Peer Helper Training Programs
Powerful, skill-enhancing half-day workshops equip youth with tools to respond to emotional crisis, distress and the possibility of suicide among friends and peers.
Peer Helper trainings are typically 3 to 3.5 hours, delivered by professional facilitators and available to secondary school peer helper programs and youth-serving agencies in Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore.
New in 2019, a limited number of workshops are available at no cost.
If you have questions about bringing a training to your school or youth-serving agency, please contact Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
safeTALK is half-day training is suitable for senior students in peer helper programs (grades 10, 11 and 12) or courses to support working in helping professions. This engaging session uses multimedia to builds suicide alertness–skills to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to resources. Sessions are 3 to 3.5 hours.
“I found this training very informative and insightful, and I really learned a lot. It was eye opening and very helpful. I feel more prepared.”
– Peer Helper, Magee Secondary School
safeTALK is an internationally recognized workshop developed by Living Works Education. Certificate and participant materials provided.
Skillfully Responding to People in Distress
In this introductory and practice-orientated session, peer helpers learn and apply a helping model, active listening skills, identify community resources, and reflect on the importance of boundaries and self-care. Sessions are 3 to 3.5 hours.
This practice-based, introductory session offers peer helpers information on mindfulness and how it can be integrated into their lives, and their roles as helpers. Session includes brain science and the application of mindfulness tools, such as breath meditation, body awareness and gratitude. Sessions can be tailored, 90 minutes to 3 hours.