The Alberta Conference | Day Three

Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych., Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., and Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Live Streaming December 6, 2023


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Calgary, AB. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here: 

This conference will be live streaming from Calgary, Alberta to online participants on December 4 – 6, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MDT
This course is streaming live out of Calgary, AB beginning at 8:30am MDT (Calgary, AB). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 6, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on December 3, 2023. 


Attend More and Save! 1 Day enrollment $269.00, 2 day enrollment $469.00, 3 day enrollement $669.00 tax

Fees are per person, seat sharing is not allowed. Please respect this policy, failure to comply will result in termination of access without a refund. For group rates please contact

Day Three (December 6, 2023) Workshop Choices:

Day Three Morning 8:30am – 11:45am: 

Workshop #12: Optimizing & Supporting the ADHD Brain | PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex, heterogeneous disorder. When left unmanaged, ADHD is associated with long-term pervasive impairment across all areas of functioning. Recent models of ADHD have conceptualized ADHD as a disorder of behavioural inhibition, impairing executive functioning (EF), which lead to difficulties with self-regulation, organizing and planning behaviours, attention, and distractibility.

Given the substantial risk for students with ADHD, conducting valid and collaborative assessments, as well as developing effective interventions to promote student success, are critical to mitigate associated impairments and long-term risks. In this learning series, clinicians, educators, and families will develop a 360° understanding of ADHD to promote student success in all areas of functioning. Participants will learn more about the ADHD brain, how EF deficits manifest, self-regulation, effective teaching practices, and practical strategies to optimize the ADHD brain and the child’s overall social, emotional, and behavioural functioning. Practical case-base material is presented so participants can easily adapt strategies to meet the unique needs of their students.

Importantly, there are essential components to optimize assessments and interventions that are not widely known. This workshop is therefore vital for anyone working with children with ADHD. Participants will learn the critical steps to take to address the shortcomings of diagnostic assessments. Further, participants will learn imperative approaches to overcome the gaps that medications and behaviour modification cannot address.

When managed effectively, ADHD is an asset that supports individuals’ successes. There are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated, which are also addressed.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have a renewed outlook on ADHD, and they will be better equipped to identify ADHD and design and implement effective intervention programs for children with ADHD.

Workshop #13: Implementing Interventions for School-Aged Children & Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder | PRESENTED BY Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

This workshop will take a deep dive into the varied needs of autistic children and adolescents. Clinicians and educators will learn strategies for addressing common challenges and deficits in autistic children and adolescents. Techniques and interventions that capitalize on the strengths of the autistic individual while building skills to support their needs will be presented and demonstrated. Workshop participants will learn a framework for developing a collaborative and comprehensive treatment plan, prioritizing needs, and addressing short term and long term goals.

Workshop #14: Addressing the Emotional Roots of Anxiety & Agitation: An Attachment-Based Developmental Approach | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

There is currently an epidemic of anxiety and agitation affecting children and teens which can take many forms including attention problems, clinginess, eating problems, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, panic, sleep issues, physical illnesses, as well as a host of other perplexing behaviours. Today’s world can create many challenges for children and youth with school pressures, peer interactions, family dynamics, negative self-image, perfectionism, and many other stressors that can impede a child’s ability to learn and mature. Whether it’s the natural, episodic worries or more profound and crippling versions of anxiety, Dr. Neufeld will help make sense of the roots of anxiety and agitation and suggest ways in which we can help bring the anxious and agitated to rest.

Day Three Afternoon 12:45pm – 4:00pm: 

Workshop #15: Optimizing Self-Regulation & Managing Big Emotions | PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

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.

Workshop #16: Supporting the Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Children & Adolescents | PRESENTED BY Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

Gifted children and adolescents have unique social and emotional needs that are often overlooked. This workshop will review the ways in which giftedness may be identified and classified into different categories, common myths and misconceptions about giftedness, the theory of overexcitabilities in gifted individuals, and misdiagnosis in the gifted population. Additionally, twice exceptionality will be discussed along with commonly co-occuring conditions. Participants will develop an appreciation for the depths of the needs that very bright children and their families may have.

This workshop will focus on strategies, interventions, and accommodations to support the social and emotional needs of gifted children and adolescents. Uneven development, lack of goodness of fit, and differences in processing information are some of the underlying causes of behavioral problems in gifted children and adolescents.

Workshop #17: Why Our Children’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating & What Can Be Done About It | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

The alarming rise in anxiety, depression, despair, and attention problems, begs for an explanation. The prevailing premise blames the social isolation experienced during the pandemic.  When the dots are joined however, another picture emerges that reveals the attachment roots of mental health. This current mental health crisis provides us with a unique opportunity to understand the underlying dynamics, giving us a guide to better take care of our children, our students and ourselves. 

Day Three Morning

Workshop #12: Optimizing & Supporting the ADHD Brain | PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

  • Develop a 360° understanding of ADHD and executive functions
  • Identify key assets of ADHD and how to optimize them
  • Identify associated comorbidities and how they complicate the presentation and treatment of ADHD
  • Implement strategies to conduct effective assessments and obtain valid diagnostic results
    • Address shortcomings of assessment practices and to promote accurate results and parents’ acceptance of their child’s diagnosis
    • Integrate assessment data to highlight areas of strengths and challenges and inform effective intervention
  • Create a toolbox of practical strategies they can individualize and use immediately to help kids with ADHD in all areas of functioning, including at home, at school, and within relationships

Workshop #13: Implementing Interventions for School-Aged Children & Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder | PRESENTED BY Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

  • Inattention, hyperactivity
  • Engagement, motivation, task initiation, work completion
  • Anxiety
  • Social communication
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation, explosive behavior
  • Self-advocacy

Workshop #14: Addressing the Emotional Roots of Anxiety & Agitation: An Attachment-Based Developmental Approach | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

  • Understanding the spectrum of syndromes that are all rooted in the primary emotion of alarm
  • Appreciating the attachment roots of anxiety and agitation
  • Exposing the emotional root of most attention problems
  • Equipping with solutions that are both natural and developmental

Day Three Afternoon

Workshop #15: Optimizing Self-Regulation & Managing Big Emotions | PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

  • 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.

Workshop #16: Supporting the Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Children & Adolescents | PRESENTED BY Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

  • Academic underachievement
  • Apathy, motivation, engagement
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Social relationships
  • Power struggles, non-compliance
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Executive functioning

Workshop #17: Why Our Children’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating & What Can Be Done About It | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

  • Gaining insight as to the attachment and emotional roots of mental health
  • Making sense of how the pandemic affected the mental health of students
  • Appreciating how peer orientation predisposes to mental health problems
  • Understanding why self-care for children can be counterproductive
  • Being equipped with developmental interventions for the prevention and reversal of mental health problems


A Conference Tailored for Mental Health and Education Professionals at All Levels & Any Professional that Applies Behavioural Science to Practice

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.

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, and their families. With a dedicated commitment to fostering deep connections, instilling unwavering confidence, igniting motivation, and building resilience in the face of challenges, Dr. Buzanko’s mission is clear: to ensure that every child and teenager receive the understanding and support they deserve.

Renowned for her expertise in the assessment and support of anxiety, ADHD, ASD, learning, and behavioural challenges, Dr. Buzanko stands as a trusted ally, advocate, and go-to authority. Dr. Buzanko’s research pursuits delve into the realms of resilience and growth, directly informing her clinical approach and resulting in innovative training programs and workshops that have transformed the practices of countless educators, caregivers, allied mental health professionals, and medical doctors.

Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a captivating speaker and anyone who attends her workshops can expect to be enlightened, inspired, and equipped with practical strategies to empower the children and teens they work with. Together, let’s create a world where every child thrives and embraces their full potential.

Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., is a licensed pediatric psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. She also has a wide range of experience working with children who have a variety of anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, behavioral concerns, genetic and metabolic syndromes and acute or chronic medical conditions. Dr. Barlow is the owner of a private practice, Meghan Barlow and Associates, where she provides assessment, treatment and group therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Barlow has developed trainings and workshops for parents, school professionals, and mental health providers on topics related to social skills, autism spectrum disorder, depression and anxiety. She speaks in a variety of settings offering education and practical strategies for managing children’s behaviour, facilitating social skills and navigating developmental transitions. Dr. Barlow earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.


RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$269.00N/A
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$469.00N/A
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$669.00N/A
Full-Time Student$609.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates are available. Please contact for more information.

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