CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

16 Jan 2020

Let's Talk Mindfulness

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cochrane Public Library - Board Room

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts of mindfulness and how understanding the brain functions can improve self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach, skills related to these concepts will be taught along with a discussion of how the brain influences thinking, emotions, self-regulation and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

09 Jan 2020

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop is aimed at all developmental levels and will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

09 Jan 2020

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop is aimed at all developmental levels and will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

12 Dec 2019

Guardianship and Trusteeship: The Legal and Financial Aspects of Transitioning to Adulthood *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

The transition from children's services to adult services can be an exciting time in a young adult's life, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and challenge for the family. Children's Link Society and McMan Youth Family and Community Services have designed a workshop for parents to address some of the main issues for families who have youth ages 16 and up and moving into the adult service system.

Lorna Selig from Children's Link will discuss the Transition Process as it relates to the following:

PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)

12 Dec 2019

Guardianship and Trusteeship: The Legal and Financial Aspects of Transitioning to Adulthood *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The transition from children's services to adult services can be an exciting time in a young adult's life, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and challenge for the family. Children's Link Society and McMan Youth Family and Community Services have designed a workshop for parents to address some of the main issues for families who have youth ages 16 and up and moving into the adult service system.

Lorna Selig from Children's Link will discuss the Transition Process as it relates to the following:

PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)

28 Nov 2019

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham School

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping, impacts of nicotine, appropriate prevention, identifying problematic use and legislation.

27 Nov 2019

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights School

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.

27 Nov 2019

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

27 Nov 2019

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.

25 Nov 2019

25 Things Kids with ADHD Wished Their Parents & Teachers Knew About ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Most parents of kids and adolescents who have ADHD try very hard to be compassionate and understanding of the nature of ADHD and its various effects on behaviour, mood, academic performance, and so on. What we can all forget, sometimes, is that somewhere in there is a kid who understands ADHD better than anyone else. This presentation is based on hundreds of conversations with kids with ADHD and their response to the basic – but critically important – question “What do you wish others knew about you and your ADHD?” Using their own words is a great place to engage in truly understanding the condition and developing more effective ways to work with kids, adolescents, and young adults who have ADHD while also framing the symptoms in a much more positive manner, so the focus is on strengths as opposed to focusing on the negative effects of ADHD. Strategies developed in collaboration with kids with ADHD will also be discussed.

18 Nov 2019

When Consequences Don't Seem to Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Parenting is frustrating at times, especially when consequences don’t seem to be working. There are positive and respectful solutions and helps available. In this workshop we will explore concerns and discuss options to help guide parents through these tough and challenging periods.

14 Nov 2019

Sexual Health Workshop *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? 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.

14 Nov 2019

Sleep 101 for Parents of School-Aged Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Is your child taking forever to fall asleep at night?
Delaying bedtime and offering up every excuse possible?
Are you co-sleeping and want to change?
This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 6 to 12 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, along with details on how to obtain adequate sleep hygiene. A variety of techniques helpful for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep will also be discussed.

13 Nov 2019

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.

12 Nov 2019

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

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

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.

04 Nov 2019

Canadian Cannabis..."to eat it or to smoke it?"...that is the question!

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Cannabis has been legal for over a year now in CANADA. As of October 17th, 2019 edible cannabis is now legalized for people who are 18yrs and older. What should our community and the larger society know about the risks of CANNABIS? Despite the marketing message that you may have heard (cannabis is natural, a good sleep promoter or for pain relief), CANNABIS is not a panacea. You can become addicted and it does have some serious side effects for a vulnerable section of our society.

This presentation will focus on the risks and benefits inherent in its use. There are 3 populations at particular risk of negative consequences due to cannabis use: children and youth, mothers-to-be and people with underlying mental health problems will be discussed. This presentation will also outline the medical indications for cannabis use and the risks associated with regular high potency use, such as addiction and psychosis. This impact of CANNABIS on family functioning, motivation and impaired executive skills will be emphasized. In particular, the effect on school and social relationships will be highlighted.

19 Oct 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

Teens Talk Transition is a free 3-week program designed to support teens with a long term health condition in learning medical management and advocacy skills. This program aims to help teens learn to balance priorities, set goals, create action plans, develop problem-solving skills and communicate effectively with both their healthcare team and personal supports.

This program was created in partnership with youth and young adults to be suitable for teens aged 14 to 18 years who are living with one or more long term health conditions. Teens are encouraged to bring a similarly-aged peer for support
(i.e., sibling, friend, cousin).

A simultaneous workshop will be held for parents at the same location so they can support their children in developing medical management and advocacy skills.

Teens Talk Transition will be held on 3 consecutive Saturdays – October 19, 2019 to November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

For more information or to register contact Deb Thul at 403-955-7252.

09 Oct 2019

Infant Massage - 4 Sessions Oct 9, 16, 23,30 * Must attend ALL 4 Classes

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

The YW Parent Link Centre is offering a FREE 4-session infant massage class to moms, dads & caregivers with babies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age. Dolls will be provided for expectant parents and those who come without children.
Topics include: Benefits of infant massage for child and parent; emotional regulation; reading babies’ cues; and simple strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, back and face.
*The final Infant Massage session will be held at the Calgary Reads Children’s Reading Place. Enrolled families will be given more details

24 Oct 2019

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Country Hills Public Library

Parents of children and teens with ADHD are often concerned about their eating habits - are they eating enough, too much or the right type of foods? In this presentation, parents can expect to learn the fundamentals of nutrition, nutrition related to ADHD and practical strategies to make mealtimes more enjoyable!

23 Oct 2019

Sleep For Children and Adolescents: Commons Concerns and Strategies for Improving Sleep

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary Academy

Good quality sleep is a positive factor in healthy development of children and adolescents. It influences learning, behaviour and decision making; supports our emotional health and well being; and promotes healthy growth, metabolism and immune system functioning. Yet, evidence suggests that many kids do not get enough sleep.
This presentation will focus on the importance of sleep for school aged children and teens, common signs and causes of sleep deprivation, and effective solutions for improving sleep.