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Mental Health Professional Development

AHVNA is proud to be offering paid professional development with a focus on understanding Mental Health for Early Childhood Educators working in licensed childcare centres, out-of-school care programs, and dayhomes.

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Welcome Early Childhood Educators

In partnership with the Government of Alberta, we aim to equip Educators with the knowledge and tools to support children to manage stress, regulate emotions, and face the challenges of our world with strength, support, and compassion.

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Become a member and you’ll be notified when registration opens for these exciting trainings!

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MindUp for ECEs

Evidence-based and easy to implement, MindUP helps you develop the mental fitness to build a happier, healthier and more balanced life. The MindUP Program teaches the strategies and skills you need to find optimism, build resilience and create solutions for life's challenges. Register Now!

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Kids Have Stress,
Too!® for ECEs

This research-based program is built on an experiential learning approach. Its aim is to help educators (and parents!) create teachable moments to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency. Provides educators with practical, developmentally appropriate, engaging activities for students. Coming soon!

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Kimochis®
for ECEs

On the surface, Kimochis are a family of cuddly critters and a big bowl of emotions. Underneath, Kimochis is a proven system for helping kids grow and transform by dealing skillfully with their feelings. Coming Soon!

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Introduction to Infant and Early Mental Health for ECEs

Introduction to Infant and Early Mental Health sessions provide an overview of early development with a focus on infant and early mental health. Some key concepts and theoretical models that will be explored are the importance of relationships, the developing brain, understanding behaviours, cultural competence, and embedding a family approach into your practice. Practical applications to support these concepts as well as reflective questions will be provided to consider in your practice as you work with infants, young children, and their families.
Coming soon!

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Mental Health First Aid for ECEs

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis. Register Now!

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