CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

18 Jun 2020

Practicing Self-compassion and self-care

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This presentation will focus on the importance of self-compassion. As individuals we are able to extend compassion to others without thinking, it is a skill that comes naturally to most. However, when we are forced to turn these skills inward, our shortcomings quickly present themselves. A lack of self-compassion can be one of the common catalysts for mental health conditions, especially after a traumatic, or troubling experience. With the recent changes and adaptions that we as a society have had to make over the last few months, we would like to assist caregivers, professionals, and the public around why and how to incorporate self-compassion into our everyday lives.

17 Jun 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

15 Jun 2020

Supporting a Smooth Transition into the 2020-2021 School Year

10:00 AM - Noon

Since the closing of schools in mid-March due to the recent pandemic, school districts have offered at-home learning opportunities for all students (e.g., online, telephone check-ins, and/or course packages). Parents (in conjunction with their child’s school team) have been supporting their child‘s learning and social-emotional development during this time. Currently, the province continues to work with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan. This situation leaves many families wondering how they can support their child to transition smoothly into the 2020-21 school year regardless of the re-entry plan that is developed. Knowing that it will be important for parents to share student strengths and home-based strategies that have worked well with school teams, this presentation will be designed to provide families with effective tools and ways to share information to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Tools to be explored may include; slides, videos, creating books and memory boxes.

11 Jun 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins: Avoiding anxiety traps while promoting resilience

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children, teens, and adults. Individuals with ASD also have a high risk of developing anxiety. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of anxiety and how traditional ways of offering help may unwittingly worsen anxiety. Participants will also learn effective tools to help individuals manage anxiety to promote their resilience and overall well-being.

11 Jun 2020

The Core Story of Brain Development: Learning, Growing, and Developing in Uncertain Times

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Even though it feels like the world has come to a strange stand still, children’s brains are still learning, growing, and developing. This session will provide information on brain development and how early life experiences, including COVID 19, are stored into a child’s brain and body.

The session will explore how brain architecture is established early in life and supports life-long learning, behaviour, and health.

10 Jun 2020

Family Violence and Brain Development

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on helping parents and caregivers understand family violence and how trauma in children starting from gestation to adulthood affects their socioemotional and neurological brain development. The effects of changes in the brain can manifest in behavioural changes and adverse mental health concerns. Strategies to help parents, caregivers, and professionals recognize signs of childhood trauma, knowing when and where to seek help will be discussed. Strategies to engage in meaningful conversations and finding resources to prevent harm, build protective factors and support children exposed to domestic violence will also be provided.

09 Jun 2020

Mental health for highly sensitive teens; unique struggles for these emotional feelers

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Highly sensitive teens are often misunderstood by parents and teachers as they often have stronger emotional reactions. In this presentation, learn why this happens, and the necessary tools required to help these teens manage their emotions so they don't become derailed.

08 Jun 2020

Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your childs emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session.

04 Jun 2020

Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your childs emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session.

03 Jun 2020

Teens in Trouble With the Law: What You Need to Know

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

01 Jun 2020

Intergenerational Trauma- Learning and Healing

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In this session, you will be walked through some information about intergenerational trauma and how it has impacted the Indigenous peoples of Canada and societal imprints on a specific population. With this information participants will learn through questions, videos and examples and hopefully spark attendees to learn more. Attendees will also learn about a Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary Indigenous led program for youth that is challenging systems and creating space for healing.

28 May 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

An introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, and the crucial role parents and professionals play in buffering the impact of stress on kids. Learn strategies to help young children become aware of and manage stress in fun and engaging ways.

27 May 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

An introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, and the crucial role parents and professionals play in buffering the impact of stress on kids. Learn strategies to help young children become aware of and manage stress in fun and engaging ways.

20 May 2020

Crisis Survival Skills: Supporting your Child and Teen during Stressful Times

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This presentation will provide parents with a better understanding of how to support their child during a time of global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in psychological distress for some children and youth. Related stressors include social isolation, disruptions in routine, difficulty coping, and the disappointment of canceled events and anticipated opportunities. It aims to empower parents in recognizing signs that a child may be struggling and how they can support their child during this time of physical distancing and absence of in-person peer interactions. Parents will be provided with strategies and tools for helping their children and teens manage through this crisis and maintain social and emotional connection and well-being. Strategies discussed will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, and other coping skills.

19 May 2020

Crisis Survival Skills: Supporting your Child and Teen during Stressful Times

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This presentation will provide parents with a better understanding of how to support their child during a time of global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in psychological distress for some children and youth. Related stressors include social isolation, disruptions in routine, difficulty coping, and the disappointment of canceled events and anticipated opportunities. It aims to empower parents in recognizing signs that a child may be struggling and how they can support their child during this time of physical distancing and absence of in-person peer interactions. Parents will be provided with strategies and tools for helping their children and teens manage through this crisis and maintain social and emotional connection and well-being. Strategies discussed will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, and other coping skills.

14 May 2020

Learning Across the Lifespan: How to build learning opportunities into every day activities

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In this presentation, Dr. Velasquez will describe how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be used to enhance learning for all individuals throughout their lives. She will dispel common myths about ABA and discuss how ABA practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and other neuro-diversities. She will also share examples of “must have” skills for effective daily living, as well as how to incorporate effective teaching strategies into everyday life to promote independence and improve the quality of life of your loved one(s).

12 May 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

07 May 2020

Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships during Physical Distancing

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships during a time of physical distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and others outside one’s household. Physical distancing does not mean the same thing as social and emotional distancing. Children and teens can and should stay social and emotionally connected with their peers and others. Healthy relationships and social connections are key in fostering positive social-emotional development and resilience. Strategies to help parents promote healthy and positive relationships during a time of increased physical distance will be provided. Parents will be empowered to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as help their children develop and maintain healthy relationships and digital connection outside their immediate household. Strategies for engaging in digital connection safely will be discussed.

06 May 2020

From Finsta to FOMO: Understanding Social Media Use in Teens

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The world of social media is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up. This session will look at some of the most popular platforms among Canadian youth and how to protect privacy and keep everyone safe. We will also discuss the effects of social media use on teen mental health and how to promote healthy social media habits in a digital world.

23 Apr 2020

Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your childs emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session.