Caregiver Education Sessions

The Caregiver Education Sessions focus 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 Resilience in Children and Youth

In today’s world, our children need to feel supported, resourceful, and equipped so that they can foster resilience and ‘bounce back’ from life’s challenges more effectively. In this session, we will look at foundational strategies that help children and youth to engage with supportive relationships and communities (“I have!”), identify their internal strengths and abilities (“I am!”), and access practical skills (“I can!”) to help them cope through daily stressors and work towards positive goals.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

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

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: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

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

Understanding Autism

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 discuss strategies to support our child’s wellness.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Notes: For caregivers of children and youth in 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: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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.

Looking for More Resources?

Check out our Mental Health Resource Page