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Working with Emotional and Behaviour Problems with Children and Adolescents

Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Thursday, May 25, 2023  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Thursday, May 25, 2023

8:30am – 12:00pm Morning Session

1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

These workshops are a part of the Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals. Registration and full conference line-up can be found HERE


SCHOOL-BASED FOCUSED | Workshop #15: Working with Emotional and Behaviour Problems with Children and Adolescents

MORNING SESSION | 8:30am – 12:00pm   May 25, 2023

This session is not available for live stream.

Every child and teen experiences emotional ups and downs and engages in challenging behaviours from time to time. Though frustrating, these reactions are an important part of development for all kids. However, these outbursts become a problem when they happen frequently, when they are excessive, and when they begin to impair a child or youth’s functioning.

Emotional and behavioural challenges have increased drastically among children and adolescents over the years with alarmingly high prevalence rates. Unfortunately, most go without effective support, which makes them susceptible for developing severe emotional and/or behavioural disorders that impair their social and emotional well-being, relationships, and development.

Early intervention and treatment are critical to support children and teen’s social, emotional, and behavioural well-being and reduce future risk. Although teachers, parents, and mental health professionals know they need to help, they aren’t always confident in how to do so – especially in the heat of the moment. They may have tried different strategies, but with limited success. Thankfully, these children and teens can be supported easily with the right tools and know-how.

This dynamic workshop is vital for anyone working with children and teens. Participants will develop an understanding of what is going on for children and teens, what happens when the demands on them outweigh their capacity to cope, the underlying needs they have, and the function of an emotional or behavioural meltdown. Participants will also learn the typical strategies adults use when they are trying to help but instead makes the situation worse. Importantly, they will learn what is truly effective (hint: it’s not behaviour charts) to promote positive behaviours and emotion regulation proactively, before an emotional or behavioural blowout occurs, and reactively, in the heat of the moment. With these strategies, participants will help children and teens build their capacity to manage their emotions and behaviours successfully across contexts.

SCHOOL-BASED FOCUSED | Workshop #20: The Power of Connections

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:00pm – 4:00pm   May 25, 2023

This session is not available for live stream.

All humans have an inherent need to belong, and our greatest fear is not belonging. However, we never doubt whether we belong when we have strong connections.

Connection is the most important factor in everyone’s lives – and especially for kids. Connection is the number one protective factor for children and teen’s social, emotional, and even physical well-being. Connection is critical for learning and strengthening prosocial emotions like pride, gratitude, and compassion. Connection is essential to move through stress and trauma. Connection is also crucial for optimizing lifelong success through perseverance, confidence, and resilience.

Although a substantial number of children are feeling disconnected, there are effective ways to get them feeling connected and engaged at home, at school, and with friends.  In this workshop, participants will learn about connection, why connection is important to healthy development, and the power connections have in a child’s overall well-being. Participants will also learn what gets in the way of establishing connections, the common traps that disrupt connection, and what to do to promote strong connection across contexts.

After completing this workshop, participants will have a whole new (positive) outlook on connecting with disengaged children and teens and feel empowered knowing exactly how to connect with children and teens effectively to help them manage big emotions, self-regulate, and positively influence their behaviours.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

Workshop #15: Working with Emotional and Behaviour Problems with Children and Adolescent

  • Understand the unique stress kids and teens face and their underlying needs
  • Identify the function of behaviours and emotions and typical adult traps that escalate emotional reactions and problematic behaviours
  • Learn how to respond effectively when big emotions/behaviours show up and promote emotion regulation and positive behaviours

Workshop #20: The Power of Connections

  • Understand the importance of connection and its influence on development
  • Identify barriers that disrupt connections
  • Learn how to establish and strengthen connections to promote self-regulation, emotional resilience, and self-efficacy.

Continuing Education Credits

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

† 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.

Your Presenter(s)

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Koru Family Psychology. She has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, with a focus on maximizing connection, confidence, learning success, and resilience. In her clinical work, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, anxiety, and behavioural disorders. Through her specialized assessments, she helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, what makes learning easy, and how to best support them. She also offers therapeutic interventions to support children, teens, and their families.

Dr. Buzanko is a sought-out speaker who has been featured in various media platforms as an expert on child and teen development. She has developed training programs and workshops for parents, medical doctors, allied mental health professionals, and school professionals on topics related to ADHD, behaviour management, anxiety, autism, and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on positive child and youth development and resiliency, as well as parent-child relationships, disruptive disorders of childhood, treatment of childhood disorders. All of her research to date has directed informed clinical practice, including the development of the Amazing Sibs! support program for siblings of children with autism and informing clinical practice as it relates to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.



“The presenter was very knowledgeable in her area of expertise. She provided several personal and work-related examples; this was extremely helpful. This webinar will definitely help me in my work as a school psychologist. Thank you Caroline!”
– Webinar | May 2021

“The presenter was exceptional- one of the best I have listened to in years. She was extremely knowledgeable in her area of expertise. Caroline used many personal and professional examples of her work. This webinar will be a significant help in my role as a school psychologist.”
– Webinar | May 2021

“Caroline was very informative, animated and delivered the information in an interesting way. She was passionate about ADHD.”
– Webinar | March 2021

Who Should Attend

Mental Health Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education 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 and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888 or 1.800.661.1464.

Email: Email your reservation request to res@calgaryplaza.com

*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 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.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $259 $279
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $469 $489
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $659 $679
Group 3-7 $639 $659
Group 8-14 $619 $639
Group 15+ $599 $619
Full-Time Student $599 $619

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

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

Early bird cutoff date: May 10, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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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