CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

26 Feb 2021

Put the Pro in Cognitive Proficiency

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Expand your understanding of student learning through exploration of the relationship between processing speed, working memory, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Individuals with ADHD consistently experience deficits in processing speed or working memory, or a combination of both. Processing speed abilities are required to work with ease, efficiency, and automaticity. Working memory is the brain's Post-It Note: the ability to identify visual and auditory information, maintain it in temporary storage, and re-sequence it for use in problem-solving Processing speed and working memory combine to indicate our cognitive proficiency abilities: the efficiency with which we process information. Cognitive proficiency facilitates abstract thinking and acquisition of new information by reducing the effort needed for simple processes and allowing energy to go into more complex processes. It's no wonder that deficits in cognitive proficiency may significantly impact learning and achievement across all academic areas, particularly given the demand to process information automatically and quickly within the classroom setting without intentionally thinking through information.
In this session, we will explore the ins and outs of processing speed and working memory; examine the relationship between processing speed, working memory, and ADHD; investigate how deficits in these areas may impact learning and academic success; and delve into best practice classroom strategies and accommodations in 3 areas at school: the classroom environment, teacher instruction, and student assessment. Let’s put the PRO in cognitive proficiency to set students with ADHD up for success!

25 Feb 2021

Bully Proofing your Child

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


When 150,000 students miss school each day because of bullying and 7 out of 10 youth drop out of sport because of a toxic culture, we need to address this issue more seriously.

Learn about the scope of the problem and the correlation between bullying, mental illness, and criminal activity. Tips and guidelines will be shared to help children navigate both real-world situations and the potentially dangerous digital world that has become such a significant part of our children’s lives.

Since it is likely that all children/youth will experience some form of bullying at some point in their lives, it is strongly recommended that all parents attend. Two hours is a small price to pay in helping your child navigate this not-so-perfect world.

18 Feb 2021

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

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.


17 Feb 2021

School-and-community-based strategies to support newcomer youth and families: Taking relational and culturally responsive approaches to promote resilience and mental well-being

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Despite their many strengths and resilience, newcomer youth arriving in Canada with refugee backgrounds are at increased risks of significant mental health challenges due to the many adversities they might have experienced during their pre-and-post-migration journey. Newcomer youth continue to experience various stressors upon arrival to Canada, including racism, social exclusion, peer rejection, and navigating language differences. This talk invites school-and-community-based mental health professionals to explore and implement trauma-informed, equity-oriented, multi-tiered systems of supports to promote the resilience and mental health of newcomer youth and families.

11 Feb 2021

Bullying and ASD

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bullying, or peer victimization, is an unfortunate and common experience of those on the spectrum. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of how bullying is currently described, its frequency regarding those on the spectrum, and its impact. Strategies to address these concerns will also be discussed.

09 Feb 2021

Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships During a Pandemic

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships in their children. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and increased social connection online. 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 and stress 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 with their peers in person and safely online.

06 Feb 2021

Putting Stress Under the Microscope: Parenting Stress and Its Relationship to Parenting

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Saturday morning presentation!

Parenting is rewarding, but is no easy feat. This presentation will focus on the parenting role and will discuss parenting beliefs, parenting practices, and a specific type of stress, known as parenting stress. New lines of research, children's social and emotional development, and parenting strategies will also be covered, with the overall goal of supporting parents' parenting experiences.

04 Feb 2021

Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


With the multitude of changes that have occurred in the last year, families are stuck at home and spending a lot of time with their digital devices (e.g., video games, phones, tablets). Parents especially have become concerned about how much time their children and adolescents spend facing a screen, whether it’s on TikTok or playing Fortnite. Some parents may be left wondering, “Are my kids addicted? What do I do? How will this affect them?” Learn from our experts, Tanya Mudry and Jezz Stone, on how to manage the increased use of screens/digital devices from a relational and family perspective. In this presentation, they will discuss tips for families to consider when developing healthy relationships with digital devices.

03 Feb 2021

Managing Anxiety within the COVID-19 World

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will outline the difference between 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.

02 Feb 2021

Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


With the multitude of changes that have occurred in the last year, families are stuck at home and spending a lot of time with their digital devices (e.g., video games, phones, tablets). Parents especially have become concerned about how much time their children and adolescents spend facing a screen, whether it’s on TikTok or playing Fortnite. Some parents may be left wondering, “Are my kids addicted? What do I do? How will this affect them?” Learn from our experts, Tanya Mudry and Jezz Stone, on how to manage the increased use of screens/digital devices from a relational and family perspective. In this presentation, they will discuss tips for families to consider when developing healthy relationships with digital devices.

27 Jan 2021

Part 3: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Mathematics: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Mathematics
2.Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3.Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

26 Jan 2021

PPD 101 – What you need to know about Perinatal Mood Disorder

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The focus of this presentation will be on discussing the range of the Postpartum experience and all that it can encompass. Focusing on what to look for, how to create space to speak about it, and to spend some time discussing how to support yourself, or a loved one, where this may be a concern. This discussion can never happen too early or too late, and all are welcome to join, wherever you happen to be on your prenatal/postpartum journey.

20 Jan 2021

Part 2: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Written Expression: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Written Expression
2.Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3.Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

19 Jan 2021

Managing Anxiety within the COVID-19 World

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This session will outline the difference between 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.

18 Jan 2021

ReDirect

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


ReDirect is a youth-based (for 14 – 30ish yr olds) program that works with young adults to lower the risk of violence from individuals that have extreme ideological beliefs with the potential to lead to acts of violence. The program works to identify risk factors, and then build or provide supports to lower these risk factors. It is important to note that ReDirect does not attempt to change belief systems, but focuses on reducing the risk of violence. The presentation explains the ReDirect model and provides a Key Behaviour tool to help identify youth at risk of committing violence for ideological beliefs.

Kelly Mergen is a retired police officer. He worked 28 years in the field of criminal justice in both corrections and policing, spending his last 12 years specializing in building relationships with the Middle Eastern and European communities in Calgary. He has been involved with ReDirect since its earliest development working with focus groups while the program was being created.

14 Jan 2021

Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support their child’s social and emotional well-being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses (fight, flight, or freeze) may impact our social and emotional well-being and how we can use mindfulness to calm our brain. We will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions, self-regulation, and behaviour. 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. Through an interactive session, participants will be guided through some mindfulness activities that they can use with their children and explore learning from the MindUP program.

13 Jan 2021

Part 1: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Reading: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Summary/Objectives:

1. Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Reading
2. Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3. Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

10 Dec 2020

Motivation: Fuelling the invisible fire within

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will describe the invisible fire within each of us that we call motivation. Participants will learn a variety of strategies to inspire others and help to fuel the invisible fire.

10 Dec 2020

Movement and Mental Health

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Movement and Mental Health: Over the last few years more and more research has been presented to highlight the benefits of movement and how it can improve, impact and decrease mental health symptoms. The
Harvard Medical Journal would even highlight how movement therapies are integrated into treatments for depression and anxiety, when mental effort, psychotherapy or even medication is not enough. Come join us to learn about how to integrate movement into your daily life to help assist with the vast variety of mental health concerns many of us have been experiencing during the pandemic.

09 Dec 2020

Kids Have Stress Too

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.

08 Dec 2020

Lockdown Life: Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth in Canada

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


The aim of this webinar is to address the implications that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children and youth mental health in Canada. The world as they knew it had changed in a matter of days, with schools suddenly closed, celebrations cancelled, and many of their friends and loved ones only accessible online.

Fiona Haynes and Lucksini Raveendran from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) share findings from the HEADSTRONG Youth Survey, highlighting thoughts and feelings in this extraordinary moment in time, the challenges and fears, as well as resilience and fortitude. Following this discussion, a youth panel will reflect on the survey findings and their own experiences of mental health challenges during the pandemic. The MHCC shares the Lockdown Life resource created directly from the voices of youth, and the full, newly released, report available from the Youth Survey. Finally, young people from across Canada will also share their thoughts about an approaching Holiday season like no other and their hopes for the future.

Prior to the session, please send questions you would like addressed to ces@ahs.ca

08 Dec 2020

Children and Parenting After Separation SERIES Session 3 ' Developing Parenting Plans '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Parenting plans are agreements, court orders and arbitrator awards that set out the rules for how separated parents will care for their children and share their children’s time. This webinar will talk about separated parents can work together to develop parenting plans that are good for children. We'll talk about parenting plans for parents in high levels of conflict and parents in low levels of conflict, some of the important things to include in parenting plans and some considerations that will minimize children's exposure to their parents’ conflict.