CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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08 Mar 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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10 Mar 2021

A Parents’ Guide to Tackling Stress, Anxiety, and Mood: Using CBT Skills to Support Your Children and Yourself

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a well-established way of reducing anxiety, stress, and low mood in adolescents and adults. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to implement practical CBT strategies to support your children and teens in managing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Tools to support parent well-being will also be included in this presentation. By the end you should feel you have strategies that will help you help your kids!

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11 Mar 2021

Autism and PTSD: Overlapping, Overwhelming and Under-Recognized

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) represents a significant mental health challenge that can be difficult to recognize and treat in individuals with social communication challenges. This workshop will discuss why trauma is often overlooked in autistic individuals and how to enhance awareness of PTSD and support effective intervention.

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16 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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18 Mar 2021

Navigating Technology with our Youth

10:30 AM - Noon

In this 1.5 hour presentation, we will discuss the role of technology and today’s youth. The message of this presentation is not only based on technology, but also about a child’s healthy brain development and the necessary parenting/caregiver role in creating healthy, emotional, regulated, and integrated brains. This presentation will address the underpinning of a child’s emotional brain development and how to grow it, as well as how technology can dangerously hijack this.

We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. This workshop is designed to give attendees the skills to become their child’s emotional coach. The workshop will provide participants with:
• An understanding of the basic neuroscience behind healthy brain development,
• The dangers of technology for healthy brain development,
• Technology use rules that will help your child
• When building healthy brains, how to identify emotions in your child/student, and
• How to become your child’s/student’s emotional coach in only five steps and in that, build a resilient child.

The presentation is facilitated by a therapist from Juno House who has years of both clinical and facilitating experience. Juno House was founded in 2008 as a Centre of Excellence for adolescent girls and young women who are experiencing anxiety-based mental health issues of self harm, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression and eating disorders.

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22 Mar 2021

Children and Parenting After Separation ' Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Law Disputes '

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar is about how children’s views and preferences can be heard when family law problems are being resolved in court and out of court. We will talk about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, how the Convention gives children the right to be heard, and the research on the benefits to children and parents when children are heard. We will also talk about the strengths and weaknesses of hearing the voice of children through parenting assessments (also called custody assessments and bilateral reports), through shorter views of the child reports and through other options.

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22 Mar 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The 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

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23 Mar 2021

Respect2Connect Session 2

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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06 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

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08 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies - originally broadcast Jan 12

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


**Rebroadcast of the Apr 6 live presentation** (dependant upon quality of recording)

Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

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08 Apr 2021

Sleep Soundly: A workshop to support better sleep habits for teens and adults with autism

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Counting sheep not helping you or your family sleep? “The Sleep Workshop” will discuss common sleep challenges for teens and adults with autism and provide you with strategies to support healthy sleep habits. This workshop is intended for teens or adults with autism and those who support them.

12 Apr 2021

Taming Anxiety Gremlins using the Anxiety Compass

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and is the most common mental health concern they face. Anxiety is not something you outgrow, and early intervention helps minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, and physical difficulties. Unfortunately, most kids go without effective support until too late, if at all. Since 70% of all mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence, there is a clear need to support our children and youth.

In this workshop, parents, teachers, and professionals will learn how traditional ways of helping children and teens may unwittingly worsen their anxiety. They will also learn about the anxiety compass, which outlines eight essential steps in helping children and teens manage anxiety effectively.

13 Apr 2021

Let me triple check that: Childhood Perfectionism and Bossing Back OCD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


This session offers an overview of child and adolescent perfectionism and how intrusive thoughts around “getting it right” can impact a child’s academic and social abilities. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique of Exposure and Response Prevention for parents and/or school personal to help children and/or adolescence to fight back against their obsessive-compulsive symptoms will be discussed along with:
Background information on what Perfectionism and OCD is
Ability to notice signs of perfectionistic tendencies within your child
An understanding of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Fun and exciting ways to tailor ERP to children/adolescence

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14 Apr 2021

Building Resiliency in Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


During the presentation, a description of stress in its various forms is provided as well as practical means to develop skills that help reduce stress in children and youth. There is an emphasis on connection and promoting buffering relationships so we can diminish the impact of toxic stressors by converting them to tolerable stressors. Brain and physiological mechanisms will be introduced and integrated into the discussion of stress and relationships.

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20 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 0-11-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

This session will be best suited for parents of children aged 0-11 years old
In this workshop we will reflect, explore, and gain tools to build, grow and maintain your family’s conversations on topics of sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. Topics include language, boundaries, consent and answering questions.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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22 Apr 2021

ADHD & Executive Functioning with Covid-19 Considerations

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The 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

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27 Apr 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 12-18-year-old kids

10:00 AM - Noon

This session is aimed for parents of 12-18-year-old kids.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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29 Apr 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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11 May 2021

Understanding and Using Mental Toughness to Enhance Performance: When Toughness is Really NOT About Being “Tough.”

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mental toughness (MT) has a great deal of evidence to support its use in education, but is also broadly misunderstood because of its roots in competitive sport and in high-performance arenas such as the military and business worlds. There are lots of stories of professional athletes and folks like Navy SEALS who talk about MT. But what about the rest of us? What about kids? In this webinar, we will discuss what MT really is – and the critical value of mental sensitivity and mental flexibility in enhancing our performance and in supporting kids and ourselves to become more willing risk takers, be more resilient, have more interpersonal success, and how to not only learn from mistakes but also actively seek out opportunities for new learning.

07 Sep 2021

Helping newcomer youth navigate the process of school integration

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Immigrating to Canada and entering a new school system is an enormous task for newcomer youth. The process of school integration captures the adjustment of newcomer youth across all aspects of student life – both inside and outside the school context – including English Language Leaning, academic performance, classroom behaviour, social networking, identify negotiation, emotional and familial wellbeing, involvement in school life, and understanding of the educational system. This presentation will focus on strategies to help newcomer youth navigate the numerous social-emotional challenges they face as they integrate into a new school setting.

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15 Sep 2021

Self-Compassion and Mindfulness for Parents: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The terms self-care and mindfulness have flooded mainstream media, but what do these terms really mean, and how can you engage in these practices in a meaningful way? This presentation will explore science-based research into the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion, before introducing practical ways for you to incorporate these concepts into your daily life. This presentation will include some in-session activities such as written reflections and guided meditations.

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