Training & Education

The Provincial Office of Aboriginal Supported Child Development is committed to leading the coordination of professional development opportunities for ASCD professionals in collaboration with ASCD Regional Advisors and professional development associations for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ECD service providers who work with Aboriginal families and communities.





Click here to visit the Early Years Professional Development website to find training and education opportunities.




For Program Funding from the BCCF:

If you offer Parent-Child Mother Goose, Nobody's Perfect Parenting or My Tween and Me programs anywhere in BC, we invite you to apply for program funding. 

The BC Council for Families is providing contracts of up to $1,000* to help agencies deliver these important family support programs – in-person or online – so that families can receive the support they need to grow and thrive. To apply, please review the application instructions, download and fill out the application form and email it to the program coordinator by November 5th, 2021. 
Download the Application Form
*Made possible thanks to a British Columbia Community Gaming Grant. If you currently already receive gaming funds for these programs, you are not eligible

Click here for Live Virtual Workshops for professionals and parents.
These incude:
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program
Stress Awareness and Self-Regulation for Ourselves and Our Children
Boundary Practice
Mother's Mental Health

and more! 


Restorative Self-Care for Sustainable Practice

Date: February 8th & 10th, 2022
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
 $85 ($100 after January 18th)

In this workshop facilitated by Jodie McDonald, a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, participants will learn how to personalize self-care practices, and to distinguish between restorative and performative self-care. We'll learn to identify 'stress cycles' in our personal and professional lives, and examine the link between these cycles and burnout. With reference to self-compassion and boundary practice, we'll do a deep dive into the real work of caring for ourselves when our job is to care for others. 

Registration Click here

Grief and Loss in Professional Practice: Virtual Workshop  

Date: January 24th and 26th , 2022

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00  PM PST

Cost: $100 

Learn to Identify, acknowledge and process professional loss
Grieving professional losses is important and necessary to help prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in human service work. As the saying goes, "the only cure for grief is to grieve."  
In this workshop facilitated by Jodie McDonalda Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, participants will learn how to identify, acknowledge and process losses; honour and work with grief in a professional context; maintain professional boundaries, and practice restorative and compassionate self-care. 

 Registration click here

Metis Pedagogists Sharing Circle

Event Details:

Date: January 26, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Location: ZOOM

Métis Nation British Columbia, Early Years Team and the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network have collaborated to create the Métis Pedagogist. Our goal is to empower Early Childhood Educators to incorporate Métis culture through collective curriculum engagements, collaborative dialogues, critical thinking, and reflection.
Métis Pedagogists visit early learning programs regularly, tailoring their approach to regional characteristics and distinct needs of local families and communities. Their goal is to work with Métis Elders, educators, children, and families on pedagogical projects. Thinking together and collaborating about curriculum development through a Métis lens, they connect the BC Early Learning Framework and the Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
MNBC’s Pedagogists work with educators to integrate culture through pedagogical narrations, sharing Métis cultural resources and ideas with the educators. They do not work in the same capacity as ECE’s (i.e., pedagogists are not employees of the childcare centre in which they work, nor are they counted in the centre's ratio). Métis Pedagogists create opportunities for educators across the province to come together through virtual Learning Circles – Métis ECE Community of Practice.
Please join us on January 26th, 2022, @ 6:30 pm for an information session. Professional Development certificates will be available for all participants.
Registration Link: 

Dr Gabor Mate " The Biology of Loss"

"The Biology of Loss: What Happens When Attachments Are

Event Details:

Date: February 3rd, 2022

Time: 12:00PM - 3:00PM PST

Location: ZOOM

"The Biology of Loss: What Happens When Attachments Are Impaired and How to Foster Resilience". As childcare professionals this is a great reminder and learning opportunity to understand the importance of attachments in early childhood. If you are interested in attending this online event, please see the registration link under the "Event Details" heading.

This presentation, based on the best-selling Scattered Minds, Hold on To Your Kids, and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, outlines the mental health implications of early childhood emotional loss, whether due to abuse in the family or simply of stress on the parents, on the subsequent loss of atonement with the child.

Childhood developmental disorders such as ADHD, ODD, and other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, etc. can all be traced to either negative childhood experiences or the absence of sufficiently positive ones. Addiction and adult mental health issues also flow from the same source.

The impact of the environment on brain development is discussed, along with ways of recognizing and helping to heal the negative consequences of early loss. Also discussed is the impact of peer orientation, as articulated in Hold on To Your Kids.

 Registration link:

Expect the ZOOM link by: January 31st, ​2022, 12:00PM PST


****Registration Closes on January 31st, 2​022 at 11:59AM PST****


UBC Preventing Food Allergies in InfantsL Early Introduction to Allergenic Solids

E Learning Course

This interactive online course is designed to give clinicians the knowledge and skills required to educate and support families in the safe introduction of allergenic foods to infants. It includes videos, interactives, communication strategies and resources for both clinicians and families, all based on the most recent and up-to-date research.

 Click here



ACT Autism Community Training 

ACT has developed a new ongoing bursary initiative to provide free registration for our training programs. This has been developed for Indigenous organizations and Indigenous families supporting a child or children with autism or related conditions, or other support need, as a practical way of offering training and building capacity. Both status and non-status family members are eligible. Professionals must be an employee of an Indigenous organization. Each person applying should fill in the online bursary application form. If this presents difficulties, or you have questions, please contact ACT at or toll-free: 1-866-939-5188.  


[Please note that we have other bursary opportunities for low-income applicants but the deadline for the general bursary program for this event has passed.]

ACT- Autism Community Training provides information and training relevant to the autism community internationally. Based in British Columbia, Canada, ACT develops a wide-range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs. These resources are free and are available online without a password requirement.

Science of Early Child Development (SECD)
SECD is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of early experience on lifelong health and well-being. Beginning as a tool to help share the emerging science about early brain development, SECD now offers a suite  of online and offline media-rich  educational resources with examples of research and programmes from around the world. SECD has been developed at Red River College in Canada in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Aga Khan Development Network. 

Infant Mental Health Promotion
Infant Mental Health Promotion offers a variety of specialized learning and education opportunities to support multidisciplinary service providers working with infants and caregivers as a means of enhancing quality care. 

NEYC (childcare and early learning)
NAEYC’s online professional development introduces early childhood educators to core ideas from NAEYC’s position statements, books, journals and more. Designed with busy educators in mind, our online resources provide self-paced, interactive learning that connects professional knowledge to daily practice through practical strategies that bolster best instructional approaches.

Care Courses British Columbia
Care Courses are accepted for British Columbia's 40-hour professional development requirement for renewing an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) License. Click here
Need your 20 Hour Responsible Adult Training? The courses in our Responsible Adult Training course bundle are accepted for British Columbia's 20 Hour Responsible Adult Training Requirement. The bundle covers the following areas: child development; guidance; and health, safety, and nutrition.

Starr Commonwealth Courses
Online virtual trainings

Institute of child Psychology 
Workshops, webinars, corporate training, and professional consultation.

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EPSE 348: Family-Centred Practice for Children with Special Needs (3.0)

Evaluation is based out of 100 marks
Assignments include group discussions and case studies to incorporate the principles of the lessons. Students will practice applying the learned strategies and principles to decision making and supporting families and children with special needs in the case studies. Each case study will become incrementally more challenging as the lessons progress. 5 assignments = a total of 95 marks Group discussions = 5 marks

EPSE 406: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: 5 assignments for a total of 100 marks: Assignment 1 15 marks; Assignment 2 20 marks; Assignment 3 10 marks; Assignment 4 15 marks; Assignment 5 40 marks

EPSE 420: Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Special Needs Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: Assignments: Based on 100 marks: 2 quizzes =10 marks; 3 chat rooms = 15 marks; 1 think and respond = 5 marks; 5 assignments = 70 marks

EPSE 440: Supporting Social and Communication Development in Infants and Young Children with Special Needs Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: Assignments: 5 short Think & Respond exercises (10% each for a total of 50%); One case study with 3 parts (15%, 15%, 20% for a total of 50%)

EPSE 441: Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children with Sensory Loss and Motor Impairments (Prerequisites, All of EPSE 348, 406 and 420)

Evaluation: Assignments: 7 (total of 70 marks) Quizzes = 2 (total of 30 marks)

Some YouTube treasures:

Vanessa Lapointe - Anxiety (2015)

Dr. Temple Grandin: The Autistic Brain

Brene Brown (all of her videos are fabulous for communication and relationship building

Websites to review
Dr. Linda O'Neill (research and ACES information

 Dr.Martin Brokenleg (resilience, identity,)

Dr. Bruce Perry (there is a section on his website with video interviews)

Teacher Tom