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Training for Youth

The Crisis Centre’s Youth Programming provides the building blocks for life-long resilience and well-being through single workshops and multi-session programming. Our interactive and practical programs are suitable for youth aged 12 through 24. We work with schools, community-based programs and alternative programs for youth with social, behavioural, learning and mental health challenges. Fall programming is available online!

Request the Self-Care for Mental Health workshop here (60 to 90 minutes).

Request the Mindful Tools for Everyday Living program (4 or 8 sessions).

If you are a post-secondary institution, please request programming here. Tailored offerings are available.

Elementary Aged Youth

Self Care for Mental Health

What is it about?

For youth in grades 6 and up, this engaging, single-session online workshop (60 to 90 min) discusses the continuum of mental health and the importance of taking care of our mental health. Topics include: what is mental health, what is self-care for mental health, and the need for boundaries and limits, with special attention to social media and screen time.

Through experiential activities, videos, games and discussions, youth learn ways to take care of their mental health and each participant will create their own personalized “self-care plan” that includes resources available to support in times of crisis or need.

What difference will it make?

This workshop will provide a common understanding about mental health and allow youth to personally identify what influences and supports their own well-being. Over 80% of youth participants consistently indicate they learned something new and find the presenters to be engaging.

Who are the facilitators?

Trained and supported volunteer facilitators provide this workshop. They speak about mental health and self-care from their lived experience.

Is it available online?

Yes! Workshops tend to be most effective when youth participate on their own personal computers, either from their homes or in a computer lab. This session can be delivered virtually with youth and staff in the same classroom if needed.

Who's it for?

Youth in grades 6 to 12.

Book today!

Request workshops here. Available at no cost. Donations welcome!

Mindful Tools for Everyday Living

What is it about?

This innovative, trauma-informed program teaches youth, grades 5 and up, practical skills that support managing emotions and fostering healthy relationships.

This four or eight-session program teaches skills needed for everyday life: emotional regulation, improved attention, self-awareness, and managing stress and life challenges. Sessions utilize videos, brain science information, games and mindfulness practices. Session topics include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness & how it can support our mental health
  • Brain science that supports mindfulness and how we can manage impulsivity and enhance our ability to respond thoughtfully to challenging situations
  • Learning and practicing compassion for self and others
  • Why it’s beneficial to have greater awareness of our thoughts, thinking patterns and emotions
  • Being aware and facing our emotions helps us manage difficult emotions more effectively
  • Having greater awareness of our immediate reactions can help us manage challenging situations
  • The value of noticing the “good” stuff in our lives, especially in difficult times
  • Using our “wise mind” to help us manage stress, change and uncertainty

This program is currently available online (and in-person in Vancouver and Burnaby when the health situation once again permits). It is widely offered in a range of alternative settings including Indigenous-focused programs and programs for youth with learning, behavioural and mental health challenges.

This program is flexible to the needs of your school or agency. We can offer four sessions or eight sessions.

What difference will it make?

Both youth and school/program staff report gaining practical skills in this course:

  • 87% of students self-identified one or more ways the program helped them, including reducing stress, calming down when upset, focusing better in the classroom and falling asleep at night
  • 100% of the teacher, counsellors and program staff who attended said they personally benefited from the sessions.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Tailored sessions are delivered by staff and facilitators dedicated to lifelong learning, youth education and personal mindfulness practice. Facilitators have extensive experience in contemplative practice and outstanding interpersonal skills to connect with youth.

We are in the process of developing this program with an Indigenous facilitator and lens. If this is of interest to you, please email Gary Hutton at ghutton@crisiscentre.bc.ca.

Who's it for?

Youth in grades 5 and up! Shared by a live facilitator online, participants can attend from the same classroom with their teacher or support person (facilitator virtually), or everyone can attend from their own homes.

Book today!

Request the program here.

 

Secondary Aged Youth

Self-Care for Mental Health

What is it about?

This engaging, single-session online workshop (60 to 90 min) introduces teens to the continuum of mental health and the importance of taking care of our mental health, similar to our physical health. Topics include what is mental health, what is self-care for mental health, and the need for boundaries and limits, with special attention to social media and screen time.

Through experiential activities, videos, games and discussions, youth learn ways to take care of their mental health and each participant will create their own personalized “self-care plan” that includes resources available to support in times of crisis or need.

What difference will it make?

This workshop will provide a common understanding about mental health and allow youth to personally identify what influences and supports their own well-being. Over 80% of youth participants consistently indicate they learned something new and find the presenters to be engaging.

Who are the facilitators?

Trained and supported volunteer facilitators provide this workshop. They speak about mental health and self-care from their lived experience.

Is it available online?

Yes! Workshops tend to be most effective when youth participate on their own personal computers, either from their homes or in a computer lab. This session can be delivered virtually with youth and staff in the same classroom if needed.

Book today!

Request workshops here. Available at no cost. Donations welcome! 

Mindful Tools for Everyday Living

What is it about?

This four or eight-session program teaches skills needed for everyday life: emotional regulation, improved attention, self-awareness, and managing stress and life challenges. Sessions utilize videos, brain science information, games and mindfulness practices. Session topics include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness & how it can support our mental health
  • Brain science that supports mindfulness and how we can manage impulsivity and enhance our ability to respond thoughtfully to challenging situations
  • Learning and practicing compassion for self and others
  • Why it’s beneficial to have greater awareness of our thoughts, thinking patterns and emotions
  • Being aware and facing our emotions helps us manage difficult emotions more effectively
  • Having greater awareness of our immediate reactions can help us manage challenging situations.
  • The value of noticing the “good” stuff in our lives, especially in difficult times
  • Using our “wise mind” to help us manage stress, change and uncertainty

This program is available online (and in-person in Vancouver and Burnaby when the health situation once again permits). It is widely offered in a range of alternative settings including Indigenous-focused programs and programs for youth with learning, behavioural and mental health challenges.

This program is flexible to the needs of your school or agency. We can offer four sessions or eight sessions.

What difference will it make?

Both youth and school/program staff report gaining practical skills in this course:

  •  87% of students self-identified one or more ways the program helped them, including reducing stress, calming down when upset, focusing better in the classroom and falling asleep at night
  • 100% of the teacher, counsellors and program staff who attended said they personally benefited from the sessions

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Tailored sessions are delivered by staff and facilitators dedicated to lifelong learning, youth education and personal mindfulness practice. Facilitators have extensive experience in contemplative practice and outstanding interpersonal skills to connect with youth.

We are in the process of developing this program with an Indigenous facilitator and lens. If this is of interest to you, please email Gary Hutton at ghutton@crisiscentre.bc.ca.

Is it available online?

Yes! This session can be delivered virtually by a facilitator online with youth and staff in the same classroom, or all participants at their own homes on personal computers.

Book today!

Request the program here.

Crisis/Suicide Response Training

What is it about?

We offer youth-oriented training that provides teens with practical skills to help support their peers and build connections to resources for further support. For youth, training programs available are Skillfully Responding to Distress (half-day online), Start (60-90 min online), safeTALK (half-day in person).

What difference will it make?

Research shows that youth are more likely to confide in their peers when experiencing thoughts of suicide than they are to approach an adult. Our engaging and practical training programs help teens feel prepared for these conversations and gain skills to respond effectively and with confidence. Learn more about Skillfully Responding to Distress, Start, and safeTALK.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Our trainers are certified trainers and are passionate, skilled who have a strong ability to tailor to youth groups.

Book today!

If you are interested in booking a training for a youth group, please contact us here.

 

Young Adults/Post Secondary

Mindful Tools for Everyday Living

What is it about?

This innovative mindfulness-based, trauma-informed program teaches skills and tools that are supportive for young adults, especially those who are struggling with the demands of post-secondary:  emotional regulation, improved attention, self-awareness, and managing stress. Sessions are interactive and utilize a variety of activities, videos and mindfulness practices. Session topics include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness & how it can support our mental health
  • Brain science that supports mindfulness and how we can manage impulsivity and enhance our ability to respond thoughtfully to challenging situations
  • Learning and practicing compassion for self and others
  • Why it’s beneficial to have greater awareness of our thoughts, thinking patterns and emotions
  • Being aware and facing our emotions helps us manage difficult emotions more effectively
  • Having greater awareness of our immediate reactions can help us manage challenging situations.
  • The value of noticing the “good” stuff in our lives, especially in difficult times
  • Using our “wise mind” to help us manage stress, change and uncertainty

This program is available online in the following formats:

  • one 60 to 90-minute workshop
  • four 45-minute training sessions
  • eight 45-minute training sessions

What difference will it make?

Both youth and school/program staff report gaining practical skills in this course:

  • 87% of students self-identified one or more ways the program helped them, including reducing stress, calming down when upset, focusing better in the classroom and falling asleep at night
  • 100% of the teacher, counsellors and program staff who attended said they personally benefited from the sessions

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Tailored sessions are delivered by staff and facilitators dedicated to lifelong learning, youth education and personal mindfulness practice. Facilitators have extensive experience in contemplative practice and outstanding interpersonal skills to connect with young people.

We are in the process of developing this program with an Indigenous facilitator and lens. If this is of interest to you, please email Gary Hutton at ghutton@crisiscentre.bc.ca.

Book today!

Request workshops for post-secondary or young adults here.

Crisis / Suicide Response Training

What is it about?

We offer youth-oriented training that provides teens with practical skills to help support their peers and build connections to resources for further support. For youth, training programs available are Skillfully Responding to Distress (half-day online), Start (60-90 min online), safeTALK (half-day in person).

What difference will it make?

Research shows that youth are more likely to confide in their peers when experiencing thoughts of suicide than they are to approach an adult helper or service provider. Our engaging and practical training programs help teens feel prepared for these conversations and gain skills to respond effectively and with confidence, which includes connecting peers to services and supports in the community. Learn more about the training programs available:  Skillfully Responding to Distress, Start, and safeTALK.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Our trainers are certified trainers and are passionate, skilled and able to tailor to youth groups.

Book today!

If you are interested in booking a training for a post-secondary or young adult group, please contact us here.

 

Indigenous Mindfulness Project

Project Information

The goal of this initiative is to blend Indigenous ‘ways of knowing’ and culture with the existing mindfulness-based resiliency program, to enhance life promotion, cultural safety and overall relatability for Indigenous youth. 

Learn more here. 

If you are interested in being part of this new program, please contact us.

 

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