Community Helpers Program

The Community Helpers Program supports our community's "natural helpers," those good listeners to whom we turn when we experience challenges. These "natural helpers" are offered training to strengthen their support skills, opportunities to learn more about mental health concerns, and gain knowledge of Cochrane's professional helpers for times when referrals are appropriate.

For more information or to register for anything listed here, email Sharon MacDonald or call 403-851-2250.
 

Courses and training programs


Community Helpers Training


Strengthen your listening and self-care skills, while learning how to recognize the signs that someone needs help, how to open a difficult conversation, and how to link those you support with Cochrane's professional helpers. We focus on ways to support those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm behaviours. This workshop is FREE of charge, with materials, lunch and snacks provided. Register online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or by calling Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.
Dates
 Time Location
Thursday-Friday, September 28-29 9:00am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
Thursday-Friday, November 23-24 9:00am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
  

Community Helpers Tune Up

   
Review concepts previously discussed in Community Helpers Training, with emphasis on helping those with grief and trauma. This workshop is FREE of charge, with materials, lunch and snacks provided. Register online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or by calling Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.
Dates
 Time Location
Friday, November 3 9:00am-4:00pm Bragg Creek Community Centre
   


Mental Health First Aid for Adults


Learn how to help those experiencing substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders. Registration fee of $25, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Dates
 Time Location
Thursday-Friday, December 7-8 9:00am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
  


Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth


Learn how to help youth experiencing substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Registration fee of $25, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Dates
 Time Location
Thursday-Friday, October 26-27 8:30am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
      


ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Tune Up

  
Recertification ONLY for those who took ASIST October 2014-September 2015.  Registration fee of $50, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials and snacks provided.

 Time Location
Friday, September 22 9:00am-12:30pm St. Peter's Lutheran Church

Psychological First Aid

 
Learn how to help people immediately after a disaster or emergency. This course is prerequisite for Train-the-Trainer on November 17, and Skills for Psychological Recovery, November 30-December 1. Registration fee of $10, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Date
Time Location
Friday, October 13 9:30am-3:30pm Cochrane FCSS
 

Psychological First Aid Train-the-Trainer


Learn to teach PFA skills to colleagues in your non-profit or public service agency. (Prerequisite: Registrants must first attend Psychological First Aid. Please contact Sharon for options if you cannot attend PFA on October 13.)  Registration fee of $10, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Date
Time Location
Friday, November 17 9:30am-3:30pm Cochrane FCSS
 


Skills for Psychological Recovery


Help those exhibiting distress weeks and months after a disaster or emergency. (Prerequisite: Registrants must first attend Psychological First Aid. Please contact Sharon at for options if you cannot attend PFA on October 13.)  Registration fee of $20, payable online at www.cochrane.ca/eservices or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Date
Time Location
Thursday-Friday, November 30-December 1 9:00am-4:00pm Cochrane FCSS