Alberta Council of Disability Services

Building Capacity through Training and Development

ACDS' training and development programs are designed to increase the knowledge and skills of community disability service staff to support them in their roles as service providers. Programs also support leadership, management, and trainers in the field. 

Our Principles

Training and Development programs are designed with four principles in mind

1. Belief in the dignity of all people
2. Responsible caring
3. Integrity in relationships
4. A strong sense of social responsibility

Courses and programs are developed with a focus on practicality, flexibility, affordability, portability though standardization of content. 


ACDS is currently offering training through two delivery methods

Virtual training: Virtual training sessions are hosted via Zoom communications over two to three days. All previous in-person training is currently being held virtually.

Click here to see all upcoming virtual training sessions

Online training: Ongoing courses that can be started and completed online at a learners’ own pace.

Click here for a list of all online training programs


What We Offer

Foundations in Community Disability Services: The minimum level of training required for anyone working in the sector

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Training: A CET requirement and training designed for staff supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs

From Community Presence to Community Inclusion: Online training that focuses on actively securing the community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (No Holds) Training: Training for staff who do not require knowledge of restrictive interventions in their de-escalation techniques. The training meets CET standards. 

Trauma-Informed Abuse Investigation Program: A year-long certification course made for workers in the Community Disability Services sector, as it combines foundational theories and practices of investigative interviewing with reference to individuals with disability.


Partnership Offerings

Mindful Hearts: Dementia Care Training Program: Throughout the course, participants will learn about dementia and more specifically Alzheimer’s dementia including the symptoms and stages and how to provide effective, proactive support