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Basic Counselling Skills Course Wrap-Up

We’re excited to announce the completion of the first course in our new Learning Management System (LMS)—Basic Counselling Skills in a Cross-Cultural Context!

Basic Counselling Skills is offered as a part of AAISA’s online Pre-Service Certification program, for Settlement practitioners in their first year of practice or those eager to start their career in the settlement sector.

The course was designed to help Settlement Practitioners define their counselling role with the multicultural clients they serve, and to help recognize and develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to be effective in that role. Learners identified three major learnings from the course, including: self-awareness and self-care, the four main qualities of counselling; empathy, warmth, authenticity, and respect, and the use of various communication styles and skills applied throughout the counselling relationship.

The course content was presented through videos, Adobe Connect sessions, and discussion board conversations on the LMS.

Interested in taking the next offering of our Basic Counselling Skills course? Watch the video below to learn more! (Note: You will need to sign in with Office 365 Credentials)

Stay tuned for new course offerings Spring/Summer 2017!

New Study on Occupational Safety and Work Conditions for Immigrant Workers

Recent immigrants (those in Canada for less than 10 years) are over-represented in jobs and workplaces that are hazardous or harmful to their safety and well-being. Compared to Canadian-born workers, this group of workers is highly vulnerable to occupational injuries and illnesses.

There is little research in the Alberta context on occupational safety and job conditions for recent immigrant employees, and few studies have examined immigrant employees’ experiences when returning to work post injury. There is also a lack of literature on the perspectives of service providers and employers on strategies for supporting immigrant employees’ occupational safety and workplace reintegration post injury.

AAISA is excited to be a partner in a study with researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta on occupational safety and work conditions for immigrant workers. The project will examine occupational safety, prevention, and post-injury workplace integration issues from the perspective of recent immigrant employees in Alberta, service providers, and employers.

To participate in this study, you must be:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • A recent immigrant employee (less than 10 years in Canada) OR a Canadian-born employee
  • Working in an environment that is not safe for your health OR have sustained a work-related injury or illness

Participants will be provided with a $50 honorarium upon successful participation.

Learn more about the study here.