CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

13 Jun 2018

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.

12 Jun 2018

Inclusive Education: Achieving Quality

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Inn

The workshop is for parents, teachers, and administrators. We will explain why an inclusive education is important to a child's future and ask parents to consider pursuing inclusive education for their child starting from playschool and leading right through to college/university.

Highlights of the workshop:
- What does a quality inclusive education look like?
- Adapting curriculum and instruction
- Facilitating Friendships in the classroom
- Parents - know your rights and find out how to ask what your child is learning

12 Jun 2018

Inclusive Education: Achieving Quality

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The workshop is for parents, teachers, and administrators. We will explain why an inclusive education is important to a child's future and ask parents to consider pursuing inclusive education for their child starting from playschool and leading right through to college/university.

Highlights of the workshop:
- What does a quality inclusive education look like?
- Adapting curriculum and instruction
- Facilitating Friendships in the classroom
- Parents - know your rights and find out how to ask what your child is learning

07 Jun 2018

Do you know what to say? How to talk with children and teens about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

Are you ready to answer the questions your kids could ask? In this session, we will explore how to support healthy development by talking to children and teens about sexuality, identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children of any age. Participants will gain understanding of child and teen sexual development and behavior and discuss practical strategies about how to support children and youth develop healthy sexuality, boundaries, values.

07 Jun 2018

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.

07 Jun 2018

Understanding Anger Management and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) - also available as a webinar

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will provide a review of the most current literature on the origins of anger. This will include psychological reactions, cognitive processes, and exposure to common thinking distortions. It will also discuss the emotional and behavioural manifestations of anger. Lastly, anger management and intervention strategies will be discussed. Time pending, an opportunity for questions and discussion will be held.

07 Jun 2018

Understanding Anger Management and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) - also available as a webinar

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will provide a review of the most current literature on the origins of anger. This will include psychological reactions, cognitive processes, and exposure to common thinking distortions. It will also discuss the emotional and behavioural manifestations of anger. Lastly, anger management and intervention strategies will be discussed. Time pending, an opportunity for questions and discussion will be held.

06 Jun 2018

TEEN SERIES Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Calgary Health Centre - Room 2285

Learn to understand sexual orientation, gender identity, related terms, values, and youth issues. Practical information about supporting youth, using inclusive language, and accessing local resources will be discussed.

06 Jun 2018

TEEN SERIES Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ** Also Available as a Webinar **

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to understand sexual orientation, gender identity, related terms, values, and youth issues. Practical information about supporting youth, using inclusive language, and accessing local resources will be discussed.

06 Jun 2018

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about the Speaking OUT Special Report process, themes, recommendations and the next steps in this systemic advocacy effort.
2. To build on participants knowledge of supporting LGBTQ2S+ young people and to encourage action to improve their experiences and realities.
3. To hear from young people about what works, what doesn't and how things should change.

05 Jun 2018

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

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.

31 May 2018

Circle of Security Parenting- Building Secure Attachment

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association

What does my child need from me?
How can I support my child's independence?
Why do some of my child's behaviours affect me so much?
Can parenting be less stressful?
The Circle of Security Parenting Program answers these and many other parenting questions. It is an attachment based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. This presentation is designed to give parents an understanding of the goals of the program, help parents to make sense of their child's behaviours, learn strategies to support secure attachment with their children and make parenting less stressful.

31 May 2018

TEEN SERIES Navigating Mental Health Services - Who to Call

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Finding out about the appropriate services for mental health can be very challenging. Explore the services that are offered in the Calgary area for teens.

30 May 2018

Partnering with Parents to Address Behavioural Challenges and Mental Health Concerns at School

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Good mental health starts with an understanding of the brain and its primary roles. This session will introduce parents and those who work with youth to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health in these young people. Topics will include discussion of the teenage brain, common myths about mental illness, teenage stress, promoting positive mental health in the child and accessing help.

22 May 2018

Teens & Risk-Taking: Challenges & Opportunities

Noon - 1:00 PM

Teens are faced with making decisions about many new kinds of risk. Choices about drugs, alcohol, social media, relationships and sexuality can be life changing. Research shows that brain development continues until the mid 20s with the pleasure centre of the brain developing before the judgement centre. That is why teens often do not recognize the risk in the things they do or think about the bad things that can happen. Learn tips and tools to allow teens enough risk to grow yet manage risk so they are safe.

17 May 2018

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mountain Park 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.

16 May 2018

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

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids & Company - Britannia Location

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.

16 May 2018

Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD Part 1

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD

15 May 2018

Parenting Apart

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ralph McCall Elementary School

This session will offer information to parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on their children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children. 

Topics will include:

Children Can Cope with Separation and Divorce – Put your children FIRST
Learning Your Way Around the Legal System
Parenting Plans That Work for Your Family

10 May 2018

Personal Safety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Safety can be a very real concern for all adolescents and young adults, but especially for individuals with Autism. This presentation will include safety and security tips for staying safe in and around your community; including a home and in cyber space.

10 May 2018

Personal Safety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Safety can be a very real concern for all adolescents and young adults, but especially for individuals with Autism. This presentation will include safety and security tips for staying safe in and around your community; including a home and in cyber space.

10 May 2018

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety with Practical Tools to Implement in the Home

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like, and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

09 May 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Centennial High School

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

08 May 2018

Healthy Relationships: How parents can help their children create positive and healthy relationships

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sarah Thompson School

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop positive healthy relationships in their lives. Healthy relationships among youth are key to fostering positive social-emotional development, as well as preventing bullying and other relationship problems. The qualities of a healthy relationship will be outlined. Strategies to help parents talk about relationships and promote healthy and positive relationships will be provided. The purpose of this presentation is to empower parents to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as provide strategies that parents can use to help their children develop healthy relationships with other adults and their peers.

07 May 2018

Understanding Children’s Emotions & Anger

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Join us for an evening of learning regarding children’s strong emotions and anger. We will discuss causes and concerns and learn ways to teach children how to regulate emotions and better ways to express these strong feelings.

03 May 2018

Childhood Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention Strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dalhousie School

Participants can expect to learn:

- symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders and common presentations for children aged 5-12
- evidenced-based treatment strategies for treating anxiety
- review of emerging practices and research related to prevention and mental wellness

02 May 2018

Introduction to Infant Sign Language * Children under 18 months welcome to come along

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Fish Creek Library

Imagine communicating with your baby before they can even speak. Baby sign language reduces frustration, accelerates verbal development and strengthens cognitive skills. It also enhances child-parent bonding through time spent teaching signs to your baby. Research shows that preverbal infants can communicate through the use of
sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. During this session the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate with your preverbal,hearing baby, will be explained using examples from American Sign Language (ASL) signs. Some basic infant signs will be taught.

Children under 18 months can attend but please inform CES of this prior to the session; unregistered children/partners will not be permitted due to fire and health and safety regulations.

26 Apr 2018

Parenting in 2018: Meeting New Challenges with some Tried and True Tips and Tricks

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary School

Join AHS Clinical Consultant Katherine Jarrell as she shares a parenting perspective that she has found helpful both personally and professionally. Katherine will share some strategies to deal with common parenting concerns, and resources to further support you. Come prepared to laugh and learn! Leave with more confidence and tools in your toolbox.

24 Apr 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Langdon School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

24 Apr 2018

Substance Use Prevention

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Webber Academy

Enhance your knowledge of youth substance use by examining trends, the effects of different substances, and the developing adolescent brain. Learn strategies for engaging youth in conversation and how to enhance protective factors that strengthen youth and families and prevent substance misuse/abuse.

23 Apr 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Improving Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 2

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills help the brain get things done in an organized and efficient way but what happens when a child or teen has difficulty in this area? Does your child often start an activity prior to hearing all the instructions? Have a hard time tolerating change? Have trouble knowing where to begin a big project? Or often underestimate time needed to complete a task? If so, strategies for improving executive functioning skills might be helpful. In this session you will learn how difficulties in executive functioning affect children and adolescents. You will also learn a number of strategies for helping your child or teen improve their skills.

19 Apr 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

This session will cover: what social media platforms are out there and which ones are popular? What are the dangers associated with social media? How can I educate myself and support my child to be safe on social media? Participants are encouraged to bring their device, along with any questions they might have regarding social media.

19 Apr 2018

The Forgotten Parent: The importance of fathers and their experience on the brain development of their children * Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

Learning Objectives:
1.Attendees will learn about epigenetic and how experiences influence brain development.
2.Intergenerational and transgenerational transfer of epigenetic information will be defined and discussed.
3. The importance of paternal involvement in child rearing will be discussed with an emphasis on the need to include fathers in health policies regarding children

19 Apr 2018

The Forgotten Parent: The importance of fathers and their experience on the brain development of their children * Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Learning Objectives:
1.Attendees will learn about epigenetic and how experiences influence brain development.
2.Intergenerational and transgenerational transfer of epigenetic information will be defined and discussed.
3. The importance of paternal involvement in child rearing will be discussed with an emphasis on the need to include fathers in health policies regarding children

18 Apr 2018

How to Successfully Build Resilience in Children & Youth

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ralph McCall Elementary School

This presentation is for anyone wanting to learn how to foster resiliency in children and youth. Learn about resiliency, the benefits, the risk factors, and how to build resilient children and youth.

18 Apr 2018

Understanding the risk and protective factors of Child Resilience: “Bending and not breaking”

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Resilience is the ability to recover, adapt and rebound from adversity. Children exposed to adversities e.g. a natural disaster, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at risk of developing physical and mental health problems. However, in children exposed to risk, some experience adverse outcomes while other do not. The most pressing unanswered question in child outcome research is child resiliency- why some children exposed to risk do not experience adverse outcomes. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of child resiliency using longitudinal data from an Alberta cohort of mothers and children. The presentation will highlight the interplay between risk factors (adverse maternal mental health, inter-parental conflict) and protective factors (social support, parenting) in shaping child resiliency.

17 Apr 2018

Do you know what to say? How to talk with children and teens about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

Are you ready to answer the questions your kids could ask? In this session, we will explore how to support healthy development by talking to children and teens about sexuality, identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children of any age. Participants will gain understanding of child and teen sexual development and behavior and discuss practical strategies about how to support children and youth develop healthy sexuality, boundaries, values.

17 Apr 2018

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sarah Thompson School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like, how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

17 Apr 2018

Mental Health Literacy- Understanding Common Mental Health Disorders in the Child and Adolescent Years

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary French and International School (CFIS)

Provides individuals working with youth as well as parents/guardians an understanding of mental health, and the mental disorders that commonly onset during the child and adolescent years. Includes available resources.

12 Apr 2018

Sensory Considerations in ASD *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Do you want to build your 'sensory empathy'? Our sensations impact all aspects of our lives and function, including emotional regulation and new learning. This workshop will help you learn to identify the different types of sensory inputs that we manage every day, and to give you a better 'sense' of how your children and loved ones are impacted by their sensory experiences. This workshop may be helpful for: Parents and Caregivers, Teachers and Health Professionals.

12 Apr 2018

Sensory Considerations in ASD *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you want to build your 'sensory empathy'? Our sensations impact all aspects of our lives and function, including emotional regulation and new learning. This workshop will help you learn to identify the different types of sensory inputs that we manage every day, and to give you a better 'sense' of how your children and loved ones are impacted by their sensory experiences. This workshop may be helpful for: Parents and Caregivers, Teachers and Health Professionals.

09 Apr 2018

Parenting Styles and Their Impact on Child Growth and Development

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Simon Fraser School

This seminar will discuss the different approaches and styles that parents adopt for parenting and their consequent impact on children. It will highlight how parenting styles can increase toxic stress in the lives of children and how this effects their growth. Discussion would include strategies for parents and caregivers to modify their parenting styles for healthy child development.

06 Apr 2018

TEEN SERIES Curious about Cannabis?

Online Course

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the pending legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

05 Apr 2018

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Understanding Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 1

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Executive functioning skills are mental processes that help us tolerate change, control our emotions, resist impulses, juggle information, make a plan, and start and finish tasks. Much like an air traffic controller who manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways at a busy airport, the brain needs this skill set to get things done in an organized and efficient way. In this session you will learn about these skills and their importance for both school and personal success. Part 2 will be April 23, 2018.

28 Mar 2018

Conflict Management

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Conflict Management Training helps individuals, business professionals, educators, and community members learn practical and proven strategies to successfully deal with conflict. Through engaging, and interactive team-building exercises, participants learn how to:

C o-operate with others to resolve disputes
M aster skills such as listening and communicating effectively
T urn theory into everyday conflict management practice

19 Mar 2018

Understanding Mindfulness (MindUP Program in School)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

This session will outline/discuss the main content in the MindUP program, how understanding the brain can improve self-regulation and the science behind neuroplasticity. Using a hands on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts using mindfulness. This session will also 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.