FASD Learning Series 2014-2015

FASD learning series

Upcoming session for February 2015 features Arlene Eaton-Erikson (Community Engagement Advocate) and Erin Jamieson (Engagement and Education Consultant) from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.

Presentation Title

“The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate – Enhancing Advocacy Skills and Client Participation”


The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) is an independent office of the legislature. Under their mandate the OCYA provides educational opportunities for vulnerable young people and the adults that support them. Everyone has the right to be heard and involved in decisions that affect their lives. Advocacy efforts can overcome barriers in our work with young people that can make this difficult. Join this session and find out more about the role and mandate of the OCYA and our work with vulnerable youth. This workshop will help you to build on the knowledge and skill set associated with being an effective advocate and how to apply this to your work with children and youth. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss case scenarios relevant to their role/position.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how the OCYA represents the rights, interest and viewpoints of vulnerable young people and how to access services for clients.
  • Build on the skills and attributes needed to be effective advocate.
  • Review our advocacy model, process, and planning
  • Discuss relevant case examples/scenarios


Arlene Eaton-Erickson has been a social worker for 17 years and is currently the Community Engagement Advocate working in engagement and education with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.  She was employed with Children and Youth Services in Edmonton and Area as a front-line worker and supervisor from 1996-2004. She is co-author of a published book chapter on strategies for working with high-risk youth, and of the monograph “Standing Up for Kids.”  Arlene is also a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary (Faculty of Social Work) and Grant MacEwan University.

Erin Jamieson is an Engagement and Education Consultant at the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Erin has 15 years of experience working in the child intervention system and a strong passion for representing their rights, interest and viewpoints.

Attendance Process

There is no fee to attend. Sign-in and completion of the evaluation are necessary for the receipt of a Certificate of Attendance.  Attendance is available:

  • in-person
  • via webcast
  • via videoconference

When you register for the series, please indicate how you will be attending.  The link to register can be found at the beginning of this email.  Once registered, you will be emailed instructions for viewing the presentations based on the method you have chosen.

(Please note that videoconferencing is only available to viewers in the North West Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon.)

In-Person Location

All sessions are broadcast live from the boardroom on the 12th floor of the Milner Building at 10040 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB.

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Bloudoff, MLIS


Phone:   780-400-4592

Fax:         780-415-6050


Josiah Toppin



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