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 or by calling Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.

Dates
 TimeLocation
Thursday-Friday, September 28-299:00am-4:30pmCochrane FCSS
Thursday-Friday, November 23-249:00am-4:30pmCochrane 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 or by calling Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.

Dates
 TimeLocation
Friday, November 39:00am-4:00pmBragg 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Dates
 TimeLocation
Thursday-Friday, December 7-89:00am-4:30pmCochrane 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Dates
 TimeLocation
Thursday-Friday, October 26-278:30am-4:30pmCochrane 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials and snacks provided. 


 TimeLocation
Friday, September 229:00am-12:30pmSt. 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Date
TimeLocation
Friday, October 139:30am-3:30pmCochrane 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Date
TimeLocation
Friday, November 179:30am-3:30pmCochrane 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 or at Cochrane FCSS. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Date
TimeLocation
Thursday-Friday, November 30-December 19:00am-4:00pmCochrane FCSS