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.

EYPDVisit the Early Years Professional Development website to find training and education opportunities


2021 Child Care Awards of Excellence

Do you know a child care provider who is going above and beyond to help kids achieve their best?

Nominations for the 2021 Child Care Awards of Excellence are now open. These awards honour the outstanding achievements of individuals, organizations and local governments who provide or support the delivery of exceptional early care and learning (ECL) services. Nominees must demonstrate their excellence in supporting children’s development and their commitment to improving and enhancing relationships with children, families and their community.

The Province’s Childcare BC plan provides a path to universal care, with a continued focus on bringing affordable, quality and inclusive child care to more families. The Child Care Awards of Excellence recognizes that ECL professionals and organizations are vital for B.C. families, communities and the economy.

The nomination deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021. Priority for organizational awards will be given to those organizations who are committed to creating an inclusive, affordable and high-quality child care system for all families in British Columbia. Winners will be announced during Child Care Month in May.

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How to Advocate for Children with Specail Needs 

Free workshop presented by Cynthia Lockery 

Author, Cynthia Lockrey brings her 20+ years of experience in advocacy as well as her lived experience of a parent of a child with a neurological condition.

Get clear on child’s diagnosis and needs • Access support at school • Navigate the medical system • Deal with roadblocks • Learning the importance of building community • Know when to take a break
Parents • Family members • Supports • Service Providers • Interested People

March 9th 2021 10am - 12pm Register now

March 10th 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm Register now


Mothers Mental Health Toolkit Virtual Training: 2021


This toolkit and workshop will:

  • enhance your mental health literacy,
  • provide you with a guide for promoting mental wellness for mothers,
  • teach tools and techniques to help you prevent mental health issues,
  • support you in culturally safe practice,
  • help you recognize the risks and signs of possible mental illness,
  • help you guide women and their families—and other people supporting them—to understand and access assessment and treatment services, and
  • enhance your knowledge of community responses and support that encourage recovery and decrease stigma.

Thursday March 11, 2021 - Friday March 12, 2021

9:30 am - 12:30 PM

Online via zoom

Register now!

Free Webinar for Indigenous Peoples: Register to learn about benefits and credits

The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host a live and interactive webinar for Indigenous Peoples in Canada on benefits and credits available to them. An audio-only option will also be available. Some of the topics that will be covered include:
    • Canada Child Benefit
    • GST/HST credit
    • Disability tax credit
    • Emergency response benefits
    • Northern residents deductions
    • Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
    • Helpful tools and tips

English session: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 2 pm, Eastern time

French session: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 11 am, Eastern time

Duration: About 45 minutes

Register now!

Youth Empowered Speakers (YES) Program

Want to learn your language and share it with others?
Interested in a career in education? 

Deadline February 8, 2021

The YES program Provides funding and support for B.C. FIrst Nations youth ages 18-30 to pursue a career as an indigenous language teacher. Click here for poster

 To Learn More:  
Apply Online: 

BC Council for Families

  • Live Virtual Workshops: 2021

Risk Management for Home Visitors 

February 1, 2021

Learn strategies to stay safe and healthy at work with this training developed specifically for home visitors in consultation with WorkSafeBC and an occupational health-care expert. Increase your knowledge about the risks of delivering social services in clients’ homes, and learn how to assess and mitigate risk. 

Supporting and Engaging Indigenouns Fathers in a Group Setting 

February 1st, 8th and 22nd, 2021

This interactive workship is designed to provide a foundation for delivering a culurally grounded program that will engage and support Indigenous fathers in group models within community centres, First Nations and Metis agencies and support programs. 

Trauma Informed Practice using the Creative Process
February 8, 2021
Develop new strategies to help children affected by trauma cope, build resilience and reach their full potential. As a family support professional, you can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to cope, build resilience, and achieve optimal development. In this workshop you’ll gain a strong foundation of knowledge by learning more about early brain development and how trauma impacts the brain.


ACT Autism Community Training 

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.

The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Education
External Programs & Learning Technologies (EPLT)
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: (604) 822-2013
Fax: (604) 822-2015

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