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Families Matter believes in investing in the staff working in this important sector. We deliver professional development opportunities as well as host other agencies who are delivering programming. See below for classes both by internal and external providers. If you are interested in using our location to deliver a program, please call Corinna at 403.205.5197.


GroupWise: The Art & Science of Facilitating Parenting Groups. This professional development opportunity is for participants who are currently working with, or wish to work with, parents in educational and group settings. This program will not address specific parenting curriculum. The emphasis is on creating learning environments, roles and responsibilities of parent educators, and plenty of time to practice engagement skills. Come join our encouraging and supportive learning team and expand on your skills. We have just completed our offering for 2019 with 14 graduates. We will be offering another program in the 



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Target audience:
Professionals working in the Early Childhood Community (daycare providers, early childhood educators, library staff, special needs assistants)

What you’ll learn: 
This interactive workshop blends pedagogy and practice for professionals working with young children.  Participants discuss how rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and storytelling (oral, dramatic, and with props) support areas of child development, including those outlined in the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework. 

You also learn new materials as well as practice presentation techniques to engage young children, aged 2.5 to 5 yrs, and their families.  Participants who take level one, or who have experience presenting a variety of materials to children,  may take level two to further enhance their storytimes.  

Prerequisite reading:
“More Than Words: Using Nursery Rhymes and Songs to Support Domains of Child Development”. Click to view and download file.

Levels one and two are eligible for the Professional Development Grant for Licensed Day Care and Out of School Care and also AECEA Child Development Supervisor Professional Development Funding.

The Gingerbread Way Program: Level One (6 hrs instruction)
Professionals are introduced to oral rhymes, songs, fingerplays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling, contextualized within areas of child development. Explore ways to adapt the practice of these materials to support specific ages, multicultural groups, skill sets and curricula. Your immersion into the kaleidoscopic world of stories builds their confidence in purposefully choosing them for and actively reading them with audiences.  Participants receive a read-aloud picture book, a journal, a resource guide and a copy of the award-winning book What’ll I Do with the Baby-o? by Jane Cobb. See reviews at

The Gingerbread Way Program: Level Two (6 hrs instruction)
Review and deepen your understanding of oral rhymes, songs, fingerplays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling within areas of child development.  Discuss your experiences, emerging questions and challenges. Broaden your oral storytelling and engagement skills, using dramatic techniques, props and felt boards. Plan how to use these new materials in specific early childhood education centres for diverse audiences. The day will cumulate with you planning and presenting a 15-20 minute story time. Participants receive a read-aloud picture, an accompanying felt board story and a resource guide.

Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting Facilitator Training Program

Training Location:
Families Matter Society
3404 – 25th Street NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 6C1

Dates and Times: New Dates To Be Announced in 2021 

Cost of the training: $600 (CAD) includes:
• 4 days training
• Facilitator Manual
• Parent Book
Training includes:
• Handouts
• Follow-up Mentorship Support
• Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch

Who should attend?
• Early childhood educators, parent support staff, public health nurses, family home visitors, community development workers, child and family support workers, and other professionals.
• Anyone who supports parents, children, and/or families.
• Anyone interested in facilitating positive discipline parent groups through their workplace.



Alberta Home Visitation Network Presents: Motivational Interviewing Level 1

Dates and Times: New Dates To Be Announced in 2021 

Location: Families Matter 3404 25th street NE Calgary AB T1Y 6C1

AHVNA Members: $250.00 (does not include lunch)

Non Members: $315.00 (does not include lunch)

About Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of working with people who are not ready to change. It is respectful and works to facilitate change by increasing a person’s own motivation.

MI has been proven effective in over 60 controlled clinical research studies. MI has been used successfully with many behaviours: alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, exercise, diabetes management, heart disease rehabilitation, diet, FASD prevention, problem gambling, family violence and working with people who don’t have a home.

MI has been found to be as effective (or more effective) than methods which take much more time and counsellor effort. About the Level 1 course This two day course builds on participants’ existing skills to increase comfort and confidence in working with reluctant changers. Participants will learn and practice the principles and basic skills of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will: Learn the theory and research behind Motivational Interviewing Learn and practice the 5 basic skills of Motivational Interviewing : opening a conversation, asking open-ended questions, affirming, listening reflectively and summarizing Learn how the basic skills of Motivational Interviewing are used to help a client move towards change by working effectively with ambivalence. Register For Event!

Registration: Advance registration is required for all participants.

For more information or to register contact us at:

AHVNA office 9321 Jasper Avenue Edmonton AB T5H 3T7

Phone: 780-429-4787 Fax: 780-429-4784


Payment: We accept payment by credit, cash or cheque. 


Regional One Day Workshops for Human Service Leaders
Building a Healthy Performing Work Culture

Get Educated
 Learn the connection between well-being, quality of service, and firm outcomes
 Learn how to build a culture of physical and psychological safety, health and performance (in alignment with the Canadian Psychological Health and Safety Standard)
Get Connected
 Join like minded leaders in the human services sector
 Learn and share leading practices
 Get connected to resources and training
Get Healthy
 Understand non-violent crisis interventions to harassment and violence concerns
 Have practical tips to boost resilience and exercise self care for yourself personally and for all employees
Perform Better
 Learn how to thrive and perform better individually and as an organization

Dates and Times: New Dates To Be Announced in 2021 

Get Educated | Get Healthy | Get Connected | Perform Better
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Regional One Day Workshops for Human Service Leaders
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