CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

06 Apr 2022

Adolescent Brain Development and Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships

Available until: March 31, 2023 - 5:00 PM

Adolescence is a magical time when children enter a period of huge growth and change. Bodies and brains change, emotions become more volatile, friends become more important, and the parent-child relationship morphs into a parent-teen relationship. In this session we will discuss the adolescent brain, how to support healthy brain development, promoting resilience, and navigating the ways that your relationship with your teen will evolve as they slowly but surely become little adults.

11 Apr 2022

LGBTQ2S+: What grandparents need to know and do

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

Grandparents and Elders play an important role in the health and well-being of the young people in their lives. You will build on your ability to help all of the youth in your life feel loved, safe and like they belong by learning about:

• SOGIE related terms
• Personal, family and cultural values
• Health, education and social impacts of stigma
• Inclusive language
• Safer family strategies


12 Apr 2022

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

1. To learn about the difference between triggers/expectations, lagging skills and challenging behavior.
2. To understand the rationale for helping children and youth develop 5 common lagging skills for better adaptation.
3. To learn the advantages of collaborative vs. coercive approaches with children and youth.

30 Nov 2022

Promising Practices for Supporting Individuals with FASD ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenter: Gagan Sandhu B.Sc., Education Facilitator, Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network (CFAN)

Participants will learn:

• What is FASD?
• How can I recognize individuals with FASD in my Practice?
• Alcohol and Pregnancy
• What can I do to support individuals affected by FASD?


13 Dec 2022

Caregiver Self-Care and Co-Regulating with Your Child ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Tashia Christie, BA Psychology & Kelvin Ganpatt, BA Psychology, Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

The importance of self‐care for caregivers, burnout, compassion fatigue, and helping children to practice selfcare and regulate


15 Feb 2023

Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being ***Please register using poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Allison Salazar, MA School Counselling & Stephanie Sands, BSc. Psychology, Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support their child’s social and emotional well‐being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses (fight, flight, or freeze) may impact our social and
emotional well‐being and how we can use mindfulness to calm our brain. We will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions, self‐regulation, and behaviour. Improved social emotional skills using mindfulness can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others, improved self‐awareness, self‐regulation, decrease stress/anxiety, and improve our overall sense of well‐being. Through an interactive session, participants will be guided through some mindfulness activities that they can use with their children and explore learning from the MindUP program.


09 May 2023

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness ***Please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Ashley Meagher BA CYC & Allison Salazar, MA School Counselling, Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

Everyone has mental health, teens included! This session will provide information to help caregivers understand and cultivate positive mental health for youth during their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of teens, including signs and symptoms of mental health concerns. School and community resources will be shared.