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

Upcoming Training

Employment Standards Webinars

The Government of Alberta is offering free webinars explaining employment standard and recent changes to them. To get more information about the following webinars or to register, click here for the link.

  • Employment Standards in Alberta: Averaging Agreements - August 29 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Employment Standards in Alberta: Hours of Work and Pay - August 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Employment Standards in Alberta - General Holidays, General Holiday Pay and Vacations - September 11 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Overview of Changes to Employment Standards - September 27 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The Philosophy of “Personalism” & its Most Relevant Implications to Contemporary Life & Human Services

This workshop presents Dr. Wolfensberger’s  interpretation and synthesis of philosophical and value traditions that have been called “personalism,” focusing especially on those from France in the late 19th-early 20th centuries and personalist thinking since then. Personalism, like other philosophies, has implications to a wide range of issues in life, and this workshop interprets the relevance of personalist ideas to a number of concerns of contemporary life, society, and human services. Cost is $450 for commuters (includes registration, handouts, welcome breakfast, daily coffee and lunch), $555 to share a room at the retreat centre and $600 for a private room. Click here for more information and the registration form.

When: October 1 - 3 (8:15 - 5:00 first 2 days, until 4:30 last day)
Where: Sunnyside Retreat Centre (202 Birchcliff Road near Sylvan Lake, AB)

Upcoming Conferences

Canadian Mental Health Association - Working Stronger Conference 2018

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division is hosting a workplace conference designed to improve mental health outcomes in Alberta workplaces. The conference is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance efforts to support healthier workplaces across the province. Registration is $500 before July 31 and $600 after that. Click here for details or to register.

When: September 17-18, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton (16615 - 109 Avenue NW)

Voices of Albertans with Disabilities - Together We HOLD The Power! Accessibility Conference & Fall Forum

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities is hosting its first Conference and Forum! The conference and forum are a two day dialogue and information exchange, featuring a reception with a keynote speaker, workshops, information tables and presentations. The purpose of the conference and forum will be to showcase where and how the community is moving forward toward inclusion and accessibility in Canadian society. A focus will be on action, strategies and tools that you can use. Cost for Alberta Disabilities Forum and VAD members is $225+GST. Non-members pay $250+GST. Click here for more information and the registration form.

When: October 18 & 19, 2018
Where: Radisson Hotel - 4520 - 76 Avenue, Edmonton

ALIGN - Strengthening Today, Building Tomorrow

ALIGN's 11th annual conference is designed for human services employees and includes presentations for senior leaders, supervisors and front-line workers. ALIGN is inviting submissions from a variety of disciplines with topics related to practice, child welfare/child intervention practices, disability, diversity and indigenous issues. The deadline for proposals is July 17, 2018. Click here for more information.

When: January 24 - 26, 2019
Where: Fantsyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

Available Training - Anytime, Anywhere

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