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Family Group (FGC)

Family Group Conferencing – 2 training options

(also known as Family Group Circles or Family Group Decision-Making) in partnership with Native Counselling Services of Alberta and Region 7 Child & Family Services Authority.

A Family Group Conference is a collaborative dispute resolution process which empowers families to make decisions regarding the care and protection of children experiencing risk, neglect or abuse. Families develop a plan for the care and safety of their children that is endorsed and supported by Children’s Services and the court – rather than being developed and imposed by those agencies. This is an effective process to re-establish family leadership to take control of their future and family well-being.

1)Foundations of Family Group Conferencing (2 days)

This workshop provides a good introduction to Family Group Conferencing and helps learners understand the philosophy, history and intention of this approach. Participants learn about key components for successful application of FGC in case management practice and addresses family enhancement, child protection concerns and kinship care considerations. This workshop is of interest to anyone who develops policies or programming for families.


  • To learn how circle process forms a foundational restorative practice for addressing issues of concern in families, schools and communities.
  • To deepen our collective understanding regarding the intention of family group conferencing for families dealing with current or potential child protection issues.
  • To understand that FGC addresses kinship care and permanency planning.
  • To increase understanding of historical impacts and intergenerational trauma for Indigenous peoples which are contributing to the overrepresentation of this population on many social indicators including kids-in-care.
  • To learn how this process can offer an invitation to family healing for any culture and decolonization therapy for Indigenous families.

2) Facilitator Skills Training (1 day)

*Must have “Overview of Family Group Conferencing” before registering for this 1-day seminar or prior permission of trainer.


  • To examine components of facilitator role development, including cross-cultural competency and empowerment based strategies.
  • To experience basic facilitation skills and techniques.
  • To gain competency in planning and facilitating Family Group Conferences.
  • To connect FGC mentors and other FGC facilitators.

The workshop, Overview of Family Group Conferencing, is a requirement to take this skills training session as it builds on the knowledge gained in the Overview workshop. Participants learn basic facilitation skills and techniques to achieve competency in planning and facilitating Family Group Conferences. This workshop is for those individuals who want to become facilitators of family group conferences or circles (FGC). A successful family group conference involves a shift from a decision-making process that is “professionals-based” to one that is “family-based”.

NOTE: for registered social workers, each workshop is approved for 12 hours Category A Continuing Competency Credits

Groups & Agencies can book this training for their community, e-mail for information

 Who is this training for?

  • Child protection workers, family enhancement workers, community agencies, community leaders, school liaison workers,  Elders and other resource people, and anyone interested in restorative practices and circle applications.

For registered social workers, each workshop day is granted 6 hours ACSW Category ‘A’ Continuing Competency credits.

REGISTER NOW! (follow the link below for more details).

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