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.
21 Sep 2017

Identifying Youth at Risk of Psychosis

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants can expect to learn what clinical high risk of psychosis is, as well as what we know about conversion to psychosis. They will learn about symptoms that help identify young people at risk for psychosis. Finally, they will learn about our research group, how our projects might be helpful to them and their clients and how to refer to our program.

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21 Sep 2017

Part 2 - "Please get my Child off the Couch": Successful Strategies for Promoting Independence and Self-Advocacy within Individuals with Autism

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

We will share strategies to increase your son or daughter's motivation to become independent in all aspects of life including daily living, post-secondary school or training, and employment. Topics discussed will include:
- Independence
- Self-advocacy
- The parents' changing role
- Using reinforcement to increase motivation
- Community Resources
And more........

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21 Sep 2017

Street Drugs

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

This presentation will address common street drugs in the City of Calgary and its surrounding communities, their use and symptoms of use. Myths surrounding certain substances and the various other substances that are found within illicit drugs will also be discussed.

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21 Sep 2017

TEEN SERIES: Videogames & Youth

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Discover the impact video games have on the emotional wellbeing of youth and their families. Learn about current research, new ideas, and strategies for your home.

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26 Sep 2017

Emotion Regulation in Teenagers -the Parental Role

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hawkwood Learning Commons

Parents are instrumental in teaching their children how to identify and subsequently manage their emotional experiences. This role becomes more challenging when your child is a teenager who also tends to have heightened, intense emotions on a regular basis. This presentation will assist parents in developing techniques that will allow them to effectively manage their own emotional responses when tending to their teenager's reactions, and teach them strategies to help their child when in the midst of these emotions.

In this presentation you will learn:
- about vulnerability factors and their impact on emotions
- the importance of validation and how to use it
- how thoughts contribute to experiencing prolonged emotions
- mindfulness skills to help quiet their mind and reduce emotional intensity/duration
- effective communicate strategies

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26 Sep 2017

TEEN SERIES: Social Media & Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Forest Lawn Library

Learn which social media apps teens are using today as well as the ways in which they are used.

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27 Sep 2017

Fostering Academic Resilience in Elementary and Middle School Children

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

West Ridge School

For children to be successful in school, they must be resilient to the challenges that appear in their daily lives. Many researchers explore how resilience is important to the functioning of children who survive significant life traumas, but often neglect the everyday stressors that impact the majority of children in our schools and communities. Academic resilience can be described as the ability to overcome situational barriers or stressors that appear in life to achieve academically in school. In this talk, we will identify the components that make children academically resilient and outline the ways that parents and teachers can foster it in their homes and classrooms.

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28 Sep 2017

Creating a Culture of Respect for LGBTQ People

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Building on the anti-homophobia work that Calgary Sexual Health Centre has been doing since the 1990s, this workshop defines and examines the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation. We discuss the root causes of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism, while looking at both media messaging and our culturally constructed views of gender and the impact this can have on clients and coworkers. Participants will leave with practical strategies for creating a safer, more inclusive and respectful work environment. They will also learn about additional community resources and referrals.

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28 Sep 2017

Childhood Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Our Lady of the Evergreens 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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28 Sep 2017

TEEN SERIES: Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library

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

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02 Oct 2017

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about why ADHD is awesome and the assets children with ADHD possess. Importantly, you will also learn how to help children learn to embrace their awesomeness and boost them to success.

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03 Oct 2017

TEEN SERIES: Gangs & Teens

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Forest Lawn Library

Join us for an information session about teens and gang prevention. Detective Da Silva-Spence will lead a discussion on gang prevention, organized crime, current settings and trends in Calgary.

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05 Oct 2017

TEEN SERIES: Social Media & Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library

Learn which social media apps teens are using today as well as the ways in which they are used.

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05 Oct 2017

Little Worry Warts: The Anxious Child

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Scenic Acres School

Participants will learn about what anxiety is (including various anxiety disorders) and how to recognize anxiety in their children, as well as gaining an understanding of its possible origins. Most importantly, they will acquire knowledge of strategies to help reduce their children’s anxiety and its associated behaviours, and when and how to seek professional help.

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11 Oct 2017

Fentanyl

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

Sgt. Andrew Critchley of the Calgary Police Service Crime Prevention Team will present on the issue of fentanyl awareness, touch on the historical issues of opiate usage and offer preventative advice, while highlighting recent changes to legislation.

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12 Oct 2017

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) Presents - The Impact of ADHD on Learning

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Foothills Academy Society

Have you wondered why children with ADHD struggle in the school environment? While ADHD is not a learning disability ADHD can significantly impact a student's ability to learn and impair their academic achievement. Research on general academic outcomes will be reviewed during this presentation as well as the impact of ADHD symptoms on classroom functioning, typical presentations of ADHD symptoms seen in the classroom and some that may be commonly overlooked will be covered. Typical executive functioning impairments and other cognitive deficits will be discussed in detail. Key elements to assisting your child find success at school will also be covered.

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16 Oct 2017

Identifying Youth at Risk of Psychosis

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hull Services - Social Room

Participants can expect to learn what clinical high risk of psychosis is, as well as what we know about conversion to psychosis. They will learn about symptoms that help identify young people at risk for psychosis. Finally, they will learn about our research group, how our projects might be helpful to them and their clients and how to refer to our program.

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17 Oct 2017

Childhood Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Strategies

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Ecole Good Shepherd 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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19 Oct 2017

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

The RDSP is a program for those that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and are under the age of 60. There is up to $70,000 in grants and $20,000 in bonds that can be collected until their 49th year. Come get all your questions answered about he Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Saving Plan.

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19 Oct 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Brain

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Western Canada High School

We live in two worlds...the external materialistic world and the internal psychic one which regulates our self-esteem...the external world is planning to legalize marijuana in July 2018 and the internal world needs to be well informed about the possible risks of using marijuana in pursuing a quick fix, new sensations and relief from despair if we want to avoid addictions and psychotic experiences.
This talk will look at the risks of marijuana to the developing brain, pregnant moms and those with mental health disorders in addition to the risks for driving and combining with meds or alcohol. Finally, the importance of strict regulation, marketing and distribution will be suggested if we want to prevent unnecessary suffering. Open to everyone 15yrs +

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23 Oct 2017

Sibling Rivalry

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Is it really possible to reduce the rivalry between our children? This workshop covers, reducing anger between siblings, encouraging cooperation and support, looking at the role we play as parents, and when and how to intervene consciously.

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24 Oct 2017

INTRODUCTION to MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!): A healthy lifestyle program for children 7-13yrs old.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bowness Parent Link

MEND is a FREE healthy-lifestyle program designed for three specific age groups: 2-4, 5-7 and 7-13, who are at risk of, or are above a healthy weight, and their families. MEND's goals are to empower children and families to become fitter, healthier and happier!
You will learn about:
- Healthy eating and mealtime habits
- How to read food labels
- What serving sizes look like
- Building self-esteem
- Healthy growth
- Behaviour change strategies
- Positive parenting
- Active play
Learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices for your entire family. Check out MEND!

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25 Oct 2017

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

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

South Health Campus - Wellness Centre Room 180006

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.

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26 Oct 2017

Calgary Police Response to Domestic Violence

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants will learn what domestic violence is and the cycle of violence, how the police respond and what to expect. Advice will be given on who to contact if you or someone you know are in a domestic violence relationship along with information on court orders to help protect you and your family. The session will conclude with a Q&A with a member of the CPS.

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06 Nov 2017

Labyrinths in Health and Healing: The Use of the Labyrinth Form in Promoting Holistic Health

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants can expect to:
- Gain knowledge in the history of the labyrinth form and their uses through the ages.
- Understand the uniqueness of the form and its current use as a tool for mindful practice and self-regulation.
- Learn about the work of artist Jim Buchanan in hospitals and communities in Scotland, England, USA and Canada in the design and development of the therapeutic strategies using the labyrinth form.

06 Nov 2017

Labyrinths in Health and Healing: The Use of the Labyrinth Form for Coping, Stress Reduction and Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Participants can expect to:
- Gain knowledge in the history of the labyrinth form and its use in Schools, Community, and Mental Health.
-Experience practical 'hands on' exercises that can help with coping and stress reduction.
- Learn about the work of Jim Buchanan in hospitals and communities in Scotland, England, USA and Canada in the design and development of therapeutic strategies using the labyrinth form.
- Learn about available resources in Calgary and Area.

07 Nov 2017

Understanding ADHD and Strategies that Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

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.

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08 Nov 2017

Boys and Girls Learn Differently: How Gender Differences Influence Learning and Behaviour

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The author of Raising Boys in a New Kind of World presents how gender differences have a profound influence on learning and behaviour. Boys’ brains and girls’ brains develop and operate very differently. Current brain research has revealed fascinating differences between the way males and females think and communicate. The implications for teaching and raising boys and girls are profound. Teachers and parents of both genders will benefit from this entertaining and enlightening workshop.

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15 Nov 2017

National Child Day 2017: Creating Safe and Caring Environments for Children and Youth

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Supporting children's rights is a key factor in improving their quality of life despite our abundant resources, many children and youth in Alberta face poverty, bullying, discrimination, poor mental health outcomes and abuse. A community that promotes and invests in healthy childhood development, free from these adversities, raises healthier and more engaged citizens.

Join us to learn more about:
1. The current state of services for young people in Alberta and Canada and plans to create a Canadian Children's Charter and enact a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth.
2. The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and how celebrating National Child Day, and raising rights awareness can enhance your work.
3. How you can support children and youth to be safe, healthy and engaged citizens in your daily work.

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20 Nov 2017

Understanding and Resolving Power Struggles Respectfully

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

This class explores the common causes of power struggles, and strategies to reduce the frequency and intensity of them.

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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)?

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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

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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.

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