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This AHS website contains current online and archived courses. Current issues in child and adolescent mental health intended for professionals in Alberta working with children and adolescents in the area of addiction and mental health.

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural

Audience: Children, Youth

Cost: Free- Must register online


Developmental Pathways of Addiction and Mental Health

AHS Addiction and Mental Health Learning Series offers a web-based interactive e-Learning curriculum designed to support healthcare providers to enhance their practice working with children, youth and their families experiencing addiction and mental health issues. The focus of these modules is to help health providers recognize and reduce significant stressors for vulnerable children and their parents, enhance their resilience, and increase their coping skills. In providing mental health support to children and youth the focus needs to shift toward health promotion and disease prevention, rather than just  treating the impact of mental health disorders. (11 modules, 1.5-2 hours each)

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural

Audience: General

Cost: Free


Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

A Status of Women Canada course to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. It acknowledges the need to go  beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences and considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical ability. (2 hours)

Competency: Knowledge

Audience: All

Cost: Free


Circle of Courage

Starr Commonwealth offers this course which is a model of positive youth development based on the universal principle that to be emotionally healthy all youth need a sense of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. This unique model integrates the cultural wisdom of tribal peoples, the practice wisdom of professional pioneers with troubled youth, and findings of modern youth development research. (6 hours)

Competency: Knowledge

Audience: Indigenous, Youth

Cost: Not specified


Make the Connection

This course offered by the Psychology Foundation of Canada is effective in promoting positive parent-to-infant attachment and is a strong candidate for public health initiatives targeting parenting skills. 3 courses target different age groups: 0-1, 1-2, 2-3. (Duration not specified)

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural, Activating

Audience: Children

Cost: Not indicated


Kids Have Stress Too!

Offered provincially through Imagine Institute for Learning, this Psychology Foundation of Canada program is designed to help the important people in children’s’ lives learn to promote resiliency by buffering the impact of stress, and building positive coping strategies to deal with life’s stressors. Two programs span from pre-school to grade 3. (1 day)

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural, Activating

Audience: Children

Cost: $110

Mental Health First Aid First Nations

The MHCC offers this course through CMHA and is intended for First Nations however, is also recommended for anyone that works with First Nations. It is designed to provide an opportunity for First Nations participants and others who work with First Nations to learn and have serious conversations about mental health and wellness. Participants will reflect on their life experiences, acknowledge the historical context of the colonization of Canada and move forward to address and explore ways to restore balance on a journey to mental health and wellness. (20 hours)

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural, Activating

Audience: Indigenous

Cost: Not indicated


Mental Health First Aid

The MHCC offers this course through CMHA which focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces. (2 day)

Competency: Knowledge, Behavioural, Activating

Audience: General

Cost: Not indicated


Creating a Compassionate Classroom

The Alberta Teachers’ Association offers this booklet to help educate all of us about mental health, mental illness, and how we can help our students, our colleagues and ourselves. This booklet encourages the development of more compassionate classrooms, schools and communities by changing how we look at mental health and mental illness, school culture, education, policy and partnerships on the large scale, but also the small.



HEADSTRONG is an evidence-based anti-stigma initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). It inspires youth ages 12-18 to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up about mental health. Now a national initiative, HEADSTRONG teaches students how to reduce stigma and become mental health champions in their schools. CMHA Edmonton has a partnership with MHCC and coordinates and delivers Headstrong Youth Summits across Alberta.


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