Wellness Matter Webinars
Attention, Memory and Executive Function Strategies for Children and Adolescents
Executive functions are mental process that help people plan, organize, pay attention, prioritize and complete tasks. For example, think about the different steps needed when you ask your child to get ready for school. This can include stopping what they are currently doing and juggling several jobs such as picking their clothes, finding their homework, and getting out the door on time. When children and adolescents are challenged with these skills, it impacts their ability to be successful at school, home, and in other environments.
This webinar is designed to help parents:
- Understand executive functions and their role in a child’s daily life.
- Learn strategies to strengthen these skills.
Facilitator: Dr. Rhonda Wizniak is a Registered Psychologist who has been providing assessment and consultation services to children, adolescents and adults since 2007. Rhonda began her journey into psychology as a kindergarten teacher in a rural setting. After teaching for four years, she became intrigued with learning more about the diverse learning, emotional, and behavioural needs of the students I was working with. Rhonda has doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta in educational psychology, focusing in learning, development and assessment.
Rhonda provides assessments and consultation services at River’s edge Counselling Centre in:
- Cognitive / intellectual ability: giftedness, challenges with processing verbal and visual information, memory
- Academic ability: achievement levels in reading, writing, and math
- Social and emotional functioning: anxiety, social concerns, depression
- Behaviour: acting out behaviour, inattention, anger, impulsivity
- Rhonda also provides specialized assessments and support for parents in developing strategies to assist in their child’s reading development.
Manage your Pain, Take Back Your Life
Living with pain can be debilitating not only physically, but psychologically as well. During this wellness talk, we will explore the mind-body connection and discuss various strategies for managing your pain and improving your quality of life.
You will learn:
- How the mind-body feedback loop impacts our experience of pain
- Several relaxation strategies for managing pain
- How pacing can disrupt pain and fatigue cycles
- The role our thoughts play in our experience of pain and how we can utilize what we know about the brain to manage pain
Facilitator: Lori Tiemer is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience working with individuals experiencing pain in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation setting. Working from an eclectic approach, including cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and expressive arts, Lori has walked alongside those struggling with pain and has supported them in rebuilding their lives. Lori has also facilitated various psycho-educational workshops on topics related to pain including sleep management, relaxation skills, and lifestyle management.
Understanding Sexuality and Gender Expression in a Non-Binary World
People today are defining and expressing themselves in ways that extend beyond our traditional understanding of sexuality of gender. Gone are the days of binary thinking in recognition that both sexuality and gender occur on a spectrum, and the language that comes with such change can be confusing. If you want to learn what the difference is between sex and gender, what it means to be pansexual or gender queer, what the components are that comprise our sexuality, or you are just curious about the different ways in which people today understand and express themselves as sexual and gendered beings, please come and join me in understanding sexuality and gender in a non-binary world.