Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach (AEO) is committed to creating systems change and improving health outcomes through the provision of innovative, culturally grounded, strengths-focused training for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
Training opportunities include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement
Foundation for Understanding Trauma and the Health of Aboriginal Peoples
Quality Behavioural Competencies
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Informed Care: Framework for Practice with Aboriginal Peoples
Understanding Opiate Addiction: The Continuum of Care
The training opportunities offered through AEO have been accredited by the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada.
To request a training opportunity in your community, organization or agency, please CLICK HERE to complete our Training Request form. We will respond to your inquiry within one week.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on acceptance, mindfulness and behavioural change processes in order to increase psychological flexibility. This practice benefits both client and helper/worker by changing the relationship people have with their thoughts and feelings. This practice has been shown to help people of various ages cope with a wide range of issues such as stress, grief and loss, substance dependence, anxiety, depression, psychotic symptoms and others.
For more information about ACT, please review the Training Summary.
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is grounded in several evidence-based parenting programs, including Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Parent Management Training – Oregon model and Incredible Years. CARE training provides helpers/workers with specific skills known to improve caregiver and child/youth interactions, which support positive relationships and effective management of behaviour. The skills and techniques are taught primarily through role-play and video observations of caregivers and children/youth interactions. After training, participants will be able to demonstrate and guide positive caregiver and child/youth interaction using CARE techniques.
For more information about CARE, please review the Training Summary.
Quality Behavioural Competencies (QBC) are grounded in the principles of behaviourism with specific attention to behaviour modification. These techniques are helpful when working with people who have challenging behaviours in residential treatment facilities.
For more information about QBC, please review the Training Summary.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses on goals and solutions – what works – rather than on problem-solving. This approach assumes that an individual already possesses the knowledge of what works or has worked that will improve their life. By doing so, SFBT examines what has worked in the past or when the issue was less severe or not present in the individual's life. The helper/worker identifies, compliments and evokes the strengths of the individual, helping them to quickly reach their goals.
For more information about SFBT, please review the Training Summary.
Foundation for Understanding Trauma and the Health of Aboriginal Peoples takes participants through history beginning with an exploration of strengths within traditional ways of being and knowing. This training examines the present day health status of Aboriginal peoples in the context of historical and present day trauma utilizing current research on brain development and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Understanding trauma at this level fosters the ability for participants to utilize a trauma-informed approach to support individuals, families and communities in their journey to healing and restoration to well-being.
For more information about Foundation for Understanding, please review the Training Summary.
Intergenerational trauma as well as direct, indirect and vicarious experiences of trauma have impacted the health and well-being of Aboriginal peoples. Trauma-Informed Care: Framework for Practice with Aboriginal Peoples explores the complexity of how trauma affects emotional responses, triggers, perceptions and beliefs as understanding these factors is foundational to a trauma-informed approach. A trauma-informed approach aims to create physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional safety in order to support healing and well-being. The purpose of this training is to provide all organizational staff, including facilities staff and board members, with the structural foundations for entrenching a trauma-informed approach in all aspects of care; from intake procedures, organizational policies to physical space.
For more information about Trauma-Informed Care, please review the Training Summary.
Understanding Opiate Addiction: The Continuum of Care is designed to share current knowledge and information about opiate misuse and related problems among First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Topics covered include prevention, identification utilizing screening and assessment tools and case studies, intervention, outreach, and the continuum of care. Information about the cycle of physical dependence and withdrawal, signs of problematic use, and stages of change is provided.
For more information about Understanding Opiate Addiction, please review the Training Summary.