All sessions are offered at no cost.
Trauma Informed Care Approaches – Translating Trauma-Informed Principles Into Action ***please register using the poster only***
Available until: March 31, 2024 - Noon
Presented by: Ashley Meagher BA CYC & Stephanie Sands BSc. Psychology, Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health
This free community-focused session explores the role that traumatic experiences can have in people's everyday life. The focus of this information is to offer a generous approach by implementing skills that help community adopt a trauma - informed approach in the relationships and roles they have. Trauma is part of human experience and working from a trauma - informed lens acknowledges the prevalence of trauma within the population. As such, adults can anticipate that they will often serve individuals who have experienced or been affected by trauma. The hope of sharing this information is that together we can create a kinder more generous community for everyone.
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.
navigate for kids - an online tool to help find disability related resources ***please register using the poster only***
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Presenters: Chelsea Wetherup, BCR, Program Coordinator & Karen Divina BA(ChSt), Family Support Coordinator, Calgary SCOPE Society’s Gateways Services
• Will provide an overview of Calgary SCOPE Society’s Outreach Services and supports offered.
• Q & A for disability related supports and FSCD funding.
• navigate for kids provides disability related resources for families with children (up to 18 years of age) with developmental disabilities in Calgary.
• The purpose of this web application is to help parents, guardians, educators and professionals find supports specific to the child’s needs.
• This free web application is available in Tagalog, Punjabi, Chinese and Arabic languages.
Supporting Children and Youth through Grief & Loss ***please register using the poster only***
10:00 AM - Noon
Presenters: Stephanie Sands, BSc. Psychology & Katie Semko, BA Psychology with Distinction, Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health
To watch a child, grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. There are many life experiences that can produce feelings of grief in a child, from the death of a relative or a divorce in the family to more everyday experiences such as moving to a new neighborhood or losing a prized possession. The pandemic has added even more reasons, with children grieving the loss of normalcy and a sense of safety. This session is to help adults counter the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower children with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss. We will look at guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss and how you can support them through these tough times.