CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

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07 Dec 2021

Managing the Holidays through Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being ***please register using poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The holiday season is coming! Not feeling particularly cheery this time of year? You're not alone. Many find the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. In this session you were learn about mindfulness and take away practical tools that will help you make the most of these festivities and this time of year. This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support your child’s social and emotional well-being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses may impact our social and emotional well-being and how we can use mindfulness to calm children’s brain. 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.

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08 Dec 2021

Super Dads Super Kids ***Note: No registration is required. Please access the presentation using the Zoom link within the poster.***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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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09 Dec 2021

Neurodiversity Supports in a Post-Secondary Environment ***Please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In this presentation, participants will learn about resources available to neurodivergent students at the University of Calgary, strategies and skills for post-secondary readiness, and provide considerations and tips for incoming students.

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13 Dec 2021

Burnout & Boundaries during Covid ***please register using the poster only***

10:30 AM - Noon


Join Dr. Turner as she speaks to:

• Signs and symptoms of burnout
• The costs of burnout
• Causes and contributors to burnout (personal, workplace and societal)
• How boundaries protect you from burnout
• Common challenges to setting and holding boundaries
• How to communicate boundaries with love

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13 Dec 2021

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

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

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14 Dec 2021

Easier Than You Think –Workshops for Parents and Natural Supports: Parents of 12-18-year-old kids ***please register using the poster only***

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This session is aimed for parents of 12-18-year-old kids.

The Easier Than You Think programs provide interactive learning to parents on how to communicate with their children on topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness.
Research by SEICUS shows that kids want to hear from their parents about not just sexual activity, but also about love, values, and relationships. This program will provide you with tools to have those important and meaningful conversations with your kids throughout their childhood and teen years.

After participating in this program, parents can expect:
• To feel more comfortable & confident talking with their children about sexuality and relationships.
• To practice basic strategies to effectively communicate with children about sexuality and relationships.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-ugqD8qHNAfPeYiAQJyZ3Cl4C8iG0IL

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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15 Dec 2021

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth: A Workshop for Parents and Family Members ***please register using the poster only***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This workshop will support parents and caregivers to create a more inclusive family environment. Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on LGBTQ2S+ children and youth. Participants will also gain practical tools and skills to support their LGBTQ2S+ family members and friends.

** This presentation is being delivered via Zoom. Please register within the attached poster.**

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06 Jan 2022

Your Brain on Stress ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


We’ve all felt it…sweaty palms, heart racing, and tunnel vision. It’s stress!

While some stress is good to live a productive life, excessive stress can hijack the body’s usual response system, sometimes leading to mental health problems. Knowing how stress impacts our brain and our bodies helps us understand mental health problems and appreciate that they are real, physical processes in our brains; never “just in someone’s head”. And just like other medical illnesses or injury, brains and bodies can recover with the right support and treatment.
This topic is a continuation of a partnership with Calgary Board of Education and pediatric resident physicians from the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Initially delivered to students and faculty at junior high schools, this webinar aims to include the whole family and close the loop in communication on mental health.

Join us to learn about the stress response system, stress coping strategies and support for mental health, and supporting loved ones who might be experiencing mental illness.

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11 Jan 2022

Areas of Influence - ***please register using the poster only***

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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12 Jan 2022

Talking to Children and Teens with Diverse Abilities about Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Everyone has the right to information about sexuality and relationships that is accurate, current and provided in a way that they can understand. This session is for parents and providers of children and youth with diverse abilities. Answering questions and talking honestly about sexuality helps children and youth feel supported to talk about growing up, feelings and relationships.

Participants will:
• Recognize reasons to talk about healthy sexuality and relationships.
• Learn what to say and why talking about sexuality helps develop boundaries, build skills and improves safety.
• Increase knowledge about puberty and sexual development; self-care and hygiene; healthy relationships and boundaries.

12 Jan 2022

Trauma & Victimization: A Child’s Lense ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will provide some basic information on trauma and the impact on the brain, emphasizing that a stress response is a healthy, natural response of being human…it keeps us safe. Concepts of complex trauma, the trauma experience, and common reactions will be highlighted. The latter part of the session will focus on understanding, supporting, and building resiliency in children.

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13 Jan 2022

Thriving and Autism: Tips Tricks and Strategies for Success

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

We all have an intuitive notion of what it means to live well, or what it means to thrive, or what human flourishing looks like. But figuring out what thriving looks like for us personally is a really hard question to answer. If you are autistic, that question might be even harder to figure out. In this workshop, Dr. Brown will present findings from research conducted primarily by autistic researchers themselves, in which they examined the constructs of wellbeing and quality of life for autistic individuals. By drawing on the lessons from the neurodiversity movement and personal experience, she will also present tips, tools, and strategies for learning to Thrive. The importance of (a) presumed competence and autonomy; (b) sparks, flow, and special interests; and (c) positive identity, belonging, and connection will specifically be considered.

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17 Jan 2022

Pause, Listen & Connect: Navigating the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence - ***please register using the poster only***

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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18 Jan 2022

EVERMINDFUL: mindfulness for stress management in times of uncertainty ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices providing you with ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. Offering information regarding how mindfulness can decrease stress-response related reactions and increase focus and achievement. This transformative practice introduces an effective toolbox of experiential skills, explaining ways that mindfulness can be useful in reducing perceived stress and lowering anxiety while building resilience and emotional regulation to support your adolescents and children in times of stress.

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19 Jan 2022

Gangs

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Will discuss current gang-related challenges and occurrences, recognize if your child is participating in high-risk behaviour and how young people get involved. Learn about the effects organized crime has on communities and families involved.

Will also provide strategies to help support young people in avoiding a high risk lifestyle. Also learn what you can do in your community, in your home and where to get help.

Learn about the work taking place by the Calgary Police Service to combat
gang-related issues.

24 Jan 2022

Learn how Money Mentors can be a helpful resource towards creating a healthier financial future

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Introduction to our free services and programs such as credit counselling and our financial literacy school programs.

• Learn how to create a family budget with tips to stick to your budget.
• Learn what is credit and some ways to rebuild credit.
• Free online resources to help you introduce kids to the concept of money.

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25 Jan 2022

Helping Young People Thrive in a Stressed-out World ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Will discuss tools & stress management strategies to help older children learn to recognize and manage their stress and emotions. Will also speak to how to help older children learn how to cope with stress, better express their feelings & emotions, promote social-emotional development & self-regulation.

Learn about stress from an older child’s point of view as well as your own stress response, coping skills & the positive effect of taking time for self-care.

Will focus on children 7-12 years old.

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02 Feb 2022

Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) What do you need to know?

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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07 Feb 2022

On the edge of our seats: when excitement tips into anxiety - ***please register using the poster only***

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 - ***please register using the poster only***

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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09 Feb 2022

Cyber Safety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn about the potential dangers youth face when online or using smart devices. Also learn how to better protect yourself when connecting to public networks or sharing personal information on the internet.

10 Feb 2022

Calgary Youth Justice Society/Calgary Youth Justice Committees Public Information Session ** Please Register using the poster link**

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Do you have knowledge of the Youth Criminal Justice Act or Youth Justice Committees? Join this short and informative session to learn how you as a community member or as an agency can help provide support for not only your community but the youth in it, and how you can offer different resources for young people and the Youth Justice Committee program. You will walk away from this opportunity feeling confident in participating and talking to your own clients or community members about Youth Justice Committees.

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15 Feb 2022

Providing resolutions for toxic shame in children and youth ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Children and youth often face shame before having the language to describe it.
Discovering ways to reduce the intensifying shame can become difficult particularly when parents and caregivers aren’t aware themselves of how to manage this root emotion. This session will cover how shame shows up in mental health disorders facing children and youth and provide tips for resolving the shame that results in unhealthy coping efforts.

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28 Feb 2022

Part 1: The Process of Addiction ***please register using poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Defining addiction, the substance use continuum, relationship between addiction and mental health and the impact of COVID-19
and stigma.

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11 Apr 2022

ADHD & Executive Functioning: For Children & Youth ***please register using poster only***

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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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26 Apr 2022

Beating the Shame Monster: Weight Stigma and Mental Health - ***please register using the poster only***

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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