PARENT and CAREGIVER CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION & SUPPORT SESSIONS
Free Sessions for Caregivers, Parents, Teachers and Community Members
BGCBigs, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, provides FREE Children and youth mental health education and support sessions for you. The Sessions include a 4 to 8 week parenting support workshop (PEAR) and two standalone type of support session; SEEDS and Caregiver Sessions on specific topics (Autism, Anxiety, Technology & the Teenage Brain and more). Please see below for upcoming sessions that are available for you to sign-up for.
These free sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with basic information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Presentations are open to all adults to attend. Learn more about upcoming sessions below or click on any of the links below to register now.
Click any of the sessions or dates below to learn more and to register for each session.
All caregiver sessions are standalone sessions. Please register for the ones you would like to attend.
CAREGIVER FALL SCHEDULE:
All caregiver sessions are standalone sessions. Please register for the ones you would like to attend:n
- November 5, 2020 10:00 – 11:30 am: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety
- November 19, 2020 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Supporting Children and Adolescents with ADHD
- November 25, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 pm:Depression and Trauma Parent Support
- December 1, 2020 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Supporting Self-Regulation
- December 7, 2020 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Understanding Autism
All SEED sessions are designed as standalone sessions but have educational content that may build on each other. Please register for the sessions you would like to attend.
SEEDS FALL SCHEDULE
- Monday, November 2, 2020: Supporting Emotional Control in Children
- Thursday, November 12, 2020: Using Praise and Rewards to Promote Self-Confidence
- Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Assisting Children through Transitions using Structure and Routine
- Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums
- Resiliency in the Face of problems
- Helping Children Learn from Past Mistakes and Actions
PEAR workshops are divided into two 4-week successive levels. It is essential to attend all 4 week sessions for best gains from the workshop. Please register for Level 1 (*Note: these are four-week courses and you need to complete Level 1 before doing Level 2.)
PEAR FALL SCHEDULE
- *Registration Coming soon!
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:30 – 11:30 am PEAR Level 1 Session 3
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:30 – 11:30 am PEAR Level 1 Session 4
*Note: You must complete PEAR level 1 in order to enroll in level 2.
For more information, please contact Fareeda Shoblaq (email@example.com)
Learn More About The Individual Caregiver Sessions
Focus is on caregivers of kids and teens (Grades K-12)
People with Autism experience the world differently than others. In this introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants will learn how ASD affects the way children and adolescents interpret and interact with the rest of the world and the people in it. Once we understand the core characteristics of ASD we will then learn how to use strategies to support our children’s wellness.
Focus is on caregivers of kids and teens (Grades K-12)
People with Autism experience the world differently than others. In this introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants will learn how ASD affects the way children and adolescent’s interpret and interact with the rest of the world and the people in it. Once we understand the core characteristics of ASD we will then learn how to use strategies to support our children’s wellness.
A Step by Step Approach Focus is on caregivers of kids & teens (Grades K-12).
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health complaints in children and teens today. This session will distinguish between normal anxiety and anxiety that is no longer helpful or productive. It will help caregivers to identify signs that a child or adolescent is experiencing problems with anxiety. Caregivers will gain step by step strategies to assist their child/teen to manage their anxiety and improve their mental health
The Covid-19 pandemic threw many parts of our world upside down and continues to change the way we live our day to day lives. This session will examine what effects this can have on our children and how we can continue to create positivity in a quickly changing and unpredictable time. Caregivers will gain strategies around creating a sense of security through structure and routines, developing healthy coping mechanisms, finding joy amidst difficult times, and cultivating resilient families.
This sessions will help caregivers increase awareness about adolescents who might be experiencing depression, possibly as a result of trauma. Caregivers will learn about treatment options for depression as well as strategies to help support youth at home and in every day life.
Technology is a huge part of our children’s lives and a common concern for most parents. Social media, video gaming, internet use, and cell phones may already be topics of debate within your family. This session will review how modern technology can impact the developing teenage brain – the risks and also the benefits. Parents and teens will learn ways to have a balanced use of technology to better support positive mental health.
Supporting Self-Regulation: Do you wish you have more information to help elementary aged children handle strong emotions? Did you know that self-regulation is an essential element to lifelong success? This session will define self-regulation and how it is used in everyday life. It will provide a helpful review regarding the development of self-regulation in children. The strategies and resources provided will empower and foster caregivers’ essential skills to increase children’s mental health and resiliency.
Are you hoping to increase your parenting skills and learn with a group of people who are facing the same challenges you are? Welcome to Support, Education, and Engagement Drop-In Sessions, or S.E.E.D.S for Parents and Caregivers. This series, formerly called the Triple S Sessions, are interactive and educational workshops designed to help master foundational strategies for elementary ages children. Join us in cultivating the SEEDS of healthy relationships, strong child development, effective conflict resolution, and resilient families.