CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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.

15 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES How to Help Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD PART 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Learn additional intervention strategies and skills for parents and teens with ADD / ADHD.

15 Mar 2018

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Good Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

This session will discuss the importance of sleep, provide increased awareness of the physical and emotional consequences of sleep deprivation and suggest ways to promote adequate sleep in young people.

14 Mar 2018

Conflict Between Separated Parents and Its Effect on Your Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss how and my parents find themselves fighting with each other after they separate and the serious short- and long-term effects parents' conflict can have on their children.

08 Mar 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.

08 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Gangs and Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library

Join us for an information session about teens and gang prevention. Detective Da Silva-Spence with the Guns and Gangs Unit, Calgary Police Service will lead a discussion on gang prevention, organized crime, current settings and trends in Calgary.

07 Mar 2018

Youth Concussion: A Public Health Concern

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

At the conclusion of this presentation the learner will be able to;
1) define concussion
2) compare and contrast traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion
3) discuss the role of concussion as a public health concern
4) describe the role of "culture" in dealing with youth concussion in sport and outside of sport

06 Mar 2018

Navigating the Social Media Nightmare

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford 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.

06 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Are You A Good Financial Role Model For Your Children?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Forest Lawn Library

Self-assess your skills to determine what kind of financial role model you are and how to align your values with your family's goals.

06 Mar 2018

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Good Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ReidBuilt Centre for Community Leadership

This session will discuss the importance of sleep, provide increased awareness of the physical and emotional consequences of sleep deprivation and suggest ways to promote adequate sleep in young people.

01 Mar 2018

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter

Online Course

In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.

01 Mar 2018

ADHD is Awesome!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ernest Manning High 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. Important considerations and practical strategies to overcome common challenges faced by high school students with ADHD are also addressed.

01 Mar 2018

TEEN SERIES Curious about Cannabis?

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

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

28 Feb 2018

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Mary's 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.

28 Feb 2018

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

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 resources will be shared.

28 Feb 2018

Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development

Online Course

The purpose of this session will be to educate participants on the benefits of using music in early childhood. The presenters will also give an overview of how the development of infants and toddlers is promoted through music therapy interventions.

28 Feb 2018

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

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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.

22 Feb 2018

Part 2: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Presentation Across the Lifespan, Learning and Behaviour, Supports and Resources

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation expands on the background and conceptualization of FASD by focusing on presentation throughout the lifespan. A discussion of practical learning and behavioural management strategies will be provided, as well as various resources for families and individuals. 

21 Feb 2018

Marijuana and Development of the Brain

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Please join visiting Neuroscientist from New York, Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards to learn about:

• Pharmacology and anatomy of endocannabinoid system
• What exogenous cannabinoids do to developing nervous system
• Mental health consequences of adolescent marijuana smoking

17 Feb 2018

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Special Session on Eating Disorders, Body Image, & Youth

Online Course

In this interactive workshop, you will learn positive strategies to help youth develop a healthy body image, without focusing on weight. We will address risk factors, protective factors, and approaches to prevention and intervention for youth issues with body image, weight bias, and eating disorders. This workshop is recommended for parents, teachers, and other allied adults who work with youth.

15 Feb 2018

Inclusive Recreation for All *Also available as a Webinar*

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Inn

All children, youth, and adults benefit from being involved in recreation and leisure activities. Inclusive recreation provides children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to develop and share their strengths and passions with everyone, just as anyone would. Yet far too many children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities are not pursuing inclusive recreation, despite recreation providers being open and welcoming. This session will discuss and provide examples on:
- What is inclusion and why it is important
- How to create a welcoming environment
- What makes inclusion work well
- Building relationships between recreation providers and families
- The role of the recreation provider

15 Feb 2018

Inclusive Recreation for All *Also available as a Webinar*

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

All children, youth, and adults benefit from being involved in recreation and leisure activities. Inclusive recreation provides children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to develop and share their strengths and passions with everyone, just as anyone would. Yet far too many children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities are not pursuing inclusive recreation, despite recreation providers being open and welcoming. This session will discuss and provide examples on:
- What is inclusion and why it is important
- How to create a welcoming environment
- What makes inclusion work well
- Building relationships between recreation providers and families
- The role of the recreation provider

15 Feb 2018

Supporting your Anxious Child - What Works and What Doesn’t

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

C.W. Perry School

This workshop offers an introduction to childhood stress and anxiety. Topics will include: what is the difference between stress and anxiety? When is anxiety helpful; when is it not? Examples of how anxiety can “look”- both at home and in the classroom - will be provided. Hands-on, take-home strategies will be combined with evidence-based theory, in order to better understand what is helpful and less helpful when supporting your anxious child.

14 Feb 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

Ryan will address:
The characteristics of a healthy relationship
The relationships between healthy interactions,
social connection and bullying behavior
Power
Bullying
Intervention and Response

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/respect-education-courses

14 Feb 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Royal Alexandra Hospital - Robbins Learning Centre

Ryan will address:
The characteristics of a healthy relationship
The relationships between healthy interactions,
social connection and bullying behavior
Power
Bullying
Intervention and Response

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/respect-education-courses

12 Feb 2018

Parenting Power Presents: Let’s Talk Preschoolers - Get Them To Listen The First Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Do you ever feel like you are talking to yourself? Why don’t they listen? Bring your questions and learn how to encourage your child’s independence while teaching them to listen the first time. Help everyone in your family to feel Confident, Capable and Calm.

08 Feb 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High 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 Feb 2018

Part 1: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Background, Assessment and Diagnosis, and Associated Features

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will focus on a brief history of FASD, as well as current conceptualizations surrounding diagnosis. Assessment domains and methods will be discussed, highlighting current Canadian guidelines. The presentation will conclude with some comments on secondary and associated features.

02 Feb 2018

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Special Session on Eating Disorders, Body Image, & Youth

Noon - 1:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In this interactive workshop, you will learn positive strategies to help youth develop a healthy body image, without focusing on weight. We will address risk factors, protective factors, and approaches to prevention and intervention for youth issues with body image, weight bias, and eating disorders. This workshop is recommended for parents, teachers, and other allied adults who work with youth.

31 Jan 2018

Healthy Brain Development: Protective & Risk Factors

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

Childhood and adolescence is a period of major developmental change for the human brain. The foundations for healthy brain development are laid during pregnancy and infancy, and after birth external environmental factors constantly influence how a child interacts with and learns from the world around them. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of healthy brain development during childhood and adolescence, and highlight how the interplay between protective factors (diverse support networks, good nutrition) and risk factors (maternal and child stress, substance use) can influence brain development and how a child thinks, learns, and acts.

29 Jan 2018

The Implications of ADHD for Kids, Parents, and Teachers * Also Available as a Webinar *

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will focus on discussing current trends in the treatment of ADHD and the impact of the disorder on social and academic functioning among school age children. Additionally, time will be spent discussing optimal means of diagnosis and treatment.

29 Jan 2018

The Implications of ADHD for Kids, Parents, and Teachers * Also Available as a Webinar *

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on discussing current trends in the treatment of ADHD and the impact of the disorder on social and academic functioning among school age children. Additionally, time will be spent discussing optimal means of diagnosis and treatment.

25 Jan 2018

Little Warriors: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

The Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop was developed by researchers in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, utilizing leading scientific evidence.
The workshop is useful for parents, professionals and organizations that are:
- Interested in learning how to protect the children in their lives
- Seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse
After the workshop participants will feel empowered and be informed about child sexual abuse, healthy sexual development and how to reduce the risk of sexual abuse as responsible adults and organizations.

25 Jan 2018

Internet Safety

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Marshall Springs School

Participants will learn:
- Origins of the internet and how its current design can be a concern for police, governments and individual users
- Information on "the deep web" and how that is impacting law enforcement
- The permanency of the internet and the concept of digital citizenship
- The importance being involved and helping shape your child's internet experience
- The importance of having a respectable internet footprint
- The dangers of having your devices infected by malware
- How online predators target children and other risks associated with social media
- Offensive material online
- The prevalence of identity theft
- The importance of strong passwords
- The phenomena of cyberbullying
- Gaming pitfalls
- Calgary Police Service resources dedicated to these issues
- Helpful tips and links for further education

25 Jan 2018

Understanding Anxiety in Children: How Parents can Help

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

River Valley School

Anxiety Disorders in children and youth are becoming increasingly common. As parents and caring adults we can play a major role in coaching young people how to better manage their anxiety and stress. Join Katherine Jarrell in this engaging session to better understand the origins of anxiety and stress, along with an array of strategies to more effectively manage 'the emotional amygdala'. Katherine Jarrell MSW, RSW is a clinical consultant with Alberta Health Services' Healthy Minds Healthy Children program. She enlivens her presentations with stories of children and youth she has worked with in various capacities over the years.

23 Jan 2018

Anxiety and its Associated Consequences During Childhood and Adolescence Part 1

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Among school aged children and youth, fear and anxiety are common emotions. Although many children experience healthy anxiety, some experience disproportionately higher anxiety in relation to their context (e.g., separation anxiety) and/or developmental age. This presentation will explain the nature, cause, and developmental course of anxiety disorders as well as explore the predictive nature of poor social relationships on anxiety symptoms. Information will be provided on how parents and professionals can support children with anxiety. Part 2 to take place April 24, 2018.

23 Jan 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.