About the 2022 National CYC Conference

The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) is pleased to be hosting the National Child and Youth Care Conference, October 5-7, 2022, in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, situated in the magnificent Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, on the ancestral lands of the Blackfoot Confederation The conference signifies our hope to come together once again as a collective for connection, inspiration and learning. It will also be the 50th Anniversary celebration for CYCAA!
We have chosen “Reaching for a Better Tomorrow” as our theme for the conference. It is the original tagline from 1972 for the then newly created Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta. How fitting it is to bring this back at a time when our sector has experienced so many challenges, especially during almost two years of a global pandemic. Our goal to help children, youth and families aspire to a brighter future, a better tomorrow, remains as important today as it was 50 years ago. Our profession has made great strides over the decades and yet there is still much to learn. We invite you to continue this journey with us.

Conference Pricing

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Early Bird Pricing

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$100.00 savings over standard ticket prices.

Add-on Pricing

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Keynote Speakers

Heather Modlin

October 5th 2022

Wolfgang Vachon

October 6th 2022

Mackenzie Brown

October 7th 2022

Presentations & Presenters 

More information can be found on our Presenters and their Presentations. You will need this information to choose your sessions when you register. Click the button to be taken to that page.

Education Day

Hosted by the Education Committee of the CYC Educational Accreditation Board of Canada, all are welcome to join in this engaging day of exploring the following:

  • How have educational programs responded to challenges and changes over the past couple of years?
  • What reflections can you offer about some of the learning?
  • What are some things we will keep doing as we move forward?

We will start the day with the opportunity to connect and the chance to be present with each other again. Next, engage in inquiry to consider the challenges and changes we have collectively faced. Finally, we will create an image/metaphor of the future for CYC as a better tomorrow.

Schedule At a Glance

Education Day – Wednesday October 4

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8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast

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9:00am – 10:15am

Main Hall

Education Day

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10:15AM – 10:30am

Nutrition Break

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Main Hall

Education Day – Session 1

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12:00PM - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

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1:00pm – 2:30pm

Main Hall

Education Day – Session 2

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2:30pm – 2:45pm

Nutrition Break

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2:45pm – 5:00pm

Main Hall

Education Day – Session 3

Pre-Conference Day – Wednesday October 4

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5:00pm - 6:00PM

Main Hall

CYCAA Annual General Meeting

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6:00pm - 8:00PM

Pre-Registration

Conference Day 1 – Wednesday, October 5

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7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast and Registration 

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8:30am – 9:00am

Main Hall

Welcome & Opening Ceremonies

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9:00am – 10:30pm

Main Hall

Keynote Presentation

By Heather Modlin, P.hD

Reaching for a Better Tomorrow: What’s love got to do with it?

In child and youth care, we are always reaching for a better tomorrow – for young people, families, practitioners, organizations and the field itself. We know that positive change occurs through care and connection. In this keynote, Heather will share stories from her experiences in child and youth care and leadership and reflect on the role and importance of the relational environment in promoting – or impeding – growth and development.

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10:30AM – 11:00am

Nutrition Break

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11:00AM - 12:30PM

Various Rooms

Session #1 -1.5 hours

Seven Sessions are being offered during this time

James Anglin – Canadian Out-of-Home Care on the Global Stage: How do we Match Up?

Michelle Briegel & Dr Pattie Pryma – Regulating the Brain: Using expressive art and journaling for self-care

Aimee Gill – “Building Relational Bridges with LGBTQ Youth”: A Child and Youth Care informed approach in supporting racial and sexual minority youth through communities, families, schools, and homes.

Dr Shemine Gulamhusein and Catherine Hedlin – Supporting racial and sexual minority youth through communities, families, schools, and homes.

Cody Jacques and Kaeli Rose – Help me help you help us: a reflective approach to utilizing lived experience in professional practice.

Dr Pat Kostouros – Using the Compassion Fatigue Scale (PRoQOL 5) as a Supervision Tool

Martin Stabrey – CYC-Net and The CYC-Net Press: an introduction

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12:30PM – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

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1:30pm - 3:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #2 – 1.5 hours

Three Sessions are being offered during this time

Colleen Kamps – My Journey to Reach for a Better Tomorrow

Diane Parris and Kathryn Wolschinski – Simulation Based Learning to Support Ethical Practice in Child and Youth Care Education

Michelle Briegel and Pennie Sibbald – Developing Child and Youth Care Competencies on a Budget – Alberta’s Accessible On-line CYC Learning Modules and Certification Program

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1:30pm - 5:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #3 – 3 hours

Four Sessions are being offered during this time

(30-minute Nutrition Break Included)

Larisa Jeffaries – Private Practice in Child and Youth Care Work: Relational Practice, Experiential Learning, and the Renegotiation of Trauma.

Mark Littlefield and Colleagues – A facilitated conversation on Indigenizing Child and Youth Care field placement.

Chelan McCallion and MRU Students – Craft + Activism = Craftivism in CYC

Heather Modlin and Colleagues – Reaching for a Flourishing Tomorrow: Embracing Parallel Needs in Supervision

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3:00pm - 3:30pm

Nutrition Break

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3:30pm - 5:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #4 – 1.5 hours

Three Sessions are being offered during this time

Deb Cockerton – Starting a CYC Private Practice

Janice Daley – “Fighting the GRAND Fight”: CYC-based Family Support work with Grandparent headed households

Nathan Millar and Colleagues – Applied Puppetry as a Pedagogy in Child and Youth Care Counselling: Engaging Creative Self-Expression

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5:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Hall

Mix and Mingle Welcome Reception

Conference Day 2 – Thursday, October 6

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7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast

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8:30am – 9:00am

Main Hall

Information Sharing/Housekeeping

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9:00am – 10:30pm

Main Hall

Keynote Presentation

By Wolfgang Vachon, P.hD

Living Care

How is our practice shaped by the lives we lived before becoming CYCPs? Building on a recent arts-based research project with Child and Youth Care practitioners who lived in residential placement while growing up, this keynote celebrates the plurality of who we are collectively and individually through considering what it means to care with our whole selves. 

The past several years has been incredibly difficult for practitioners and those we work with. This time together in Canmore is an occasion to recognize all that we’ve done to survive, to care, to continue smiling through masks, reaching out through social distances, and connecting through isolation. We have saved lives, lost lives, and perhaps even questioned our own. Now is an opportunity to imagine what tomorrow could be, to reach back into our past towards creating the future we want. 

CYC embraces relationships to build community, and none of us thrives alone; music requires more than a single key note to make a composition. To honour and celebrate these tenets, Wolfgang will be joined by others for this presentation. 

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10:30AM – 11:00am

Nutrition Break

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11:00AM - 12:30PM

Various Rooms

Session #5 -1.5 hours

Eight Sessions are being offered during this time

Dana Auger – Hope and Healing Through Reconciliation

Michelle Briegel & Bria Scarff – Studying the pedagogy of Child and Youth Care in a first-year class through the lens of a Student-Faculty partnership

Shannon Brown – Exploring Opportunity and Risk in the Self-Production of Sexual Content: An Adolescent Relational Perspective

Varda Mann-Feder & Colleagues – The Challenges of Practicing Ethical CYC: An Interactive Session

Salina Paschke & Sarah Lynn Stephens – Phone a Friend; More than a Game Show Lifeline. Why frontline workers need strong relationships to navigate the minefields of life and career.

Jack Phelan & Caroline Moore – Use of Self in CYC Practice

Haleema Rehman & Colleagues – Spirituality is Necessary for The Traumatized Brain

Kavya Sharma & Colleagues – Secondary trauma in child and youth care is not preventable

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12:30PM – 1:30pm

Lunch Break and FICE Canada Information Session

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1:30pm - 3:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #6 – 1.5 hours

Three Sessions are being offered during this time

Kate Hann – Who are they and what do they do? Preliminary data on Residential Supervisors in Ontario

Kendell Semotiuk – CYC University Experience: Before, During, and After COVID-19

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1:30pm - 5:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #7 – 3 hours

Four Sessions are being offered during this time

(30-minute Nutrition Break Included)

Cindy Carraway-Wilson & Mark Littlefield – Reflecting Diverse Cultures and Best Practice in CYC Professional Competencies

Frank Delano & Noor Alamoui – Establishing Yourself as a Supervisor and Leader

Catherine Hedlin & Parker Pothier – Don’t Forget Me: A Child and Youth Care Approach to Your Unique Grief Experiences

Charlotte Serpa & the CYCEAB Practicum Committee – Child & Youth Care Practicum: Past, Present & Future

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3:00pm - 3:30pm

Nutrition Break

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3:30pm - 5:00pm

Various Rooms

Session #8 – 1.5 hours

Three Sessions are being offered during this time

Arlene Eaton-Erickson & Kim Spicer – The Impact of Covid-19 on Children and Youth In-Care: Rights of Minorities and Populations of Vulnerable Children during a Pandemic

Samantha Harris – Colonization and Sexual Exploitation: Looking Back to Move Forward

Nancy Marshall – Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Outcomes and Autistic Lived Experiences

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7:00pm - 9:00pm

1460 Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P6

Social Event – details are coming!

More Information

TBD

Conference Day 3 – Friday, October 7

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7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast

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8:30am – 9:00am

Main Hall

Information Sharing/Housekeeping

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9:00AM - 10:30PM

Various

Session #9 -1.5 hours

Eight Sessions are being offered during this time

Priya Jasmine Andrede – Relational Listening: An immigrant citizen response to UNDRIP Article 15 amplifying Indigenous youth’s community-based media art films as a ‘space maker’ for imaginative relationship.

Dr Melanie Doucet – Supporting Equitable Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care in Canada

Michelle Briegel & Dr Pat Kostouros – The Long and Windy Road: The process of professionalizing and regulating the practice of Child and Youth Care

Maria Malouf and Joel Pippus – Push to Heal: Skateboarding and Mental Health

Monica Pauls – Bridging the gap: e-Learning as a way to connect theory to practice

Kelsey Reed – Urban Indigenous Identity Development in Survivors of the Child Welfare System

Dr Laura Wright & Colleagues – In Relation: Participatory Methods with Children and Youth

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10:30AM – 11:00am

Nutrition Break

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11am - 12:30pm

Main Hall

Keynote Presentation

By Mackenzie Brown, CYC-B

Utilizing Indigenous Art in CYC Practice

Indigenous children are overwhelmingly represented in the Child and Youth Care field, yet, many practitioners are not taught about how to utilize Indigenous cultural aspects in care. Join Mackenzie Brown (she/her) in learning about how she utilizes Indigenous Art and culture to inform her relational practice.

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12:30pm - 1:30pm

Main Hall

Closing Ceremony and Round Dance

Led by Mackenzie Brown, CYC-B

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1:30pm

 End of Conference!

Venue Information

Newly renovated and perfectly located, Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre is ready to make your visit unforgettable. We’re nestled within the charming Rocky Mountain community of Canmore, Alberta – a short drive from Banff and just an hour away from Calgary. Discover award-winning service and a Refreshingly Local™ atmosphere.

Room Booking details: Conference organizers have arranged for the Special Conference Rate to be offered 3 days pre and post the actual conference dates for any guests looking to extend their time in the mountains! Please note that pre/post conference booking is based upon availability at the time of the request, and that room type and rooms are not guaranteed for pre and post stays. Guests will be required to provide a credit card at the time of reservation.

To Book Your Reservation online, please go to:

http://coa.st/TheChildandYouthCareAssociationofAlberta

To Book your Reservation by Phone, please call:

1-800-663-1144 and quote code CCM-GFC5166 or The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta

Enhance Your Stay!

The Regional Service between Banff and Canmore provides a quick, economical, convenient, and conscious way to travel. 

Banff Airporter is leading the way in transportation to and from Canmore and Banff.

Receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter’s daily shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Canmore Coast Hotel. Click Banff Airporter and then Book Now. Proceed through the reservation and type – CYC50 – in the “Promo Code” section on the final payment page to receive the discount.

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Canmore Alberta boasts a multitude of year-round and seasonal activities. Whether you’re on vacation or on a business trip, you’ll enjoy the variety of summer and winter fun to be had in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Whether you’re looking for activities, restaurants or accommodations, you find something in Canmore!  (Credit Canmorealberta.com)

Our Sponsors

Are you part of an organization or agency that would like to sponsor the conference?  Please see the page below for our sponsor packages and payment options.

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You will be taken to Eventbrite to purchase your tickets and set your schedule. Please make sure you have chosen your sessions ahead of time to make the process easier.

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