Alberta Council of Disability Services

Relationship Building

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Workshop New Era Technology offers leadership and soft-skills training on a variety of subjects including a 1-day course on communication skills and building relationships. Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to:
  • Identify common communication problems that may be holding them back
  • Develop skills in listening actively and empathetically
  • Identify what their non-verbal messages are telling others
  • Develop skills in asking questions
  • Enhance their ability to handle difficult situations
New Era's Non-Profit Voucher Program allows organizations in the non-profit sector over 40% off the regular cost of computer application, soft skills courses and technical training. New Era Soft Skills courses retail for $395 and are available at $237/training course/day.
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Train-the-Trainer MANDT can help you and your organization reduce, if not eliminate, workplace violence by learning how to "support people, not just their behaviors"�. To do this, organizations must first build healthy relationships.

Organizations hosting a Train-the-Trainer session in their area get one free spot in the training.
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Resources The Ethics of Touch training package looks at the delicate issue of touch. Those who provide direct care to people with developmental disabilities are often asked to be in private places performing intimate services. From bathing to toileting to dressing, we are necessarily in close proximity to those we serve. Given this situation, it is imperative that staff be aware of how to provide these services while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. How do we appropriately express affection toward those we serve? This video suggests new and healthy ways of helping people with disabilities fulfill their deepest needs.
The package includes over 2 hours of lecture on 'touch', 'privacy' and 'boundaries' by renowned trainer Dave Hingsburger and a manual, co-authored by Mary Harber of the Sexual Health Resource Network, which staff can use to participate in the training.
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Motivational Interviewing is a way of communicating with people and guiding them as they construct and strengthen their motivation for positive change.

Developed by Miller and Rollnick (1991), Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of working with people who are not ready to change.

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