CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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10 Sep 2020

Thinking about thinking: How to build stronger executive functioning skills to achieve your goals

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the key areas of executive functioning (that is, thinking skills). Participants will learn a variety of strategies to help strengthen their own or other's thinking as well as supports to overcome barriers to executive functioning.

21 Jan 2020

Canadian Cannabis..."to eat it or to smoke it?"...that is the question!

Available until: November 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Cannabis has been legal for over a year now in CANADA. As of October 17th, 2019 edible cannabis is now legalized for people who are 18yrs and older. What should our community and the larger society know about the risks of CANNABIS? Despite the marketing message that you may have heard (cannabis is natural, a good sleep promoter or for pain relief), CANNABIS is not a panacea. You can become addicted and it does have some serious side effects for a vulnerable section of our society.

This presentation will focus on the risks and benefits inherent in its use. There are 3 populations at particular risk of negative consequences due to cannabis use: children and youth, mothers-to-be and people with underlying mental health problems will be discussed. This presentation will also outline the medical indications for cannabis use and the risks associated with regular high potency use, such as addiction and psychosis. This impact of CANNABIS on family functioning, motivation and impaired executive skills will be emphasized. In particular, the effect on school and social relationships will be highlighted.

Poster

21 Jan 2020

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

Available until: November 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Over the past decade, hospitalizations for mental health disorders in this age group grew by 55% to 65% while hospitalizations for all other conditions decreased by 24%.

Newly updated information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of hospital visits by Canadians age 5 to 24 for mental health disorders over the past decade, especially adolescent girls with self-injury, substance use issues as well as depression and anxiety. At the same time, the number of young Canadians diagnosed with mental health disorders remained stable. In addition, the number of young Canadians who were dispensed a mood or anxiety medication or antipsychotic medication has increased.

Now as we live in a busy, sophisticated, extraverted thinking world most of our interventions for depression and anxiety are medications or talking therapies. This minimizes the fact we are individuals who not only think but we feel, experience bodily sensations and have intuition. Consequently, we neglect the importance of arts, sports, drama and the humanities and the magical symbolic world of childhood. This presentation will focus on the innovative role of arts for engaging and educating children and adolescents from around the world.

Poster

01 Apr 2020

Advancing Care Transitions: ACH Patient/Family Perspectives and Emerging Practices

Available until: December 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Objectives:
1. Understand impact of transitions to adult care from the patient/family perspective.
2. Learn about emerging practices in care coordination aimed at creating more seamless transitions across health, education and community services.
3. Learn about ACH specific resources helping patients/families and care teams navigate care transitions across life's trajectory.

Poster

01 Apr 2020

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

Available until: December 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will discuss the signs and symptoms of youth opioid abuse. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including how to access and when to use a Naloxone kit. A universal screener for opioid abuse and other resources will also be examined.

Poster

15 May 2020

COVID-19 and family law

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 12:00 AM

This easy to understand video talks about how the coronavirus is impacting the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the sort of issues that judges are dealing with and those they are not. It discusses how mediation and arbitration can be used to resolve important problems that can't be dealt with in court. It talks about the Canadian family law court decisions that are accumulating about the coronavirus and issues like parenting time, decision-making, the payment of child support, and the payment of spousal support. This video is prepared for the Alberta Health Services' Community Education Service by John-Paul Boyd QC, an Alberta-based family law mediator, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator.

08 Jun 2020

Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your childs emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being. Participants will be invited through guided mindfulness activities during the session.

01 Apr 2020

Mindfulness as an Anxiety Management Tool

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

The purpose of this 5-minute module is to introduce parents and caregivers to mindfulness as a management tool for anxiety and stress management.

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
• Understand the difference between stress and anxiety
• Have an emerging understanding of mindfulness and learn possible ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life
• Utilize mindfulness-based strategies to support your child with stress and anxiety management

01 Jun 2020

Supporting Your Children to have Healthy Relationships during Physical Distancing

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop and maintain positive healthy relationships during a time of physical distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a requirement for physical distancing from peers and others outside one’s household. Physical distancing does not mean the same thing as social and emotional distancing. Children and teens can and should stay social and emotionally connected with their peers and others. Healthy relationships and social connections are key in fostering positive social-emotional development and resilience. Strategies to help parents promote healthy and positive relationships during a time of increased physical distance will be provided. Parents will be empowered to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as help their children develop and maintain healthy relationships and digital connection outside their immediate household. Strategies for engaging in digital connection safely will be discussed.

01 Apr 2020

That Kid, Your Child, My Student (Parent Version)

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Amy Murray, Principal of Early Childhood Education at the Calgary French & International School and author of the blog http://missnightmutters.com, has collaborated with MORE and CES to transform her world-renowned blog on Dear Parent: About that Kid … into a 6-minute video presentation. The purpose of this module is to share with parents what teacher confidentiality is from a teacher’s perspective. Reflection questions are provided at the beginning of this presentation, and as a download, for you to consider how confidentiality impacts teachers, parents and students.

Handout
Poster

08 Jul 2020

Understanding Teen Mental Health & Wellness

Available until: March 31, 2021 - Noon

Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared.

01 Apr 2020

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Objectives:
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.

Poster

29 May 2020

Crisis Survival Skills: Supporting your Child and Teen during Stressful Times

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will provide parents with a better understanding of how to support their child during a time of global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in psychological distress for some children and youth. Related stressors include social isolation, disruptions in routine, difficulty coping, and the disappointment of canceled events and anticipated opportunities. It aims to empower parents in recognizing signs that a child may be struggling and how they can support their child during this time of physical distancing and absence of in-person peer interactions. Parents will be provided with strategies and tools for helping their children and teens manage through this crisis and maintain social and emotional connection and well-being. Strategies discussed will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, and other coping skills.

29 Jun 2020

Family Violence and Brain Development

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This presentation will focus on helping parents and caregivers understand family violence and how trauma in children starting from gestation to adulthood affects their socioemotional and neurological brain development. The effects of changes in the brain can manifest in behavioural changes and adverse mental health concerns. Strategies to help parents, caregivers, and professionals recognize signs of childhood trauma, knowing when and where to seek help will be discussed. Strategies to engage in meaningful conversations and finding resources to prevent harm, build protective factors and support children exposed to domestic violence will also be provided.

07 May 2020

From Finsta to FOMO: Understanding Social Media Use in Teens

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

The world of social media is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up. This session will look at some of the most popular platforms among Canadian youth and how to protect privacy and keep everyone safe. We will also discuss the effects of social media use on teen mental health and how to promote healthy social media habits in a digital world.

01 Apr 2020

Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Child abuse is a serious, pervasive and complex issue experienced by approximately 1/3 of Canadians. All adults who work with children and youth have an obligation to report suspected abuse. Talking with a child or youth about suspected abuse or making a report is often very stressful. Knowing what signs to look for, how to respond and what to expect when you report can help make this difficult situation more manageable. This session is designed to increase the capacity of adults who work with children and youth to:
- Recognize behavioral and physical signs of potential child abuse
- Respond to children and youth who disclose or give subtle verbal clues
- Confidently report suspected child abuse.

Poster

01 Apr 2020

Nutrition and Mental Health: An overview of what the science says

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

The key to understanding the importance of nutrition for our mental health is having some basic knowledge about what exactly it is that nutrients do in our brains. This workshop will provide an overview of nutrition in brain health, as well as a summary of some of the clinical studies showing how dietary education and supplementation are being used to improve mental health. The talk will end with practical ideas for fostering better eating habits, even in our pickiest eaters such as those on the autism spectrum.

Poster

25 Jun 2020

Supporting a Smooth Transition into the 2020-2021 School Year

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Since the closing of schools in mid-March due to the recent pandemic, school districts have offered at-home learning opportunities for all students (e.g., online, telephone check-ins, and/or course packages). Parents (in conjunction with their child’s school team) have been supporting their child‘s learning and social-emotional development during this time. Currently, the province continues to work with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan. This situation leaves many families wondering how they can support their child to transition smoothly into the 2020-21 school year regardless of the re-entry plan that is developed. Knowing that it will be important for parents to share student strengths and home-based strategies that have worked well with school teams, this presentation will be designed to provide families with effective tools and ways to share information to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Tools to be explored may include; slides, videos, creating books and memory boxes.

Coping and Connection
Helping Teens Cope - Covid
Home Schooling and EF
Presentation Handout
References
Supporting Children - Covid

19 Jun 2020

Taming Anxiety Gremlins: Avoiding anxiety traps while promoting resilience

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children, teens, and adults. Individuals with ASD also have a high risk of developing anxiety. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of anxiety and how traditional ways of offering help may unwittingly worsen anxiety. Participants will also learn effective tools to help individuals manage anxiety to promote their resilience and overall well-being.

08 Jul 2020

The Core Story of Brain Development: Learning, Growing, and Developing in Uncertain Times

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Even though it feels like the world has come to a strange stand still, children’s brains are still learning, growing, and developing. This session will provide information on brain development and how early life experiences, including COVID 19, are stored into a child’s brain and body.

The session will explore how brain architecture is established early in life and supports life-long learning, behaviour, and health.

04 Aug 2020

Understanding and Supporting Mental Health in Gifted Children

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 8:00 PM

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression) in children and adolescents who are intellectually gifted. It will also describe ways in which parents and schools can support gifted children experiencing mental health challenges.

11 Aug 2020

Understanding ADHD in Girls

Available until: March 31, 2021 - 11:55 PM

This session will describe the occurrence and presentation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in girls. It will go on to discuss ways in which parents and schools can support children and youth presenting with ADHD.