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The Edmonton Educator’s Workshop Series

Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP and Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych and Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

Monday, May 6, 2024 – Wednesday, May 8, 2024  |  Edmonton, ab


!  Important Notice:

Online registration is now CLOSED for this conference. You can arrive up to one hour early to register at the door.

Date & Location

Monday, May 6, 2024 – Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8:00am – 3:30pm

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions

Registration on this page is for live in-person attendance only. To attend virtually please register here: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/edmonton-educators/

Live In-Person Conference

  • Complimentary tea, coffee and assorted pastries
  • On-site exhibitors

Please note, in-person registration does not include access to the live stream or recorded footage.

Live Stream from Home

  • This conference will be live streaming from Edmonton, AB to online participants on May 6 – 8, 2024 from 8:00am – 3:30pm MT
  • Recorded footage and all course content will be available until June 10, 2024
  • Please allow 3 – 5 business days after the conference has ended for recorded footage to become available
  • More information & live stream registration: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/edmonton-educators/ 

Option Lunch Add-On

Price: $31.50 per day. Price includes tax and gratuity.


  • Salad Bar
  • Soup
  • 3 main entrees
  • Potatoes and Vegetables
  • 1 Special of the day
  • Dessert Bar

Menu changes daily

Limited quantities available. Must pre-buy during registration, not available at the door. Individuals with strict dietary needs or preferences can pre-order lunch off the menu through hotel restaurant. Lunch buffets are non-refundable, no refund or credit will be granted under any circumstance.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.


Day One – May 6, 2024

Workshop #1: Proven and Effective Interventions to Enhance Executive Skills in Children & Adolescents
Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

8:00am - 3:30pm   May 6, 2024


Executive function is a neuropsychological concept referring to the cognitive processes required to plan and direct activities, including task initiation and follow through, working memory, sustained attention, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and goal-directed persistence. While the groundwork for development of these skills occurs before birth, they develop gradually and  in a clear progression through the first two decades of life. But from the moment that children begin to interact with their environment, adults have expectations for how they will use executive skills to negotiate many of the demands of childhood—from the self-regulation of behavior required to act responsibly, to the planning and initiation skills required to complete chores and homework. Parents and teachers expect children to use executive skills even though they may little understand what these skills are and how they impact behavior and school performance.

The importance of executive skills to overall cognitive functioning first became apparent in work with children and teenagers who had sustained traumatic brain injuries. Problems involving planning and organization, time management, and memory as well as weaknesses with inhibition and regulation of emotions have long described a significant component of traumatic brain injury. Executive skills have also assumed an increasingly important role in the explanation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  While executive skills are clearly a factor in the problems that youngsters with disabilities face in school, it is becoming apparent that there is a significant number of youngsters who seem to struggle in school because of weaknesses in executive skills even when they don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD or another disorder. These students will benefit from interventions designed to improve executive functioning. To do so, however, requires an understanding of what executive skills are, how they develop in children, and how they impact school performance.

This workshop will begin by providing an overview of executive skills, including definitions and a description of the developmental progression of these skills in the first two decades of life. The approach to understanding executive skills presented in this workshop is structured around two key concepts: 1) that most individuals have an executive skills profile that includes both strengths and weaknesses; and 2) by defining executive skills discretely rather than grouping them in broader categories, it is possible to design interventions to address specific deficits that lend themselves to data-based decision making. By completing a self-assessment, workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding both of the model being presented and of their own executive skills profile.

The heart of the workshop will address how to assess executive skills and develop interventions designed to address specific executive skill weaknesses.

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  • Know what executive skills are and be able to identify how they impact school performance and daily living.
  • Be familiar with assessment tools used to identify executive dysfunction, including parent/teacher interviews, behavior rating scales, behavior observations, and both informal and formal assessment procedures.
  • Have access to a repertoire of strategies to improve executive skills in students. These will include strategies to modify the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills and procedures such as coaching that can be used to teach children how to improve specific executive skill deficits in the context of home or school performance expectations.
  • Be able to design their own intervention strategies tailored to the needs of individual students. Be introduced to classroom-wide interventions to improve executive skills.
Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Dr. Peg Dawson: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her…

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Day Two – May 7, 2024

Workshop #2: Optimizing Self-Regulation and Managing Big Emotions
Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

8:00am - 3:00pm   May 7, 2024


In today’s world, our children and youth face an unprecedented level of stress and pressure, making it hard to effectively self-regulate and manage day-to-day stressors. As parents, educators, and mental health professionals, it’s essential that we equip ourselves with effective strategies to help children and teens develop the skills they need to navigate life’s challenges. When they don’t know how to manage those emotions, problem behaviours often result and can negatively affect their physical, psychological, academic, and social well-being. For many, they struggle to meet even the most basic expectations. It is essential they receive the right support.

Join us for a transformative workshop designed for mental health professionals, educators, parents, and caregivers to build self-regulation and emotional management skills in children and teens. During this workshop, you’ll learn evidence-based interventions and practical tools to promote healthy self-regulation and emotional management skills in children and youth. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and teens you work with. Join us in this engaging and practical workshop, where you will leave with the skills and knowledge to empower children and youth to manage their emotions, overcome challenges, and build resilience.

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  • Explain self-regulation and emotional management in children and teens.
  • Identify the role of emotions and how they show up.
  • Differentiate misbehaviour from stress behaviour.
  • Address the sensory, language and executive functioning processing deficits that get in the way of self-regulation.
  • Discuss the importance of co-regulation and how to best support children and teens.
  • Teach children and teens what they need to know boost their emotional literacy.
  • Apply practical evidenced-based tools and techniques to promote healthy emotional regulation and coping skills in children and teens.
  • Implement techniques to help children and teens cope with challenging situations.
  • Develop an increased capacity to support children and teens in their emotional needs.
Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych, is a Psychologist. Mother. International Speaker. Yoda of Anxiety. Neurodivergent Superhero. Changer of Lives. She is a dynamic force in the field of psychology, dedicating nearly three decades to transforming the lives of children, teens,…

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Day Three – May 8, 2024

Workshop #3: Working with Highly Emotionally Dysregulated Children & Adolescence
Presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

8:00am - 3:30pm   May 8, 2024


Working with emotionally dysregulated children can be challenging and draining. In this workshop, participants will learn effective strategies to support these children in both classroom and home settings. Dr. Webb will provide insights into the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation disorders commonly found in innately sensitive children. Participants will gain practical knowledge on behavior modification strategies to intervene at the earliest signs of dysregulation. Additionally, the importance of structure in creating a validating and secure environment will be emphasized, along with techniques to teach parents and caregivers to implement these strategies at home.
This workshop will equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to better support emotionally dysregulated children, leading to more positive outcomes for both the children and those working with them.

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1. Understand the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation disorders found in innately sensitive children.
2. Apply behavior modification strategies at the earliest stage of dysregulation.
3. Recognize the significance of structure in skills training and home environments, and demonstrate methods to teach parents or caregivers to implement these strategies effectively.
4. Adapt each skills module to reflect the language of the child, fostering better communication and understanding.
5. Define the roles of educators, caregivers, and parents in re-establishing a safe and supportive structure that enables the child to learn and generalize skills effectively.

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP is a licensed psychologist and serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). She has practiced in numerous community settings including clinics that treat underserved communities of color, clients with…

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Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $289.00 $309.00
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $489.00 $509.00
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $699.00 $719.00
Group 3-7 $659.00 $679.00
Group 8-14 $639.00 $659.00
Group 15+ $619.00 $639.00
Full-Time Student $619.00 $639.00

All fees are per person and in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 22, 2024
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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Exhibitors are welcome at this event. We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities to businesses and organizations that provide services related to nursing, psychotherapy, addictions treatment, counselling, marriage & family therapy, psychology and other related fields.
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Recommended Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 780.484.0821 or 1.800.661.9804

Delux 2 Queen: $169.00 per night plus tax

1 King Suite: $194.00 per night plus tax

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours . If you are booking guest rooms through third party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot not be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

     Jack Hirose & Associates is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Jack Hirose & Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Please check back closer to the conference date for more information.