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 Apr 2018

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

7:00 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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24 Apr 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Langdon School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

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24 Apr 2018

Substance Use Prevention

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Webber Academy

Enhance your knowledge of youth substance use by examining trends, the effects of different substances, and the developing adolescent brain. Learn strategies for engaging youth in conversation and how to enhance protective factors that strengthen youth and families and prevent substance misuse/abuse.

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24 Apr 2018

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

7:00 PM - 9:00 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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25 Apr 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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26 Apr 2018

Parenting in 2018: Meeting New Challenges with some Tried and True Tips and Tricks

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary School

Join AHS Clinical Consultant Katherine Jarrell as she shares a parenting perspective that she has found helpful both personally and professionally. Katherine will share some strategies to deal with common parenting concerns, and resources to further support you. Come prepared to laugh and learn! Leave with more confidence and tools in your toolbox.

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02 May 2018

Introduction to Infant Sign Language * Children under 18 months welcome to come along

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Fish Creek Library

Imagine communicating with your baby before they can even speak. Baby sign language reduces frustration, accelerates verbal development and strengthens cognitive skills. It also enhances child-parent bonding through time spent teaching signs to your baby. Research shows that preverbal infants can communicate through the use of
sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. During this session the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate with your preverbal,hearing baby, will be explained using examples from American Sign Language (ASL) signs. Some basic infant signs will be taught.

Children under 18 months can attend but please inform CES of this prior to the session; unregistered children/partners will not be permitted due to fire and health and safety regulations.

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03 May 2018

Childhood Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dalhousie 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

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07 May 2018

Understanding Children’s Emotions & Anger

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Join us for an evening of learning regarding children’s strong emotions and anger. We will discuss causes and concerns and learn ways to teach children how to regulate emotions and better ways to express these strong feelings.

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08 May 2018

Concussions: 101 - Heading In The Right Direction ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cochrane Community Health Centre

"So what's the deal with concussions? It's just a little bump to the head.......right?"
Would you know what to look for if your kid sustained a concussion? Would you know what to do?
Participants are provided with the most current information on the importance of recognizing and properly managing this invisible injury. Whether a parent, volunteer coach, athlete or health care professional... participants will leave feeling empowered in their ability recognize the signs and symptoms, and know what to do when a concussion is suspected. Further discussion surrounding resources and help available for those who are experiencing the long term effects of post-concussion syndrome.

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08 May 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sarah Thompson 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.

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09 May 2018

Responding to Youth Crime: An Overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Centennial High School

This presentation will provide a general overview of the purpose, principles and procedures found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and will address a number of common misconceptions about the criminal justice system as it relates to youth between the ages of 12-17. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which youth in
conflict with the law are treated differently than adults, with particular focus on the areas of diversion from the formal court process, bail, sentencing and youth records

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10 May 2018

Personal Safety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Safety can be a very real concern for all adolescents and young adults, but especially for individuals with Autism. This presentation will include safety and security tips for staying safe in and around your community; including a home and in cyber space.

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10 May 2018

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety with Practical Tools to Implement in the Home

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High 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.

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15 May 2018

Parenting Apart

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ralph McCall Elementary School

This session will offer information to parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on their children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children. 

Topics will include:

Children Can Cope with Separation and Divorce – Put your children FIRST
Learning Your Way Around the Legal System
Parenting Plans That Work for Your Family

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16 May 2018

Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD Part 1

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD

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16 May 2018

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids & Company - Britannia Location

In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.

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17 May 2018

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mountain Park 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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30 May 2018

Partnering with Parents to Address Behavioural Challenges and Mental Health Concerns at School

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Good mental health starts with an understanding of the brain and its primary roles. This session will introduce parents and those who work with youth to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health in these young people. Topics will include discussion of the teenage brain, common myths about mental illness, teenage stress, promoting positive mental health in the child and accessing help.

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31 May 2018

TEEN SERIES Navigating Mental Health Services - Who to Call

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Finding out about the appropriate services for mental health can be very challenging. Explore the services that are offered in the Calgary area for teens.

31 May 2018

Circle of Security Parenting- Building Secure Attachment

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association

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.

04 Jun 2018

How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Signal Hill Library

This presentation details the tools, techniques and strategies that are needed to guide a stepfamily from its early beginnings to becoming a successful, stable, and well functioning, cohesive family unit.

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05 Jun 2018

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

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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06 Jun 2018

TEEN SERIES Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Calgary Health Centre - Room 2285

Learn to understand sexual orientation, gender identity, related terms, values, and youth issues. Practical information about supporting youth, using inclusive language, and accessing local resources will be discussed.

07 Jun 2018

Do you know what to say? How to talk with children and teens about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

Are you ready to answer the questions your kids could ask? In this session, we will explore how to support healthy development by talking to children and teens about sexuality, identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children of any age. Participants will gain understanding of child and teen sexual development and behavior and discuss practical strategies about how to support children and youth develop healthy sexuality, boundaries, values.

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07 Jun 2018
13 Jun 2018

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.

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