2013-14 Alberta Health Services Education Series

Alberta Health Services presents their 2013-2014 Education Series that offers training on substance use and a range of mental health topics. Follow the jump for more information.

Sessions are appropriate for professionals, i.e., counselors, health care professionals, outreach workers, child and youth care workers, social workers, teachers, occupational  health and wellness workers, health and safety managers, home support workers, working with clients or staff throughout the life span who may have mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues. Session topics will also be of interest to professionals from agencies that support the development of healthy communities.

Location (all sessions): Inglewood A 12803 - 116 Ave, Edmonton, T5M 3C8, 780-644-3642 

All Sessions are FREE but pre-registration is required by completing the attached registration form (52 KB) and e-mailing it to prevention.edmonton@albertahealthservices.ca. One applicant per registration form.

Minimum number of participants is 12; otherwise, the workshop will be cancelled.

If you have any questions about the Education Series or our other services, please contact: Addiction and Mental Health Prevention and Health Promotion at 780-644-3634 or email us at prevention.edmonton@albertahealthservices.ca.

Session Descriptions

Alcohol: A Dialogue

Dates: August 22, 2013 or September 11, 2013 or November 19, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon  Presenter: Z’Anne Harvey-Jansen

Add your voice. The more diverse voices the better. Get involved in the conversation about the role alcohol use plays in your community. What messages do we give our youth?  What messages do we want to give? This is part of a conversation that has been happening across Alberta.  We hope your community will join in.  Our team can facilitate an open discussion about alcohol amongst adults or adults and youth together.

Building Community Capacity

Dates: December 10 & 11, 2013 ( 2 day training)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Presenter: Z’Anne Harvey-Jansen

Learn the essential skills of building capacity amongst both formal and informal partners in your community for the benefit of the community as a whole. In prevention and health promotion, relationships are key. Meeting structures that welcome diversity of thought and then get the work done are important. Bring a community idea you'd like to act on or a community project that needs to be re-energized to this course, so that the course can be hands-on and practical to you.

Children from Substance Abusing Families

Dates: October 23, 2013 or December 4, 2013 or March 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon  Presenter: Laurie Young

Children from Substance Abusing Homes have a higher rate of physical and mental health problems, as well as a higher rate of behaviour problems and difficulties in school. This session will explore the impact on children living in a substance abusing home. Participants will also explore how to support these children to mediate the risks of living in a substance abusing home.

Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Dates: October 17, 2013 or December 12, 2013 or February 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon   Presenter: Crystal Cleland

Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use costs the Alberta economy an estimated $4.4 billion per year in health-care expenses, law enforcement costs and productivity losses.  It also costs lives.  If left untreated, substance use and gambling problems in the workplace contribute to:

  • unsafe work practices, accidents and increased risk of injury
  • depression, stress, reduced morale and other emotional problems
  • increased absenteeism, higher workers’ compensation and insurance costs
  • alcohol- and drug-related illness.

There are steps you can take to prevent and deal with substance abuse issues in the workplace.  This interactive session will provide you with information regarding: the impact of substance abuse on workplace health and safety, strategies to prevent and deal with substance abuse in the workplace, resources and supports available for workplace learders, the employee, co-workers, and family members.

De-Stigmatizing Mental Health

Dates: October 7, 2013 or May 5, 2014 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon  Presenter: Liz Kunkle

Mental illness affects one in five people during their lifetime. While it can strike anyone, regardless of income, where they live, or even their gender, most mental illness begins during adolescence. The sooner someone gets help, the better.  Learn more about this under-discussed area, how to recognize signs of poor mental health, what to say, and how to assist individuals in accessing local services. In addition, come away with an understanding about the relationship between stress and mental health, and learn tips to manage stress better.

Harm Reduction - What does this encompass?

Dates: September 18, 2013 or November 12, 2013 or January 15, 2014 or March 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Presenter: Denise Salanski

Harm reduction is a contentious issue in health and wellness policy.  The initial clarity and simplicity of the phrase has evolved into an emotion-laden term. This session will explore a variety of harm reduction measures and strategies to utilize when using a harm reduction approach with individuals, and within work environments and communities.

Introduction to Concurrent Disorders

Dates: September 30, 2013 or November 14, 2013 or January 13, 2014 or March 3, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon  Presenter: Liz Kunkle

This half day workshop will provide a basic knowledge of the interactions between addictions and mental illness. The prevalence of concurrent disorders will be examined along with prevention and evidence-based treatment strategies.

Marijuana - Do we know enough?

Dates: September 25, 2013 or November 13, 2013 or January 9, 2014 or March 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon   Presenter: Crystal Cleland

This session will explore how marijuana impacts the body and the developing brain, and the implications for individuals who are using this substance. Current research will be utilized to explore both adolescent and adult use patterns.  Opportunity will be provided to explore the legal, physical, mental health, medical and social implications of use.

Motivational Interviewing – The Basics

Dates: September 19, 2013 or November 21, 2013 or January 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Presenter: Crystal Cleland

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client centered approach designed to help clients explore and work through their ambivalence to change. Using the Stages of Change Model as a conceptual base, each stage offers useful strategies to assist clients in completing tasks in order to move towards recovery. It is particularly useful in helping those who work with resistant individuals. In this course you will have an opportunity to discuss how MI can be incorporated into existing approaches, how client ambivalence can be used to initiate change and learn a skill-based method to respond to resistance.

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth and Intervention

Dates: September 26, 2013 or November 28, 2013 or January 22, 2014 or March 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon   Presenter: Laurie Young

This session will provide participants with information regarding adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. We will explore the causes associated with self-injury and the motivation behind the behavior.  Participants will be provided practical strategies and resources so they can support a young person who may be participating in self-injurious behavior.

Substance Abuse

Dates: September 10, 2013 or October 10, 2013 or November 7, 2013 or January 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Presenter: Laurie Young

This full day training will increase your knowledge of the different types of drugs and the current drug trends, recognizing the signs and symptoms of possible drug use and the needs and experiences of those who use alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gamble. Increase your knowledge of the risk and protective factors, find out about services and treatment options, and leave with strategies that will assist you in motivating individuals along the stages of change. Recommended for new staff. 

Tobacco Basics

Date: Oct 24, 2013    
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Presenter: Teresa Curtis

Designed to introduce a broad spectrum of knowledge and research related to tobacco (prevalence rates, types of tobacco products, impact, history and cultural context of use), this course will provide the participant with a foundation, including the impact of cigarettes on the body, the brain, and society; the differences between tobacco and marijuana; an overview of various myths; and considerations for special populations for example, pregnant women. We will also explore the importance and impact of government actions and legislation.

For tobacco cessation training please call the Tobacco Reduction Program at
780-422-1350 and ask about TRAC Professional Development.

What the Hookah!?

Date: Oct 1, 2013 
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Presenter: Teresa Curtis

Do you know what Shisha is?  How about hookah or water pipe? Many of the clients you work with probably do and most of them think that it is harmless. This harmful trend, impacting mostly youth and young adults, appears to be falling through the cracks in both our legislation and our prevention/treatment of it.  This 2 hour session will provide you with the most current information about what we know (and what we don't know) and this emerging trend in the tobacco world that has a long history around the world. We will take a look at prevalence, health impacts, misperceptions that users have of it as well as what it all means for us who play a role in supporting the clients we work with to make healthy decisions.

Created: 2013-07-30
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