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 Jan 2020

Emotional Regulation for Parents, Caregivers, and Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Briar Hill Elementary

This presentation will introduce ways in which parents and adults providing care to children can self-regulate and model calming behaviors to help children who are emotionally escalated and/or difficult to manage. Drawing on neuroscience and the latest research on attachment theories in early childhood and beyond, attendees will develop an understanding of how to craft interactions with young people that are positive, reciprocal, and empowering for all family members.

Poster

23 Jan 2020

Seeing through the Vape

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Crossing Park 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

25 Jan 2020

Mindfulness for Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Calgary Girls School

This SATURDAY session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices and give you ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. In this transformative practice, you will be introduced to ways that mindfulness can be used to increase focus and achievement while giving you a toolbox of experiential skills that help lower anxiety, build resilience, reduce stress and help with your (or your child’s) emotional regulation.

Youth 10+ may join with their caregiver(s).

Poster

30 Jan 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

Poster

10 Feb 2020

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

Poster

13 Feb 2020

Navigating the Social Network Super Highway *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adolescents and adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.

Poster

20 Feb 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham 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

24 Feb 2020

Teen Mental Health: Depression

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School

Adolescent Depression will present parents/caregivers with an overview and trajectory of depressive symptoms, guidance in helping teens identify and manage them, and resources and interventions designed to have a mitigating effect.

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.

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.

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.

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.