ACWS Education & Training

 With the support of member shelters ACWS provides ongoing professional development training to shelter staff and volunteers.
On this page you can learn about upcoming opportunities.
If you would like to invite ACWS to do violence prevention training in your school, sports team or other public organisations please see our Leading Change page.

Upcoming Spring 2018 Training Topics: 

ACWS DA Trainer Development (train-the-trainer) - June 21, 2018

This workshop wil prepare shelter workers to train and certify their co-workers and community partners to use the Danger Assessment Calendar and Questionnaire.

Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:30PM
Location: Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton
Who Should Attend?
  • Maximum of 1-2 participants per shelter are allowed at this time. 
    • If you would like to send more please add names to the wait-list here.
  • Participants should be selected/approved by their Shelter Director or Program Manager.
  • Participants must already be DA Certified.
  • Experienced trainers looking to share their knowledge, deepen their understanding & expand their facilitation skill set.
  • New trainers excited about the DA looking to build facilitation skills, learn from peers & gain  knowledge.
  • Attendance at the April 19-20 training is NOT a prerequisite.

Register Now!

Children's Curriculum Training - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

These workshops will introduce a neuro-scientific framework and practical tools for creating/building/improving programming for children exposed to family violence.
Edmonton Training
Date: July 10-11   -    Register Now!
Location: Chateau Lacombe
Calgary Training   -    Register Now!
Date: July 17-18
Location: YWCA Sheriff King
Who Should Attend?
  • This training will be open to all ACWS member staff and volunteers at no cost. 
  • This training is also open to ACWS and member Community Partners (childcare centres, teachers, Child & Family Services, etc) for a $150 fee.
  • Maximum 3-4 participants per shelter. If you would like to be send more please add names to the waitlist here.
  • Participants should be approved by their Shelter Director or Program Manager
  • Experienced childcare workers looking to share their strategies, deepen their theoretical knowledge and expand their skill set.
  • New childcare workers looking for a solid foundation in the nueroscince of trauma, excited to learn from their peers and knowledge
In Conversation With Lewis Cardinal Webinar Series
This series is designed for shelter workers and aims to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support more positive relationship building with Indigenous women, families, and communities. 
Register for  an upcoming session or view one you missed!

Lewis Cardinal has a long track record of involvement with many, many, Human Rights and Social Advocacy Boards. He was a founding board member of Racism Free Edmonton, vice-president of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, founder of the Indigenous Peoples’ Arts and Culture Coalition, founding board member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and co-chair of the Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice. Lewis has received Canada’s highest Aboriginal recognition award the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Public Service, as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Inspired Award for public service, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant Mac Ewan University, and the Anti-Racism Award from the Centre for Race and Culture. 

Lewis is currently working with ACWS and First Nations Member Shelters to develop and implement the Statement of Principles, Values, and Commitments to Actions for Indigenous Women, Girls, and Their Families. 


Access Previous Training Sessions: 

Danger Assessment Training with Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell - April 19-20, 2018

The Danger Assessment (DA) is a tool for determining an abused woman's risk of being killed by her intimate partner.  This tool supports shelter work but also empowers women with knowledge and choice.  

Course Materials Coming Soon!


Ethics: Refresher & Casenote Management Workshops - Jan. & Feb. 2018

A one-day folllow-up to the Ethics Foundations with Dr. Dawn McBride. This interactive, skill-building, practical learning workshop,  plenty of guided practice to refine your relational consent techniques and thematic case-notes skills. Open consultation time to deepen your understanding of how ethical decision making, consent, and documentation can all be used to increase safety for the women and children you serve.
Dawn McBride is a registered psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Lethbridge. She is a leading voice in her field, specializing (among other topics) in ethics, family violence and trauma.  
Course Materials Coming Soon!

Fentanyl Preparedness & Response with EPS - Dec. 20, 2017

We have all heard the reports about the dangers of fentanyl. So far in 2017, 400 people in Alberta lost their lives to fentanyl overdose. It is a real possibility that shelters may encounter fentanyl in some form. So how do we keep workers, women, and children safe? ACWS is pleased ot have the expertise of the Edmonton Police Services Drug Enforcment Unit and OH&S staff to help provide some answers.
This webinar addresses: 1) What fentanyl is: forms, effects, dangers, myths. 2) Naloxone kits: types, use, suitability for context and availability. 3) Policy & procedures: process for a suspected scene, process for use/overdose, OH&S considerations. 4) General safety: PPE for general cleaning duties. 5) ACWS member questions & concerns

Watch the Edmonton Drug & Gang Enforcement Unit presentation here

Watch the EPS OH&S presentation here

The videos are password protected, to request the password contact