ACWS Frontline 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 & July 2018

This workshop brought together shelter child & youth workers, community childcare providers, Child & Family Services workers, child advocates, educators,home visitation support workers, Victim Service advocates and more. Over 2 days this training introduce an evidence-informed framework with practical tools to create and enhance programming for children exposed to domestic and family violence. 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.
View a summary of our Children's Curriculum training activites HERE. 
Children's Curriculum Mentor Develoment Workshop - April 2019
This was an ACWS member exclusive workshop for shelter child & youth care workers, supervisors, managers and directors that want to furhter integrate the Children's Curriculum material and framework into their programming for children, youth and adults. Dr. Dawne Clark worked with participants to deepen their knowledge of child development and trauma, build mentorship and facilitation skills, and develop solutions to common challenges. The 2-day Children's Curriculum Training is a pre-requisite.
Course material coming soon to the members only section.
ACWS Outcomes Conference 2018

Member shelters from across Alberta shared their promising practices. Follow the link above to view summaries of the all the 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. 

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

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