Training and workshops

We provide staff and volunteers the necessary skills to succeed through a range of free workshops covering a vast array of topics from Harm Reduction to Self-Care to First-Aid and Suicide Prevention.

Our workshops for staff and volunteers working with individuals and families at risk or experiencing homelessness leverage the knowledge and expertise of local programs and organizations as well as external facilitators.

These workshops are ideal for those who work with singles, youth, women, families and Indigenous Peoples who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, such as:

  • front-line staff;
  • team leads;
  • program managers; and
  • senior managers.

Some of the workshops offered will be prioritized for Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) funded programs as they are considered core training requirements for Case Management Standards.

Workshops are free of charge thanks to the support of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

Fall 2017 Workshops

Date Time Facilitator(s)
First Aid & CPR/AED – CORE Training Sept. 13, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 5:00 Heather Brown, About first Aid
First Aid & CPR/AED – CORE Training Sept. 14, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 5:00 Heather Brown, About first Aid
Understanding Gangs Sept. 21, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Kerry Sauve, Calgary Young Offender Centre
Understanding and Supporting Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Sept 26, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 4:00 Anne Price, Can Learn
Motivational Interviewing Series 5 Oct 12, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 4:00 Paul Burke
Motivational Interviewing Series 6 Oct 13, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 4:00 Paul Burke
Case Management Oct 18, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Scott McLean, Scenic Consulting
Creating a Culture of Respect for Gender and Sexual Diversity –CORE Training Oct 19, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Chelsea Kelba, Calgary Sexual Health Centre
Cleaning House – Understanding Hoarding and Cluttering Oct 26, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Karen Poffenroth, The Alex – HomeBase
The Homeless Charter of Rights: A Tool to Uphold Dignity and Rights Nov 7, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Darren Mycroft & Nigel Kirk, CHF – Client Action Committee
Vicarious Trauma and Resiliency Nov 8, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Scott McLean, Scenic Consulting
Therapeutic Intervention in Crisis Nov 15, 2017 Full Day 8:30 to 4:00 Dennis Dafoe, Traden Consulting
Shifting Perspectives: An Introduction to Sex Work & a Harm Reduction Approach Nov 16, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Steve Gaspar and Gill Roussel, The Alex – HomeBase
Supportive Fail: Learning to let clients live by their own choices. Nov 21, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Steve Gaspar and Gill Roussel, The Alex – HomeBase
Trauma Informed Practice with an FASD Lens Nov 23, 2017 Half Day 8:30 to noon Angela Floratos, McMan Calgary
SCOLR) is an electronic learning platform for Housing First practitioners across the province of Alberta

The Modules are :

1.Housing First 101
2.Housing First Graduation
3.Housing First Harm Reduction
4.Housing First Landlord Relations

Whatever time is convenient for you! Anytime

The trainings are designed to provide a very basic understanding for those who may be new to housing first principles; while offering a light refresh to those within your agency who are more experienced

Electronic Learning Platform, CHF / Province of Alberta

Email us at to get a user login.

For information about registering, or if you are interested in attending any of the training, please contact:

Lindsay Lenny:
Gayle Rees:


  • please bring your own lunch;
  • refreshments and snacks will be provided; and
  • all workshops are at the Calgary Dream Center with free parking at the rear of the building (see location).