All sessions are offered at no cost.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Conflict Management Training helps individuals, business professionals, educators, and community members learn practical and proven strategies to successfully deal with conflict. Through engaging, and interactive team-building exercises, participants learn how to:
C o-operate with others to resolve disputes
M aster skills such as listening and communicating effectively
T urn theory into everyday conflict management practice
Understanding the risk and protective factors of Child Resilience: “Bending and not breaking”
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Resilience is the ability to recover, adapt and rebound from adversity. Children exposed to adversities e.g. a natural disaster, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at risk of developing physical and mental health problems. However, in children exposed to risk, some experience adverse outcomes while other do not. The most pressing unanswered question in child outcome research is child resiliency- why some children exposed to risk do not experience adverse outcomes. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of child resiliency using longitudinal data from an Alberta cohort of mothers and children. The presentation will highlight the interplay between risk factors (adverse maternal mental health, inter-parental conflict) and protective factors (social support, parenting) in shaping child resiliency.
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.