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Successful Initiatives

The Alberta Network for Safe and Healthy Children is proud of their involvement in the following successful initiatives:

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Training

Workshops ranging from 1-3 hours are available to service providers interested in SBS prevention. The program also teaches individuals how to cope with crying babies (What to do when you baby can't stop crying!). Participants receive an overview of the causes of SBS, risk factors and prevention strategies. Materials such as a PowerPoint, audio of a baby crying and DVDs are all available for use. Currently we are updating our resources that will be available soon.

Training on Children Exposed to Family Violence

This workshop has been developed by service providers for parents who have experienced family violence, to increase their awareness on the impact on the pregnant woman, the fetus, and on the child from infancy to adolensence. Topics include the impact on exposure to toxic stress and the role of Child and Family Services. The length of the workshop varies from 3 hours to a full day and can be tailored to meet the needs of the audience.

Positive Discipline for Everyday Parenting What it is and how to do it

This innovative and powerful approach to discipline was developed by Joan Durrant PhD. (University of Manitoba) for Save the Children Sweden in 2007. It is relevant to all parents of children birth to 18. Positive Discipline is non violent, solution focused, respectful approached that is based on child development principles. Unlike so many other parenting programs it does not used a compliance based approach using rewards or punishments.

To date facilitators have been trained in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Grand Prairie. We are grateful for funding support from RBC and ACICR.

Alberta Home Visitation Network is now responsible for training and registration. Please visit www.ahvna.org for more information.