Training Opportunities


New Quality Framework Training Events – open to all!

Check out this fabulous lineup of new training events available to all organizations at no cost. From January – June 2023 we will be opening up many of the training opportunities that have been previously only available to organizations participating in the Quality Framework pilot project. In partnership with CLdS, we are now able to share these with a wider audience free of charge.  

We have monthly Community of Practice sessions on topics such as Rights, Social roles and Financial Wellbeing as well as monthly opportunities to learn more about Personal Outcome Measures (One Day or Five Day workshops). 

Take a look at the list linked here (Quality Framework Training Events) or head over to our event calendar on the Abilities website to find out more! Hurry and register! We anticipate that these opportunities will fill up fast!

Agency Guide to the Vulnerable Persons Act

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Abilities Manitoba, with support from The Province of Manitoba, brings you this training on The Agency Guide To The Vulnerable Persons Living With A Mental Disability Act (VPA). Employees of service providers funded through Community Living Disability Services are eligible to attend the training for free. Each of the sessions below will be delivered online, running 3.5 hours each. Questions and requests for accommodation can be sent to Abilities Manitoba at or 431-688-6108. 

To register for an upcoming session, and for more details, please click the links below:        

Thursday, April 13, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, April 18, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm
Portage La Prairie
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm   
Monday, May 8, 2023
9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday, June 1 , 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
9:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday, June 15, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm

Download a copy of this VPA training schedule to share with others.

Orientation to the Protection of Vulnerable Persons From Abuse And Neglect

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Download: An Administrator’s Guide to Managing Employee E-Learning

ELEVATE: Board Training

We are proud to partner with SARC in offering the ELEVATE program to our member agencies. This training is geared to Board Members. ELEVATE is a comprehensive online program that can be taken individually or as a group. This is an excellent opportunity to supplement your knowledge of governance best practices and the various roles and responsibilities of Board Directors.

Members of Abilities Manitoba can purchase a one year ELEVATE subscription for $787.50 plus GST (a savings of almost $100) by using Promo code ABMAN2018 at the time of registration to receive your special rate.

If your organization chooses to renew its annual subscription, a 20% discount for return customers will be applied – meaning you can renew your ELEVATE license for $630.00.

Learn more about building exceptional Board expertise and register, by visiting

Select other CBO as the type. Make sure to use the promo code ABMAN2018 to receive the discount. This promo code is valid for the 2022/2023 year!

Once registered, the log-in portal is

SARC Learning Central – Administering the ELEVATE Program Guide (PDF 1.01MB)


Core Values Online Training Series - Coming Fall 2023!

Abilities Manitoba is pleased to bring you this interactive, engaging and fluid Core Values training series facilitated by True Listening’s Glenn Schroeder. Take one, some or all five sessions! These sessions are suitable for employees at all levels of the organization. 

Cost is $50 per session for Abilities MB members and $65 for non-members.

Contact Abilities Manitoba if you have questions or require accommodations to attend.

Course Details Below. 

Meet the Facilitator!

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Glenn Schroeder B.Th, B.A. 
Being a counsellor and serving the community for over 20 years, Glenn promotes mindfulness-based interventions rooted in compassion and kindness. He is well versed in many service modalities and counselling styles and is deeply knowledgeable in the person-centred approach. Glenn is the founder of True Listening, an organization serving the community at large by training the natural healers that are in service positions to use and develop their gifts while helping those we serve to grow, heal and truly know their worth. Glenn loves connecting with everyone he meets and is committed to supporting positive growth and change, both personally and professionally. His goal is to blend softness and strength towards that end.  

Course 1: Foundation

This session lays the groundwork for understanding what true person-centeredness is. Learners will develop foundational thinking up which subsequent sessions are based. Discussion topics in this training include:

  • What is true person-centeredness?
  • Manitoba’s journey to person-centered approaches – A brief history
  • What does it mean to be human? Humanistic psychology explored.
  • Person-Centered Approach in practice

Course 2: Unconditional Positive Regard

This session teaches us how to recognize the inherent and infinite worth of each person. Learners will engage in exercises and discussions about how all behaviour is simply a person’s best effort to move towards the good things that really matter to them. Discussion topics in this training include:

  • What is unconditional positive regard? What are its benefits to how we do our work?
  • “Bad” behaviour vs “good” behaviours and other labels we use.
  • Values, judgment and reward & punishment 


Course 3: Empathy

This session teaches us how to listen and understand before we act. Until we understand what it really feels like to be the other, we are helping in a room without light, not able to see what we are doing. Discussion topics in this training include:

  • The relationship between empathy and connection
  • Empathetic listening -definition and techniques
  • A shift – Acting from your ideas vs acting from caring

Course 4: Congruence

This session teaches us how to speak with truth, humility and vulnerability. Being your best self; true to you, true to the other, and true to the connection you share. Discussion topics in this training include:

  • What is congruence? What is co-regulation?
  • The importance of expressing feelings and listening to the body
  • The relationship between boundaries and congruence – Shifting our values

Course 5: Mindfulness & The Co-Regulating Relationship

This session teaches us the importance of mindfulness and shows how it promotes change. Learn about “co-regulating” and learn how being mindful helps you co-regulate with the person you are supporting. Discussion topics in this training include:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • How can I apply mindfulness at work?
  • How does practising mindfulness actually keep us safe?

Cost is $50 per session for Abilities MB members and $65 for non-members.

Contact Abilities Manitoba if you have questions or require accommodations to attend.