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.
12 Nov 2019

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

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

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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13 Nov 2019

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.

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14 Nov 2019

Sexual Health Workshop *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

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14 Nov 2019

Sleep 101 for Parents of School-Aged Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Is your child taking forever to fall asleep at night?
Delaying bedtime and offering up every excuse possible?
Are you co-sleeping and want to change?
This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 6 to 12 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, along with details on how to obtain adequate sleep hygiene. A variety of techniques helpful for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep will also be discussed.

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18 Nov 2019

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Seton Public Library - Ampitheatre

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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18 Nov 2019

When Consequences Don't Seem to Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Parenting is frustrating at times, especially when consequences don’t seem to be working. There are positive and respectful solutions and helps available. In this workshop we will explore concerns and discuss options to help guide parents through these tough and challenging periods.

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25 Nov 2019

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

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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26 Nov 2019

My child has the problem, why do you want to meet with us?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

Sometimes expressed verbally (the question), other times nonverbally (the look!), both forms are expressions of surprise. Parent involvement in education of children is established; parent involvement in counselling of children is evolving. In this session, I share the insights that I have gleaned over many years of counselling that support the idea that parents are an essential part of successful counselling of children. It is a truism that parents are the most important people in children's lives. It is inefficient not to engage them in attempts to deal with children's psychological issues. When such children are not in counselling, there are things that parents can do to help their children. Obviously, the session cannot provide solutions to children's issues; however, I will share ideas that have proven helpful, when parents in counselling have been prepared to reflect on how they currently interact with their children.

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27 Nov 2019

Conflict Between Separated Parents and Its Effect on Your Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss how and my parents find themselves fighting with each other after they separate and the serious short- and long-term effects parents' conflict can have on their children.

CBC Interview
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27 Nov 2019

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights 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.

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28 Nov 2019

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham 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.

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12 Dec 2019

Guardianship and Trusteeship: The Legal and Financial Aspects of Transitioning to Adulthood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

The transition from children's services to adult services can be an exciting time in a young adult's life, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and challenge for the family. Children's Link Society and McMan Youth Family and Community Services have designed a workshop for parents to address some of the main issues for families who have youth ages 16 and up and moving into the adult service system.

Lorna Selig from Children's Link will discuss the Transition Process as it relates to the following:

PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)

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.

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