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Online Learning

Many counsellors are committed to lifelong learning. There are many online courses, and webinar series that offers professional development opportunities. Click on the links below to explore the professional development opportunities that exist:

Healthy Minds Healthy Children: Education and consultation for Alberta professionals working in child and adolescent

addictions and mental health through Alberta Health Services

  • Mental Health Online Resources for Educators:

    • Free web-based, online modules intended for school staff in Alberta working with children and adolescents in ECS to Grade 9. Current issues in child and adolescent mental health are explored. Presenters are from education, family medicine, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Each module is open online for one month and are available anytime, anywhere via the Internet. There is a voice narration on two or more PowerPoint modules per month, along with a text-based discussion among registrants and presenters. The objectives are to increase the skills and confidence of school staff to more effectively address the mental health needs of their students; and to promote linkages among school staff and mental health professionals treating children’s mental health problems.

  • Online Continuing Professional Development for Clinicians:

    • Free web-based, online courses intended for professionals in Alberta working with children and adolescents in the area of addictions and mental health. Explores current issues in child and adolescent mental health. Expert presenters from family medicine, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, social work. Each course is open online for one month. Courses available anytime and anywhere you have access to a computer with sound capability and the internet. Voice narration on one or more VoiceThread presentation. Text-based discussion among registrants and presenters. The objective is to increase the skills and confidence of primary care practitioners to more effectively address the mental health needs of their young patients; and to promote linkages among physicians and allied mental health clinicians treating children’s mental health problems.

Alberta Human Services:

  • Children’s Mental Health Learning Series:

    • The Children’s Mental Health Learning Series provides caregivers, families and professionals with helpful information to increase knowledge and help support children and youth with mental health concerns. The first nine sessions focused on early brain development and environmental impacts in the early years. The 2014-15 sessions will emphasize the adolescent brain and mental health and wellness challenges for youth. In partnership with Alberta Health, the series is aligned with Creating Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy.

  • The FASD Learning Series:

    • This free webinar series helps individuals with FASD and their caregivers to learn more about FASD and how to support a person with FASD. The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences.

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres:

  • CN-CYR hosts a regular webinar series on topics of interest to the rehabilitation and child development community. These webinars present current research and best practices for assessment and treatment of children and youth with disabilities or developmental conditions. For more information on upcoming webinars please visit CAPHC Presents and view our calendar. Our webinars are recorded and posted onto the Knowledge Exchange Network. If you, as a guidance counsellor, sign up for a webinar, you will start to receive emails when there are webinars coming up. Some will not be applicable to guidance counsellors; however, there have been many webinars, particularly around mental health that have been fantastic. 

If you know of any other online courses, regular webinars, or ongoing professional development opportunities that you feel would be of benefit to guidance counsellors, please contact our website administrator.