Workshops

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Caregiver Connectoins - Drop In Support Group

Parents and caregivers often have a difficult time coping with a mentally ill child or young adult and often wonder how best to parent and provide support. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is pleased to offer a quality peer-to-peer support program n your community. The program offers compassionate support for a peer, who has "been there" as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shared which will assist you in your caregiving while maintaining your own mental health. CMHA's drop in peer-to-peer family support groups are for parents and caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern. Call 403-504-1811 for dates and times.


Hope and Healing

Losing a loved one to suicide can often leave us feeling confused, angry and alone. This 9-week support group will provide you with an opportunity to explore and share your feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide. Call 403-504-1811 for dates and times.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) $195 per person

ASIST is a workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers around the world have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop. Scheduled workshops can be found in the Medicine Hat College’s Continuing Education calendar. ASIST helps prepare caregivers. ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented with the help of prepared caregivers.

Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.

Please see calendar for upcoming dates.

To get more information call (403) 504-1811 ext 106 or email pbromley@cmha-aser.ca.

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ASIST Tune Up $110 per person

A half-day training refresher available to individuals who have taken the full ASIST training within the previous three years. This course is offered at the CMHA office. Please check our calendar to find upcoming dates.

To get more information call (403) 504-1811 ext 106 or email pbromley@cmha-aser.ca

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Mental Health First Aid $150 per person

A two-day workshop designed to teach the skills required to help a person experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to:

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide the early help that is so important in recovery.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:

Please see our calendar for upcoming dates. To register, contact the CMHA Office at (403) 504-1811 ext 106

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Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact With Youth $150 per person

A two-day workshop that specifically focuses on what adults can do when encountering youth who are developing a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis. The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors or mental health professionals. The philosophy behind MHFA Canada is that mental health crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If crises do arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.

MHFA Canada: For Adults Who Interact with Youth focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12 to 24. Mental health problems often first develop during adolescence or early adulthood, with half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14, and 75 per cent beginning by age 24. Most mental disorders develop gradually. The early signs and symptoms of developing mental health problems will be different from the more established clinical profiles, which are reflected later in life. The social, educational and family environments in which mental disorders occur in young people are also different from those later in life. Therefore, the information in this course is designed to be sensitive to the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people. It is meant to assist education professionals, health providers, parents and other adults in the identification of mental health problems and appropriate first aid intervention strategies.

The following mental health problems are covered:

The following mental health crisis situations are covered:

Check out this link for more information on Mental Health First Aid For Youth

Please see our calendar for upcoming dates. To register, contact the CMHA Office at (403) 504-1811 ext 106.

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Budgeting for Beginners

Budgeting for Beginners is a half-day workshop that runs once per month. Participants will learn basic budgeting skills that they can apply to their personal financial situations. This workshop is free of charge. For dates and locations please check our calendar. Register by contacting (403) 504-1811 ext. 101

To get more information call (403) 504-1811 ext 101 or email aser@cmha.ab.ca

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