Notice of Annual General Meeting at the ATA CSC Conference

Hello School Counsellors,

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 19th at 8:15am at the ATA Council for School Counsellors Voices of Counselling Conference in Canmore. This is your opportunity to become more involved in the council and influence the direction of school counselling in Alberta. We would love to have you! Check out the conference page for updates as to location within the Coast Canmore Hotel.

Hope to see you there!

CSC ATA Council of School Counsellors

Tours and Programs from:

Careers in Energy Technologies Education Program

October 25-26, 2016 | Calgary & Area

Expand your students’ career horizons! This tour is designed for career counsellors, CALM, CTS and CTF teachers and administrators to be able to experience an emerging field of careers. Gain the knowledge, experiences, resources and confidence to engage with future workforce with the many careers possibilities in this dynamic sector including alternative, renewable and conventional energy development.

Explore the science, innovations, technologies that give insight into career futures in the energy sector.

On this program, you will:

– Gain valuable information from day-in-the-life-of talks from speakers that work in energy related fields

– Discover exciting new technologies – notably including those in the alternative and renewable energy – that are evolving the energy sector in Alberta

– Participate in a behind-the-scenes tours of, and meet with professionals working at state-of-the-art energy facilities in Alberta

– Network with other career educators and professionals

If you are a successful applicant, Inside Education will provide you with a full scholarship to attend the program. Your food, program travel, accommodations and all facility tours and workshops are all included in the scholarship.

This program is open to career professionals and educators from Alberta and British Columbia.

Application Deadline: September 29, 2016. You will be notified of your application status by Tuesday October 4, 2016 Please contact us for more information.

Alberta Boreal Careers – experience the possibilities: A new kind of careers education!

With a growing number of career opportunities available to students it is important to provide them with the information they need to help them make career choices. For this we believe in the E’s – explore, experience and engage.

The ABC Project is an experiential learning event for junior and senior high school students designed to investigate science, technology and careers in Alberta’s Boreal Region. The event will allow students to discover a myriad of career options & paths, learn about post-secondary requirements, have day-in-life experiences, meet leaders in the field and assess future employment possibilities.

On the program, your team will take part in a variety  engaging interactive activities  and discussions that tell the stories of professionals working in energy and environment fields.

This fall we are hosting ABC Whitecourt on Tuesday October 18, 2016.

The program is open to schools in Whitecourt, Fox Creek, Valleyview and Surrounding Area. The program will start and end at the Forest Interpretive Centre in Whitecourt. The day will run from 9:00am-3:30pm and include a expert career panel, local tours and a field experience at the Huestis Demonstration Forest. Stay turned for a complete program agenda.

Teams are welcome to apply with as a class or group of 6-10 students and 2-4 teachers from the school. Application deadline September 30, 2016.

Supporting teachers, inspiring students. 


Please Share: 1st National Survey on the Resiliency of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Please see the below message from:

I am conducting a “Growing into Resilience” survey for participants who are Canadian sexual and gender minority (SGM or LGBTTIQQ2SA) youth and young adults between 12 and 29 years old. This is a national survey which participants can complete using either the English or French versions of the survey. I will use the results to improve recognition and accommodation of SGM youth and young adults in education, healthcare, communities, and other life contexts. Direct input from survey participants will be most valuable in this work. Please encourage youth and young adults in your circle to complete it. I would be delighted and grateful if you could send the attached information for survey participants out via your list servs, social media, or other ways you communicate with young people.

Find out more:


André P. Grace, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1)
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Director of Research, iSMSS
6-102 Education North
University of Alberta
(780) 492–0767



A Parent’s Guide to Funding Higher Education

In an effort to assist students and parents in developing a funding strategy for higher education Scholarships Canada and HigherEdPoints, with the help of SmartSAVER, have created a new resource: “A Parent’s Guide to Funding Higher Education.”  This useful guide provides the first age-and-stage approach to major sources of funding available to Canadians from birth right through to post-graduation from college or university.

Access the guide:

A Parent’s Guide to Funding Higher Education

Seeking Input: Review of the Child and Youth Advocate Act



September 2, 2016

Guidance Council of the Alberta Teacher’s Association

Dear Members:

Re:     Review of the Child and Youth Advocate Act

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta has assigned the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices the responsibility for conducting a review of the Child and Youth Advocate Act (CYAA), which ensures consideration of the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and youth receiving intervention services.  Commencing on June 22, 2016, the Committee has a 12-month period in which to complete a comprehensive review of the Act and present a report to the Legislative Assembly.

The Committee is seeking input from stakeholders and would like to invite your participation. For your information a Discussion Guide has been posted on the Committee’s website as part of the review process.  Please share this invitation with your colleagues and any other parties you believe may be interested in participating in this review.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday, October 14, 2016.

All submissions should be forwarded to the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices, c/o Committee Clerk, 3rd Floor, 9820 – 107 Street Edmonton Alberta T5K 1E7 or via email at

The Committee may decide to hold public meetings at a later date.  If you wish to make an oral presentation to the Committee providing additional information, please clearly indicate this in your written submission.  Please note that submissions from private individuals will remain confidential upon request; otherwise, these submissions will be made public with the names of submitters and all third-party personal information removed.  All other submissions will be made available to the public.

The Standing Committee on Legislative Offices is a multi-party committee consisting of 11 Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.  Committee meetings are open to the public, audio-streamed live and recorded by Alberta Hansard, and can be accessed online.  The Committee’s website, with a membership list, access to meeting transcripts and the online audio feed, is

Thank you for your consideration of the Committee’s request.  If you have any questions, please contact the Committee office at 780.644.8621.


Standing Committee on Legislative Offices

Aboriginal Awareness Workshop Schedule 2016

Calgary – Edmonton – Vancouver – Victoria – Toronto – Ottawa

Join Aboriginal Awareness Canada at one of our cross-Canada stops.
2 Workshops and 2 FREE Open Sessions per city

Register for Aboriginal Awareness Certification, Aboriginal Awareness Introduction, or try one of our Aboriginal Awareness Open Sessions.

Secure your spot Online now!

Register Online Now

Spots are filling fast.

Custom Aboriginal Awareness Workshops

Custom Aboriginal Awareness Canada customizes workshops for corporations, governments, contractors and associations.

Making informed decisions is a critical business responsibility.

The Aboriginal Awareness Training Workshops will provide your organization with the information needed in order to build effective and positive relationships with the Indigenous people.

Gain the confidence to communicate and create more effective working relationships with Indigenous peoples, governments and businesses.

 Online Training

Introductory Aboriginal Awareness

Learn the foundations of Aboriginal Awareness
ONLINE for only $75

Aboriginal Awareness Certification

Obtain industry standard certification
ONLINE for only $99


Trauma Informed PL Opportunities



Announcing our 2nd Annual Fall Learning Conference

OCTOBER 25 & WED, OCTOBER 26, 2016
Prairie Pavilion, Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

This year’s conference theme is TRAUMA, HEALING and SELF-CARE (simplified).
Trauma, Healing and the Critical Importance of Teaching and Modelling Self Care: for Individuals, Communities and Cultures (extended version!). 

The full conference offers 13 continuing education credit hours, and a completion certificate, breakfast both days (lunch and dinner are at the delegates choosing) and the Early Bird Price saves you $75 over last year!  (Ridiculous, SMOKING HOT pricing!) 

If you have specific questions for Kim or Carlin, please send us an email at or call (403) 986-2122. Otherwise, please download, print and share our Fall Conference Package, directly below, or click on the ticket packages listed below.

We look forward to seeing you again this year. And share with your professional network, colleagues and friends.

Looking forward!
Relationship Inspired Leadership Team




Please share with your friends and colleagues!

Healing Trauma – An Intergenerational Perspective

Dr. Gabor Maté and his son Daniel Maté  

Two full days of  Education, Discussion and Connection  

Tuesday October 4 & Wednesday October 5, 2016

The Ramada Inn, Edmonton AB

$460 per person
Currently – $390 + tax (save $70)

Details and Registration 

Experience the essence of the conference theme by watching Gabor and Daniel’s debut conversation about their own generational healing… 


Conference Learning Objectives: 

 * Understanding what trauma is and isn’t: trauma is not the difficult life events, but the disconnect from self and others those events trigger 

* Trauma as a “fault-free zone” 

* How trauma manifests in families across generations, and how it is experienced in the life of the individual 

* How parents and children can use this understanding to heal themselves and transform their relationships 

* How to support individuals for whom there may not be a “willing partner” for healing a relationship 

* How to recognize our own traumas as they show up in interaction with our clients, and how to use that recognition to support healing in them and in ourselves  

This unique and new conference will be refreshing, educational and engaging

Details & Registration

FNMI Program Facilitators Needed

The Alberta Teachers’ Association is pleased to embark on a provincial three-year professional learning project for all Alberta certificated teachers, entitled “Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation”.

Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation is a professional learning project that supports the implementation of proposed teacher competencies related to applying foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI).

We will be hiring four teachers to lead the development and delivery of professional learning programs to support the proposed FNMI competencies. The positions will be for the duration of the 2016/17 school year with the possibility of two one-year renewals and may be filled under a contract or a secondment arrangement. Preference will be given to regional representation from the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7, 8 and the Métis nation. 

Learn more about these positions on our website.

Deadline for applications is 9:00 AM on Monday, July 25, 2016.

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