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CSC CONFERENCE.

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This year’s Council of School Counsellors (CSC) conference will be held online on Friday, April 30 – Saturday, May 1. This conference is free for all CSC members and there are loads of prizes to be won! 

What can you win? 

  • The first 100 CSC members to register will receive a comfort box with over $50 worth of feel-good products from local businesses! (Boxes will be mailed out after the conference.)

  • All attendees will be entered to win a one-year membership in the Mental Health Academy valued at over $400! To be entered, all you have to do is register for the conference and provide feedback on a session you attended. The more sessions you attend and provide feedback for, the more times you’re entered! (Winners will be contacted by email after the event.)

Who's speaking?

  • Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre: Healing Centred Practices

  • Dr Robbin Gibb, PhD: CCBN, Play for Success

  • Tanzi Hoover, R.Prov. Psych : Refugees, Trauma & Mental Health

  • University of Lethbridge Bookstore: Healing & Growing in Literature

  • Bernie & Toby Boulet: Grief in the Public Eye

  • Tyler Smith: Not Alone, Perspectives from Tragedy

  • Vincent Mireau, R. Psych: Supporting Overachievers

  • Cyndi Starzk-Frey, RSW: Self Care Planning

  • Mental Health Commission of Canada: Headstrong, youth mental health leadership

How do you register? 

It’s easy! 

  1. Go to the https://csc2021.sched.com/

  2. Enter the password that was included in the "Sign-up for the free CSC Conference NOW!" email that was sent to all current CSC members on March 25 at 9:00 PM)

  3. Click the “Sign Up” link in the top right hand corner of the screen. That’s it!

Not a CSC member or didn’t receive the password by email? No problem. Simply email Dan Grassick to get signed-up or to have your membership confirmed and a password will be sent to you! (Note: If you are already a member of a different ATA specialist council, you will have to pay a membership fee of $35 to join the CSC.)

 

Can’t attend all or parts of the conference? 

Fear not! All sessions will be recorded and will be made available to CSC members after the conference is concluded. 

 

Any questions? Please email Cathy Kitagawa, the conference coordinator.    

CSC PD OPPORTUNITIES.

Online Learning

Many counsellors are committed to lifelong learning. There are many online courses, and webinar series that offers professional development opportunities. Click on the links below to explore the professional development opportunities that exist:

Alberta Health Services

  • Healthy Minds Healthy Children
    Education and consultation for Alberta professionals working in child and adolescent addictions and mental health through Alberta Health Services
     

  • Mental Health Online Resources for Educators
    Free web-based, online modules intended for school staff in Alberta working with children and adolescents in ECS to Grade 9. Current issues in child and adolescent mental health are explored. Presenters are from education, family medicine, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Each module is open online for one month and are available anytime, anywhere via the Internet. There is a voice narration on two or more PowerPoint modules per month, along with a text-based discussion among registrants and presenters. The objectives are to increase the skills and confidence of school staff to more effectively address the mental health needs of their students; and to promote linkages among school staff and mental health professionals treating children’s mental health problems.
     

  • Online Continuing Professional Development for Clinicians
    Free web-based, online courses intended for professionals in Alberta working with children and adolescents in the area of addictions and mental health. Explores current issues in child and adolescent mental health. Expert presenters from family medicine, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, social work. Each course is open online for one month. Courses available anytime and anywhere you have access to a computer with sound capability and the internet. Voice narration on one or more VoiceThread presentation. Text-based discussion among registrants and presenters. The objective is to increase the skills and confidence of primary care practitioners to more effectively address the mental health needs of their young patients; and to promote linkages among physicians and allied mental health clinicians treating children’s mental health problems.

 

Alberta Human Services

  • Children’s Mental Health Learning Series
    The Children’s Mental Health Learning Series provides caregivers, families and professionals with helpful information to increase knowledge and help support children and youth with mental health concerns. The first nine sessions focused on early brain development and environmental impacts in the early years.

  • The FASD Learning Series
    This free webinar series helps individuals with FASD and their caregivers to learn more about FASD and how to support a person with FASD. The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences.

 

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres

  • CN-CYR hosts a regular webinar series on topics of interest to the rehabilitation and child development community. These webinars present current research and best practices for assessment and treatment of children and youth with disabilities or developmental conditions. For more information on upcoming webinars please visit CAPHC Presents and view their calendar. Their webinars are recorded and posted onto the Knowledge Exchange Network. If you, as a guidance counsellor, sign up for a webinar, you will start to receive emails when there are webinars coming up. Some will not be applicable to guidance counsellors; however, there have been many webinars, particularly around mental health that have been fantastic. 
     

If you know of any other online courses, regular webinars, or ongoing professional development opportunities that you feel would be of benefit to school counsellors, please contact our website administrator.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES.

*Please note, additions to this section do not indicate Alberta Teachers Association endorsement. This section is created based on requests and suggestions from counsellors. Please use your professional discretion when investigating resources for your practice.
 

Working with Diverse Populations

Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling

Curricular Information

Scroll down on these web pages to access help with Health and CALM and cross curricular resources

 

Safe and Caring Schools Schools

 

Bullying Prevention

  • S-Team Heroes: An online game for children that teaches ways to address bullying behaviour.

  • b-free: A site for youth containing first-hand accounts of people who have overcome bullying, resources, facts, quizzes and links to other bullying prevention sites.

  • Bully Free Alberta: A site where adults can learn what to do if a child in their life is a victim or witness of bullying, or exhibiting bullying behaviour.

  • The Government of Alberta’s Bullying Helpline, at 1-888-456-2323, is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone struggling with bullying.

  • ToBecomeaTeacher: Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying: Aims to establish preventative measures to protect students from bullying and cyber bullying.

     

Parent Websites

  • The Government of Alberta Parent Link Centre helps you to help your child by providing information and support for parents and caregivers on how to assist with your child’s learning, development and health.

  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada: The purpose of the Caring Society is to promote the well being of all First Nations children, youth, families and communities with a particular focus on the prevention of, and response to, child maltreatment.

  • The Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

  • Family Education Network is a commercial site where parents find practical guidance, grade-specific information about their children’s school experience, strategies to get involved with their children’s learning, free email newsletters, and fun and entertaining family activities.

Career/ Course Transfer Websites

Guidance/Counselling/Psychology and Related Organizations

 

Other Support Services