• Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Relationship Based Practice

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    This three-hour workshop will introduce participants to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study originally conducted by Kaiser Permenante and the CDC, highlighting key findings. Impacts of ACEs on brain architecture, the body, and behaviour will be discussed as well as how ACEs can contribute to negative health outcomes in adulthood.

  • Building Secure Relationships

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    This session will support professionals in understanding not only the importance of building secure relationships with the children in their care, but also how to help children create a solid foundation for healthy relationships throughout their lifetime. 

  • Engaging with Challenging Behaviours

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    This session will engage practitioners in exploring which behaviours they find particularly challenging in their work, the reasons behind this, and strategies for addressing behaviour while maintaining caring and understanding relationships with children.

  • Engaging in Challenging Conversations

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    Whether they involve a colleague, client, friend or family member, challenging conversations are an inevitable part of life. Fortunately, there are ways to engage in more effective conversations with anyone. This session supports participants to dig into what can cause conversations to become difficult, discuss ways to maximize conversation effectiveness and prepare for having a conversation of their own. This … Read More

  • Group Facilitation

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    This full day session focuses on research, tips and strategies to create an engaging parent group and make learning fun.

  • How Temperament Influences the Early Learning Environment

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    An individual’s temperament influences everything they say and do throughout their lifetime, which makes understanding our own temperament and the temperament of the children we work with so important.

  • Kids Have Stress Too!® Preschool Age

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    Preschool Age Learning Resource to help practitioners promote effective social-emotional development and stress management strategies for young children.

  • Kids Have Stress Too!® School Age

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    The session is grounded in the science of brain development and learning and is sensitive to the day-to-day realities of both school and after school care settings.

  • Kids Have Stress Too!® Preschool Parent Group Facilitator Training

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    This session is designed to help practitioners promote effective social-emotional development and stress management techniques for young children.

  • Kids Have Stress Too!® School Age Parent Group Facilitator Training

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    School Age Learning Resource to help practitioners promote effective social-emotional development and stress management strategies for children grades 1-9.

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Foundations Training (CPI Certified)

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    ECDSS facilitators are certified by CPI© to provide the Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training. This session is designed to focus on prevention by providing staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Foundations Refresher Training (CPI Certified)

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    The CPI® Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Foundation Refresher training is a one day session designed to provide previously CPI® Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trained participants

  • Play

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    Play is not only the right of every child, it is a critical aspect of physical, mental, and social development. Adults, however, often misunderstand play and struggle to incorporate it into learning and care environments. This three-hour session will explore the theory of true play and it’s importance for children and adults as well as how to put theory into … Read More

  • Reflective Supervision

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    Reflective supervision and reflective practice are terms used for the supportive approach now considered best practice for programs engaged in relationship-based practices where stress, high turnover, and service quality are significant issues. This one-day experiential workshop is designed for both supervisors and supervisees working in relationship with others as support workers, family home visitors, early childhood professionals, and social workers.  … Read More

  • Relationship Based Practice Training - Foundational

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    Relationship Based Practice Training is a foundational 4 day workshop which offers professionals the skills, attitudes and knowledge necessary to be reflective about their work and ensure they stay in touch with its human focus.

  • Responding to Trauma in Early Childhood

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    This one day training focuses on early brain development and the impact of exposure to ongoing or repetitive trauma in childhood. Practitioners will learn a variety of strategies for responding to and supporting children who may be experiencing trauma.

  • Technology, Media and Children

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    Technology is changing every day, bringing us scientific breakthroughs never thought possible, access to information we never dreamed of, entertainment we couldn’t imagine, and more. However, as we watch the world change before our eyes, we also have questions about the impact this increased access to technology and media has on our children, ourselves, and our future. Presenting perspectives from … Read More

  • The Developing Child: Foundations

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    Developed in response to the Foundations of Caregiver Support document created by the Government of Alberta, this training is designed for professionals working with children in a wide range of environments including schools, child care, and family support. During this two-day session participants will form a foundational knowledge of child development by engaging in the theory and practice of a … Read More

  • Trauma Informed Care: Translating Trauma Informed Principles into Practice

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    This two-day introductory training acknowledges the prevalence and significant impact of trauma in an individual’s life and aims to inform service providers how to apply a trauma-informed lens to their current practice. This workshop will define and describe the six main trauma-informed principles outlined in the literature and will focus on how to translate these principles into practice.

  • Understanding Loss and Supporting Individuals Through Grief

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    This training will address the third pillar of knowledge and practice identified in the Foundations of Caregiver Support – Loss and Grief.  Practitioners will focus on identifying the various forms of loss people experience and the variability of grief responses across the human experience.  Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own personal losses. In addition to … Read More