CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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.

30 Jul 2020

Building Social Connections

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This presentation will focus on the importance of social connections, reflecting on your existing connections, learning how to strengthen them, and building new connections. As humans, we have a basic need to connect with other people. We will be talking about why social connections are important and the impact of connections on mental and physical well-being. We will talk about practical ways and strategies you can utilize which will help you feel connected in your relationships at work, school, and home. We use the Teaching-Family Model to help teach practical skills such as communication, active listening, maintaining relationships that support learning and lead to long-term outcomes. With the recent changes and adaptations that we as a society have had to make over the last few months, we would like to assist youth, parents, caregivers, families, professionals, and our community in staying connected and incorporating connection building in our everyday lives.

29 Jul 2020

Understanding and Supporting Mental Health in Gifted Children

10:00 AM - Noon

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression) in children and adolescents who are intellectually gifted. It will also describe ways in which parents and schools can support gifted children experiencing mental health challenges.

22 Jul 2020

Understanding ADHD in Girls

10:00 AM - Noon

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in girls. It will go on to discuss ways in which parents and schools can support children and youth presenting with ADHD.

21 Jul 2020

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

10:00 AM - Noon

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.

16 Jul 2020

Keeping Children and Youth Engaged over the Summer

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This presentation will focus on a question that seems to be on every parent's mind over the summer, "how do I meaningfully engage my children and youth at home?" Current professionals will often advocate for at least one physical activity, and one cognitively stimulating task a day. We will be discussing when it is the best time to engage with your child, we will outline how to create goals as a parent, we will teach you how to build on your strengths and how to use your environment to your advantage, how to implement effective praise for both yourself and your child and of course we will provide you with a large list of age-appropriate activities and resources to start off your parenting toolkit. We use the Teaching-Family Model to help you teach practical skills such as problem-solving, goal setting, self-determination, and support learning which leads to long-term outcomes.