Mental Health and Wellness Training

Learner Success Services at Bow Valley College is offering free training to Bow Valley College staff, faculty and students who work with and/ or care for people. These training programs will assist you with recognizing and acting to support mental health and wellness in others.

Due to the certification of each workshop, minimum enrollment is required. As such, workshops can be canceled due to low enrollment, at any time.

Upcoming training includes:


The Inquiring Mind

In line with Bow Valley College's HIVE strategy (Healthy Institutions Valuing Engagement) we are pleased to offer The Inquiring Mind training as a workshop that increases mental health literacy.

This 3.5 hour workshop is an education based prevention program that addresses mental health and well-being in post-secondary students.

The program covers three main components:
* stigma reduction
* resiliency skills
* the mental health continuum model

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.


Mental Health First Aid

This 14 hour workshop will teach you basic information on various mental illnesses, how to promote the recovery of good mental health, and the resources available to help support someone with a mental health concern.

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.

May 28 and 29, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here

June 24 and 25. 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here

October 22 and 23, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here

December 2 and 3, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here


The founders of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) present, SafeTALK;  a half-day (3.5 hour) suicide alertness certification that prepares anyone 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

This 14 hour workshop is an intensive, practice-dominated certification designed to help caregivers recognize and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.

  Nov 12 and 13, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register here


Community Connections

Do you find friends asking for your help, but you’re worried you’ll give them the wrong advice? Learn the basics of peer support with Community Helpers Training.

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.


Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services 

First Responders to Sexual Assault and Abuse

This training is beneficial to both students and employees at Bow Valley College to learn how to identify and respond to people impacted by sexual violence. Bow Valley College community members will increase their skills and confidence to address sexual abuse and sexual assault, both on and off campus.

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.



Creating a Culture of Consent: Community Bystander Interventions


Workshop hosted by: Centre for Sexuality

In this workshop, participants will increase their knowledge and identify how media and society perpetuate harmful messages about consent, relationships, and sexual violence. We will explore and discuss the bystander effect and some common barriers to intervention. Participants will also learn practical tools that will prepare them to recognize when and how they can be active bystanders.

Bystander Intervention training is open to students and staff.

LGBT 101 /Trans and Non-Binary 101 workshop

Discussing the continuum of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity -Exploring what transgender means -Etiquette when working and interacting with trans* people -How to be grammatically correct regarding gendered language -Exploring the range of gender identities -What does it mean to “transition”? -Question and answer period If you have any questions please contact, lfiebig@bowvalleycollege.ca

Please Note: Training is only available to Bow Valley College students, staff and faculty.


Kairos Blanket Exercise

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding

The Kairos Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register here

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