CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

27 May 2024

Practical Parenting Pointers for Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenters: Carly Angell B.A, Family Support Strategist; Laura Sliva B.A, Family Support Strategist; Sandra White B.A, Family Support Strategist Outreach Services, Calgary Scope Society

• Gain knowledge about Calgary SCOPE Society’s Outreach Services.
• Educate yourself about how to support your child with a developmental disability.
• Learn behavior support and skill building strategies.


30 May 2024

D - Stress ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - Noon

Presented by: Krista Dumba RN, MN, MSc & Colleen Pruden, RN, BN
This session is in partnership with AHS Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention

When adults can manage their stress well, it helps them to be more present and regulated to support the children they care for. This 2-hour workshop for adults includes a basic discussion about stress, and how we can recognize personal stress signs.
Several coping skills and strategies are explored, and participants will come away with a personal stress reduction action plan.


03 Jun 2024

Child Sexual Abuse & Responding to Disclosures ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenters: Kira Gee, Sexual Violence Educator & Happiness John, Sexual Violence Educator, CCASA

This workshop provides an overview of child sexual abuse and equips participants with the necessary skills to respond to a child or youth who tells them about it. The workshop aims to educate participants about child sexual abuse, and the importance of positive, supportive responses.

Topics include:

• Supportive responses and other relevant concepts
• Reporting obligations
• Facts about child sexual abuse


04 Jun 2024

Stress Management ***please register using the poster only***

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Ruta Vilunaite RSW, Youth Facilitator, Closer to Home Community Services

Participants will learn:
• Signs of stress and how to recognize them.
• Support for kids and teens in stress management.
• Stress sources and levels.
• How stress affects our body and mental health.


06 Jun 2024

Learn to Live with Anxiety Series: Mind Body Connection ***please register using the poster only***

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by: Thressa Zilinski, BSc Food & Nutrition and Laurie Hunter, RSW, BSW.
North Zone Mental Health Promotion- AHS

This workshop increases understanding on anxiety and supports skill building to cope. Participants will identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, review strategies and tools to decrease anxiety, and develop a personalized action plan for anxiety


07 Jun 2024

ADHD Essentials for Parents ***please register using the poster only***

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented By: Tanya Keto (MEd), Registered Psychologist
Clinic Director of AVERY Family and School Psychology Services

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours, or over-activity. There are three different types of ADHD, depending on which symptoms are strongest in the individual, and each of these subtypes may impact children differently. Neurological deficits, not unwillingness, keep kids with attention deficit disorder from learning and behaving in expected ways. Adults are key in setting these students on a path to success! In this session, we will discuss ADHD diagnosis, the ADHD brain, ADHD as a disorder of Executive Functioning, treatment, and setting kids up for success.


12 Jun 2024

Help! My Child is Struggling How to Navigate Children’s Mental Health in Calgary and Surrounding Areas ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Presented by: Elise Valeriote MSW, RSW, Access Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

This presentation will discuss:

• Early warning signs your child and or adolescent may be struggling with their mental health and when to seek help.
• Common questions parents have about accessing mental health and addiction supports for their child.
• Access Mental Health and their centralized intake to AHS programs. What to expect when calling for help and how to access services.
• Different programs Access Mental Health can refer to and the most common community resources parents can find helpful.


12 Jun 2024

Helping Youth Manage Emotions ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Presenters: Felipe Triana, MC, Healthy Relationships Therapist & Adriana Cordero, Healthy Relationships Therapist, CCC, FearIsNotLove

This presentation focuses on the role emotions play in our daily lives with special consideration for how emotions show up during adolescence.

Topics covered are:

• What are emotions and why are they important
• Emotions during adolescence
• How parents can help


13 Jun 2024

Navigating Technology with our Youth ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Andrea Halwas Larsen, in partnership with Juno House

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.


14 Jun 2024

The A-B-C’s of PSB’s: Sexual behaviours and school-age children

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Katarina Zunjic, MSW, RSW & Peter Laycock, MSc., R. Psych
Child Abuse Service, Alberta Health Services

This presentation will support various caregivers and professionals with further understanding problematic sexual behaviours in children aged 7-11. Topics of discussion will include: understanding sexual behaviours in children, factors contributing to problematic sexual behaviour, and strategies to support children who engage in more concerning or problematic sexual behaviours.