CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

25 Apr 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dalhousie School

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success.

Poster

24 Apr 2019

The Core Story Of Infant Mental Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants in this workshop will learn what infant mental health is,how it unfolds, and how the emotional
well-being of very young children can be derailed. The presenter will discuss what can parents do to support healthy attachments and brain development in their infants and toddlers. Parents will learn about how the young child’s brain is shaped by experiences, how relationships help children learn how to regulate their emotions, attention and behavior.

Evaluation
Poster
Sign in Sheet - pls fill in

22 Apr 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

18 Apr 2019

Optimal Parenting in the First 2000 Days of Life

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the various areas of child development (e.g., physical health, social competence). Evidence shows that some children are not performing as well as others in these areas. I will discuss how engaging in sensitive and responsive forms of parenting can help children develop optimally. We will review video examples to illustrate when parenting behavior and communication could be strengthened to optimize child development.

15 Apr 2019

Anxiety in Early Childhood

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

How come my child is suddenly refusing to go to school, sleep alone or is afraid to be away from me? Could this be anxiety? This workshop will give insight into how anxiety works in children, how do we recognize it and what can we do? This presentation will cover children pre-school through to school-age.

11 Apr 2019

What Now?...Navigating Life After High School *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will provide an overview of options for your teenager after high school, namely more school (post-secondary education or training), employment or a gap year(s). Typically, a gap year after high school for young adults with autism means sleeping late, gaming more and losing skills and confidence. Some autistic individuals are not quite ready for the rigors of university, college or work and need support to build readiness skills before taking that next step. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and resources to help strike the right balance between continued learning, part-time employment and social/recreational opportunities once high school ends.

11 Apr 2019

What Now?...Navigating Life After High School *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will provide an overview of options for your teenager after high school, namely more school (post-secondary education or training), employment or a gap year(s). Typically, a gap year after high school for young adults with autism means sleeping late, gaming more and losing skills and confidence. Some autistic individuals are not quite ready for the rigors of university, college or work and need support to build readiness skills before taking that next step. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and resources to help strike the right balance between continued learning, part-time employment and social/recreational opportunities once high school ends.

11 Apr 2019

Let's Talk About: Typical Speech and Language Development (2 to 5 years)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crowfoot Public Library Program Room 2

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.

10 Apr 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss the signs and symptoms of youth opioid abuse. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including how to access and when to use a Naloxone kit. A universal screener for opioid abuse and other resources will also be examined.

02 Apr 2019

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Manachaban Middle 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.

31 Mar 2019

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

Online Course


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

26 Mar 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A.E. Bowers Elementary School

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

20 Mar 2019

Self - Regulation: for you & your child

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

While being a parent or caregiver of children can be a joyous and awe-inspiring experience; it can also be frustrating! This session will help you understand what happens in your brain when we are under stress, and why self-regulation of our feelings and actions is essential to helping children learn this critical life skill.

19 Mar 2019

“I Am Still Right Here” : Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Children & Adolescents

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

There has been an ongoing increase in the prevalence of children and youth who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). It can be very frightening to have a child/ student who engages in NSSI, and adults can often have reactions that don’t really help. This session will focus on the types of NSSI, the reasoning behind the behaviour, and some ideas about how parents and teachers can help. We will spend some time on some case studies to provide examples and ample room for Q & A will be provided.

14 Mar 2019

Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis? *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.

14 Mar 2019

Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis? *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.

13 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Education Centre

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

12 Mar 2019

Positive Psychological Health - What Parents Can Do!

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bishop Grandin High School

Many parents worry about their teen’s psychological health - and if not their own teens, than they worry about who they hang out with, what they spend their time doing, and exactly how they are feeling. Teens are well-known for appearing not to want to talk about their feelings, especially to parents. This workshop will provide an overview, based on interviews with adolescents, of what is on kid’s minds, how they might be feeling about things like anxiety, depression, social pressure, screentime, and other areas – and perhaps of most value to parents, how to engage with teens so they actually communicate!

07 Mar 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

06 Mar 2019

Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD

05 Mar 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course * March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019 must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

Learn how to connect with your baby through massage, and why massage is so beneficial for your child's body and brain development. Dolls will be provided for expectant moms 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.

02 Mar 2019

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

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cochrane Public Library - Board Room

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.

01 Mar 2019

Marijuana and Development of the Brain

Online Course

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

27 Feb 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

26 Feb 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

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

26 Feb 2019

How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Crowfoot Public Library Program Room 2

This presentation details the tools, techniques and strategies that are needed to guide a stepfamily from its early beginnings to becoming a successful, stable, and well functioning, cohesive family unit.

05 Feb 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019, must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

This 4-session infant massage class is open to moms, dads & families 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.

25 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

25 Feb 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop will provide an overview of the complex nature of Autism and ADHD, as well as the associated strengths and challenges. Executive functions are discussed, along with practical intervention techniques to promote long-term success in all areas of functioning. Valuable information regarding common medications often prescribed will also be reviewed.

23 Feb 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

Teens Talk Transition is a free 4-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 and create action plans, communicate effectively with both their healthcare team and personal supports, and develop problem-solving skills.

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 4 consecutive Saturdays – February 23, 2019 to March 16, 2019 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.

21 Feb 2019

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 will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

21 Feb 2019

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 will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

13 Feb 2019

Grief and Loss

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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.

12 Feb 2019

Cannabis and Youth

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

St. John Paul II Collegiate School

This presentation will speak to fundamental facts about cannabis while looking at the rates of use of this drug.General health effects will be discussed along with the specific risks associated with using cannabis while under 25 years of age.  Risk and protective factors related to cannabis use will be presented as well as parenting strategies and information for educators. 

*Some cannabis resources will also be provided.

05 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

02 Feb 2019

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter

Online Course

In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.

01 Feb 2019

Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development

Online Course

The purpose of this session will be to educate participants on the benefits of using music in early childhood. The presenters will also give an overview of how the development of infants and toddlers is promoted through music therapy interventions.

01 Feb 2019

Not falling through the cracks - How Psychoeducational Assessments can help Foster Success!

Online Course

Does your child struggle in a mainstream classroom? Are you concerned that your child may be anxious, overwhelmed or inattentive at school? Does your child struggle to understand new academic concepts or lessons? Do you think your child needs extra support to achieve academic or social success? If you can relate to any of these questions, please join the presenters to explore when a psychoeducational assessment may be warranted for your child. Within the current session, presenters will provide parents and supports with an overview of how psychoeducational assessments can be helpful in identifying a child’s strengths, areas of difficulty, and learning style, as well as help caregivers learn how to advocate through the educational system and community supports to foster growth and success.

01 Feb 2019

Videogaming and Youth

Online Course

Increase your comprehension of videogame culture, including popularity of play in Canada, pros and cons of play and signs of problematic use. Identify strategies to open up conversations at home, within your organization, or in the classroom that raise awareness and help people to make informed decisions. Session is run by Alberta Health Services, Youth Addiction Services.