Caregiver Education Series

The Caregiver Education Sessions focuses on the 3 R’s: reduce stigma, receive information, and reflect on strategies. Each session provides evidence-based research, common challenges faced by children and youth, possible treatment options, supportive strategies, and information/resources for further support.

These free 90 minute online sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with introductory information regarding mental health challenges that can affect children and youth.

Building Executive Functioning Skills

Promoting Success in Learning

Review and discuss ways to support the development of your child’s executive skills such as working memory, inhibition, and mental flexibility.

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers of children grades K-6; for adults only.

Parenting Strategies that Promote Positive Mental Health

Explore factors that contribute to your child’s mental health and wellness and learn how you can be your child’s greatest mental health asset.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Note: For caregivers of children grades K-6; for adults only.

Test Anxiety

Strategies for Success

Does your teen prepare for exams only to freeze up during the test? Test and performance anxiety are very common among students. This session will help teens learn how to succeed despite their anxiety and help caregivers support their teens to reduce test anxiety.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers and teens (grades 7-12) to attend together.

Substance Use

A Harm Reduction Approach

The experience of substance use is different for each person. Learn about some common substances used by youth, the spectrum of use, and the science behind addiction. Discover the basic principles of harm reduction and why it is beneficial for those who use substances. Learn strategies to support youth who may be using substances through courageous conversations and harm reduction strategies.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers of children grades 7-12; for adults only.

Sleep and Your Family’s Mental Health

Develop an understanding on how sleep can impact mental and physical health. Review common sleep concerns and strategies to promote healthier sleep habits for your whole family.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers of children grades K-12; for adults only.

Junior-High Jitters

Transitioning to the Teenage Years

Is your child going into grade 7 and feeling nervous about it? This session will provide information about developmental changes teens experience, as well as the challenges they may face in this school transition. Strategies for managing these changes and boosting wellness will be discussed.

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers and pre-teens (grades 6-8) to attend together

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, is proud to offer FREE online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Our aim is to increase awareness and reduce stigma of the mental health challenges that children and adolescents experience, provide parents and caregivers with evidence-based mental health information, and provide strategies that support mental wellness. Click to learn more.

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