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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. 

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

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.

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.

Inquire about the program.

 

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.

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.

Inquire about the program.

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

Tools for Managing Stress and Burnout: Online Course

What’s it about?

In this 6-week online course, participants learn evidence-based mindfulness tools for managing stress, preventing burnout, and supporting well-being. Each 60-minute webinar explores a theme related to emotional well-being, including building a foundation of what mindfulness is, exploring related science, and introducing practices to observe thoughts and emotions, manage reactivity, the negativity bias, and harness the science of happiness. 

Participants can learn at their own pace through live webinars or by doing recorded video classes weekly at any time. Simple, guided practices are provided each week and participants are encouraged to investigate and integrate them into daily life during and following the course.   

What difference will it make?

100% of participants who participated in the online course indicated the course was helpful and said they plan to continue using the tools they learned in this series to help with personal and workplace stress. 100% said they would recommend it to others.

Mindfulness is linked to benefits such as improved focus, decision-making, conflict resolution, creativity, and physical and mental health. Using mindfulness practices is linked to long term improvements with anxiety, stress-related disorders, and depression.  Participants of our mindfulness programs report gaining valuable and accessible tools, useful in both workplace and personal life.  

“Since taking this course I have been starting and ending each work day with a practice we learned, and this has lowered my stress considerably.”  Alcohol and Drug Counsellor

Who is it for?

This course is well suited for young adults with little or no experience with mindfulness, as well as those wishing to deepen an existing practice. It is ideal for individuals who are interested in learning new life skills to support mental health and well-being through a flexible, accessible online learning format.

Group rates are available for post-secondary schools and organizations wishing to provide a flexible online course to their students or staff teams.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Crisis Centre facilitators are skilled at facilitating and have a personal experience with mindfulness. With varied backgrounds in counselling, psychology and adult education, all attend courses on leading mindfulness, including Mindful Schools Educator Essentials and training in trauma-sensitive mindfulness.  

Upcoming dates

  • 6 Wednesdays, Aug 11 to Sept 15 - 12PM to 12:50PM (PT) - Register Here

You can attend live webinars, do weekly classes by video recording anytime during the series, or a combination of both.

Book today!

Tailored online programs are available to support schools, organizations and teams: Book the Tools for Managing Stress and Burnout program.

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.

 

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