CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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.

Handout
Poster

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

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.

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
Presentation Handout
References
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.

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.

23 Nov 2020

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

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 11:00 PM

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.

25 Nov 2020

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

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 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?

02 Dec 2020

Help! My Child is Struggling in School!

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

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.

Handout

03 Dec 2020

Helping Our Children & Youth Cope

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


Let’s boost the resiliency of our children and our families!

Mental health is an essential component of personal well-being. Has the current pandemic impacted mental health? What can we believe? Should we be worried?

Join our panelists as they discuss coping skills, balance, and resiliency which can serve us well through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Their insights and tips will support both your and your child’s mental health and overall well-being.

** Prior to the session, please send questions you would like addressed to ces@ahs.ca **

Panelists:
• Kathy Jarrell, Lead - Alberta School Mental Health Literacy Project
• Brian Madill, Coordinator of Student Services - Red Deer Public Schools
• Jodie Mattia, Director of Support Services - Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools

Handout

10 Dec 2020

Lockdown Life: Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth in Canada

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


The aim of this webinar is to address the implications that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children and youth mental health in Canada. The world as they knew it had changed in a matter of days, with schools suddenly closed, celebrations cancelled, and many of their friends and loved ones only accessible online.

Fiona Haynes and Lucksini Raveendran from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) share findings from the HEADSTRONG Youth Survey, highlighting thoughts and feelings in this extraordinary moment in time, the challenges and fears, as well as resilience and fortitude. Following this discussion, a youth panel will reflect on the survey findings and their own experiences of mental health challenges during the pandemic. The MHCC shares the Lockdown Life resource created directly from the voices of youth, and the full, newly released, report available from the Youth Survey. Finally, young people from across Canada will also share their thoughts about an approaching Holiday season like no other and their hopes for the future.

Prior to the session, please send questions you would like addressed to ces@ahs.ca

15 Dec 2020

Nurturing stability in the face of uncertainty

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


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.

Handout

18 Dec 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

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.

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27 Jan 2021

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

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

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

Questions
Resource Guide

27 Jan 2021

ReDirect

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


ReDirect is a youth-based (for 14 – 30ish yr olds) program that works with young adults to lower the risk of violence from individuals that have extreme ideological beliefs with the potential to lead to acts of violence. The program works to identify risk factors, and then build or provide supports to lower these risk factors. It is important to note that ReDirect does not attempt to change belief systems, but focuses on reducing the risk of violence. The presentation explains the ReDirect model and provides a Key Behaviour tool to help identify youth at risk of committing violence for ideological beliefs.

Kelly Mergen is a retired police officer. He worked 28 years in the field of criminal justice in both corrections and policing, spending his last 12 years specializing in building relationships with the Middle Eastern and European communities in Calgary. He has been involved with ReDirect since its earliest development working with focus groups while the program was being created.

Handout
Key Behaviours
ReDirect Referral Form

28 Jan 2021

Part 3: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Mathematics: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Mathematics
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

Resource Guide

28 Jan 2021

PPD 101 – What you need to know about Perinatal Mood Disorder

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

The focus of this presentation will be on discussing the range of the Postpartum experience and all that it can encompass. Focusing on what to look for, how to create space to speak about it, and to spend some time discussing how to support yourself, or a loved one, where this may be a concern. This discussion can never happen too early or too late, and all are welcome to join, wherever you happen to be on your prenatal/postpartum journey.

02 Feb 2021

Part 2: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Written Expression: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Written Expression
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

Resource

03 Feb 2021

Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


With the multitude of changes that have occurred in the last year, families are stuck at home and spending a lot of time with their digital devices (e.g., video games, phones, tablets). Parents especially have become concerned about how much time their children and adolescents spend facing a screen, whether it’s on TikTok or playing Fortnite. Some parents may be left wondering, “Are my kids addicted? What do I do? How will this affect them?” Learn from our experts, Tanya Mudry and Jezz Stone, on how to manage the increased use of screens/digital devices from a relational and family perspective. In this presentation, they will discuss tips for families to consider when developing healthy relationships with digital devices.

Recruitment Poster

25 Feb 2021

Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships During a Pandemic

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

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships in their children. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and increased social connection online. 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 and stress 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 with their peers in person and safely online.

26 Feb 2021

Bullying and ASD

Available until: March 31, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Bullying, or peer victimization, is an unfortunate and common experience of those on the spectrum. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of how bullying is currently described, its frequency regarding those on the spectrum, and its impact. Strategies to address these concerns will also be discussed.

02 Mar 2021

Bully Proofing your Child

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


When 150,000 students miss school each day because of bullying and 7 out of 10 youth drop out of sport because of a toxic culture, we need to address this issue more seriously.

Learn about the scope of the problem and the correlation between bullying, mental illness, and criminal activity. Tips and guidelines will be shared to help children navigate both real-world situations and the potentially dangerous digital world that has become such a significant part of our children’s lives.

Since it is likely that all children/youth will experience some form of bullying at some point in their lives, it is strongly recommended that all parents attend. Two hours is a small price to pay in helping your child navigate this not-so-perfect world.

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Parent Handout

02 Mar 2021

Putting Stress Under the Microscope: Parenting Stress and Its Relationship to Parenting

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon


Saturday morning presentation!

Parenting is rewarding, but is no easy feat. This presentation will focus on the parenting role and will discuss parenting beliefs, parenting practices, and a specific type of stress, known as parenting stress. New lines of research, children's social and emotional development, and parenting strategies will also be covered, with the overall goal of supporting parents' parenting experiences.

08 Mar 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

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!

Poster

11 Mar 2021

Autism and PTSD: Overlapping, Overwhelming and Under-Recognized

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) represents a significant mental health challenge that can be difficult to recognize and treat in individuals with social communication challenges. This workshop will discuss why trauma is often overlooked in autistic individuals and how to enhance awareness of PTSD and support effective intervention.

Poster

16 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

18 Mar 2021

Navigating Technology with our Youth

10:30 AM - Noon

In this 1.5 hour presentation, we will discuss the role of technology and today’s youth. The message of this presentation is not only based on technology, but also about a child’s healthy brain development and the necessary parenting/caregiver role in creating healthy, emotional, regulated, and integrated brains. This presentation will address the underpinning of a child’s emotional brain development and how to grow it, as well as how technology can dangerously hijack this.

We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. This workshop is designed to give attendees the skills to become their child’s emotional coach. The workshop will provide participants with:
• An understanding of the basic neuroscience behind healthy brain development,
• The dangers of technology for healthy brain development,
• Technology use rules that will help your child
• When building healthy brains, how to identify emotions in your child/student, and
• How to become your child’s/student’s emotional coach in only five steps and in that, build a resilient child.

The presentation is facilitated by a therapist from Juno House who has years of both clinical and facilitating experience. Juno House was founded in 2008 as a Centre of Excellence for adolescent girls and young women who are experiencing anxiety-based mental health issues of self harm, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression and eating disorders.

Poster

22 Mar 2021

Children and Parenting After Separation ' Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Law Disputes '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar is about how children’s views and preferences can be heard when family law problems are being resolved in court and out of court. We will talk about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, how the Convention gives children the right to be heard, and the research on the benefits to children and parents when children are heard. We will also talk about the strengths and weaknesses of hearing the voice of children through parenting assessments (also called custody assessments and bilateral reports), through shorter views of the child reports and through other options.

Poster

22 Mar 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

23 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Session 2

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

06 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

Poster

08 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies - originally broadcast Jan 12

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


**Rebroadcast of the Apr 6 live presentation** (dependant upon quality of recording)

Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

Poster

08 Apr 2021

Sleep Soundly: A workshop to support better sleep habits for teens and adults with autism

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Counting sheep not helping you or your family sleep? “The Sleep Workshop” will discuss common sleep challenges for teens and adults with autism and provide you with strategies to support healthy sleep habits. This workshop is intended for teens or adults with autism and those who support them.

13 Apr 2021

Let me triple check that: Childhood Perfectionism and Bossing Back OCD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


This session offers an overview of child and adolescent perfectionism and how intrusive thoughts around “getting it right” can impact a child’s academic and social abilities. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique of Exposure and Response Prevention for parents and/or school personal to help children and/or adolescence to fight back against their obsessive-compulsive symptoms will be discussed along with:
Background information on what Perfectionism and OCD is
Ability to notice signs of perfectionistic tendencies within your child
An understanding of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Fun and exciting ways to tailor ERP to children/adolescence

Poster

14 Apr 2021

Building Resiliency in Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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.

Poster

20 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 0-11-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old
In this workshop we will reflect, explore, and gain tools to build, grow and maintain your family’s conversations on topics of sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. Topics include language, boundaries, consent and answering questions.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

22 Apr 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

27 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 12-18-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

This session is aimed for parents of 12-18-year-old kids.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

29 Apr 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

Poster

11 May 2021

Understanding and Using Mental Toughness to Enhance Performance: When Toughness is Really NOT About Being “Tough.”

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mental toughness (MT) has a great deal of evidence to support its use in education, but is also broadly misunderstood because of its roots in competitive sport and in high-performance arenas such as the military and business worlds. There are lots of stories of professional athletes and folks like Navy SEALS who talk about MT. But what about the rest of us? What about kids? In this webinar, we will discuss what MT really is – and the critical value of mental sensitivity and mental flexibility in enhancing our performance and in supporting kids and ourselves to become more willing risk takers, be more resilient, have more interpersonal success, and how to not only learn from mistakes but also actively seek out opportunities for new learning.

07 Sep 2021

Helping newcomer youth navigate the process of school integration

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Immigrating to Canada and entering a new school system is an enormous task for newcomer youth. The process of school integration captures the adjustment of newcomer youth across all aspects of student life – both inside and outside the school context – including English Language Leaning, academic performance, classroom behaviour, social networking, identify negotiation, emotional and familial wellbeing, involvement in school life, and understanding of the educational system. This presentation will focus on strategies to help newcomer youth navigate the numerous social-emotional challenges they face as they integrate into a new school setting.

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15 Sep 2021

Self-Compassion and Mindfulness for Parents: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The terms self-care and mindfulness have flooded mainstream media, but what do these terms really mean, and how can you engage in these practices in a meaningful way? This presentation will explore science-based research into the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion, before introducing practical ways for you to incorporate these concepts into your daily life. This presentation will include some in-session activities such as written reflections and guided meditations.

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