Additional Education and Training Opportunities

In addition to the courses offered through Discovery College, CMHA Kelowna provides a range of education and training opportunities within our community. The workshops and programs listed below may be created and run a bit differently than those found at Discovery College. For example, the training and information provided is formed from a set of required standards and/or offered for a fee.

If you have any questions about the workshops listed below, please contact Aaryn Secker, Manager of Learning & Development with CMHA Kelowna.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Date: February 13 & 14, 2020 (both days required for certification)

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: CMHA Kelowna – 504 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) shares the same overall purposes as traditional first aid – to save lives. Created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and delivered by experienced, professional, and engaging facilitators from CMHA Kelowna, MHFA includes:

  • Explanations of mental health, mental illness and mental health problems
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations
  • Information about effective interventions and treatments
  • Ways to access professional help

Cost: $220 includes GST and materials.

Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the course date to receive a refund.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Date: March 30 & 31, 2020 (both days required for certification)

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

Learning goals and objectives

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Cost: $299.25 includes materials and GST (a rate for non-profit employees and/or students is being offered at $194.25 – proof of employment or enrollment may be required)

Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the course date to receive a refund.

– Coming Soon –

Check this page for upcoming Mental Health First Aid courses, safeTALK, and more.

Thoughtfull provides workplace advising and training guided by the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Thoughtfull is a social enterprise of CMHA Kelowna, helping to create mentally healthy workplaces in our community.

At CMHA Kelowna and Discovery College, our main priority is always our community’s well-being. Following the advice of the Canadian Government and to ensure the safety of everyone who is due to take a Discovery College course, we are choosing to postpone our in-person courses at this moment in time due to COVID-19. Discovery College has created an online series, Coping with Current Events, to help create community through learning and support throughout this time. Find out more on the Course page.