Community Education

Recent Events

Please click the link below to view the Power Point presentation from our most recent workshop: “Marijuana and the Developing Brain” by Dr. T.C.R. Wilkes.

Marijuana and the Developing Brain

Click here to see the Federal Government’s Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis, referenced in Sgt. Martin Schiavetta’s presentation.

Sharing our experience


AARC endeavours to share knowledge with others in the addiction treatment community.Our greatest tool in the battle against addiction is education, which helps to increase awareness regarding early intervention supports, prevention strategies, and family centered treatment approaches.

AARC’s Community Education and Prevention program provides educational workshops, which are free of charge, and open to health care practitioners, educators, law enforcement personnel, community agencies, and families. This initiative has allowed AARC to expand its community outreach while maintaining the high standard of clinical care for which it is known.

Fentanyl, marijuana, alcohol …

Every year we see the devastating impact of drug and alcohol addiction on young people and their families. Addiction does not play favourites. It impacts youth and families from all walks of life, income levels and demographics. We are fighting against very real issues like the growing use of fentanyl, the proposed legalization of marijuana, and alcohol and drug addiction. It is AARC’s goal to engage Calgarians in advocacy on issues related to adolescent addiction and mental health.

AARC’s Community Education and Prevention efforts include:

Onsite Workshops

  • On average, our community education team presents eight onsite workshops per year. Our presenters include visiting scholars and experts in the field of addiction and mental health and have covered topics including, but not limited to: Fentanyl Abuse, Marijuana’s Impact on the Developing Adolescent Brain, Crystal Meth & Ecstasy and Youth and Gangs.

Offsite Workshops

  • 10 – 12 offsite workshops, on average, are provided every year to schools, community agencies, post-secondary institutions and parent groups.

Outcome Studies

  • In 2014, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota were awarded a three-year research grant to conduct an independent evaluation of AARC. Recruitment is ongoing and interviews are currently being conducted by the research team.

Practicum Placements

  • AARC is currently developing partnerships with post-secondary institutions and educational programs that are looking for practicum opportunities for students in counselling and addiction study programs.

Political Advocacy

  • AARC is home to an alumni political advocacy group whose goal is to share their family’s treatment experience with the political community.

Parent Aftercare Program

  • AARC also offers a monthly education and wellness aftercare program for Alumni Parents.

Please click below to view the Power Point presentations from past workshops:

Opioids: The Latest Battle in the War on Drugs – November 17, 2016

Why Adolescents are at Risk for Substance Abuse and Addiction – September 20, 2016

Youth and Gangs Workshop – May 5, 2016

Crystal Meth & Ecstasy Abuse – March 15, 2016 – Dr. Mark Yarema

Crystal Meth & Ecstasy Abuse – March 15, 2016 – Sgt. Martin Schiavetta

Fentanyl Abuse – January 26, 2016 – Dr. Mark Yarema

Fentanyl Abuse – January 26, 2016 – Sgt. Martin Schiavetta

For more information on attending workshops, booking presentations and attending lunch and learn sessions please contact:

Darryl Power
Manager of Business Development
Phone: 403.705.0210