CES Sessions
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01 Sep 2021

Return to Work and School: Optimizing your Mental Heatth

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The COVID-19 pandemic has created stress and anxiety, loss and grief, and a host of other mental health concerns. This presentation will provide information about what has been learned about mental health challenges during the pandemic, but will focus on recommended strategies to optimize your mental health as we face the Fall return to school and work. Some of the recommended strategies will be well-known and drawn from extensive past research and study, but some will be unique to the return to work and school as health restrictions are lifted and we begin to encounter the peculiarities of post- pandemic life. This session will include a presentation, but ample time will be left for questions and discussion.

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02 Sep 2021

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

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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07 Sep 2021

Helping newcomer youth navigate the process of school integration

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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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09 Sep 2021

Promoting Self-Determination in Everyday Life: Practical Strategies

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Self-determination refers to the ability to be in charge of your own life. It can include choosing what to eat for breakfast, choosing your leisure activities, or choosing where to live among many other choices we make everyday. However, research shows that autistic people are less self-determined than their peers. This workshop will provide a brief overview of self-determination theory and factors that support its development. Participants will leave with practical strategies to embed into daily routines that will enhance self-determination for autistic teens and young adults.

11 Sep 2021

3 Ways to Rethink Education in Response to Covid-19

10:30 AM - Noon

*** SATURDAY MORNING PRESENTATION***

In May 2021, a global leadership organization, The International Women’s Forum asked Dr. Shimi Kang, a leading expert in the neuroscience of learning, motivation and mental wellness the question - “What are 3 ways to rethink student education in response to Covid-19?” Her response of proposing a new dimension of learning based on neuro-education and incorporating social, emotional, and cognitive skills was welcomed around the world. Dr. Kang believes we certainly cannot go back to “normal”. We must act now to change the trajectory of this generation, predicted to be the first in human history to not outlive the one that came before them. Dr. Kang will provide science-based solutions that every parent, teacher, administrator and caregiver can use to guide today’s youth towards a deeper, powerful and innate utilization of their own incredible neuro-biology.

In this interactive presentation, Dr, Kang will provide science, storytelling and tools for:
1) Understanding the stress vs learning systems universally applicable to all students regardless of age, gender identity, culture and background.
2) Regulating the function of the gut brain through emotional skills & practices such as breath work, nature-based learning, mindfulness, visualization and gratitude.
3) Enhancing the connections of the heart brain through social skills of empathy building, healthy assertiveness, perspective taking, and positive communication and community.
4) Optimizing the intelligence of the head brain through cognitive skills of developing a “play mindset”, being comfortable with uncertainty, letting go of perfectionism, critical thinking, creative problem solving, adapting to an ever-changing world, and innovating.

*This interactive webinar or live event will be divided into 15 min sections with a Q&A for each part. Dr. Kang will end with an open 15 min Q&A conversation.

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13 Sep 2021

GUT HEALTH and how it affects youth mental health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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14 Sep 2021

Adapting after Adversity

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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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15 Sep 2021

Self-Compassion and Mindfulness for Parents: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The terms self-care and mindfulness have flooded mainstream media, but what do these terms really mean, and how can you engage in these practices in a meaningful way? This presentation will explore science-based research into the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion, before introducing practical ways for you to incorporate these concepts into your daily life. This presentation will include some in-session activities such as written reflections and guided meditations.

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20 Sep 2021

Understanding and talking about teens and risk-taking

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Teens are faced with making new decisions about risk every day – drugs, alcohol, driving, relationships and sex. Part of growing up is learning how to manage risk and make choices.

Learn how to talk to your teen about risk by:

• Identifying how risk fits into healthy teen brain development
• Using tips for talking about risk so that teens feel heard and included to set limits
• Learning how to teach teens to manage risk to grow and stay safe

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20 Sep 2021

Girls and Covid Nine-Teen

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

TBA

21 Sep 2021

Back to School - Teen Mental Wellness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Back to school, this can be an exciting time in your teen’s life and yours. It can also be challenging for teens and their parents, anxiety can increase and self-esteem can decrease. Emotions can change quickly as teens learn to deal with school, their friends, and perhaps a different life of their pre-pandemic life.
What is typical at this age and what is troubled? This session will share information on how the teen brain develops, how you can support positive mental health and promote healthy brain development.

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23 Sep 2021

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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!

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29 Sep 2021

Adolescent Brain Development and Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships

1:00 PM - 3:00 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.

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02 Oct 2021

Part 1 - Trauma Informed Teaching: What parents and teachers should know

10:30 AM - Noon

** SATURDAY morning presentation***

Summary/Objectives:
1. Understand what trauma is and how it can be recognized.
2. Inform parents and educators about the stages and guiding principles of trauma-informed practice.
3. Learn about specific evidence-based resources to help students, families, and school personnel build the foundation for resilience in children who have experienced trauma.

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09 Oct 2021

Part 2 - Trauma Informed Teaching Through COVID-19: What parents and teachers should know

10:30 AM - Noon

** SATURDAY morning presentation**

Summary/Objectives:
1. Understand what trauma is and how it can be recognized.
2. Understand the stressors associated with COVID-19.
3. Inform parents and educators about the stages and guiding principles of trauma-informed practice during a global pandemic.

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12 Oct 2021

A Parents’ Guide to Tackling Stress, Anxiety, and Mood: Using CBT Skills to Support Your Children and Yourself (Covid-19 edition)

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all of us and as we begin to recover it’s important to work on lingering stress, anxiety, and low mood. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a well-established way of reducing these issues 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 as well as examples of how theses strategies can be used in everyday life and how they can be used to support families as we begin to recover from the pandemic. By the end you should feel you have strategies that will help you help your kids!

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21 Oct 2021

Help! My Child is Struggling in School!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

While school can be a place of excitement for some students who look forward to learning new things, school can be a place of tremendous stress and frustration for others. Many students struggle at some point in their schooling journey. However, for those who have ongoing difficulties, their self-esteem, motivation, and engagement in learning can be impaired. Many of these students start to experience self-doubt and anxiety that can result in internalizing difficulties, such as anxiety or depression and/or acting out behaviours. These difficulties not only disrupts their learning, they can also disrupt their relationships with others, as well as their overall well-being and success over the long term.

If you are worried about your child’s learning, or have a child already diagnosed with a learning difference, this workshop is essential. You will learn the different types of learning challenges, the signs to watch out for, and what you can do to maximize your child’s success at school and beyond. Don’t wait – children do not outgrow learning difficulties so it is imperative to ensure they get the support they need as soon as they can.

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25 Oct 2021

Are they too young? Talking with infants and preschoolers about bodies, relationships and sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The foundation for healthy adult relationships and sexuality is built in infancy and preschool aged children. Learn how you can help support the healthy sexual development in the children in your life by:

• Gaining understanding of the importance of talking about bodies, relationships and sexuality with very young children
• Discuss when and how to talk
• Develop comfort and confidence in using practical strategies and tools

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26 Oct 2021

Adolescent Brain Development and Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships

6:00 PM - 8:00 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.

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27 Oct 2021

Kids Have Stress Too

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

An introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, and the crucial role parents and professionals play in buffering the impact of stress on kids. Learn strategies to help young children become aware of and manage stress in fun and engaging ways.

04 Nov 2021

Real Talk: Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in Alberta with 1 in 3 individuals experiencing violence in their lifetime. Incidents of domestic violence exist across rural and urban areas, within all cultural and faith communities, all ages, amongst university educated professionals with a roof over their heads and those who don’t know where their next safe place to sleep will be. Children are significantly impacted living in homes where domestic violence occurs, and early identification of difficulties can lead to earlier and more effective support for children and their families. It’s time to get real. In Real Talk participants will learn how to recognize and talk about domestic violence, they will learn how to support someone if they know or suspect that they might be experiencing it, and learn where and how they can refer to community resources.

06 Nov 2021

Super Dads Super Kids

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


** SATURDAY MORNING presentation **

What is a Super Dad? Is there such a thing as a 'Super Dad"?

Well, sure there is as a "Super Dad" can be defined in many ways. In this session we will talk about the SDSK program that is geared towards dads and/or father figures and their kids 0-6 years old, that precious stage in their early lives. We will briefly go over what the 11-week program looks like and talk about some topics we discuss like Understanding your child's emotions, Aces and Resiliency, Ages & Stages, and many more.

The importance of a bond with a dad or father figure is very important in a child's early stages of life, but also sets a healthy path and relationship for the years ahead.

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18 Nov 2021

Screen time: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Many parents struggle with screen time. On the one hand, they know they should limit screens. On the other, they realize that screens are part of kids’ culture. How much is too much? This workshop is critical for all parents who are wondering about the amount of screen time their children have. In this workshop, participants will learn:

• The effects of screen time on the developing brain
• The behavioural outcomes of too much screen time
• How and when technology can be beneficial

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22 Nov 2021

Kids Have Stress Too

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

An introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, and the crucial role parents and professionals play in buffering the impact of stress on kids. Learn strategies to help young children become aware of and manage stress in fun and engaging ways.

24 Nov 2021

There's no mental health without spiritual health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


In these uncertain times the usual guide posts of the external world seem to have disappeared. We are therefore left with the possibility of finding new direction by navigating our inner world. At the end of this presentation participants will;

• appreciate the importance of reconnecting with yourself in deeper richer ways
• learn the 5 B words
• apply these words to their personal situation to come up with a plan for greater well-being and spiritual health

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02 Dec 2021

Giving the gift of knowledge - Your guide to saving for a child’s post-secondary education

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Some parents and caregivers may find it difficult to save for their child’s education during a pandemic. That is why maximizing government supports and grants becomes very important. In this session, an Accredited Financial Planners will explore the valuable tools to help you achieve your child’s education.

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11 Jan 2022

Areas of Influence

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


This presentation will discuss how parents influence their children, including affecting their environment, social identity, consequences to behavior, and developmental stages.

A reliance on discipline as a primary way to shape children’s behaviour can lead to many pitfalls for both the parent and the child. This seminar helps parents gain an appreciation of the many factors that influence behaviour, supporting them to also encourage wanted behaviour, understand their child’s unique developmental and social needs, and help their children build an internal sense of motivation and responsibility.

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17 Jan 2022

Pause, Listen & Connect: Navigating the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


As children move towards their teen years, their need for autonomy and privacy often disrupts family routines, leaving many parents feeling stuck in knowing how to communicate and connect. Additionally, as their children's social world opens up, parents are often challenged and worried about seemingly risky behaviours. Many parents with children aged 11 through 18 (grade 6-12) wish they had started certain routines, had different conversations or had learned a particular something prior to their child becoming a teenager. This workshop focuses on helping parents with elementary-aged children create family and lifestyle conditions now, that will assist them in navigating the transition from childhood into adolescence.

With the goal of deepening relationships to assist in the continued development of contented, thriving, motivated kids, parents will leave feeling confident about their children’s future because of what they are able to do in the present. Using current research, knowledge and anecdotal experience, Nicola will offer optimistic and practical strategies that can be taken home and adapted into any family structure.

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07 Feb 2022

On the edge of our seats: when excitement tips into anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about classroom anxiety and strategies to address stress and improve performance.
This session covers what anxiety can look like in a school setting, and how it affects a child's academic performance.
Participants are offered practical tools and strategies to support children in managing their anxiety at school.

Tailored for grades 3-9.

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08 Feb 2022

Domestic Violence

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Domestic violence occurs in numerous forms and can affect individuals of any gender, sexuality, race, socio-economic status, religion, etc. Through a culturally sensitive lens, this Level 1 presentation will provide an overview of domestic violence including the various forms of abuse, the impacts of abuse on children, youth, and adults, barriers in leaving, and resources in receiving help. An examination of how the added stressors of the current Covid-19 global pandemic are directly correlated with the rise of domestic violence cases will also be discussed. The work that C.I.W.A as an organization does in regards to providing supports to victims of domestic violence will also be discussed in terms of services, programing, and workshops.

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