CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

More Information Recorded sessions are presented in the Windows Media Video (WMV) format. Internet Explorer and/or Windows Media Player is required to view these sessions.
Presentations are being broadcast using the ZOOM platform. Connect via your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
09 Feb 2023

Learning to inclusively support all children through grief and loss ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenter: Vanessa Siso, R. Prov. Psychologist, B.A., MC, Carya

This workshop will aim to teach caregivers, parents and professionals how to:

• Define grief and loss
• Recognize the signs of a grieving child
• Talk to a child about loss
• Teach children about grief and loss
• Use evidence-based strategies to support a child who is grieving
• Enhance a child’s resiliency amid difficult times

Poster

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.

Poster

21 Feb 2023

Ages and Stages: What to expect and what to do to support healthy child sexual development age 0-18 ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenter: Christine Sturgeon, B.Ed., Child Development Supervisor (Level III), Education Coordinator,
Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services

Do you parent, give care or work with children age 0-18? You may have learned about childhood development when it comes to milestones like talking, walking and reading; but many people haven’t had the chance to build their knowledge about sexual development milestones. In this education session, learn about:

• Childhood sexual development milestones ages 0-18
• What children and youth need to know at each age
• Typical sexual behaviors
• Tips for responding to un-preferred typical sexual behaviors
• Tips for supporting healthy childhood sexual development through talking and creating affirming environments
• Reputable resources

Poster

23 Feb 2023

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

Poster

23 Feb 2023

When Consequences Don’t Work ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenter: Laurie Florence, Facilitator, Families Matter

In this workshop we look at the difference between logical & natural consequences, discuss why some consequences don’t work and consider some positive re-enforcers to encourage acceptable behaviour that work at different ages.

Poster

02 Mar 2023

Brain Science: Sciences of Hope and Resilience ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - Noon

Presenters: Ashley Meagher, BA, CYC & Stephanie Sands BSc. Psychology
Rocky View School Division and MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

This session exists to support caregivers with the fundamental elements of brain science with a focus on the strengths of knowing how this can positively impact children and youth development. The interactive session will provide insight into brain structure and the stress response. In addition, we will explore adverse childhood experiences and life events as they relate to brain development, while providing information and strategies to build resilience.

Poster

02 Mar 2023

Self-regulation for the family: How to manage stress and calm the chaos ***please register using the poster only***

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by: Carmen Gietz, MA, Registered Provisional Psychologist and in Partnership with High Point Psychology

It can be hard to cope with your child’s (or your own) dysregulation.

This presentation will break down the concept of
self-regulation, help you better identify stressors and body signals that are clues to dysregulation, and provide key skills and tips to help your family better manage stressors and daily demands.

Poster

09 Mar 2023

Mental health for highly sensitive teens; unique struggles for these emotional feelers ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by: Tracy Fields, BSW, MSW in partnership with Tracy Fields Consulting

Highly sensitive teens are often misunderstood by parents and teachers as they often have stronger emotional reactions. In this presentation, learn why this happens, and the necessary tools required to help these teens manage their emotions so they don't become derailed.

Poster

14 Mar 2023

From Finsta to FOMO: Understanding Social Media Use in Teens ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Stephanie Sands, BSc. Psychology & Tashia Christie BA Psychology,
Rocky View School Division & MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

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.

Poster

15 Mar 2023

Supporting Your Child’s Journey to Wellness ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:00 PM

Carmen McCarty - Youth Facilitator, RSW & Amanda Tailleur-Marshall - Youth Facilitator, Diploma in SW
Closer to Home Community Services

You will learn about teenage brain development, mental health statistics affecting our youth and how to advocate for your youth.

Poster

21 Mar 2023

Brain Science: Sciences of Hope and Resilience ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Ashley Meagher, BA, CYC & Stephanie Sands BSc. Psychology
Rocky View School Division and MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

This session exists to support caregivers with the fundamental elements of brain science with a focus on the strengths of knowing how this can positively impact children and youth development. The interactive session will provide insight into brain structure and the stress response. In addition, we will explore adverse childhood experiences and life events as they relate to brain development, while providing information and strategies to build resilience.

Poster

15 Dec 2022

Adolescent Brain Development and Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships (Oct.20 recording)

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

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

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.

06 Dec 2022

Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) What do you need to know? ***please register using the poster only***

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

Presenter: Christine Sturgeon, B.Ed., Child Development Supervisor (Level III) Education Coordinator, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services

Are you a trusted adult to a teen but are worried that your knowledge about birth control and STI might be out of date? Youth make healthier sexual choices when they can talk to an adult they trust about these topics. In this session for parents and professionals, build your ability to support youth by learning about:

• Creating a safer space to talk with teens about birth control and STI
• Current birth control methods that are effective for teens, how they work and how teens can get them
• Sexually transmitted infections – what they are, how people get them, how to lower risk and where teens can get testing and treatment

12 Apr 2022

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

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.

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

Handout

13 Jan 2023

Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Learning ***please register using the poster only***

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

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

Feeling a little blue and not particularly cheery this time of year? You're not alone. In this session you will learn about mindfulness and take away practical tools that will help brighten these cold days. This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can support your child’s social and emotional well-being. Explore how the brain’s stress responses may impact social and emotional well-being and how to use mindfulness to calm the brain. Using mindfulness can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others, improved self-awareness, self-regulation, decrease stress/anxiety, and improve overall well-being.

02 Dec 2022

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

Available until: March 31, 2023 - Noon

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?

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 Jan 2023

Executive Functioning: Who’s the Boss?

Available until: March 31, 2023 - 8:00 PM

Presented by: Tanya Keto, in partnership with Foothills Academy Society

Executive Functions (EF) are mental processes that help to connect past experience with present action to guide future behaviour. Individuals with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD may experience increased difficulty in the development and use of these functions compared to their same-aged neurotypical peers. These functions underlie activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. When students struggle in these areas, it can result in behaviours that are often labeled as “attention-seeking”, “defiant”, “showing off”, “unmotivated” or “lazy”, “emotional overreactions”, and “inflexible”, just to name a few.

School can be tough for kids and teens with EF deficits. When the adults in their world understand the how and why of EF deficits and what they can do to maximize the success of these students, it can significantly impact learning, engagement, and motivation at school. With a focus on cognitive neuroscience research and brain-based strategies that you can use to increase student engagement, motivation, and self-management, we will discuss:
• The Executive Functions and how they work
• Discuss the development of EF
• How EF deficits impact students and classroom dynamics
• How to best support students with EF deficits

04 Jan 2023

Understanding Psycho-educational Assessments = Understanding Your Student

Available until: March 31, 2023 - 8:00 PM

Presented by: Tanya Keto, in partnership with Foothills Academy Society

Do you have a child or work with a student who struggles at school? Psychoeducational assessments combine standardized assessments of a child’s intellectual and academic abilities with the dynamic clinical judgment of a trained psychologist to determine the what, how, and why of struggling students. This process measures overall aptitude and academic achievement around core academic skills and any additional factors that may impact a child at school (e.g., attention and concentration, learning disability, mood, anxiety, etc.) and provides strategies to support them.
Whether a diagnosis is made or not, the information can be used to identify what the child needs to reach their potential. This session will take a deep dive into what caregivers and educators need to know about the psychoeducational process including:
• When and why psychoeducational assessments are done
• The psychological processes that underlie learning: such as language and phonological processing, fine-motor and graphomotor processing, executive functioning, visual-spatial processing, processing speed, working memory, etc.
• The specific academic skills being investigated: including reading, writing, math, language, etc.
• Aspects of social/emotional and behavioural functioning that may be impacting the student: including attention and concentration, depression, anxiety, etc.
• The diagnostic process
• Recommendations, strategies, and accommodations
• Using the psychoeducational assessment report for Individual Education/Program Planning (IPPs, IEPs, etc.)

12 Apr 2023

Managing Productive Struggle: Building confidence and resilience in the face of challenge! ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presented by Nicola Doughty, Registered Clinical Counsellor, BCACC in partnership with Nicola Doughty Counselling

This is a lively and informative presentation exploring how you can support your child when they are experiencing the frustration, stress, and anxiety that comes from tackling challenges. Whether it be social, emotional, or academic concerns, parents will learn how to align and guide their children, thereby increasing their sense of agency and building confidence.

This presentation will explore the concept of power, brain development in children and what it means for parents as children pass through the various stages of growing up.

Avoiding the traps of becoming a helicopter or snowplow parent, parents can feel more in tune with their values and parenting style when they know they are engaging practical strategies that promote positive growth. There will be ample opportunities for questions throughout the presentation.

Poster

18 Apr 2023

Supporting Your Child’s Journey to Wellness ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Carmen McCarty - Youth Facilitator, RSW & Amanda Tailleur-Marshall - Youth Facilitator, Diploma in SW
Closer to Home Community Services

You will learn about teenage brain development, mental health statistics affecting our youth and how to advocate for your youth.

Poster

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.

Poster

17 May 2023

Supporting Children and Youth through Grief & Loss ***please register using the poster only***

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenters: Allison Salazar, MA School Counselling & Stephanie Sands, BSc. Psychology
Rocky View School Division and 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.

Poster

22 Jun 2023

Trauma Informed Care Approaches – Translating Trauma-Informed Principles Into Action ***Please register using the poster only***

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

Poster

01 Feb 2023

Friend or Foe? How to create healthy relationships with digital devices in the family

Available until: July 15, 2023 - 11:00 PM

With the multitude of changes that have occurred in the last year, families are stuck at home and spending a lot of time with their digital devices (e.g., video games, phones, tablets). Parents especially have become concerned about how much time their children and adolescents spend facing a screen, whether it’s on TikTok or playing Fortnite. Some parents may be left wondering, “Are my kids addicted? What do I do? How will this affect them?” Learn from our experts, Tanya Mudry and Jezz Stone, on how to manage the increased use of screens/digital devices from a relational and family perspective. In this presentation, they will discuss tips for families to consider when developing healthy relationships with digital devices.

01 Feb 2023

Managing Stress in the Family: Recognizing Triggers

Available until: July 15, 2023 - 11:00 PM

This session will discuss the following:

• Understand the physiology of stress
• Understand and identify triggers in the family
• Learn strategies to manage triggers
• Better understand the mind and body connection
• Learn mindfulness as a way of addressing triggers
• Explore strategies to create emotional regulation in the family

01 Feb 2023

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Children & Teens

Available until: July 15, 2023 - 11:00 PM

Wherever you are in your parenting journey, this workshop aims to improve your skills at navigating challenging behaviors when interacting with children & youth. Participants will learn about:

Why challenging behaviors occur

How to prepare and approach communication with children & youth to help address challenging behaviors.

How to address challenging behaviors using science-based techniques.

01 Feb 2023

The Building Blocks of Resilience: Strategies to Strengthen Resilience in Children and Adolescents

Available until: July 15, 2023 - 11:00 PM

Traumatic life events, such as abuse, death, natural disasters, and the current COVID-19 health pandemic, produce a wide range of stressors which affect the health and well-being of children and adolescents. We know that children and adolescents have the capacity to learn and develop important resilience skills that can help them thrive even in the face of adversity. This presentation will discuss research-based strategies that can help increase and strengthen resilience in children and adolescents. I will discuss individual and social-ecological factors that can boost coping, recovery, and overall well-being among children and adolescents, and thus improve their ability to manage challenges they are currently facing or may face in the future.

02 Dec 2022

Nutrition and ADHD - ***please register using the poster only***

Available until: December 2, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Presenter: Jamie Lee Kwong

Parents of children and teens with ADHD are often concerned about their eating habits - are they eating enough, too much or the right type of foods? In this presentation, parents can expect to learn the fundamentals of nutrition, nutrition related to ADHD and practical strategies to make mealtimes more enjoyable!