CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

19 Nov 2020

Nurturing stability in the face of uncertainty

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Families are faced with a variety of challenges due to COVID-19, which can increase relational strain, stress, and anxiety.

With everchanging transitions like school, seasons, and new rules to follow, teens may be feeling some added pressure to adapt.

In this presentation, we discuss supportive tips and considerations for supporting your family under stress, fostering healthy relationships, and nurturing stability when in the face of uncertainty.

Q & A will be addressed throughout the presentation

Jezz Stone is a registered provisional psychologist and PhD candidate in counselling psychology in the Werklund School of Education, with specialized training in family therapy and group facilitation (ADHD, social-emotional/behavioural regulation, and parenting). Outside of her counselling practice, Jezz is involved in research focused on supporting the relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families. Her master’s research focused on mother’s experiences of communicating to their children about the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which has informed her current dissertation research on familial experiences of COVID-19.

Dr. Tanya Mudry is a registered psychologist and assistant professor of counselling psychology in the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. She supervises and trains counselling psychology students, practices family therapy at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and has a small private practice. She has specialized clinical training in child and adolescent mental health and family therapy. Tanya’s research and writing have focused on family therapy, excessive behaviours, addiction and recovery from addiction, and relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families.

19 Nov 2020

National Child Day 2020 Respecting the Young Child’s Right to Connection in these “COVID Times”

10:30 AM - Noon

We celebrate National Child Day in Canada on November 20th in recognition of our province and country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC.) The CRC sets out the rights of children, with 54 articles that give us a very clear road map to what we need to raise healthy, safe and happy children.

CRC Article 12: Respect for children's views
Children have the right to give their opinions freely on issues that affect them. Adults should listen and take children seriously.

CRC Article 15: Setting up or joining groups
Children can join or set up groups or organizations, and they can meet with others, as long as this does not harm other people.

What do these rights mean for children under 6 years? How has COVID impacted these rights, and what might it mean to move forward with these rights in mind?

18 Nov 2020

National Child Day 2020 Building Resiliency in Children

10:30 AM - Noon

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.

Join us to celebrate National Child Day and learn more about building resiliency in our young citizens.

National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20th in recognition of our commitment to upholding children’s rights and raising healthy, safe and happy young people. Go to www.nationalchildday.ca to find out more.

17 Nov 2020

Overcoming Mental Health Challenges in a Global Pandemic

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This webinar takes a look at five evidence informed strategies to advise action, program development, and community interventions. Recognizing that we all respond to stress in different ways and recover following our own timelines, tools will be given to support each participant on their journey forward.

Webinar Objectives:

1. Understanding the impact on our own mental health and wellness
2. Ways that we can support individuals, families and communities, both short and long term

Tim has worked on the CMHA Alberta Division's provincial training development in the area of workplace wellness. He has travelled across Alberta teaching about psychological safety and the promotion of mental health. Tim has spent over 28 years working in the social profit sector and has a background in community development and psycho-social capacity building.

16 Nov 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health and Wellness during a Pandemic

6:30 PM - 8:30 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 including an emphasis on Covid19 and your youth. 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.

12 Nov 2020

Everyday Banking and Budgeting: Strategies to Help You Plan for the Future

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how today’s purchases impact tomorrow’s freedoms. This workshop will teach participants how to map out a monthly budget. Using case studies and materials you can later use for your own financial planning, participants will learn strategies that will help navigate the month to ensure there is no overspending.

12 Nov 2020

Children and Parenting After Separation SERIES Session 2 ' Parenting Coordination and other Dispute Resolution Processes '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Court is not the only way to resolve family law problems, and it’s not always the best way to resolve family law problems. In this webinar, we’ll talk about some alternatives to court. We’ll cover mediation, where a neutral person helps people reach an agreement on their own, and arbitration, where a neutral person makes a decision resolving a problem, just like a judge. We'll also talk about parenting coordination, a long-term process that combines parts of mediation and parts of arbitration to resolve problems while helping people learn to communicate better and resolve problems on their own.

10 Nov 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

Noon - 1:30 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and teens. This workshop will promote parent and teachers’ understanding of anxiety, how it shows up, and how to tell the difference from normal worries and anxiety. Participants will also learn how typical strategies may unwittingly worsen kids’ worries and associated behaviours, along with the key skills needed to successfully manage their anxiety while building courage, confidence, and resilience.

04 Nov 2020

Sleep in School-age Children and Youth: Strategies to promote healthy sleep and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Optimal sleep and alertness can be promoted in healthy school-age children and youth by following particular behavioural strategies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has brought about many challenges to following these strategies and obtaining adequate sleep quality, quantity, and optimal daytime alertness. In this interactive workshop you will learn about: The structure and function of sleep in children, the challenges to obtaining healthy sleep including those brought about by COVID-19, and strategies children and parents/caregivers can implement to counter these difficulties.

01 Nov 2020

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

Online Course

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.

01 Nov 2020

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

Online Course

Over the past decade, hospitalizations for mental health disorders in this age group grew by 55% to 65% while hospitalizations for all other conditions decreased by 24%.

Newly updated information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of hospital visits by Canadians age 5 to 24 for mental health disorders over the past decade, especially adolescent girls with self-injury, substance use issues as well as depression and anxiety. At the same time, the number of young Canadians diagnosed with mental health disorders remained stable. In addition, the number of young Canadians who were dispensed a mood or anxiety medication or antipsychotic medication has increased.

Now as we live in a busy, sophisticated, extraverted thinking world most of our interventions for depression and anxiety are medications or talking therapies. This minimizes the fact we are individuals who not only think but we feel, experience bodily sensations and have intuition. Consequently, we neglect the importance of arts, sports, drama and the humanities and the magical symbolic world of childhood. This presentation will focus on the innovative role of arts for engaging and educating children and adolescents from around the world.

28 Oct 2020

Sleep in School-age Children and Youth: Strategies to promote healthy sleep and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Optimal sleep and alertness can be promoted in healthy school-age children and youth by following particular behavioural strategies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has brought about many challenges to following these strategies and obtaining adequate sleep quality, quantity, and optimal daytime alertness. In this interactive workshop you will learn about: The structure and function of sleep in children, the challenges to obtaining healthy sleep including those brought about by COVID-19, and strategies children and parents/caregivers can implement to counter these difficulties.

19 Oct 2020

It's YOUR Money! Taxes, Benefits and More

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NOT in person -


**NOTE: This session is NOT in-person, it is via Webex Meetings. Upon registration, instructions to access the session will be emailed to you. You can either dial in and listen OR view it through your computer or phone.**

Join Nicole Frandsen, Outreach Officer for the Canada Revenue Agency(CRA), to learn what benefits you may be eligible for and how to claim the ones you are missing!
Have you filed your 2019 tax return?
Did you receive your Climate Action Incentive payment?
Are you eligible for the GST credit?

It’s not too late!

These topics, and your questions, will be answered:

• What is “My Account”?
• How does the Canada Child Benefit work when you are in a shared custody arrangement?
• When and how do you tell CRA you are common-law partners?
• Updates on the latest Canada Revenue Agency scams

15 Oct 2020

Children and Parenting After Separation SERIES Session 1 ' 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.

08 Oct 2020

Back-to-school tools for students and families: Taking a close look at relationships and learning in a new school era

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will provide a brief overview of key considerations and practical strategies for students and families to help support successful school re-entry for in-person and online learning.

07 Oct 2020

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

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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.

01 Oct 2020

Psychological First Aid: After a Disaster or Emergency (PFA) (Child, Youth & Families Version)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop supports parents and caregivers to enhance skills and increase confidence when supporting children, youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. PFA is an internationally recognized method of support intended to help people immediately after a disaster or emergency. It provides a compassionate and caring response that addresses basic, social and emotional needs in the impact and response phases of this pandemic including: identifying and responding to common stress reactions for children/teens, understanding how to identify and address safety concerns for children/families, identifying and providing practical support for children, teens and families and strategies to help stabilize intense emotions and stress reactions for children of all age groups.

23 Sep 2020

Psychological First Aid: After a Disaster or Emergency (PFA) (Child, Youth & Families Version)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This workshop supports parents and caregivers to enhance skills and increase confidence when supporting children, youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. PFA is an internationally recognized method of support intended to help people immediately after a disaster or emergency. It provides a compassionate and caring response that addresses basic, social and emotional needs in the impact and response phases of this pandemic including: identifying and responding to common stress reactions for children/teens, understanding how to identify and address safety concerns for children/families, identifying and providing practical support for children, teens and families and strategies to help stabilize intense emotions and stress reactions for children of all age groups.

10 Sep 2020

Thinking about thinking: How to build stronger executive functioning skills to achieve your goals

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the key areas of executive functioning (that is, thinking skills). Participants will learn a variety of strategies to help strengthen their own or other's thinking as well as supports to overcome barriers to executive functioning.