CES Sessions
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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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21 Sep 2021

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.
** Registration is NOT REQUIRED for this session, please use the link provided in poster to access the session on the day of session **

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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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05 Oct 2021

Executive Functioning: Who’s the Boss?

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Executive Functions (EF) are mental processes that help to connect past experience with present action to guide future behaviour. Individuals with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD may experience increased difficulty in the development and use of these functions compared to their same-aged neurotypical peers. These functions underlie activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. When students struggle in these areas, it can result in behaviours that are often labeled as “attention-seeking”, “defiant”, “showing off”, “unmotivated” or “lazy”, “emotional overreactions”, and “inflexible”, just to name a few.

School can be tough for kids and teens with EF deficits. When the adults in their world understand the how and why of EF deficits and what they can do to maximize the success of these students, it can significantly impact learning, engagement, and motivation at school. With a focus on cognitive neuroscience research and brain-based strategies that you can use to increase student engagement, motivation, and self-management, we will discuss:
• The Executive Functions and how they work
• Discuss the development of EF
• How EF deficits impact students and classroom dynamics
• How to best support students with EF deficits

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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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19 Oct 2021

Emotional Regulation: A Guide for Parents and Educators on Supporting Emotional Development

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Emotional regulation plays a fundamental role throughout the lifespan. Supporting your child's regulation needs and emotional development in early childhood is an investment for later success. Strong self-regulation predicts better performance in school, relationships with others, and fewer behavioural difficulties. In this workshop, we will explore how children's brains and bodies function in times of distress and how to support those big emotions. We will discuss a variety of strategies that will help you manage those tricky moments and walk away feeling more confident when supporting your child’s big feelings.

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.

27 Oct 2021

Girls and Covid Nine-Teen

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The presentation will include the most up-to-date developments regarding COVID-19, teen health and schools.

The pandemic has significantly harmed the mental health of teenage girls.

Amy will speak to:
• Expected teen development (social-emotional stages of development)
• COVID-19 and special effects on teen girls (online school, masking, lockdowns, social distancing, increased media access and exposure)
• Mental health consequences (depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, addiction)
• Related consequences (self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, hospitalization & medication)
• Red flags (signs, symptoms, how and where to get help)
• Building hope through validation, compassion, resiliency, and positive social connection

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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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25 Nov 2021

2E Gifted Children: Covid-19 & Well-Being

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on children and their families' well being. Gifted children live in the world with intensity and covid-19 has exacerbated that intensity. In this session we will look at:

* What is the experience of our gifted children in this pandemic?

* What have we noticed about their behaviour at this time?

* How has their world responded to this situation?

* How might we, collectively, support our complex gifted children make sense of and cope with the impact of covid-19 on their lives?

Time will be provided for participant questions.

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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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26 Apr 2022

Beating the Shame Monster: Weight Stigma and Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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