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.
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

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

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

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200 (40)

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

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

12 Dec 2017

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

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.

Poster

14 Dec 2017

Transitioning to Adulthood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs.

Learn simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including:
PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)
Transition Planning

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

23 Jan 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake 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.

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

28 Feb 2018

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