Last updated: May 3, 2022

On this page, you can learn more about upcoming events and professional learning related to school wellness. We feature sessions from Alberta Health Services and partner organizations, and focus on those that are available province-wide:

The health promotion facilitator assigned to your school authority may be able to help your school community tap into events and professional learning available locally. 

Calendar of events and professional learning

Apr. 29, May 6, and May 13, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Core Training (The Mental Health Literacy Approach)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

This interactive training series is for leaders who plan to deliver the Mental Health Literacy (MHL) approach in their school authorities or youth-serving agencies. The ideal trainer is already familiar with the approach, has background knowledge in child/teen mental health, and has approval to deliver future trainings within their organization.

This series is virtual and available free of charge. It's held on three Fridays from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m. each day. Join us to review MHL materials, get tips on delivering MHL in-person and online, and learn about resources and supports. 

Registration form 

May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage — Strategies for managing stress in challenging times (Part 2)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Using the tools you learned in Part 1, join us virtually to learn more about perception, decision-making, and communication.

More information and registration

May 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

After school special – Natural elements: Weaving nature into school experiences

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Zoom in after school for this brief presentation and facilitated discussion with school wellness champions from across the province. Together, we’ll explore how nature supports physical and mental health, and share stories and examples of nature-based teaching learning and learning in action. Come for the ideas, stay for the connections!

More information and registration

May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage — Strategies for managing stress in challenging times (Part 1)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Led by certified professionals, this interactive virtual workshop looks at different ways to manage stress. Discover emotions, breathing techniques, and tools to help you cope.

More information and registration

May 18, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Go To Educator (The Mental Health Literacy Approach)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

This one-day virtual training opportunity is open to any school staff member or child and youth community professional. Join us to learn how to identify, support, and make effective referrals for young people who are struggling with mental health problems or disorders. This session is available free of charge.

Registration form

May 26

Still I Rise (Part 2: Celebrate and Share)

Organizer: Ever Active Schools

All grade 6-12 students in Alberta are welcome to join our virtual celebration of Indigenous stories, resilience, and positive mental wellness. This free virtual gathering includes presentations that focus on Elders, arts & culture, physical activity, and land-based learning. Join us to connect with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students as we walk together in the spirit of reconciliation. 

More information and registration

June 1, 6:30 p.m.

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage — Strategies for managing stress in challenging times (Part 2)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Using the tools you learned in Part 1, join us virtually to learn more about perception, decision-making, and communication.

More information and registration

June 3, 7-8:30 p.m. and June 4, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Teacher well-being retreat

Organizer: Ever Active Schools

Beyond a job, teaching is a calling. This retreat provides a snapshot of well-being science and invites educators to create a ripple effect of impact, both for themselves and for the whole school. Our in-person event takes place at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. The cost to attend is $165 + GST.

More information and registration

June 6, 6:30 p.m.

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage — Strategies for managing stress in challenging times (Part 1)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Led by certified professionals, this interactive virtual workshop looks at different ways to manage stress. Discover emotions, breathing techniques, and tools to help you cope.

More information and registration

June 20, 6:30 p.m.

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage — Strategies for managing stress in challenging times (Part 2)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Using the tools you learned in Part 1, join us virtually to learn more about perception, decision-making, and communication.

More information and registration

Various dates and times

Wellness exchange

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join us for free online classes on topics related to wellness. Learn skills to cope with change, deal with stress, and achieve goals. Everyone is welcome! Tune in from your smartphone, tablet, or computer on a day and time that works for you.

More information and registration

Ongoing

Well at Work K-12 Leadership Course

The EdCan Network is Canada’s national, nonpartisan, bilingual organization representing educators in Canada. They’ve recently launched a series of free online learning modules on workplace wellbeing in education, free to both members and non-members.

Led by education experts, each module includes quick knowledge checks, self-reflections, and linked resources. Explore them all, or choose the ones most relevant to you:

  • Modules 1-3 are geared toward senior leaders
  • Modules 4-7 are meant for wellbeing leads or teams
  • Module 9 is for everyone who is looking to learn more about workplace wellbeing in education

More information and registration

 

Book a professional learning session

New this year, Alberta Health Services is pleased to offer virtual professional learning on school health and wellness. We host interactive and engaging virtual sessions that can be adapted to suit the learning goals of the audience, including school authority leaders, school administrators, teachers, counsellors, and other school staff. 

For more information, check out the descriptions below. Our sessions are typically 60 minutes in length, but we can adjust to suit your needs. These learning opportunities are free of charge and led by a Health Promotion Facilitator. Please note that we prioritize sessions booked at a school authority level.

email schoolhealthandwellness@ahs.ca to book your session!

 

Session 1: Unpacking staff wellness (NEW)
Educator well-being matters just as much as anyone else's. Join us for an engaging look at four big ideas in healthy school workplaces. Using break-out rooms, polls, whiteboards and other virtual tools, we'll show you what works to improve teacher and school staff wellness. Discover subtle actions that can make a difference every day.

Session 2: A whole school approach to positive mental health
Mental health is a foundation for learning, healthy development, and resilience. Using practical examples, we'll examine what positive mental health looks like for students, teachers, and others in a school community. We'll share strategies and resources that build social emotional skills, foster resilience, and boost your confidence to talk about mental health at school. 

Session 3: Active bodies, thriving brains: How movement fuels mental health
Movement is essential for healthy physical and mental development in children and youth. Join us to learn about physical activity as a tool to for emotional regulation, stress management, self-esteem, and problem-solving. We'll try out fun movement-based activities for your classroom, school or virtual learning environment, and inspire you with Alberta-based stories and examples.

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