CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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.

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.

18 Jan 2018

Helping your child find school success

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club Airdrie

One of the challenges parents face in 21st century learning is the lack of resources available to help their child with homework. This workshop aims to help parents support their children with school success. Topics include how young brains work (how children learn, learning styles & strategies), study skills & techniques, learning preferences, stress management andusing the internet to your advantage for school success.

15 Jan 2018

Motivating Unmotivated Teens: A parent - focused approach

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame Ridell Family T

Parents become concerned with their children’s lack of motivation for school achievement when their achievement falls short of their potential.  When parents attempt to enhance motivation, they find motivating young children challenging, motivating teens daunting.  The task is formidable, particularly when there is a history of academic underachievement.  Simply put: habits are difficult to change.  Habits or patterns of behavior do not apply solely to teens, but also to parents.  The idea of changing parental behaviour in such cases is not new.  What makes my approach somewhat different is that I have made parental behavior the underlying principle permeating my thinking on this topic.  The result is a parent - focused approach to the problem. I share the key elements of my perspective in this session. While by no means a quick solution, parent counselling, in my experience, has proven more effective than teen-focused intervention.

This session is FREE and open to all - parents, professionals and students.

09 Jan 2018

How to support my child when they are in crisis or supporting others that are in crisis?

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mitford School

This presentation will discuss how to support a child who is in crisis, as well as how to support other individuals who are experiencing a crisis. 

08 Jan 2018

Grief and Loss

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

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.

31 Dec 2017

Rage Age: How to Reach and Connect with Angry Adolescent Girls

Online Course

Aggressive angry adolescent girls are an increasing fallacy of female empowerment in our schools requiring intensive services and monopolizing crucial amounts of time by school staff. Gain insight and understanding of their provocative, self-destructive and conflicting behavior. Learn how to be a champion and create a dream team for these girls within your setting. Gain and practice tools on how to relate to and intervene with this hard to reach population to help them develop into resilient, competent young women.

14 Dec 2017

Transitioning to Adulthood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs.

Learn simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including:
PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)
Transition Planning

14 Dec 2017

Transitioning to Adulthood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs.

Learn simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including:
PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)
Transition Planning

12 Dec 2017

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

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.

07 Dec 2017

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

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.

07 Dec 2017

All the Pieces of Me: Childhood Dissociative Identity Disorder

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants will learn about the causes for, and the process of,dissociation as a creative way to 'stay sane in an insane world' ,and how this coping skill may lead to the development of more than one personality within an individual. Signs and symptoms of the disorder will be outlined, as well as information on how parents and professionals can help these children and all their other selves.

06 Dec 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Adolescent Brain: What Parents Need to Know as Canada is Moving Towards Legalization

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200 (40)

In 2016 the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) undertook a research project with youth across Canada to better understand why youth are using marijuana, what are their misconceptions, what influences their choices and what are their thoughts about prevention. To effectively prevent harms related to adolescents and marijuana use, parents and youth will need the facts about marijuana and its effects.

28 Nov 2017

How fast can the treadmill go? Helping families and students endure daily stressors

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rundle College

Anxiety and stress are very real daily stressors for more and more families. Rising expectations and continually expanding curriculums leave students faced with a blizzard of options. To help parents proactively face these very pressing and potentially destructive issues, Dr. Nieman will describe the trend of socially and academically stressed teens, and offer tools and strategies to increase resilience, thus helping families better understand, manage and support their child’s anxiety.

Dr. Nieman authored Moving Forward: The Power of Consistent Choices in Everyday Life