Our customized training provides core elements essential to all direct service practitioners including Child Welfare Workers, supervisors and managers. The design and development of curriculum is collaborative and reflects the community, culture and context of our customers.

Using an experiential, adult learning foundation we will design and deliver training for social workers new to the field, experienced professionals and your direct practice leaders.

Training for Social Workers Includes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Strength based social work
  • Responding to Child maltreatment
  • Essential Skills in practice including 1) Interviewing Children 2) Engaging Families 3) Permanency planning and 4) Effective Case Planning
  • Preparation for Practice including 1) Challenges working in remote communities 2) Making Best Use of Supervision and 3) Worker Safety

Child Welfare Supervisor Training Includes:

  • Assessing our own style of Supervision
  • Common Factors in Outstanding Supervision
  • Strength- Based Supervision
  • What Makes Supervision Effective
  • Critical Thinking and Supervision
  • Integrating Training and the Supervisory Process
  • Effective Case Planning: The Supervisors Role

Other Child Welfare Training

  • Children’s Service Worker (3 day course)
  • Working with Sexual Minority Youth (1 day)
  • Anti-oppressive Practice (2 day)
  • Performance Management (2 days)
  • Working in Teams (1 day)
  • Client Centred Service (2 days)
  • Provincial Case Worker Core Curriculum (4 days)
  • Supervisor Core Curriculum (4 days)
  • Childhood Victimization (Graduate Certificate – Algonquin)
  • Diversity & Victim Assistance (Graduate Certificate – Algonquin)

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Aboriginal Training Sessions

Aboriginal Awareness - A Historical Perspective

This training is the introductory foundation to an examination of First Nation/Aboriginal issues in Canada today.  The main purpose is to provide participants with the tools they need in order to begin to establish healthy , viable relationships with First Nation/Aboriginal communities and clients.  It has been modified and improved over 15 years of interaction with audiences totalling close to 10,000 from diverse backgrounds.  It has been described by participants as the most concise, clear and accessible training they have ever received.

Healing the Residual Effects of the Residential School System

The multigenerational trauma associated with the residential school system has been well documented.  The impacts of that system on the survivors and their families have been extreme.

Agency Wellness - A Traditional Model

By utilizing the Clan System model, your team will create their own Clan System, where everyone feels equally valued and can see their contribution to the health of the organization.

Aboriginal Perspectives and Relationship Building

An expanded version of Aboriginal Awareness –  A Historical Perspective, this workshop expands on the foundations to provide tools for building relationships with Aboriginal indivduals and communities.

The Gifts of the Seven Grandfathers

This presentation focuses on the gifts we have as a people and how to utilize them in a modern context.  Uplifting and hopeful, it’s a broad strokes blueprint for recovering from the past and embracing the future.

An Aboriginal Perspective on Health

Study after study has shown that Aboriginal people in Canada describe a much lower standard of health than the rest of the population. We study the causal, and the lingering effects of historical trauma.

Harnessing Traditional Wisdom in Governance Models

This workshop will examine the intricacies of the Clan System and it’s basis in the notion of, “a plurality of wisdoms” as a template for healthy relationships and working structures.

Our Child Welfare Workers Training Consultants


Kelly Miigwech

Kelly has been designing and delivering cultural competency training for almost 20 years.  Combining an authentic traditional component, she is best known for providing the necessary context through which service providers can process indigenous issues while honouring their work and providing a shame- and blame-free experience.


Courtney MacDonald

Courtney MacDonald completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History from Trent University in 2007.  She then completed her diploma in Child and Youth Work from Algonquin College in 2011.  Courtney started her career in Iqaluit, Nunavut working with families fleeing violence, advocating and promoting positive lifestyles for women in Nunavut, researching social issues, delivering youth programs and serving clients as a Community Social Service Worker, and now continues her work in Ottawa by providing individual support to children, youth and their families.


Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold is Principal Owner and Senior Consultant with J Mark Consultants. Mark has an Honours Economics degree from Laurier University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Mark began his career in Child Welfare as a front line worker both in Toronto and Ottawa. Mark was also a Supervisor in Ottawa.  Mark went into the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sector as a Senior Account Manager and Regional Director consulting with over 100 companies and organizations on strategic planning related to wellness and mental health.


Peter Dudding

Peter is a well recognized leader in child welfare and children’s rights who has worked across Canada and internationally for over 40 years. Currently he is working on the implementation of the social services transformation action plan in the Northwest Territories and a project to
improve child maltreatment data collection and collaboration across Northern Canada.