Workshops and training

Our training team includes registered social workers who practice community social work and public health advocates. We offer a range of mental health and wellness workshops to support students. Our training sessions help build community, decrease loneliness, and build capacity to help ourselves and each other.

Community Helpers

The Community Helpers Program aims to build a strong and supportive campus community by equipping participants with the tools to help others who are experiencing a mental health problem or concern. The intent of the program is to support “natural helpers” and build a bridge between the informal and formal support systems for young adults in the community and to provide awareness of existing supports and services. In addition to enhancing their skills, participants also increase their knowledge about a variety of issues those they are helping may face and learn about valuable resources both on and off campus.

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  1. April 30 and May 1, 2024 from 9 am - 3 pm (In person)
  2. June 6 ,13 and 20, 2024 from 1 pm - 4:30 pm (Virtual)
How to Have a Supportive Conversation

This 3-hour workshop takes participants through the six SUPPORT steps of the Community Helpers Program, learning how to approach a student having a tough time, engage in supportive listening, and make appropriate resource referrals. Participants receive a certificate upon completion.

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  1. Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 1 pm - 4 pm (Virtual)
  2. Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1 pm - 4 pm (Virtual)
Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a 2 hour certified suicide prevention training program. As gatekeeper training, UofA staff, faculty, and students gain skills to recognize and support people who may be having thoughts of suicide.

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  1. Tuesday, May 22, 2024 from 10 am - 12 pm (Virtual)
  2. Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 10 am - 12 pm (Virtual)
Alcohol and Substance Use Awareness

An exploration of how alcohol and substances are present in many different environments and how the way it is talked about impacts people’s decisions to use alcohol and substances. Discussion of how social norms impact alcohol use, dialogue among participants on their perspectives on alcohol use and its prevalence in campus culture, and ending off with examples of peer protective strategies and the importance of harm reduction when creating policies around alcohol for university students and beyond. 

This session is by request only.

Supporting those in Distress

While we do our best to be proactive, crises can occur to anyone. Building upon the Community Helper SUPPORT conversation model, learn how to notice signs of distress, utilize active listening skills, de-escalation tools and resource navigation to support those who may need assistance in the moment.

Presentation upon request.

Supporting People with a Trauma-Informed Approach

Trauma Informed Principles (TIP) can be a useful guide for how we support others. Building on the Community Helper SUPPORT conversation model, learn how TIP can help create meaningful connection with respect to supporting others. 

Please note that either of the following trainings are a prerequisite for this training. 

  • How to Have Supportive Conversation
  • Community Helpers Program
  • Supporting those in Distress

Consideration can be given for similar training and/or personal experience related to developing your listening skill set. Connect with our team to discuss this if needed. 

Presentation upon request.

Request a workshop

Students, staff, and faculty at the UofA can request any of our workshops for a group of 10 or more. Submit your request for a workshop through our form and a team member will respond within two business days. 

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