Workshops and resources for parents and caregivers

Resources for caregivers

Are you a parent or caregiver wanting to:

  • learn strategies to support children and youth in their learning and social interactions
  • help children develop healthy emotions and behaviours
  • figure out how to establish respectful boundaries with teenagers

This new series of workshops is for you!

Together, Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools, New Horizon, Alberta Health Services and Family and Community Services, are offering FREE educational presentations for parents and caregivers from September to May. 

Presentations and workshops for parents and caregivers

  • 1. Connect Parent (a new perspective on relationships and adolescent development)

    Do you have a child between 10 – 17?

    Connect Parent is a nine week program that provides parents/caregivers with a new perspective on relationships and adolescent development. Parents meet in small groups with two trained leaders for 90 minutes each week.

    This group brings together parents of pre-teens and teens to connect, support and build positive relationships with their children.

    A light supper is provided.

    DATE: Thursdays, starting October 11

    TIME: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

    LOCATION: Strathcona County Family and Community Services

    #200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB

    Cost: Free

    For: Parents, caregivers of pre-teens to teenagers (grade 4 to grade 9)

    To register call Justin or Oana @ 780-464-4044.

  • 2. Parenting in the 21st Century: Respectful Limit Setting with Adolescents

    Wondering how you’ll survive the teen years? Parenting teens is harder than ever for most parents today. In this session you will explore the challenges of being a teenager and parenting a teenager. You will learn how to establish healthy, respectful boundaries with your teen so that you can spend less time arguing and more time enjoying each other’s company.

    • DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Strathcona County Family and Community Services #200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB
    • Cost: Free
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Strathcona County Family and Commnity Services.

    REGISTER NOW  

     

  • 3. Cannabis 101

    Marijuana, legal or not, is a topic significantly affecting today’s youth. This session will help caregivers navigate the ever-changing landscape of marijuana today; a lot has changed since the 60s. It will provide caregivers with balanced information on marijuana and its effects, including the impact on the adolescent developing brain. Learn how to openly approach the subject with teens and support them to make informed decisions.

    • DATE: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Rudolph Hennig School
    • 9512 – 92 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Public Schools.

    REGISTER NOW

  • 4. More than Just a Bad Day: Understanding and Supporting Youth with Depression and Self-Injury

    This session will help caregivers increase awareness about adolescents who might be experiencing sadness, depression and intentionally injuring themselves. We will explore factors that contribute to depression and the motivation behind self-injurious behavior. Caregivers will learn about treatment options for depression as well as strategies to help support youth who may be engaging in self-injury.

    • DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: St. Andre Bessette School
    • 8300 Southfort Drive, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools.

    REGISTER NOW

  • 5. Promoting Success in Learning by Building Executive Functioning Skills

    Take a peek inside the developing brain of a child to learn about the processes that enable kids to engage in problem solving and goal directed behaviors. These executive functioning skills are considered to be essential for children to succeed in school and later in life. Learn about these skills and how they impact learning, behavior, emotions, and social interactions. Caregivers will be provided with strategies and resources to assist their children in building their executive functioning skills, including inhibition, working memory and mental flexibility.

    • DATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: New Horizons School, 1000 Strathcona Drive, Sherwood Park, AB
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and New Horizon School.

    Registrations will open in November

  • 6. Sleeping Your Way to Better Mental Health

    Come and learn the importance of sleep on your child’s developing brain. Develop an understanding on how sleep can impact mental and physical health. Review common sleep concerns and factors that influence your child’s ability to get the sleep they need. Leave with practical strategies, tools, and resources to promote healthier sleep habits for your whole family.

    • DATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Archbishop Jordan High School
    • 4001 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park, AB
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools.

    Registration will open in November.

  • 7. Test Anxiety: Strategies for Success

    Does your teen prepare for a test only to freeze or blank out during the test? Does your teen’s anxiety hold them back from their full potential? Test and performance anxiety is very common among students. This session will help teens learn how to succeed in spite of their anxiety and help caregivers support their teens to reduce test anxiety. We will explore what happens when a student experiences test anxiety and provide practical strategies and resources for you and your teen to use to manage anxiety symptoms.

    • DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Salisbury Composite High School, 20 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB
    • Note: Parents and teens (grades 7 - 12) to attend together.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Public Schools.

    Registration will open in November

  • 8. Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety: A Step by Step Approach

    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. Resources for parents will be provided as well as tools designed to reduce anxiety.

    • DATE: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    • TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Strathcona County Family and Community Services, 200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB
    • Cost: Free
    • Note: This session is for adults only.

    This session is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Strathcona County Family and Community Services.

    Registration will open in November.

Online mental health guides, websites and information

Family and Community Services
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: FamilyandCommunity@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Thursday, September 20, 2018
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