CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

13 Feb 2019

Grief and Loss

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Grief is a universal experience, yet we often feel vulnerable in our ability to support bereaved families. This session will present a basic understanding of how to understand and deal with grief. Participants will enhance learning around contemporary grief theories, healthy symptoms and experiences of grief and caring interventions.

12 Feb 2019

Cannabis and Youth

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

St. John Paul II Collegiate School

This presentation will speak to fundamental facts about cannabis while looking at the rates of use of this drug.General health effects will be discussed along with the specific risks associated with using cannabis while under 25 years of age.  Risk and protective factors related to cannabis use will be presented as well as parenting strategies and information for educators. 

*Some cannabis resources will also be provided.

05 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

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.

02 Feb 2019

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 Feb 2019

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.

01 Feb 2019

Not falling through the cracks - How Psychoeducational Assessments can help Foster Success!

Online Course

Does your child struggle in a mainstream classroom? Are you concerned that your child may be anxious, overwhelmed or inattentive at school? Does your child struggle to understand new academic concepts or lessons? Do you think your child needs extra support to achieve academic or social success? If you can relate to any of these questions, please join the presenters to explore when a psychoeducational assessment may be warranted for your child. Within the current session, presenters will provide parents and supports with an overview of how psychoeducational assessments can be helpful in identifying a child’s strengths, areas of difficulty, and learning style, as well as help caregivers learn how to advocate through the educational system and community supports to foster growth and success.

01 Feb 2019

Videogaming and Youth

Online Course

Increase your comprehension of videogame culture, including popularity of play in Canada, pros and cons of play and signs of problematic use. Identify strategies to open up conversations at home, within your organization, or in the classroom that raise awareness and help people to make informed decisions. Session is run by Alberta Health Services, Youth Addiction Services.

24 Jan 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

St. Sebastian 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.

23 Jan 2019

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta- Community Education Presentation

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The Schizophrenia society of Alberta offers community education Presentations to educate our community on the disorder, its symptoms and what those living with it experience.

Community education Presentations are unique in that the program presenters are living with schizophrenia themselves, they share their personal experiences in order to combat the stigma around the illness, with the goal of creating a more inclusive and educated society.

31 Dec 2018

Tech Neck

Online Course

Are your teens and tweens spending endless hours on electronic devices? A phenomenon called Tech Neck
(yes... it's so prevalent, it's actually been named) is having detrimental effects on the posture and health of our youth! Our mission is to educate our community in prevention of postural related-problems with a grassroots approach.
The good news: Tech Neck is totally preventable with a proper awareness and understanding of what causes it, and some simple strategies to prevent it.

The workshop is brief, interactive and applicable to all ages.

12 Dec 2018

Cannabis and Calgary’s Youth: How to help young people make an informed and responsible choice.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The legalization of marijuana is here. As adults, we play an important role in supporting our City’s youth in making smart decisions surrounding its use. To help you play this role successfully, we’re inviting parents, teachers and youth-mentors to learn more about its use, the health and social harms and changes in federal, provincial and municipal laws. This informative and engaging presentation focuses on facts and helpful strategies to help you start supportive conversations surrounding cannabis and its use with the young people in your life.

06 Dec 2018

An Overview of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE): Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This workshop will provide an overview of the Inclusive Post-Secondary (IPSE) model, promoting higher learning for adults with intellectual disabilities. The IPSE Team from the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University will be providing key information on the importance of collaboration, application processes/preparation and desired outcomes.

06 Dec 2018

An Overview of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE): Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the Inclusive Post-Secondary (IPSE) model, promoting higher learning for adults with intellectual disabilities. The IPSE Team from the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University will be providing key information on the importance of collaboration, application processes/preparation and desired outcomes.

05 Dec 2018

Cannabis and Calgary's Youth: How to help young people make an informed and responsible choice

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Marshall Springs School

The legalization of marijuana is here. As adults, we play an important role in supporting our City's youth in making smart decisions surrounding its use. To help you play this role successfully, we're inviting parents and mentors to learn more about its use, the effects on the young brain and changes in Federal and Provincial laws. This informative and engaging presentation focuses on facts and helpful strategies to help you start supportive conversations surrounding cannabis and its use with the young people in your life.

05 Dec 2018

Sexuality and Diverse Abilities

Noon - 1:00 PM

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with diverse abilities? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

04 Dec 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.

29 Nov 2018

Nutrition and Brain Health: Implications for ASD and mental health *also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

The key to understanding the importance of diet is having some basic knowledge of what nutrients do in the brain. This workshop will begin with an overview of nutrition in brain health, followed by practical ideas that can help foster better eating habits. The final topic will focus on the many dietary challenges in autism.

29 Nov 2018

Nutrition and Brain Health: Implications for ASD and mental health *also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The key to understanding the importance of diet is having some basic knowledge of what nutrients do in the brain. This workshop will begin with an overview of nutrition in brain health, followed by practical ideas that can help foster better eating habits. The final topic will focus on the many dietary challenges in autism.

26 Nov 2018

Teenage Sleep Deprivation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about common sleep disorders in teens, the causes of teenage sleep problems and the mental and physical effects
of sleep deprivation. How to improve teens’ sleep health? Join us and find out.

**Please note: This session has been moved to Room B2200 on the 2nd floor of the Alberta Children's Hospital***

26 Nov 2018

A Family's Journey

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hull Services - Social Room

Objectives: To share the family experience of a child's mental illness and suicidality, and eventual recovery, through personal stories. For attendees to see the impact of illness on a family unit, and hear what makes a difference in working with youth and families. Questions and discussion welcomed.

22 Nov 2018

Positive Parenting through Adolescence: Boundaries, Modelling, and Emotional Coaching for Teenagers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Monsignor JJ OBrien School

Participants can expect to learn:

-How psychologists, doctors, and other health professionals study and intervene around areas of adolescent behavior and emotional responses
-How parents and teachers can use their own regular interactions to coach teenagers toward positive outcomes and results
-Relevant and recent research around brain development with regards to social media, video gaming, and online social interactions

21 Nov 2018

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

6:30 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.