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 2014-15 sessions emphasized the adolescent brain and mental health and wellness challenges for youth. No further sessions are currently scheduled, but all previous sessions are available online.

In partnership with Alberta Health, the series is aligned with Creating Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy.

Part One Videos and Resources

Show Answer Session 1: The Core Story of Child Development

Learn about what child development is, how it happens and how development is derailed by adverse early experiences. Gain practical tools for enhancing everyday life with young children.

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Resources from the session:
Alberta Family Wellness
Center on the Developing Child
Parent Link Centres
BC Healthy Child Development Alliance

Authors referenced in the session:
Dosier, Mary – addresses issues of young children in foster care.
Gunnar, Megan – stress and cortisol
Hill, Matthew
Shonkoff, Jack
Siegel, Daniel – “The Whole Brain Child”.

Show Answer Session 2: From Kids at Risk to Kids at Hope

Explore the science of hope, optimism and success and learn how those elements can be instilled in all children without exception

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Show Answer Session 3: Healing the Traumatized Parent and Child

Learn specific strategies, resources, and evidence-based guidelines for working with high-risk young families.

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Resources from the session:
Zero to Three
How Brains Are Built (Building a better brain, Effect of stress on development)
Evelyn Wotherspoon
InBrief: The Science of Neglect
Parent Link Centres
Bulletin on Early Childhood Development (December 2013)
Andrew Meltzoff
Mary Dozier (Intervening with young biological, foster and adopted children; attachment; neuroendocrine regulation)
Mind in the Making
Attachment Theory and Mindfulness
Foster Parent Training 
Working Model of the Child Interview
Guiding Children’s Behaviour
Dan Siegel 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

Authors referenced in the session:
Greenberg, Mark T., Cassidy, Jude (Ed); Shaver, Phillip, R. (Ed) – Attachment and Psychopathology in childhood.

Show Answer Session 4: Resilience in ADHD; Promoting the Positives in Challenging Children

Discover approaches and strategies in working with children with ADHD that reduce anxiety, promote success and improve resilience.

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Resources from the session:
CH.A.D.D. Canada 
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)
Parent Link Centres
University of Calgary Distance Learning
Contact Emma Climie at eaclimie@ucalgary.ca or adhdkids@ucalgary.ca

Show Answer Session 5: Vicarious Trauma in Front-Line Service Providers and Parents

Learn care for the caregiver and gain practical skills in addressing complex mental health issues to help advocate for and provide effective care to families and children.

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Resources from the session:
How Brains Are Built
Go Red for Women
Self-Care Assessment

Authors/Studies/Books:
McCann and Pearlman Study – Vicarious Trauma (1990)
Jung, Carl – Wounded Healer
Kabat-Zinn, John – Mindfulness
Meaney, Michael – Animal Studies
Prevention of Mental Illness
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
Dan Siegel

Show Answer Session 6: Creating Healthy Relationships and Settings to Prevent Peer Bullying and Victimization

Show Answer Session 7: Ameliorating psycho-social risk among mothers with intellectual disabilities and their children

View a presentation on research about parents with an intellectual disability and their children. The video includes strategies to build systems capacity to support parents with intellectual disabilities and their children.

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Resources from the session:
David McConnell, PhD
Professor and Director
Family and Disability Studies Initiative
Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
Email
Website

Show Answer Session 8: Baby Steps and Giant Leaps: Infant Preschool Mental Health

Learn about the importance of caregiver or child relationships for healthy brain development, and an outline of red flags that indicate the infant or child is struggling with social/emotional development. This includes a review of the mental health assessment process and intervention options for caregivers and young children.

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View the slides:
A Continuum of States and Stress Responses
Awake States with Stress Responses
Baby Steps and Giant Leaps: Infant and Preschool Mental Health
Early Childhood Development: House Heart
Early Childhood Development: Healthy Outcomes

Resources from the session:
Connected or Disconnected – Technology and Canadian Youth
Sharing the Brain Story: The AFWI's Knowledge Mobilization Strategy
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Speaker Contact Information
Dr. Carole Anne Hapchyn
Program Psychiatrist for Infant and Preschool Services
CASA, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health;
Medical Director
Autism Clinic, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital; and
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics
University of Alberta
Email: Hapchyn@telusplanet.net

Show Answer Session 9: Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being in Children

Review the different adult and environmental supports children require for healthy social and emotional development.

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Resources from the session:
Dr. Christina Rinaldi
Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
Email: crinaldi@ualberta.ca

Part Two Videos and Resources

Show Answer Session 1: Understanding the Adolescent Brain

The teenage brain undergoes tremendous changes – and all too often it is a bumpy ride for the teen and the family. In this talk, we will address: What are the developmental changes in the teen brain? What does that mean for their behaviour (i.e., risk taking, mood)? What can we do as parents to help teens develop resiliency and navigate these years?

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Resources in this session:
Frank MacMaster, PhD
Cuthbertson and Fischer Chair in Paediatric Mental Health
Departments of Psychiatry and Paediatrics, University of Calgary
Behavioural Research Unit, Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB T3B 6A8
Email: fmacmast@ucalgary.ca

Show Answer Session 2: Understanding Youth Mental Illness

Youth between the ages of 15 to 24 are more likely to suffer from mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group. What puts teens at risk of mental illness? What are the signs to watch out for? What can we do as parents to help teens dealing with mental health issues build resiliency and develop strategies for coping?

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Resources in this session:
Frank MacMaster, PhD
Cuthbertson and Fischer Chair in Paediatric Mental Health
Departments of Psychiatry and Paediatrics, University of Calgary
Behavioural Research Unit, Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB T3B 6A8
Email: fmacmast@ucalgary.ca

Show Answer Session 3: Building Resiliency in Children and Adolescents

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, University of Calgary

All children and youth have the capacity to develop and demonstrate healthy social and emotional functioning. This session will describe some of the vulnerabilities unique to child and adolescent mental health. The session will recognize the developmental strengths that promote mental health. It will also identify how families, schools, and communities are critical to nurturing these developmental strengths for all children and youth. The session is presented by Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz from the University of Calgary.

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Resources in this session:

Books

  • Benson, P. L. (2006). All kids are our kids: What communities must do to raise caring and responsible children and adolescents. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
  • Furstenberg, F. F., Cook, T. D., Eccles, J, Elder, G. H., & Sameroff, A. (1999). Managing to make it: Urban families and adolescent success. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • Ungar, M. (2009). The we generation: Raising socially responsible kids. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.

Evidence-Based Websites

Other resources

Show Answer Session 4: Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Children and Adolescents

Presenter: Dr. Kris Wells, Assistant Professor and Director of Programs & Services, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta

Better understanding of sexual and gender identity can help to protect kids, deter and prevent bullying, and promote inclusion. This session discusses: basic LGBTQ terminology and emerging youth trends, current health disparities, effective interventions and recommendations for developing a more just, ethical, and inclusive practice.

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Resources in this session:
iSMSS Resources

Show Answer Session 5: Managing Children and Adolescents with Severe Anxiety Issues: A Toolbox of Strategies

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, University of Calgary, University of Calgary Psychological and Educational Services (UCAPES)

Explore some of the social and personal factors that contribute to the development of anxiety. Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz from the University of Calgary discusses some of the practical strategies that we can use to support children and youth with an anxiety disorder.

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Authors referenced in the session:
Mash, E.J., & Barkley, R.A. (Eds). (2013). Child psychopathology (3rd edition). New York: The Guildford Press.
Netherton, S.D., Holmes, D., & Walker, C.E. (Eds) (1999). Child and adolescent psychological disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ungar, Michael (2007) Too Safe for Their Own Good. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7710-8708-8

Resources from the session:
Anxiety BC
Mindshift App on the Anxiety BC® website
BC Health Treatment Guideline
BC Health Treatment Guideline Algorithm
Dr. Stan Kutcher: Teen Mental Health Organization

Show Answer Session 6: Concurrent Disorders Treatment for Children, Youth and their Families

Presenter: Bina Nair, MD, FRCPC Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, CASA, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta

Join Dr. Bina Nair in exploring the impact of concurrent disorders on adolescents and their families, assessment and treatment of concurrent disorders and what recovery might look like for those dealing with addictions and mental health disorders.

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24-hour Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 (Alberta only).

Youth Addiction Services (Alberta Health Services) Outpatient Counselling

  • 12-week Day Program (Edmonton, Calgary)
  • 3-month Residential Program (Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge)
  • PChAD (Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Act) – Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary
  • Voluntary (planned) Detoxification (Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge)

CalgaryAdolescent Addictions Program

  • Outpatient treatment for age 13-21
  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • All referrals go through Access Mental Health

EdmontonConcurrent Addiction and Mental Health Program (CASA)

South Asian Mental Health Initiative for Training and Awareness

Canadian Mental Health – Edmonton Region –The Teenage Years (pdf)

Show Answer Session 7: Connected or Disconnected: When media and social media affect adolescent mental health

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, University of Calgary

Explore the pervasiveness of social media in the lives of adolescents and how social media is changing how youth relate to their social world. Also learn about literature on the positive and negative effects of social media on adolescent mental health.

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Resources from the session:
Common Sense Media
Pew Trust Internet Research
Kaiser Family Foundations
Teen Mental Health

Authors referenced in the session:
Buckingham, D. (Ed.) (2007). MacArthur Foundation series on digital learning: Youth, identify, and digital media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Ito, M. et al. (2010). Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with new media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Turkles, S. (2011). Alone together: why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York: Basic Book.

Show Answer Session 8: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention of Suicide

Presenter: Dr. Michael Trew, Chief Addiction and Mental Health Officer, Alberta Health

Find out the basics of suicide statistics, and learn approaches to universal prevention, early intervention and postvention (dealing with the aftermath of a death by suicide) for youth.

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Resources:
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Media Guidelines
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Annual Review 2009 – Alberta Justice

Show Answer Session 9: Helping Children and Youth Recover from Eating Disorders

Presenter: Sue Huff – writer, performer, advocate, community builder and recovered politician

Hear Sue Huff speak about a parent’s journey in helping their child recover from an eating disorder. Topics to be covered include: resources, supports, understanding eating disorders, promoting resiliency of the caregivers, advocating for a parent’s child, reducing shame and/or stigma, and educating others about a child’s illness.

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Resources from the session:
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
Gap Analysis of Public Mental Health and Addictions Programs (GAP MAP) Final Report
Career Services Guide. Supporting People Affected by Mental Health Issues

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Modified: 2015-09-30
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