Are You An Educator Interested In Getting Training At Your School?

Youth already turn to each other for support. Why not equip them with the skills to do be an effective and efficient helper?

Community Helpers training does just that, assisting Community Helpers to be supportive with self-care in mind so that they do not burn out. They do not become counsellors or therapists, but they become skilled at helping themselves and other youth better cope with and solve their own problems.

What you need to know:
      • In Grande Prairie and area, training is 9 core modules. Other additional modules can be added upon request if training time is set aside. Once a week, once a month, or a variety of combinations.
      • Training fits well during health classes and is typically delivered to students in Grade 9.
      • Certificates are awarded to participants upon completion of the 9 core modules. This is a great addition to a resume.
      • Community Helpers Program can be taught virtually during this Covid-19 pandemic if face to face training is not an option.
      • If you would like to be taught virtually, you will need to have a web camera & microphone set up in the class with a preference for a large smartboard. This allows me to monitor the whole class at one time, rather than 25+ individual screens. If we are required to move back to at home virtual training, we can discuss extra supervision with a mediator as needed.
      • There MUST always be a teacher or supervisor in the room at all times during training. This is to ensure all students are safely involved with the content being covered.
      • Each participant will receive their own individual workbook prior to the beginning of training.
      • Each participant is asked to fill out an anonymous pre & post survey to help Alberta Health Services track the content of the training and make sure it is relevant to all the groups who have completed training. Pre surveys are to be completed on the first day before training starts, and post surveys after training ends on the last day.
Modules & Lessons

There are 18 modules in the Community Helpers program, each with a variety of lessons and handouts. You must complete the first 9 core modules to obtain a certificate. In Grande Prairie and area, training is mainly modules 1 to 9, following along with the workbook.

Here is the breakdown of modules and the topics that are covered.

Module Lesson Topic
1. Orientation
  • Connecting - Welcome
  • Why Me? (What Makes a Community Helper a Community Helper?)
2. Ethics, Assumptions and Supports
  • Doing the Right Thing: Helping Ethics
  • Assumptions We Make About Others
  • Supporting Each Other
3. Setting the Stage for Helping
  • Earache/Psychache: Mental Health Common Language
  • Tuning in the Need for Help
  • The Foundations of Helping: Listening and Attending
4. Helping as a Process
  • Care, Ask, Support, and Talk (CAST) (Part 1)
  • Care, Ask, Support, and Talk (CAST) (Part 2)
  • Self-Care Strategies
5. You Can Help Yourself Too
  • CAST for Yourself
6. Boundaries and What to Do About Them
  • Creating Boundaries
  • Managing Boundaries
7. How to Respond in a Crisis
  • Crisis Response
  • Crisis Referrals
8. Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health Fundamentals
  • Responding to a Mental Health/Illness Crisis
9. Understanding Suicide
  • Suicide Facts and Myths
  • Suicide: The Community Helper's Role
10. Stress and Coping
  • Understanding Stress and Coping
  • Helping Others with Stress and Coping
11. Self-Esteem, Self-Image, and Social Media
  • How the Self Sees Itself
  • Social Media and Other Influences on the Self
12. Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health
  • Healthy Friendships
  • Healthy Romantic Relationships
13. Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (How to Become an Ally)
  • Core Understanding
  • How to be an Ally
14. Use, Misue and Addictions: Substances and Processes
  • Addictions and Drug Fundamentals
  • Process Addictions, Stigma and Addictions Help
15. Grief and Loss
  • Understanding Grief
  • Helping Those who Grieve
16. Learning and Education Concerns
  • Learning Issues and Mental Health
  • Helping Others with Educations and Learning Outcomes
17. Abuse and Conflict
  • Helping with Abuse
  • Conflict Resulution
18. Career and Work Concerns
  • Understanding Career Development
  • Helping Others with Career Development and Work Concerns

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