CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

20 Jan 2022

Areas of Influence - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This presentation will discuss how parents influence their children, including affecting their environment, social identity, consequences to behavior, and developmental stages.

A reliance on discipline as a primary way to shape children’s behaviour can lead to many pitfalls for both the parent and the child. This seminar helps parents gain an appreciation of the many factors that influence behaviour, supporting them to also encourage wanted behaviour, understand their child’s unique developmental and social needs, and help their children build an internal sense of motivation and responsibility.

19 Jan 2022

Gangs ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Will discuss current gang-related challenges and occurrences, recognize if your child is participating in high-risk behaviour and how young people get involved. Learn about the effects organized crime has on communities and families involved.

Will also provide strategies to help support young people in avoiding a high risk lifestyle. Also learn what you can do in your community, in your home and where to get help.

Learn about the work taking place by the Calgary Police Service to combat
gang-related issues.

18 Jan 2022

EVERMINDFUL: mindfulness for stress management in times of uncertainty ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices providing you with ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. Offering information regarding how mindfulness can decrease stress-response related reactions and increase focus and achievement. This transformative practice introduces an effective toolbox of experiential skills, explaining ways that mindfulness can be useful in reducing perceived stress and lowering anxiety while building resilience and emotional regulation to support your adolescents and children in times of stress.

17 Jan 2022

Pause, Listen & Connect: Navigating the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence - ***please register using the poster only***

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

As children move towards their teen years, their need for autonomy and privacy often disrupts family routines, leaving many parents feeling stuck in knowing how to communicate and connect. Additionally, as their children's social world opens up, parents are often challenged and worried about seemingly risky behaviours. Many parents with children aged 11 through 18 (grade 6-12) wish they had started certain routines, had different conversations or had learned a particular something prior to their child becoming a teenager. This workshop focuses on helping parents with elementary-aged children create family and lifestyle conditions now, that will assist them in navigating the transition from childhood into adolescence.

With the goal of deepening relationships to assist in the continued development of contented, thriving, motivated kids, parents will leave feeling confident about their children’s future because of what they are able to do in the present. Using current research, knowledge and anecdotal experience, Nicola will offer optimistic and practical strategies that can be taken home and adapted into any family structure.

12 Jan 2022

Trauma & Victimization: A Child’s Lens ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will provide some basic information on trauma and the impact on the brain, emphasizing that a stress response is a healthy, natural response of being human…it keeps us safe. Concepts of complex trauma, the trauma experience, and common reactions will be highlighted. The latter part of the session will focus on understanding, supporting, and building resiliency in children.

12 Jan 2022

Talking to Children and Teens with Diverse Abilities about Healthy Relationships and Sexuality ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Everyone has the right to information about sexuality and relationships that is accurate, current and provided in a way that they can understand. This session is for parents and providers of children and youth with diverse abilities. Answering questions and talking honestly about sexuality helps children and youth feel supported to talk about growing up, feelings and relationships.

Participants will:
• Recognize reasons to talk about healthy sexuality and relationships.
• Learn what to say and why talking about sexuality helps develop boundaries, build skills and improves safety.
• Increase knowledge about puberty and sexual development; self-care and hygiene; healthy relationships and boundaries.

06 Jan 2022

Your Brain on Stress

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

We’ve all felt it…sweaty palms, heart racing, and tunnel vision. It’s stress!

While some stress is good to live a productive life, excessive stress can hijack the body’s usual response system, sometimes leading to mental health problems. Knowing how stress impacts our brain and our bodies helps us understand mental health problems and appreciate that they are real, physical processes in our brains; never “just in someone’s head”. And just like other medical illnesses or injury, brains and bodies can recover with the right support and treatment.
This topic is a continuation of a partnership with Calgary Board of Education and pediatric resident physicians from the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Initially delivered to students and faculty at junior high schools, this webinar aims to include the whole family and close the loop in communication on mental health.

Join us to learn about the stress response system, stress coping strategies and support for mental health, and supporting loved ones who might be experiencing mental illness.

15 Dec 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members ***please register using the poster only***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

14 Dec 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 12-18-year-old kids ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This session is aimed for parents of 12-18-year-old kids.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

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** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

13 Dec 2021

Supporting Children & Youth through Grief & Loss ***please register using the poster only***

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. There are many life experiences that can produce feelings of grief in a child, from the death of a relative or a divorce in the family to more everyday experiences such as moving to a new neighborhood or losing a prized possession. The pandemic has added even more reasons, with children grieving the loss of normalcy and a sense of safety. This session is to help adults counter the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower children with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss. We will look at guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss and how you can support them through these tough times.

13 Dec 2021

Burnout & Boundaries during Covid ***please register using the poster only***

10:30 AM - Noon


Join Dr. Turner as she speaks to:

• Signs and symptoms of burnout
• The costs of burnout
• Causes and contributors to burnout (personal, workplace and societal)
• How boundaries protect you from burnout
• Common challenges to setting and holding boundaries
• How to communicate boundaries with love

08 Dec 2021

Super Dads Super Kids ***Note: No registration is required. Please access the presentation using the Zoom link within the poster.***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

What is a Super Dad? Is there such a thing as a 'Super Dad"?

Well, sure there is as a "Super Dad" can be defined in many ways. In this session, we will talk about the SDSK program that is geared towards dads and/or father figures and their kids 0-6 years old, that precious stage in their early lives. We will briefly go over what the 11-week program looks like and talk about some topics we discuss like Understanding your child's emotions, Aces and Resiliency, Ages & Stages, and many more.

The importance of a bond with a dad or father figure is very important in a child's early stages of life, but also sets a healthy path and relationship for the years ahead.

07 Dec 2021

Managing the Holidays through Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being ***please register using poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The holiday season is coming! Not feeling particularly cheery this time of year? You're not alone. Many find the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. In this session you were learn about mindfulness and take away practical tools that will help you make the most of these festivities and this time of year. This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support your child’s social and emotional well-being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses may impact our social and emotional well-being and how we can use mindfulness to calm children’s brain. Improved social emotional skills using mindfulness can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others, improved self-awareness, self-regulation, decrease stress/anxiety, and improve our overall sense of well-being.

06 Dec 2021

Suicide Awareness ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Objectives of the presentation are to:

• Dispel the myths surrounding suicide while exploring how to help youth with suicidal ideation.
• Learn how to help and where to get more help

06 Dec 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 0-11-year-old kids ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old
In this workshop we will reflect, explore, and gain tools to build, grow and maintain your family’s conversations on topics of sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. Topics include language, boundaries, consent and answering questions.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

02 Dec 2021

Giving the gift of knowledge - Your guide to saving for a child’s post-secondary education - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Some parents and caregivers may find it difficult to save for their child’s education during a pandemic. That is why maximizing government supports and grants becomes very important. In this session, an Accredited Financial Planners will explore the valuable tools to help you achieve your child’s education.

01 Dec 2021

Managing Anxiety in Youth within the COVID-19 World ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - Noon

This session will outline the differences among worry, stress, and anxiety, and how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect mental health and wellness in teens. The session will also cover clinical presentations of anxiety and provide parents with insight as to what is ‘normal’ and when to seek help from a mental health professional. The session will also cover strategies for parents to assist their youth in navigating this complex world, including stress management, self-care, and strategies for improving executive functioning and resilience.

30 Nov 2021

Understanding and Using Mental Toughness to Enhance Performance: When Toughness is Really NOT About Being “Tough.”***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mental toughness (MT) has a great deal of evidence to support its use in education, but is also broadly misunderstood because of its roots in competitive sport and in high-performance arenas such as the military and business worlds. There are lots of stories of professional athletes and folks like Navy SEALS who talk about MT. But what about the rest of us? What about kids? In this webinar, we will discuss what MT really is – and the critical value of mental sensitivity and mental flexibility in enhancing our performance and in supporting kids and ourselves to become more willing risk takers, be more resilient, have more interpersonal success, and how to not only learn from mistakes but also actively seek out opportunities for new learning.

29 Nov 2021

Managing the Holidays through Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being ***please register using poster only***

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The holiday season is coming! Not feeling particularly cheery this time of year? You're not alone. Many find the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. In this session you were learn about mindfulness and take away practical tools that will help you make the most of these festivities and this time of year. This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support your child’s social and emotional well-being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses may impact our social and emotional well-being and how we can use mindfulness to calm children’s brain. Improved social emotional skills using mindfulness can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others, improved self-awareness, self-regulation, decrease stress/anxiety, and improve our overall sense of well-being.

25 Nov 2021

2E Gifted Children: Covid-19 & Well-Being - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on children and their families' well being. Gifted children live in the world with intensity and covid-19 has exacerbated that intensity. In this session we will look at:

* What is the experience of our gifted children in this pandemic?

* What have we noticed about their behaviour at this time?

* How has their world responded to this situation?

* How might we, collectively, support our complex gifted children make sense of and cope with the impact of covid-19 on their lives?

Time will be provided for participant questions.

24 Nov 2021

There's no mental health without spiritual health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In these uncertain times the usual guide posts of the external world seem to have disappeared. We are therefore left with the possibility of finding new direction by navigating our inner world. At the end of this presentation participants will;

• appreciate the importance of reconnecting with yourself in deeper richer ways
• learn the 5 B words
• apply these words to their personal situation to come up with a plan for greater well-being and spiritual health

24 Nov 2021

Mental health for highly sensitive teens; unique struggles for these emotional feelers ***please register using the poster only***

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.

23 Nov 2021

Children’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies for Parent and Child Wellbeing *** Please register using the poster link ***

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Objectives:
• To contextualize rates of child and youth mental health globally during the pandemic, as well as within Alberta.
• To learn about the most salient stressors related to parent and child mental health during COVID-19.
• To identify strategies to foster family connectedness, as well as healthy device and sleep habits, to help promote
mental health now and in a post-pandemic future.

22 Nov 2021

Kids Have Stress Too - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

18 Nov 2021

Screen time: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Many parents struggle with screen time. On the one hand, they know they should limit screens. On the other, they realize that screens are part of kids’ culture. How much is too much? This workshop is critical for all parents who are wondering about the amount of screen time their children have. In this workshop, participants will learn:

• The effects of screen time on the developing brain
• The behavioural outcomes of too much screen time
• How and when technology can be beneficial

18 Nov 2021

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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.

17 Nov 2021

Dare to Care: Bully Proofing your Child - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


When 150,000 students miss school each day because of bullying, we need to address this pervasive and crippling issue more seriously. Bullying behavior is not always easy for adults or children to recognize or define. A fight between friends or siblings, or rough play between children with equal power is conflict, not bullying. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally use their power to hurt, embarrass, threaten or exclude another person.

Participants will learn about the scope of the problem and the correlation between bullying, mental illness, and criminal activity. As well, participants will be provided with tips and guidelines to help their children navigate both real world situations and the potentially dangerous digital world that is increasingly becoming part of day to day life. To conclude the evening, parents will be provided with a tool belt of skills to help their children deal with bullying situations.

17 Nov 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

15 Nov 2021

Stress and Healthy Coping: Helping Youth Address Their Stress - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Participants will learn:

• What is stress
• How can adults identify youth are stressed
• Healthy coping techniques
• Where to get help

15 Nov 2021

Stress and Healthy Coping: Helping Youth Address Their Stress - ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Participants will learn:

• What is stress
• How can adults identify youth are stressed
• Healthy coping techniques
• Where to get help

04 Nov 2021

Real Talk: Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in Alberta with 1 in 3 individuals experiencing violence in their lifetime. Incidents of domestic violence exist across rural and urban areas, within all cultural and faith communities, all ages, amongst university educated professionals with a roof over their heads and those who don’t know where their next safe place to sleep will be. Children are significantly impacted living in homes where domestic violence occurs, and early identification of difficulties can lead to earlier and more effective support for children and their families. It’s time to get real. In Real Talk participants will learn how to recognize and talk about domestic violence, they will learn how to support someone if they know or suspect that they might be experiencing it, and learn where and how they can refer to community resources.

28 Oct 2021

Renewed Focus: A Follow-up Report on Youth Opioid Use in Alberta - ***please register using the poster only***

10:30 AM - Noon

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) provides individual and systemic advocacy for vulnerable young people in Alberta. They stand up for young people so they can have success in their lives and communities.

Join us to learn more about:
• the mandate and role of the OCYA
• the recommendations from their recently released special report focused on youth opioid use, including the need for a youth specific response to the opioid crisis
• how you can apply these recommendations in your role as a supportive adult

27 Oct 2021

Girls and Covid Nine-Teen - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The presentation will include the most up-to-date developments regarding COVID-19, teen health and schools.

The pandemic has significantly harmed the mental health of teenage girls.

Amy will speak to:
• Expected teen development (social-emotional stages of development)
• COVID-19 and special effects on teen girls (online school, masking, lockdowns, social distancing, increased media access and exposure)
• Mental health consequences (depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, addiction)
• Related consequences (self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, hospitalization & medication)
• Red flags (signs, symptoms, how and where to get help)
• Building hope through validation, compassion, resiliency, and positive social connection

27 Oct 2021

Kids Have Stress Too - ***please register using the poster only***

1:00 PM - 3:00 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.

26 Oct 2021

Adolescent Brain Development and Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adolescence is a magical time when children enter a period of huge growth and change. Bodies and brains change, emotions become more volatile, friends become more important, and the parent-child relationship morphs into a parent-teen relationship. In this session we will discuss the adolescent brain, how to support healthy brain development, promoting resilience, and navigating the ways that your relationship with your teen will evolve as they slowly but surely become little adults.

25 Oct 2021

Are they too young? Talking with infants and preschoolers about bodies, relationships and sexuality - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The foundation for healthy adult relationships and sexuality is built in infancy and preschool aged children. Learn how you can help support the healthy sexual development in the children in your life by:

• Gaining understanding of the importance of talking about bodies, relationships and sexuality with very young children
• Discuss when and how to talk
• Develop comfort and confidence in using practical strategies and tools