CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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27 Feb 2024

Real Talk: Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:30 PM

Presenter: Carolyn Mitchell, Real Talk Program Coordinator with Sagesse

Domestic abuse is at epidemic levels in Alberta with 1 in 3 individuals experiencing violence in their lifetime. Incidents of domestic abuse 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 abuse 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 abuse, 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.

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28 Feb 2024

Gangs and Guns ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenter: Adriana Dewar BA, MA, Community Educator, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, Calgary Police Service

• Understand the current gang related challenges and occurrences happening withinthe city of Calgary.
• Learn how to recognize if your child is participating in high-risk behavior and how young people become involved.
• Know the effects organized crime has on the community and families involved.
• Gain skills to help support young people in avoiding a high risk lifestyle.
• Learn what you can do in your community, in your home and where to get help.
• Understand the work taking place by the Calgary Police Service to combat gang-related issues.

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29 Feb 2024

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.

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06 Mar 2024

Push To Heal - Skateboarding as a Tool for Regulation, Connection, and Education ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Joel Pippus, CYC Cert., Training and Education Facilitator and Push To Heal Project Lead at Pathways to Prevention: A Centre for Childhood Trauma, Hull Services

Talking Points:

1. The story of Push To Heal and what we have learned along the way
2. Skateboarding as a whole-brain activity and tool for healing from past trauma
3. Our pilot study in partnership with the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Street CCRED highlighting the therapeutic benefit of skateboarding
4. How to practically apply the things that we have learned about skateboarding in therapeutic and educational settings.

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13 Mar 2024

How Do We Figure Out What Consequences To Use? ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenter: Julie Freedman Smith BSc, BA, Owner JFS Parent Education

Julie will share:
• What works and what doesn’t when it comes to consequences.
• Language that helps kids understand how to make positive
choices.
• How to parent when too many consequences feel exhausting.

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19 Mar 2024

Can We Talk? Parenting and Sexual Health ***please register using the poster only***

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presented By: Diana Wark (She/Her)
Parent Program Coordinator for Centre for Sexuality

We provide workshops designed to increase parents’ confidence and comfort in talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.

Interactive activities and discussion help parents identify their family’s values about sexuality and clarify how to communicate these to their children. Issues addressed include why you should talk with your child about sexuality; your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and social development; how to give easy answers to tough questions; and where to find more information and support.

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20 Mar 2024

Creating a Culture of Respect: Understanding 2SLGBTQ for Parents ***please register using the poster only***

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presented By: Diana Wark (She/Her)
Parent Program Coordinator for Centre for Sexuality

We provide workshops designed to increase parents’ confidence and comfort in talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.

In this workshop parents can expect to gain deeper understanding of the concepts around sexual and gender diversity and we will provide tools to increase parents comfort in supporting 2SLGBTQ+ youth. We will explore terms and definitions as well as ways parents can engage in accepting behaviours and reduce rejecting behaviours in parenting our 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

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21 Mar 2024

Building Resiliency in Today's Youth ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Andrea Halwas, BA, MFA, PhD, REACE, Registered Expressive Arts Therapy Consultant, Associate Therapist & Educational Coordinator at Juno House

Brought to you by specialists in Girls' Mental Health

Before High School graduation, one-third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm or an eating disorder. However, there is an incredible power in caregivers who can support our youth, both young women and men, before they seek therapy.

At Juno House®, we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents, caregivers, coaches, and teachers. In our 1.5 hour workshop presentation, we will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model® that will provide effective emotional coaching tools for today’s youth as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood.

We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. This workshop is designed to give caregivers the skills to become their child’s emotional coach. The workshop will provide participants with:
• Basic introduction of interpersonal neurobiology,
• Where emotions live in our brains,
• The essential role emotions play in mental well being,
• How to identify emotions in youth,
• How to become an emotional coach in only five steps.

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11 Apr 2024

Supporting Youth Who Use Substances: A Guide for Navigating Youth and Substance ***please register using the poster only***

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by: Thressa Zilinski, BSc Food & Nutrition and Laurie Hunter, RSW, BSW.
North Zone Mental Health Promotion- AHS

This workshop focuses on understanding youth substance use and treatments available. Participants will learn to identify problematic youth substance use, describe caregiver strategies for talking to youth and substance us, and navigate the stages of change

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17 Apr 2024

ADHD & Executive Functioning ***please register using the poster only***

10:00 AM - Noon

Presented by: Rebekkah Bright BSW, RSW & Melissa Ramsay BSW, RSW
Rocky View School Division and MHCB Stepping Stones to Mental Health

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.

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19 Apr 2024

ADHD Essentials for Parents ***please register using the poster only***

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented By: Tanya Keto (MEd), Registered Psychologist
Clinic Director of AVERY Family and School Psychology Services

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours, or over-activity. There are three different types of ADHD, depending on which symptoms are strongest in the individual, and each of these subtypes may impact children differently. Neurological deficits, not unwillingness, keep kids with attention deficit disorder from learning and behaving in expected ways. Adults are key in setting these students on a path to success! In this session, we will discuss ADHD diagnosis, the ADHD brain, ADHD as a disorder of Executive Functioning, treatment, and setting kids up for success.

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24 Apr 2024

Working Together to Prevent Technology Based Child Sexual Abuse ***please register using the poster only***

10:30 AM - Noon

Presented by: Cynthia Muszynski, MSW, Director of Programs and Integrated Practice & Sandi Pineda-Selva, MA, Manager of Prevention Services, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

This session will explore how technology is changing the impacts of child sexual abuse including issues such as sextortion, sharing of intimate images and child sexual abuse material. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond and report child abuse emphasizing the community's collective role in child abuse prevention.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Participants will understand the risks associated with technology-based child abuse
2) participants will learn about how technology is being used in child sexual abuse
3) participants will learn how to recognize, respond and report child abuse

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25 Apr 2024

Unraveling the Relationship Between Mind Wandering and Executive Function in Childhood ADHD ***please register using the poster only***

Noon - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Fiza Hasan, BSc Hons in Psychology (2022), MA in Psychology & Law (Current)

The current study examined the link between mind wandering frequency and its impact on executive function skills in children (ages 8-12) with ADHD. Participants will learn about cognitive abilities useful in understanding and addressing the dynamics of mind wandering in ADHD. Furthermore, the study findings may hold relevance in academic or home settings to help children better regulate their attention.

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17 May 2024

Executive Functioning Essentials for Parents ***please register using the poster only***

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented By: Tanya Keto (MEd), Registered Psychologist
Clinic Director of AVERY Family and School Psychology Services

Executive Functioning (EF) refers to the behaviour management system of the brain. These cognitive processes tell us what to do, when to do it, and how well to do it. Individuals with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD may experience increased difficulty in the development and use of these functions compared to their same-aged peers. When kids struggle to regulate their executive functioning it can result in lower grades, lack of motivation, school avoidance, social difficulties, anxiety and stress. But these “problem behaviours” are simply symptoms of unmet needs. Join Tanya to learn how difficulties with executive functioning could be causing problem behaviours and what you can do to help!

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06 Jun 2024

Learn to Live with Anxiety Series: Mind Body Connection ***please register using the poster only***

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by: Thressa Zilinski, BSc Food & Nutrition and Laurie Hunter, RSW, BSW.
North Zone Mental Health Promotion- AHS

This workshop increases understanding on anxiety and supports skill building to cope. Participants will identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, review strategies and tools to decrease anxiety, and develop a personalized action plan for anxiety

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