Relationship Based Practice - Level 1 Training

Relationship-Based Practice Training (RBPT) is a foundational four-day Learning Immersion™ that places equal importance on the unique and complex nature of both professionals and clients as they enter relationship-based service delivery. The central characteristic of relationship-based practice is the emphasis it places on the practitioner-client relationship as the core medium through which service delivery happens. It also acknowledges that the professional, as the tool of their trade, needs to focus on personal development to increase the effectiveness of their practice. This training is geared for any professional working in a support role with complex individuals, children or families (ex: social workers, health practitioners, family support workers, home visitors, early childhood educators etc.)

Relationship-Based Practice Training is scaffolded to take the practitioner on a discovery journey to learn more about themselves, develop skills to build healthy relationships and how to do personal work within a professional framework.

Learning Objectives

By the end of Relationship-Based Practice Training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify personal strengths and biases using the principles of neurolinguistic programming and self-exploration
  • Engage in relationship building skills including effective communication, empathy building, healthy boundaries and engaging with complex individuals
  • Practice professional skills such as goal setting, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed approaches, engaging in challenging conversations, reflective practice and parallel processes
  • Connect current understandings of neurobiology, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, theory of change and mental health with relationship-based practice
  • Recognize signs of child abuse and neglect and discuss the duty to report
  • Describe of impact of vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience on well-being
  • Apply self-sustainability practices and mitigate experiences of vicarious trauma

About Learning Immersions™

ECDSS recognizes that professionals who work with human beings are the tool of their trade and as such need professional learning experiences that go beyond the simple transfer of information. To achieve this, our trainings engage professionals in experiences that allow them to integrate the latest knowledge into their unique professional style and work environment – an experience we have dubbed a Learning Immersion™.

Each learning immersion has four interwoven elements:

  1. The latest research and evidence-informed practices related to the topic
  2. Experiential activities to engage with information and materials
  3. Opportunity for self-reflection and perspective sharing
  4. Strategy sharing and implementation exploration

Our immersions are evidence-informed, interactive and experiential. We create an atmosphere of safety and collaboration so that we can learn from each other’s experience and expertise and feel more confident in our work.


Early Childhood Development Support Services
#101, 13025 St Albert Trail
Edmonton AB  T5L 4H5

Date & Time:

November 18-21, 2019 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, go here.

**AECEA Professional and Student Members are eligible for a 15% discount on ECDSS public workshops, please contact the AECEA office if you have not received the discount code**