CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

10 Aug 2018

Adolescent Dating Violence: Prevalence, Correlates, Outcomes and Prevention

Available until: September 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM

This presentation will introduce attendees to the topic of adolescent dating violence. The latest research on prevalence, correlates and outcomes will be reviewed, as well as best practices for prevention. The presenter will also review key take-aways for health care providers, parents and educators.

Poster

15 Nov 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: November 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Objectives:
1. To learn about the difference between triggers/expectations, lagging skills and challenging behavior.
2. To understand the rationale for helping children and youth develop 5 common lagging skills for better adaptation.
3. To learn the advantages of collaborative vs. coercive approaches with children and youth.

Poster

27 Jun 2019

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

Available until: February 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Child abuse is a serious, pervasive and complex issue experienced by approximately 1/3 of Canadians. All adults who work with children and youth have an obligation to report suspected abuse. Talking with a child or youth about suspected abuse or making a report is often very stressful. Knowing what signs to look for, how to respond and what to expect when you report can help make this difficult situation more manageable. This session is designed to increase the capacity of adults who work with children and youth to:
- Recognize behavioral and physical signs of potential child abuse
- Respond to children and youth who disclose or give subtle verbal clues
- Confidently report suspected child abuse.

Poster

04 Jul 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the complex nature of Autism and ADHD, as well as the associated strengths and challenges. Executive functions are discussed, along with practical intervention techniques to promote long-term success in all areas of functioning. Valuable information regarding common medications often prescribed will also be reviewed.

Poster

05 Jul 2019

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

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

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.

Poster

18 Jul 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

Available until: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

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.

Poster

12 Sep 2019

Tuning In To Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Exploring Strategies That Help *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Life is a sensory experience. Sensory Modulation allows us to respond appropriately to sensory information from our environment every day. Our brains will automatically 'tune down' some information (e.g. background noise)so that we can 'tune up' other information and focus on what is important for daily functioning. For some people, sensory modulation is difficult and the ability to remain at the right level of focus and alertness for daily activity is challenged. In this workshop, we will discuss the process of 'tuning up' and 'tuning down' sensory information and learn to understand more about what might be happening in the lives of people with sensory processing disorders, as well as some strategies that might help to better 'tune-in' throughout your day.

Poster

12 Sep 2019

Tuning In To Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Exploring Strategies That Help *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Life is a sensory experience. Sensory Modulation allows us to respond appropriately to sensory information from our environment every day. Our brains will automatically 'tune down' some information (e.g. background noise)so that we can 'tune up' other information and focus on what is important for daily functioning. For some people, sensory modulation is difficult and the ability to remain at the right level of focus and alertness for daily activity is challenged. In this workshop, we will discuss the process of 'tuning up' and 'tuning down' sensory information and learn to understand more about what might be happening in the lives of people with sensory processing disorders, as well as some strategies that might help to better 'tune-in' throughout your day.

Poster

16 Sep 2019

The Teen Brain: How did we get here? How the teen brain shapes into the adult brain

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation is brought to you by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute/Child and Adolescent Imaging Research Program.
PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER ON THE CES WEBSITE BUT HERE: https://research4kids.ucalgary.ca/registration-teen-brain

Poster

17 Sep 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help * Also available as a Webinar*

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.

Poster - In Person

17 Sep 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help * Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

Poster - Webinar

19 Sep 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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.

Poster

26 Sep 2019

Sleep 101 for Teens and Parents

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Is your teen tired all the time? Does he/she have sleep habits that you’re pretty sure are not helping the situation? Not sure where to start? This session will focus on teens (13 years+) that struggle to obtain adequate, restful sleep. We will discuss the purpose of sleep and evidence-based sleep hygiene techniques helpful for setting up a foundation to obtain a better night’s rest. We will also cover how to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested.
Teens (13 years+) and Parents are welcome to attend.

Poster

30 Sep 2019

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Over the past decade, hospitalizations for mental health disorders in this age group grew by 55% to 65% while hospitalizations for all other conditions decreased by 24%.

Newly updated information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of hospital visits by Canadians age 5 to 24 for mental health disorders over the past decade, especially adolescent girls with self-injury, substance use issues as well as depression and anxiety. At the same time, the number of young Canadians diagnosed with mental health disorders remained stable. In addition, the number of young Canadians who were dispensed a mood or anxiety medication or antipsychotic medication has increased.

Now as we live in a busy, sophisticated, extraverted thinking world most of our interventions for depression and anxiety are medications or talking therapies. This minimizes the fact we are individuals who not only think but we feel, experience bodily sensations and have intuition. Consequently, we neglect the importance of arts, sports, drama and the humanities and the magical symbolic world of childhood. This presentation will focus on the innovative role of arts for engaging and educating children and adolescents from around the world.

Poster

03 Oct 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Sebastian 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.

10 Oct 2019

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

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

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.

Poster

17 Oct 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Marguerite 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.

28 Nov 2019

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.