Alberta Disability Workers Association
Building a Valued, Proud & Professional Workforce
Training Events

In addition to the training opportunities found here, the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) also provides an extensive listing of courses of interest to disability workers at

SARC in Saskatchewan also provides training of interest to disability workers from front-line workers to managers and boards. Please visit to look at current course options for front-line staff and to learn about LEAP for management skills development and other management-related courses.

Upcoming Training

CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor Training

CMHA’s certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor Training program will help individuals who are working to improve psychological health and safety in workplaces or implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). Employers will see those with this certification as having the practical expertise to help improve psychological health and safety or implement the Standard in their workplaces. Cost is $1500 (meals included). Click here for more information and to register.

When:  June 19-20, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Alberta Construction Safety Association, Classroom H, 225 Parsons Road SW, Edmonton

Upcoming Conferences

The 24th Annual National Supported Employment Conference

The Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) invites employment service providers & employers working with persons who have disabilities to join them for the 2019 conference whose theme is A Changing Society: Seizing Opportunities, Enhancing Possibilities. This conference is Canada’s largest and leading-edge professional development and networking event around employment inclusion for people with disabilities. Check for event details.

When: June 11-13, 2019
Where: Montreal, Quebec

Second Annual Innovations in Practice Conference

Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns.  This conference will focus on practical strategies and partnerships to optimize their potential.  Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience.  The conference will also provide educational and informative psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health updates specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. Click here for more information.

When: October 9-10, 2019
Where: Edmonton Inn & Convention Centre

Working Stronger 2019: CMHA Alberta Conference

The theme for this year's conference is "Work/Life Balance: Fact or Fiction?" Streams for sessions include Workplace & Personal Wellness, Voice of Lived Experience, and Occupational Health & Safety & the Law. If you have content that you would like to share, click here and make your submission before April 3.

When: October 28-28, 2019
Where: Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, AB

Available Training - Anytime, Anywhere

Harrassment and Violence in the Workplace

A free webinaris now available from the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety division on legal requirements around harassment and violence in the workplace at

Length: 35 minutes

Supporting Healthy Sexuality in People with Developmental Disabilities

Participants will define sexuality in a broad context, explore their own attitudes about sexuality and get practical ideas for engaging individuals they support in conversations about their sexual health and well-being. This workshop will also help professionals set boundaries around what is appropriate behaviour, clarify age of consent guidelines and make referrals to community resources.

Length: 3 hours

Contact: Becky Van Tassel (Calgary Sexual Health Centre) at or 403-283-5580 ext 323