Free Mental Health Sessions in Calgary Area

Stepping Stones to Mental Health has partnered with Community Education Services to offer FREE monthly Parent Education Sessions.  We rely on your support to help us share the word!  Please share far and wide in your agency, schools & newsletters, we wouldn’t even be opposed to you taping it to your dog (using animal safety at all times of course)!  

Understanding ADHD and Strategies that Work

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children’s ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands. 

Date: December 6, 2016

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Calgary Children’s Hospital – Theatre

Are you ready for the questions your children are going to ask? How to talk with children & youth about sexuality

Every parent has to develop their own consider how to talk with children and youth about sexuality – identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children – gain an understanding of sexual development and behaviour in children – develop an awareness of strategies for creating a healthy environment in which to discuss sexuality with children – learn about when and how to talk about sexuality with children – discuss how to support children in developing healthy sexuality, values and boundaries so they can make great decisions – explore trends such as current events and social media – respond to questions and concerns

Date: December 8, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm – 8: 00 pm

Location: Bert Church High School – Airdrie

Understanding Teen Mental Health through Exams & the Holidays

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 resources will be shared.

Date: December 13, 2016

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Location: Langdon School 17 Brander Ave NW – Langdon

To Register:

For more information: email or call (403) 955–4747

Free Mental Health Sessions in Calgary Area

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. 

Date: November 8, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Cochrane Community Health Centre –  Rm 2180 60 Grande Boulevard, Cochrane

Getting Teenagers Connected

How does a parent best help their teenager become positively involved with groups and individuals in the wider community. Every parent has to develop their own approach to encouraging and supporting their teenager as they explore new relationships and activities. To be successful, parents should encourage teenagers to be confident, be socially skills, plan ahead, meet their commitments, keep in touch, and take care of others. This program provides some ideas on how to help teenagers get connected.  For adult parents/caregivers of children/youth 10 – 15 years.

Date: November 15, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm – 8: 30 pm

Location: Chestermere Municipal Bldg (City Hall)  105 Marina Rod, Chestermere 

The Positive Power of Physical Activity for our Children

Martin Parnell is an athlete, a motivational speaker and author. Martin ran 250 marathons in one year to raise $250,000 for charity. Many of his marathons were run at schools. Martin will share with us the importance of encouraging and supporting our children to be physically literate. He will share his insights of the transformative and positive power of physical activity to change lives.

Date: November 16, 2016 

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Location: Elizabeth Barrett School 605 4 Ave N, Cochrane, AB T4C 1Y5

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children: what it is, what it may look like, and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

Date: November 24, 2016

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Location: Bert Church High School 1010 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie

Nutrition Boot Camp

No guts, no glory in this session! This session incorporates activities designed to enhance nutrition knowledge for youth. You will move around the room to a number of different stations, each designed for a specific nutrition activity. Get fired up for this session. Nutrition Boot Camp works your head so you will be ready for anything life brings.  Children 13+ welcome to attend with their caregiver.  Great opportunity for community youth groups and their leaders!!

Date: November 29, 2016

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

LocationRVS Community Learning Centre 133 Main Street, Chestermere



For more information: email or call (403) 955–7420

Thank you for sharing,

Jodi Neetz
Program Coordinator, MHCB
Stepping Stones to Mental Health 
Rocky View Schools 
Phone: 403-945-4000 (4245)


Job Opportunity: Guidance Counsellor, Learning Support Teacher – Beiseker Community School

Start Date: Immediately
End Date: June 30, 2017
Job Type: Teacher, Full Time
School: Beiseker Community School
Closing Date: Nov. 14, 2016, 4:30pm
Guidance Counsellor, Learning Support Teacher

Rocky View Schools (RVS) serves the educational needs of over 22,000 students in 49 schools. As the fifth largest division in Alberta, RVS has become a lighthouse for 21st Century learning, balanced with an ongoing emphasis on literacy and numeracy. RVS believes every learner deserves to have his/her needs met through learning communities that value inclusion, diversity, compassion and fairness.

RVS invites you to apply for a full-time-time (1.0 FTE) Guidance Counsellor (approximate .7 FTE), Learning Support teacher (approximate .3 FTE) position starting immediately and ending June 30, 2017. Beiseker Community School, located in the Village of Beiseker (Crossfield Area), is home to approximately 325 students from grades K-12. For more information regarding this school please visit their website at

The successful candidate must possess, or be eligible for an Alberta Teaching Certificate. You must also submit a current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check prior to commencing employment with RVS. Please submit your cover letter, resume and contact information of three professional references, quoting Job Code #1549517 on or before November 14, 2016 by 4:30 pm. We request all applications be placed through

Rocky View Schools
Human Resources

We appreciate and consider all applications; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Kids Help Phone Bullying Awareness & Prevention Challenge

The Challenge

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Help Stop Bullying! Students and Classrooms across Canada Join the Kids Help Phone Bullying Awareness and Prevention Challenge this November

Starting November 1st and for the entire month of November 2016,elementary, middle, and high school students across Canada can answer Kids Help Phone’s Bullying Awareness & Prevention Challenge questions on WorldVuze (tagged KidsHelpPhone) to help stop bullying.

In recognition of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week this November (November 13 – 19, 2016), Kids Help Phone invites students across the country to share their perspectives about what bullying means to them, its impact on their school community, and what can be done to create positive change.

Kids Help Phone wants to hear from students themselves so they can understand bullying from their perspective in order to better support and advocate for youth to prevent bullying now and in the future.

How it Works

  1. Sign Up to WorldVuze

    Teachers, sign up for free now on and create a class for your students to safely engage in this meaningful dialogue!

    Students, if you’re not already on WorldVuze, ask your teacher to sign-up on and create a class for you to join!

    And add the Challenge to your calendar:

  2. Answer Kids Help Phone’s Bullying Awareness & Prevention Challenge questions

    Starting on November 1st, 2016 and for the entire month of November, students can log-in and search the tag KidsHelpPhoneon WorldVuze to share their perspectives on the Kids Help Phone Bullying Awareness & Prevention Challenge questions.

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  3. Help Kids Help Phone get the word out!

    Share the Kids Help Phone Bullying Awareness & Prevention Challenge with other classrooms at your school and across Canada to make this a national conversation on bullying. Tweet a link to this blog; post it on Facebook; tell your colleagues!

Bully Awareness Resources and Activities

Want to go beyond the conversation online? Here are some resources and activity ideas for your class or school:

  1. Continue the online conversation with your class by discussing the answers shared by students to the Kids Help Phone Bully Awareness questions

    Resources for Kids:

    Bullying Tip Sheet for Kids

    Cyberbullying Tip Sheet for Kids

    Resources for Teens:
    Bullying Tip Sheet for Teens

    Cyberbullying Tip Sheet for Teens

    Resources for Adults:
    Bullying Tip Sheet for Adults

    Cyberbullying Tip Sheet for Adults

  2. Start a Kids Help Phone School Club

    Kids Help Phone provides training and activities for students to create awareness on emotional health and well-being throughout the school year. Learn more about the program at

    Mental Health Week Student Toolkit

  3. Build Awareness about Kids Help Phone at your school

About Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. If you are a young person who needs help, contact Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or online at

Kids Help Phone School Clubs provide students with training, tools and support to raise awareness about mental health and well-being in their schools. As a teacher, you can positively impact student well-being by sponsoring a Kids Help Phone School Club. Learn more about the program at

Note: Student’s answers to these Kids Help Phone (KHP) Bully Awareness questions may be included in (KHP) research reports to be shared with decision makers to advocate and improve school environments for children, as well as build curriculum for future teacher anti- bullying campaigns in Canada. No personally identifying information of responders will be included, to protect privacy and confidentiality.

Think #AgCareers Exp in Edmonton

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The new ThinkAg Careers Expo will allow students to explore the endless career and entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture, learn about modern food production and discover the diversity of agriculture-related career options.img_4132

On November 9, 2016, Ag for Life is hosting two ThinkAg Careers Expos in partnership with Alberta’s largest agriculture shows: Agri-Trade at Westerner Park in Red Deer and Farmfair International at Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton. The program is a full-day agriculture career exploration for junior high and high school students. In small groups, classes will have the opportunity to travel through six 15-minute stations, participating in hands-on activities while they learn about different ‘clusters’ of careers in agriculture. They will also have the opportunity to tour the shows and view the agriculture industry in action. This program has multiple connections to both high school and junior high programs of studies. In particular, Career and Technology Foundations and Career and Technology Studies outcomes will be focused on as students build their career portfolio. As well, science, biology, social studies, CALM, and language arts outcomes will be addressed.

For more information, please contact our Agriculture Education Coordinator, Heather Hanlon at

Register for the November 9, 2016 – ThinkAg Careers at Farmfair, Edmonton 

Registration for the November 9, 2016 ThinkAg Careers at Agri-Trade is now full.  Email to be put on a wait list.

Registration for this the ThinkAg Careers program at Agri-Trade is currently full. Please leave your name, email address, and the number of students you’d be interested in bringing to join our waiting list in case there are cancellations. Additionally, we would be happy to connect with you about future ThinkAg Careers programs as well as our Ag 101 program.

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Thank you to our show partners

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Thank you for the Government of Saskatchewan for sharing their program with us.

Notice of Annual General Meeting at the ATA CSC Conference

Hello School Counsellors,

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 19th at 8:15am at the ATA Council for School Counsellors Voices of Counselling Conference in Canmore. This is your opportunity to become more involved in the council and influence the direction of school counselling in Alberta. We would love to have you! Check out the conference page for updates as to location within the Coast Canmore Hotel.

Hope to see you there!

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