CES Sessions
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06 Jul 2021

Managing Anxiety within the COVID-19 World

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

This session will outline the difference between worry, stress, and anxiety, and how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect mental health and wellness in teens. The session will also cover clinical presentations of anxiety and provide parents with insight as to what is ‘normal’ and when to seek help from a mental health professional. The session will also cover strategies for parents to assist their youth in navigating this complex world, including stress management, self-care, and strategies for improving executive functioning and resilience.

01 Apr 2021

A Parents’ Guide to Tackling Stress, Anxiety, and Mood: Using CBT Skills to Support Your Children and Yourself

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a well-established way of reducing anxiety, stress, and low mood in adolescents and adults. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to implement practical CBT strategies to support your children and teens in managing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Tools to support parent well-being will also be included in this presentation. By the end you should feel you have strategies that will help you help your kids!

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07 Jul 2021

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers – What’s it all about?

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

This workshop is about caring for the caregiver. Participants will be taught tools and techniques towards taking care of themselves so that they, in turn, can mindfully connect with their child/young adult. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) processes and how they can support caregivers of neurodiverse individuals (including autism and other developmental differences) will be discussed.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) seeks to help individuals to manage difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT helps to develop a new mindful relationship with unwanted thoughts and feelings. This process helps a person to be more open, and to take action consistent with what they care about.

16 Sep 2021

Adapting after Adversity

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Normal development happens even during a pandemic. We still grow, change and learn from our experiences. This session explores some of the possible impacts we need to understand about the effects of adversity on neurodevelopment.
Ideas about what we can do to support the healthy development of young people as they adapt to new expectations and opportunities just as we as adults are adjusting from surviving to thriving will also be explored.

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22 Apr 2021

Anxiety in the Classroom: strategies and approaches to supporting anxious students

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Are you a parent, educator, or supportive adult in a child’s or youth’s life? Do you want to better support them in moments when anxious thoughts and feelings are getting in the way of their learning or academic performance?

Learn ideas and strategies around how to help children and youth cope with anxious thoughts and feelings that add to the difficulties in their school days or homework nights. Jory has been a clinical social worker and clinical supervisor for 15 years in the area of school-based mental health and is very familiar with the reality that saying “Don’t worry about it” is more often a hopeful wish than a successful intervention for an anxious child. With a mix of proactive and “in the moment” interventions, this webinar will provide ideas and approaches that will add to the helping adult's toolbox when they are faced with the task of helping a child cope with those worries.

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29 Apr 2021

Building Social Connections

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

This presentation will focus on the importance of social connections, reflecting on your existing connections, learning how to strengthen them, and building new connections. As humans, we have a basic need to connect with other people. We will be talking about why social connections are important and the impact of connections on mental and physical well-being. We will talk about practical ways and strategies you can utilize which will help you feel connected in your relationships at work, school, and home. We use the Teaching-Family Model to help teach practical skills such as communication, active listening, maintaining relationships that support learning and lead to long-term outcomes. With the recent changes and adaptations that we as a society have had to make over the last few months, we would like to assist youth, parents, caregivers, families, professionals, and our community in staying connected and incorporating connection building in our everyday lives.

26 Feb 2021

Bullying and ASD

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Bullying, or peer victimization, is an unfortunate and common experience of those on the spectrum. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of how bullying is currently described, its frequency regarding those on the spectrum, and its impact. Strategies to address these concerns will also be discussed.

01 Apr 2021

Children and Parenting After Separation: Developing Parenting Plans

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Parenting plans are agreements, court orders and arbitrator awards that set out the rules for how separated parents will care for their children and share their children’s time. This webinar will talk about separated parents can work together to develop parenting plans that are good for children. We'll talk about parenting plans for parents in high levels of conflict and parents in low levels of conflict, some of the important things to include in parenting plans and some considerations that will minimize children's exposure to their parent's conflict.

01 Apr 2021

Children and Parenting After Separation: Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Law Disputes

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

This webinar is about how children’s views and preferences can be heard when family law problems are being resolved in court and out of court. We will talk about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, how the Convention gives children the right to be heard, and the research on the benefits to children and parents when children are heard. We will also talk about the strengths and weaknesses of hearing the voice of children through parenting assessments (also called custody assessments and bilateral reports), through shorter views of the child reports and through other options.

28 Jul 2021

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: March 31, 2022 - 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.

01 Apr 2021

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

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


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.

15 Sep 2021

Gut Feelings

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Join Dr. Taylor as she speaks to the growing body of evidence examining the link between the bacteria in your gut and mental illness.
She will address this literature and talk about what we know about this branch of science and what we don’t know.

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15 Sep 2021

Helping newcomer youth navigate the process of school integration

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Immigrating to Canada and entering a new school system is an enormous task for newcomer youth. The process of school integration captures the adjustment of newcomer youth across all aspects of student life – both inside and outside the school context – including English Language Leaning, academic performance, classroom behaviour, social networking, identify negotiation, emotional and familial wellbeing, involvement in school life, and understanding of the educational system. This presentation will focus on strategies to help newcomer youth navigate the numerous social-emotional challenges they face as they integrate into a new school setting.

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14 Jul 2021

Helping Your Child Cope with Needles

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Understanding Needle Phobia in Children and Youth…

Many parents have experienced the dread of taking their children for shots. This issue has become even more apparent for families as the COVID-19 vaccines become available for children and youth. If your child (or you) are scared of needles, please join presenters John Laing and Dr. Mitch Colp of Hexagon Psychology for an engaging discussion about needle phobia in children and youth and learn practical strategies and tips to support yourselves and the children you care for on their vaccination journey.

The presenters will open with a general discussion about how anxiety can impact children and parents as they navigate the dreaded needle, including typical responses to the prospect of receiving a needle and what parents can watch for if they are concerned about their child’s reaction to the thought of an injection. Following this, there will be a discussion of practical strategies to ensure getting a vaccination is as easy and drama free as possible. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A session and a review of the practical strategies discussed throughout.

15 Jun 2021

Let me triple check that: Childhood Perfectionism and Bossing Back OCD

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


This session offers an overview of child and adolescent perfectionism and how intrusive thoughts around “getting it right” can impact a child’s academic and social abilities. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique of Exposure and Response Prevention for parents and/or school personal to help children and/or adolescence to fight back against their obsessive-compulsive symptoms will be discussed along with:
Background information on what Perfectionism and OCD is
Ability to notice signs of perfectionistic tendencies within your child
An understanding of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Fun and exciting ways to tailor ERP to children/adolescence

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07 Jul 2021

Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

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.

01 Apr 2021

Nurturing stability in the face of uncertainty

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Families are faced with a variety of challenges due to COVID-19, which can increase relational strain, stress, and anxiety.

With everchanging transitions like school, seasons, and new rules to follow, teens may be feeling some added pressure to adapt.

In this presentation, we discuss supportive tips and considerations for supporting your family under stress, fostering healthy relationships, and nurturing stability when in the face of uncertainty.

Q & A will be addressed throughout the presentation

Jezz Stone is a registered provisional psychologist and PhD candidate in counselling psychology in the Werklund School of Education, with specialized training in family therapy and group facilitation (ADHD, social-emotional/behavioural regulation, and parenting). Outside of her counselling practice, Jezz is involved in research focused on supporting the relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families. Her master’s research focused on mother’s experiences of communicating to their children about the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which has informed her current dissertation research on familial experiences of COVID-19.

Dr. Tanya Mudry is a registered psychologist and assistant professor of counselling psychology in the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. She supervises and trains counselling psychology students, practices family therapy at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and has a small private practice. She has specialized clinical training in child and adolescent mental health and family therapy. Tanya’s research and writing have focused on family therapy, excessive behaviours, addiction and recovery from addiction, and relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families.

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15 Sep 2021

Panic and Anxiety in Youth: Strategies for families to conquer back-to-school stress

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Going back to school is both exciting and nerve wracking for youth, and this year will pose more uncertainty than most. This presentation will focus on understanding what panic and anxiety looks like in youth and how it affects activities, such as returning to school. Practical strategies will be offered to youth and caregivers for managing back-to-school worries. As well, tips for reducing parenting stress will also be shared with caregivers.

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01 Apr 2021

Part 1: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Reading: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Summary/Objectives:

1. Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Reading
2. Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3. Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

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01 Apr 2021

Part 2: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Written Expression: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Written Expression
2.Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3.Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

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01 Apr 2021

Part 3: Specific Learning Disorders with Impairment in Mathematics: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Summary/Objectives:

1.Understand the core components of a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Mathematics
2.Inform parents and educators about the referral and testing process for psychoeducational assessments
3.Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families and school personnel teams navigate student's unique academic challenges

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01 Apr 2021

PPD 101 – What you need to know about Perinatal Mood Disorder

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

The focus of this presentation will be on discussing the range of the Postpartum experience and all that it can encompass. Focusing on what to look for, how to create space to speak about it, and to spend some time discussing how to support yourself, or a loved one, where this may be a concern. This discussion can never happen too early or too late, and all are welcome to join, wherever you happen to be on your prenatal/postpartum journey.

01 Apr 2021

Putting Stress Under the Microscope: Parenting Stress and Its Relationship to Parenting

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Saturday morning presentation!

Parenting is rewarding, but is no easy feat. This presentation will focus on the parenting role and will discuss parenting beliefs, parenting practices, and a specific type of stress, known as parenting stress. New lines of research, children's social and emotional development, and parenting strategies will also be covered, with the overall goal of supporting parents' parenting experiences.

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07 Apr 2021

Slaying “Examaphobia” How students can approach tests with more confidence and strategies

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Youth welcome to participate.

Learn how to understand “exam anxiety” as well as strategies to better address stress and improve performance.

This webinar will help us understand how some students often become very stressed and overwhelmed around taking exams. As a mental health clinician and MRU professor who has taught courses in optimal learning strategies, our presenter, Kathy Jarrell is ideally suited to take on this topic. Kathy will address mental health aspects along with practical study and test-taking strategies for students and those who support them.

Let’s take a little time to learn how to learn and slay the dreaded “Examaphobia” dragon!

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10 Jun 2021

Starting or changing medication for your child/youth’s mental health? An introduction to genotype-guided prescribing

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Genotype-guided prescribing uses a person’s genetic information to help find medications that are most likely to be safe and beneficial for them. Some genes make it harder for the body to process certain medications, leading to side effects. Others can cause the body to use up medications too fast and a normal dose may not work. Genotype-guided prescribing can reduce the trial-and-error when selecting mental health medications for children and teenagers.

This presentation will:
• Provide an introduction to this emerging approach to prescribing
• Explain who can benefit from it
• Highlight current research examining genotype-guided prescribing

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22 Jul 2021

Taming Anxiety Gremlins using the Anxiety Compass

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and is the most common mental health concern they face. Anxiety is not something you outgrow, and early intervention helps minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, and physical difficulties. Unfortunately, most kids go without effective support until too late, if at all. Since 70% of all mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence, there is a clear need to support our children and youth.

In this workshop, parents, teachers, and professionals will learn how traditional ways of helping children and teens may unwittingly worsen their anxiety. They will also learn about the anxiety compass, which outlines eight essential steps in helping children and teens manage anxiety effectively.

01 Apr 2021

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

Available until: March 31, 2022 - 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.

02 Jun 2021

Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth

Available until: March 31, 2022 - Noon


Tammy Plunkett (she/her) left her career as a registered nurse to stay home and raise her four children. It turned out that she could only take so much Sesame Street and returned to her first love - writing. After her third child came out as transgender, she focused her work on helping parents of transgender kids. Her next book, Beyond Pronouns: The Essential Guide for Parents of Trans Kids, is due in the summer of 2022.

Kiersten Mohr (she/her) is a speaker, advocate and openly transgender woman in Alberta. After two decades as a geologist and leader in the energy industry, she was inspired and empowered by the positive experience of her gender transition and now passionately uses her visibility and voice to promote positive public awareness and inclusion of transgender and gender diverse individuals.

Introduction - Gender Diversity 101

How do you trust a child to know? Is it a phase?

Is my child okay (medical, psychological, acceptance)?

Where do I start (do we wait until they are 18) and how do I support the transition process?

How does a community (school, city programs, extended family, etc.) support a transgender child?

How do I communicate the change in an affirming, supportive way?

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06 Jul 2021

Play with Purpose: The Impacts of Play on Development & Incorporating Play into Learning

Available until: July 6, 2022 - 2:00 PM

Play is one of the most important and impactful ways children learn. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of skills that can develop through play, the different types and stages of play, as well as working through those tricky moments when conflict arises during play. By the end of this presentation, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation for play, and more playful tools that you can incorporate into your household or classroom!