CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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31 Aug 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.

Poster

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.

Poster

13 Sep 2021

GUT HEALTH and how it affects youth mental health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


TBA

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

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.

Poster

06 Nov 2021

Super Dads Super Kids

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

TBA

** SATURDAY MORNING presentation **

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

Poster

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.

Poster

11 Jan 2022

Areas of Influence

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


A seminar that summarizes how parents influence their children, including affecting their environment, social identity, consequences to behavior, and developmental stages.

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.