CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

13 May 2021

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers – What’s it all about?

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This workshop is about caring for the caregiver. Participants will be taught tools and techniques towards taking care of themselves so that they, in turn, can mindfully connect with their child/young adult. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) processes and how they can support caregivers of neurodiverse individuals (including autism and other developmental differences) will be discussed.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) seeks to help individuals to manage difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT helps to develop a new mindful relationship with unwanted thoughts and feelings. This process helps a person to be more open, and to take action consistent with what they care about.

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12 May 2021

Intergenerational Trauma- Learning and Healing

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

11 May 2021

Understanding and Using Mental Toughness to Enhance Performance: When Toughness is Really NOT About Being “Tough.”

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.

10 May 2021

Employment Workshops for caregivers and their youth: Resume Writing & Work Search Strategies, Networking and Conflict Resolution

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

****These sessions are being run via Zoom - please register using the registration tab in the attached poster****

One-hour workshops, for parents/caregivers & their youth, covering:

May 4 & 8: Resume Writing – Learn how to create a youth resume, including an exploration of the different styles and uses for resumes.

May 10 & 15: Networking and Work Search Strategies - An exploration of youth job search strategies and how to create networks.

May 17 & 22: Conflict Resolution - Gain an understanding of what conflict is and how to resolve it in the workplace.

08 May 2021

Employment Workshops for caregivers and their youth: Resume Writing & Work Search Strategies, Networking and Conflict Resolution

11:00 AM - Noon

****These sessions are being run via Zoom - please register using the registration tab in the attached poster****

One-hour workshops, for parents/caregivers & their youth, covering:

May 4 & 8: Resume Writing – Learn how to create a youth resume, including an exploration of the different styles and uses for resumes.

May 10 & 15: Networking and Work Search Strategies - An exploration of youth job search strategies and how to create networks.

May 17 & 22: Conflict Resolution - Gain an understanding of what conflict is and how to resolve it in the workplace.

06 May 2021

Emerging from the shadows - recognizing signs of mental distress in our children and youth as we navigate through the pandemic and beyond

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Overview on current mental health trends seen in children and youth, we will share universal approaches and an introduction to some easy screening tools parents can review and implement. The session will review the mental health impacts of the last 18 months - what physicians have seen and what is still emerging. Participants will learn to recognize normal distress reactions, including physical signs of emotional stress, when further assessment is needed and the importance of early detection. It will also explore who to turn to for more information and support. Building resilience together - takes a village.

06 May 2021

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

10:30 AM - Noon

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.

05 May 2021

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.

04 May 2021

Employment Workshops for caregivers and their youth: Resume Writing & Work Search Strategies, Networking and Conflict Resolution

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

****These sessions are being run via Zoom - please register using the registration tab in the attached poster****

One-hour workshops, for parents/caregivers & their youth, covering:

May 4 & 8: Resume Writing – Learn how to create a youth resume, including an exploration of the different styles and uses for resumes.

May 10 & 15: Networking and Work Search Strategies - An exploration of youth job search strategies and how to create networks.

May 17 & 22: Conflict Resolution - Gain an understanding of what conflict is and how to resolve it in the workplace.

03 May 2021

"All of my coping strategies went out the window": How neurodivergent individuals and their caregivers are coping during the pandemic

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our lives. Many people are facing challenges that can be stressful and cause strong emotions in children, youth, and families. We will describe findings from a study examining the experiences of families of autistic individuals during the pandemic. We will present information about changes in autistic youth's traits and social-emotional symptoms, caregiver stress and resilience, and disruption to households and disability-related supports. We will discuss contributing factors to mental health and well-being in these individuals and families. Lastly, we will suggest healthy ways to cope with stress when current strategies need to look a little different than pre-pandemic times.

03 May 2021

From Homework to Housework: Raising Responsible Children for parents of children 5 – 12 years old

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents have a role to play in helping children establish good homework habits. Parents also play a critical role in building healthy school attitudes and effective home/school communication. Being responsible is more than just doing what you're told; it involves problem solving and decision making. Children are not born responsible; parents must teach the skills to their children. Children need to learn that their actions have consequences, good and bad and that it is their choices and decisions that largely determines what that consequence will be. They also need to learn from the consequences so that they can be a part of any solution that is required if their choices result in a need to "fix" things.
In this workshop, Parents will learn:
What role they play in teaching their child responsibility
The 3 parts to responsibility
Ways to encourage children to become responsible for themselves and their chores
How and when to start giving children chores and some age appropriate chores
Should we pay children to do chores?
Whose problem is it if the chores aren't completed?
Tips on setting up a family chore chart?

29 Apr 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

1:00 PM - 3:00 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.**

28 Apr 2021

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

10:30 AM - Noon

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.

27 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 12-18-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

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.**

26 Apr 2021

Understanding the Brain and Stress

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This presentation will focus on increasing knowledge of brain development, brain functioning, the stress response system, the impact of trauma on the brain, and ways to increase functioning in the context of caregiving relationships. The lens from which these topics will be discussed is from Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model. This presentation will aim to increase caregiver compassion, flexibility and confidence.

22 Apr 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

21 Apr 2021

Anxiety in the Classroom: strategies and approaches to supporting anxious students

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you a parent, educator, or supportive adult in a child’s or youth’s life? Do you want to better support them in moments when anxious thoughts and feelings are getting in the way of their learning or academic performance?

Learn ideas and strategies around how to help children and youth cope with anxious thoughts and feelings that add to the difficulties in their school days or homework nights. Jory has been a clinical social worker and clinical supervisor for 15 years in the area of school-based mental health and is very familiar with the reality that saying “Don’t worry about it” is more often a hopeful wish than a successful intervention for an anxious child. With a mix of proactive and “in the moment” interventions, this webinar will provide ideas and approaches that will add to the helping adult's toolbox when they are faced with the task of helping a child cope with those worries.

21 Apr 2021

Secrets Mothers Keep – Let’s Talk About Postpartum Scary Thoughts

10:30 AM - Noon

The focus of this presentation will be on discussing a specific struggle that can occur during the Perinatal Period, called Scary Thoughts. The material presented will be from the book, “Dropping the Baby and other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts of Motherhood” by Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel. I will be breaking down what Scary Thoughts are, how to recognize them, how to cope with them, and when to access professional supports.

20 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 0-11-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

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.**

14 Apr 2021

Building Resiliency in Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


During the presentation, a description of stress in its various forms is provided as well as practical means to develop skills that help reduce stress in children and youth. There is an emphasis on connection and promoting buffering relationships so we can diminish the impact of toxic stressors by converting them to tolerable stressors. Brain and physiological mechanisms will be introduced and integrated into the discussion of stress and relationships.

13 Apr 2021

Let me triple check that: Childhood Perfectionism and Bossing Back OCD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


This session offers an overview of child and adolescent perfectionism and how intrusive thoughts around “getting it right” can impact a child’s academic and social abilities. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique of Exposure and Response Prevention for parents and/or school personal to help children and/or adolescence to fight back against their obsessive-compulsive symptoms will be discussed along with:
Background information on what Perfectionism and OCD is
Ability to notice signs of perfectionistic tendencies within your child
An understanding of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Fun and exciting ways to tailor ERP to children/adolescence

12 Apr 2021

Taming Anxiety Gremlins using the Anxiety Compass

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and is the most common mental health concern they face. Anxiety is not something you outgrow, and early intervention helps minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, and physical difficulties. Unfortunately, most kids go without effective support until too late, if at all. Since 70% of all mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence, there is a clear need to support our children and youth.

In this workshop, parents, teachers, and professionals will learn how traditional ways of helping children and teens may unwittingly worsen their anxiety. They will also learn about the anxiety compass, which outlines eight essential steps in helping children and teens manage anxiety effectively.

08 Apr 2021

Sleep Soundly: A workshop to support better sleep habits for teens and adults with autism

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Counting sheep not helping you or your family sleep? “The Sleep Workshop” will discuss common sleep challenges for teens and adults with autism and provide you with strategies to support healthy sleep habits. This workshop is intended for teens or adults with autism and those who support them.

06 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

23 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Session 2

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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

23 Mar 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This 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.

22 Mar 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

22 Mar 2021

Children and Parenting After Separation: Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Law Disputes

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar is about how children’s views and preferences can be heard when family law problems are being resolved in court and out of court. We will talk about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, how the Convention gives children the right to be heard, and the research on the benefits to children and parents when children are heard. We will also talk about the strengths and weaknesses of hearing the voice of children through parenting assessments (also called custody assessments and bilateral reports), through shorter views of the child reports and through other options.

18 Mar 2021

Navigating Technology with our Youth

10:30 AM - Noon

In this 1.5 hour presentation, we will discuss the role of technology and today’s youth. The message of this presentation is not only based on technology, but also about a child’s healthy brain development and the necessary parenting/caregiver role in creating healthy, emotional, regulated, and integrated brains. This presentation will address the underpinning of a child’s emotional brain development and how to grow it, as well as how technology can dangerously hijack this.

We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. This workshop is designed to give attendees the skills to become their child’s emotional coach. The workshop will provide participants with:
• An understanding of the basic neuroscience behind healthy brain development,
• The dangers of technology for healthy brain development,
• Technology use rules that will help your child
• When building healthy brains, how to identify emotions in your child/student, and
• How to become your child’s/student’s emotional coach in only five steps and in that, build a resilient child.

The presentation is facilitated by a therapist from Juno House who has years of both clinical and facilitating experience. Juno House was founded in 2008 as a Centre of Excellence for adolescent girls and young women who are experiencing anxiety-based mental health issues of self harm, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression and eating disorders.

16 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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

This 2-part series will address teen dating violence and why it is such an important topic. Healthy boundaries, peer pressure, communication and safety will be highlighted in part 1 for preparation for part 2, which addresses "consent".
Beneficial for both parents and guardians to watch with their teens to help open the door to meaningful and honest Conversations around the challenges of teen dating and the modern world. These conversations can then build a foundation for safe, healthy, and consensual relationships for teens throughout their lives.
Those parents and guardians who choose to watch alone will still gain insightful information and new skills and tools that they can then use to have these difficult conversations about teen dating with their youths.

11 Mar 2021

Autism and PTSD: Overlapping, Overwhelming and Under-Recognized

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) represents a significant mental health challenge that can be difficult to recognize and treat in individuals with social communication challenges. This workshop will discuss why trauma is often overlooked in autistic individuals and how to enhance awareness of PTSD and support effective intervention.

10 Mar 2021

A Parents’ Guide to Tackling Stress, Anxiety, and Mood: Using CBT Skills to Support Your Children and Yourself

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a well-established way of reducing anxiety, stress, and low mood in adolescents and adults. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to implement practical CBT strategies to support your children and teens in managing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Tools to support parent well-being will also be included in this presentation. By the end you should feel you have strategies that will help you help your kids!

08 Mar 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

6:30 PM - 8:30 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.**

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.