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Free PL and Parent Education Sessions in Calgary Area

October 2, 2017

Stepping Stones to Mental Health has partnered with our community agencies to offer free or low cost PL and parent education opportunities.  We rely on your support to help us share the word!  Please share far and wide in your agency, schools & newsletters. Our session are open to RVS and our communities.

 

Professional Learning Sessions:

 

October 10 2017: Kindness in the Classroom  (RVS Self Directed PL Day)

 

October 24 2017: HeartMath

HeartMath is a system for reducing stress and creating balance in our lives. This workshop explores the impact of stress on the body and mind, the connection between the heart and the brain and introduces HeartMath strategies to reduce stress.

This workshop will teach you to support students using HeartMath sensors and apps. Intervention focuses on the relationship between stress and performance, emotions and overall well-being. You will discover how to increase energy levels, increase capacity for peak moments and stop the energy drain.

 

November 7 2017: MindUP Followup

November 8 2017: MindUP Training

“MindUP™ is a Social and Emotional Learning curriculum and framework for teachers that helps students flourish and become more resilient. MindUP™ is grounded in Neuroscience, activated by Mindful Awareness, inspired by Positive Psychology and a catalyst for Social and Emotional Learning. These four pillars inform a curriculum and framework of 15 lessons that, when combined with key principles and practices, helps develop self-regulation and focus in your students, along with an improved ability for them to work well with others.” The program focuses on developing the whole child and creating a positive influence in the classroom and school culture, as well as improving the quality of life in general.

 

November 29 2017: Enhancing Cultural Diversity: Awareness, Understanding, Competency & integration

Living in a global community with continuously changing demographics necessitates our need to learn how to effectively adjust to these changes, to interact and to communicate in our workplace, to personally engage respectfully and positively with and among others from diverse cultures. This workshop explores the overall concept of developing cultural awareness and competency by having participants examine their own cultural beliefs and attitudes, their work environment and practices to enable them to interact effectively with others from different cultures. Participants learn how to develop greater self- understanding, reflectivity, capacity to become more conscious and culturally responsive of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.

The presentation covers topics such as:

  • what is culture and how does it affect us

  • cultural dimensions

  • communicating across cultures

  • integration and barriers for integration

  • enhancing cultural competency

December 6 2017: Understanding the Guide Lines: Creating a culture of respect for Diverse Sexual Orientations 

This workshop will explore the Government of Alberta’s “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions” This workshop will assist professionals working in schools to have greater awareness and understanding of gender and sexual diversity. Drawing on the guidelines facilitators work together with participants to identify strategies to create safe and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. 

 

October 26 & 27 Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth

Most mental disorders develop gradually.  The early signs and symptoms of developing mental health problems will be different from the more established clinical profiles, which are reflected later in life.  The social, educational and family environments in which mental disorders occur in young people are also different from those later in life.  Therefore, the information in this course is designed to be sensitive to the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people.  It is meant to assist education professionals, health providers, parents and other adults in the identification of mental health problems and appropriate first aid intervention strategies.

Cost: $25

Registration: Community Helpers: Cochrane Phone #  403-851-2500

 

January 22 & 23 Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth

Most mental disorders develop gradually.  The early signs and symptoms of developing mental health problems will be different from the more established clinical profiles, which are reflected later in life.  The social, educational and family environments in which mental disorders occur in young people are also different from those later in life.  Therefore, the information in this course is designed to be sensitive to the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people.  It is meant to assist education professionals, health providers, parents and other adults in the identification of mental health problems and appropriate first aid intervention strategies.

 

Community of Practice: Mindfulness for Teachers (Closed to RVS staff)

Community of Practice: Mindfulness for Support Staff (Closed to RVS staff)

 

Parent Education Sessions in Partnership with Community Education Services:

 

November 7 2017: Understanding Mindfulness (MindUP Program)

 This session will outline/discuss the main content in the MindUP program, how understanding the brain can improve self-regulation and the science behind neuroplasticity. Using a hands on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts using mindfulness. This session will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviors. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control. 

 

December 7 2017: Understanding Teen Mental Health and Wellness

Everyone has mental health, teens included. This workshop will provide information to help parents and caregivers understand and support positive mental health for youth in their teen years. Learn to distinguish between normal feelings and behaviour of young people, and signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and issues. Relevant school and community resources will be shared. 

 

Please visit http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/ for parent education sessions or the RVS Professional Learning site for more information.

 

 

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