All sessions are offered at no cost.
Partnering with Parents to Address Behavioural Challenges and Mental Health Concerns at School
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Good mental health starts with an understanding of the brain and its primary roles. This session will introduce parents and those who work with youth to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health in these young people. Topics will include discussion of the teenage brain, common myths about mental illness, teenage stress, promoting positive mental health in the child and accessing help.
Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems
10:30 AM - Noon
1. To learn about the Speaking OUT Special Report process, themes, recommendations and the next steps in this systemic advocacy effort.
2. To build on participants knowledge of supporting LGBTQ2S+ young people and to encourage action to improve their experiences and realities.
3. To hear from young people about what works, what doesn't and how things should change.
The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.