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Children’s Curriculum

The Healing Brain: Supporting Children from Trauma to Resilience

The Healing Brain is a module-based, online course that participants can work through at their own pace. The training will give participants a better understanding of early childhood brain development, the impacts of trauma on children, and how to nurture resilience in children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Each module is directly linked to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, to inform the ways service providers work with children through a lens of reconciliation. 

Why this training?

Across Alberta last year, 2,389 children were admitted to ACWS member shelters[1]. For children, exposure to domestic violence can be as harmful as directly experiencing acts of violence.

Working with children who have been exposed to domestic violence is one of the major prevention tactics that can be used to interrupt the cycle of violence from continuing into future generations.

Who is it for?

This curriculum was developed because children represent a large percentage of the residents who are served at shelters across Alberta, but it also has wide application beyond shelters—it’s very useful material for anyone working with children.

  • Shelter workers
  • Daycare workers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Caregivers
  • Teachers
  • Coaches

What is the cost?

Thanks to a donation from IODE Alberta, the course is free for ACWS members, and will be free for the general public until the end of March 2023, after which there may be a nominal fee.

How long is the course?

The Healing Brain is a 6-hour course. The course is broken into 6 modules, which you can complete at your own pace. Each module is expected to take approximately 1 hour.