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.
26 Mar 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A.E. Bowers Elementary School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve
self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

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02 Apr 2019

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Manachaban Middle 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.

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03 Apr 2019

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.

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10 Apr 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss the signs and symptoms of youth opioid abuse. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including how to access and when to use a Naloxone kit. A universal screener for opioid abuse and other resources will also be examined.

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11 Apr 2019

Let's Talk About: Typical Speech and Language Development (2 to 5 years)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crowfoot Public Library Program Room 2

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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11 Apr 2019

What Now?...Navigating Life After High School *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will provide an overview of options for your teenager after high school, namely more school (post-secondary education or training), employment or a gap year(s). Typically, a gap year after high school for young adults with autism means sleeping late, gaming more and losing skills and confidence. Some autistic individuals are not quite ready for the rigors of university, college or work and need support to build readiness skills before taking that next step. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and resources to help strike the right balance between continued learning, part-time employment and social/recreational opportunities once high school ends.

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15 Apr 2019

Anxiety in Early Childhood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

How come my child is suddenly refusing to go to school, sleep alone or is afraid to be away from me? Could this be anxiety? This workshop will give insight into how anxiety works in children, how do we recognize it and what can we do? This presentation will cover children pre-school through to school-age.

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18 Apr 2019

Optimal Parenting in the First 2000 Days of Life

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the various areas of child development (e.g., physical health, social competence). Evidence shows that some children are not performing as well as others in these areas. I will discuss how engaging in sensitive and responsive forms of parenting can help children develop optimally. We will review video examples to illustrate when parenting behavior and communication could be strengthened to optimize child development.

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22 Apr 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

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24 Apr 2019

The Core Story Of Infant Mental Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants in this workshop will learn what infant mental health is,how it unfolds, and how the emotional
well-being of very young children can be derailed. The presenter will discuss what can parents do to support healthy attachments and brain development in their infants and toddlers. Parents will learn about how the young child’s brain is shaped by experiences, how relationships help children learn how to regulate their emotions, attention and behavior.

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25 Apr 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dalhousie School

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 what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success.

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30 Apr 2019

Cannabis and Calgary's Youth: How to help young people make an informed and responsible choice

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hull Services - Social Room

The legalization of marijuana is here. As adults, we play an important role in supporting our City's youth in making smart decisions surrounding its use. To help you play this role successfully, we're inviting parents and mentors to learn more about its use, the effects on the young brain and changes in Federal and Provincial laws. This informative and engaging presentation focuses on facts and helpful strategies to help you start supportive conversations surrounding cannabis and its use with the young people in your life.

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30 Apr 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Municipal Office

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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01 May 2019

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Parents of children and teens with ADHD are often concerned about their eating habits - are they eating enough, too much or the right type of foods? In this presentation, parents can expect to learn the fundamentals of nutrition, nutrition related to ADHD and practical strategies to make mealtimes more enjoyable!

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06 May 2019

Nutrition and Mental Health: An overview of what the science says

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The key to understanding the importance of nutrition for our mental health is having some basic knowledge about what exactly it is that nutrients do in our brains. This workshop will provide an overview of nutrition in brain health, as well as a summary of some of the clinical studies showing how dietary education and supplementation are being used to improve mental health. The talk will end with practical ideas for fostering better eating habits, even in our pickiest eaters such as those on the autism spectrum.

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07 May 2019

Empowering Parents and Caregivers: A Discussion about Substance Use Prevention and How to Support our Young People Today

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bow Valley High School

Incidence of prescription drug misuse continues to be of concern amongst youth. The new cannabis legislation will be discussed including the impacts legislation has on youth, use, frequency and trends. Harm reduction methods, Use Vs. Misuse and addiction related resources will be presented. This session will provide an understanding of the impact of prescription drug use on our youth, offer prevention techniques, help recognize the signs of use and equip participants with a simplified conversation guide. There will also be discussion on how to respond and where to seek support. This session will enable and better support parent and caregivers to more confidently respond to the curious question “just asking for a friend!”

09 May 2019

I'm so Stressed! Understanding and Managing Anxiety and Mental Health Issues *Also Availalbe as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will address anxiety and how it arises in our brains, mind and heart. We will learn that anxiety does a good job of pretending to be our friend, when in reality it robs us of the very things we are looking for. We will use a simple Mindfulness process to look at daily worries (friends, academics, transition to adulthood) and how to ensure that anxiety does not get in the way of progress and growth. This presentation will include lots of time for questions as we go along. It will be practical and solution focused.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how and why anxiety arises in the Mind.
2. Describe how our usual ways of reacting to anxiety are not useful.
3. Describe a simple Mindfulness process for responding to anxiety in helpful ways.
4. Learn practical strategies for immediate use in responding rather than reacting to anxiety.
5. Understanding the role of Medications in ASD and related diagnoses.

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09 May 2019

Sleep Hygiene and your Teens

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary Academy

Are you and your family members getting enough sleep? Do you:
• Feel sleepy at the wrong times
• Have trouble paying attention
• Fall asleep quickly
• Feeling wired at the wrong time of day
• Feel frustrated and irritable
• Have trouble controlling impulses
• Have difficulties with attention and concentration
• Have memory problems
Approximately 30% of adolescents between 12-18 do not meet
minimum sleep requirements (8-10 hours/ night), and about 60% report feeling tired when going to school.

This presentation will focus on why sleep is so necessary and will provide parents with practical strategies to help develop healthy sleeping habits for everyone, parents included!

13 May 2019

Little Kids and Big Feelings

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Guiding our children through their big feelings, responding to tantrums, and managing difficult behaviors can challenge all parents. Come hear about the Brain-body connection that helps children develop the skills of emotion regulation.  Understand more about why children lose control of their emotions, what it means to ‘flip your lid’, and the role of parents in helping kids with feelings.  Learn skills you can teach your children, and use yourself, to help your child manage big feelings.  We will use a combination of videos, discussion, and practice. This presentation will cover children pre-school through to
school-age.

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15 May 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop is for parents and caregivers on how to help their child cope positively with painful medical procedures, tests and injuries of childhood. 90 minute session will include a presentation with discussion focusing on how a child’s pain is perceived, how to talk to your child about pain, and how to successfully coach them to help themselves to overcome fears and worries associated with medical interventions.

15 May 2019

Bullying Ends Here

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Christ the King School

Constable Tad Milmine has a story that is both heartbreaking and inspiring. He shares how he went from being abused and neglected while confined in a basement for years to being relentlessly bullied all through school to persevering and achieving his childhood dream of being a Police Officer. It took a tragedy for Tad to act but what he would do with his life would result in being the basis of inspiration for hundreds of thousands'.

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22 May 2019

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

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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.

29 May 2019

Summer Slide: What is it and what can you do to prevent it?

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Throughout the summer, many children lose as much as 2 months of reading skills. Known as summer slide, this learning loss can leave children, especially those furthest from opportunity, up to 3 years behind their peers by the end of Grade 5. In this session, learn how to keep children engaged over the summer to ensure they don't lose any ground in their learning and experience the joy of reading.

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03 Jun 2019

Avoiding Power Struggles

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

The more early prevention, the less intervention. In this workshop we discuss issues and concerns regarding positive discipline; examine the difference between punishment and discipline and learn positive approaches to encouraging positive behaviour.

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04 Jun 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop is for parents and caregivers on how to help their child cope positively with painful medical procedures, tests and injuries of childhood. 90 minute session will include a presentation with discussion focusing on how a child’s pain is perceived, how to talk to your child about pain, and how to successfully coach them to help themselves to overcome fears and worries associated with medical interventions.

05 Jun 2019

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.

07 Jun 2019

Attachment and it’s Impact on Parenting (Calgary and Edmonton IN PERSON Locations)

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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07 Jun 2019

Attachment and it’s Impact on Parenting (Calgary and Edmonton IN PERSON Locations)

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Walter C.Mackenzie HealthSciencesCentre (Edmonton)

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