CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

More Information In person sessions are held at a location within the Calgary area and your attendance is required.
29 Feb 2020

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, starting February 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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

Poster

03 Mar 2020

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Senator Patrick Burns School

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping, impacts of nicotine, appropriate prevention, identifying problematic use and legislation.

Poster

05 Mar 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marion Carson School

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

Poster

09 Mar 2020

Back to Baseline: Buoying Your Adolescent During Choppy Waters

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Western Canada High School

Anxiety and depression are intrinsically linked for many individuals, and this is especially true for adolescents. This presentation will help parents and caregivers identify symptoms of distress in children and youth and provide appropriate guidance for keeping them afloat when they have exhausted their own emotional reserves.

Poster

10 Mar 2020

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

This session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.

Poster

12 Mar 2020

Time To Get Up And Go To Work! Strategies to increase employment readiness *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

In this presentation, participants will learn about the basic steps to gain and maintain successful employment. Beginning with pre-employment skills such as exploring interests, resume writing, and job searching, through to interview skills and other self-advocacy skills (e.g., seeking supports, disclosure), participants will learn about a variety of strategies to help individuals with autism be successful in the workforce.

Poster

18 Mar 2020

Understanding the Brain and Stress

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hull Services - Social Room

This presentation will focus on increasing knowledge of brain development, brain functioning, the stress response system, the impact of trauma on the brain, and ways to increase functioning in the context of caregiving relationships. The lens from which these topics will be discussed is from Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model. This presentation will aim to increase caregiver compassion, flexibility and confidence.

Poster

01 Apr 2020

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights School

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping, impacts of nicotine, appropriate prevention, identifying problematic use and legislation.

Poster

08 Apr 2020
15 Apr 2020

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

6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Crowfoot Public Library

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.

20 Apr 2020

Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Signal Hill Library

TBA

23 Apr 2020

Let's Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

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

06 May 2020

Social Media

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

To Be Announced

TBD

12 May 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.

13 May 2020

25 Things Kids with ADHD Wished Their Parents & Teachers Knew About ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Western Canada High School

Most parents of kids and adolescents who have ADHD try very hard to be compassionate and understanding of the nature of ADHD and its various effects on behaviour, mood, academic performance, and so on. What we can all forget, sometimes, is that somewhere in there is a kid who understands ADHD better than anyone else. This presentation is based on hundreds of conversations with kids with ADHD and their response to the basic – but critically important – question “What do you wish others knew about you and your ADHD?” Using their own words is a great place to engage in truly understanding the condition and developing more effective ways to work with kids, adolescents, and young adults who have ADHD while also framing the symptoms in a much more positive manner, so the focus is on strengths as opposed to focusing on the negative effects of ADHD. Strategies developed in collaboration with kids with ADHD will also be discussed.

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04 Jun 2020

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.