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.

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Children's Curriculum Training - April 2019 - 4 locations

This workshop is perfect for all shelter childcare workers, community childcare providers, Child & Family Services workers, child advocates, teachers and social workers. Developed for ACWS by Dr. Dawne Clark, Director of the Centre for Child Well-Being and a professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal Univesity. This training will introduce an evidence-infomred practical framework and practical tools to create and enhance programming for children exposed to domestic and family violence.
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Price includes lunch, snacks and refreshments and all materials.
  • Early Bird for non-member organizations - $200
  • Regular for non-members - $250
  • ACWS member and associate member staff and volunteers at no cost. 
Children's Curriculum Mentor Develoment Workshop - April 2019 - 4 locations
This is an ACWS member exclusive workshop for shelter child-care workers, supervisors, managers and directors that want to take their children's programming to the next level. Join Dr. Dawne Clark to: deepen your knowledge of child development and trauma; build mentorship and facilitation skills to better share your knowledge with colleagues and moms; and develop collaborative solutions to your program challenges.
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This workshop is open to all ACWS member and associate member staff at no cost. Participants need to complete the 2-day Children's Curriculum Training (in summer 2018 or Spring 2019) prior to attending.

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ACWS Outcomes Conference 2018

Marketplace of Ideas Member Presentations

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. 
Missed the webinar? View them all HERE!
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. 

Children's Curriculum Workshop - July, 2018

This workshop introduced a neuro-scientific framework and practical tools for creating/building/improving programming for children exposed to family violence.

Course material coming soon!

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

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

Course material can be found on the members only section of our website.


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

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

Course material can be found on the members only section of our website.

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.  

Fentanyl Preparedness & Response with EPS - Dec., 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


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