ACWS Education & Training

*Note: ACWS training is restricted to member organization staff and volunteers.*
Upcoming Winter 2018 Training Topics: 

Ethics: Refresher & Case-Note Management Workshops

Join Dr. Dawn McBride for this interactive, skill-building, practical learning workshop. With 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.  
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Okotoks January 11

Grande Prairie January 19

Edmonton February 12 (*date was changed)

Cold Lake February 26 (*date was changed)

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Ongoing Education Oppportunities: 

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: 

Fentanyl Preparedness & Response with EPS

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 Webinar Here!