causes it, and some simple strategies to prevent it.

The workshop is brief, interactive and applicable to all ages.

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25 Oct 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bert Church High School

This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.

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30 Oct 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ReidBuilt Centre for Community Leadership

This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.

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31 Oct 2018

A Focus on Speech & Language: Information & tips for improving communication abilities in children & youth

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about speech and language difficulties and their impact on children and youth in terms of academic achievement, psychological and social development. The presentation will describe what to do if you are concerned about your child’s communication abilities or fluency. Therapy resources for children and youth and information about speech and language treatment options will be provided. This presentation will also discuss ISTAR's speech and language services, research projects and how to access ISTAR’s services.

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05 Nov 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Improving Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills help the brain get things done in an organized and efficient way but what happens when a child or teen has difficulty in this area? Does your child often start an activity prior to hearing all the instructions? Have a hard time tolerating change? Have trouble knowing where to begin a big project? Or often underestimate time needed to complete a task? If so, strategies for improving executive functioning skills might be helpful. In this session you will learn how difficulties in executive functioning affect children and adolescents. You will also learn a number of strategies for helping your child or teen improve their skills.

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06 Nov 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mitford School

This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.

08 Nov 2018

CADDAC Presents : The Impact of ADHD on Learning and Self-Regulation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Calgary Academy

Have you wondered why children with ADHD struggle in the school environment? While ADHD is not a learning disability, nor a behaviour disorder, ADHD can significantly impact a student’s ability to learn and behave in this environment while impairing their academic achievement. The impact of ADHD symptoms on classroom functioning, typical presentations of ADHD symptoms seen in the classroom and some that may be commonly overlooked will be covered. Typical executive functioning impairments and other cognitive deficits will be discussed in detail. Impairments in self-regulation typically seen in children with ADHD in the home and school setting will also be explained and discussed.

13 Nov 2018

Test Anxiety: What is it and What You Need to Know Part 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

TBAMany students take tests throughout their time at school. Sometimes, the results are used to make important decisions about their educational programs, levels of curriculum mastery, report card grades, graduation requirements, and opportunities for further education. As many as 25% to 45% of students have test anxiety. As a result, these students usually experience high levels of stress, nervousness, and apprehension during these evaluative situations. This presentation will explain the nature and cause of test anxiety and offer strategies that parents, teachers, and professional can use to help students overcome high levels of anxiety during tests. Part 1 was January 23, 2018.

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20 Nov 2018

The Teen Years: Raising a Healthy Child Through Resilience and Empathy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bert Church High School

We will be discussing how to develop resilience in your teen. We will also be exploring teen brain development, health, and the impacts of parental empathy on teens. This presentation is for anyone looking to learn how to support their teen through these difficult years.

04 Dec 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

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.