CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

29 Feb 2020

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, starting February 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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

12 Mar 2020

Time To Get Up And Go To Work! Strategies to increase employment readiness *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

In this presentation, participants will learn about the basic steps to gain and maintain successful employment. Beginning with pre-employment skills such as exploring interests, resume writing, and job searching, through to interview skills and other self-advocacy skills (e.g., seeking supports, disclosure), participants will learn about a variety of strategies to help individuals with autism be successful in the workforce.

10 Mar 2020

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake 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.

10 Mar 2020

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.

09 Mar 2020

Back to Baseline: Buoying Your Adolescent During Choppy Waters

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Western Canada High School

Anxiety and depression are intrinsically linked for many individuals, and this is especially true for adolescents. This presentation will help parents and caregivers identify symptoms of distress in children and youth and provide appropriate guidance for keeping them afloat when they have exhausted their own emotional reserves.

05 Mar 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marion Carson 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.

03 Mar 2020

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Senator Patrick Burns 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 Feb 2020

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

Online Course

Child abuse is a serious, pervasive and complex issue experienced by approximately 1/3 of Canadians. All adults who work with children and youth have an obligation to report suspected abuse. Talking with a child or youth about suspected abuse or making a report is often very stressful. Knowing what signs to look for, how to respond and what to expect when you report can help make this difficult situation more manageable. This session is designed to increase the capacity of adults who work with children and youth to:
- Recognize behavioral and physical signs of potential child abuse
- Respond to children and youth who disclose or give subtle verbal clues
- Confidently report suspected child abuse.

24 Feb 2020

Teen Mental Health: Depression

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School

Adolescent Depression will present parents/caregivers with an overview and trajectory of depressive symptoms, guidance in helping teens identify and manage them, and resources and interventions designed to have a mitigating effect.

20 Feb 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham 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.

13 Feb 2020

Navigating the Social Network Super Highway

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adolescents and adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.

10 Feb 2020

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

10 Feb 2020

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

30 Jan 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dalhousie 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.

25 Jan 2020

Mindfulness for Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Calgary Girls School

This SATURDAY session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices and give you ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. In this transformative practice, you will be introduced to ways that mindfulness can be used to increase focus and achievement while giving you a toolbox of experiential skills that help lower anxiety, build resilience, reduce stress and help with your (or your child’s) emotional regulation.

Youth 10+ may join with their caregiver(s).

23 Jan 2020

Seeing through the Vape

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Crossing Park 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.

23 Jan 2020

Emotional Regulation for Parents, Caregivers, and Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Briar Hill Elementary

This presentation will introduce ways in which parents and adults providing care to children can self-regulate and model calming behaviors to help children who are emotionally escalated and/or difficult to manage. Drawing on neuroscience and the latest research on attachment theories in early childhood and beyond, attendees will develop an understanding of how to craft interactions with young people that are positive, reciprocal, and empowering for all family members.

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.