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).

Spring 2021 Online Workshops

Click here to download the full schedule

**The safety and well-being of staff, our community, and those we serve is at the forefront of our decision making. In accordance with the recommendation of public health authorities, we have determined that effective immediately, and wherever possible, all CHF training sessions and workshops will be held in a virtual or online capacity.**

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


  • Please download and test Zoom prior to the start of your workshop(s).
  • When possible, use headphones and ensure your camera is on so that we can all see each other.

** Trainings which are considered core for accreditation purposes

TopicSession NameDateTimeName of Agency
Mental Health and Addictions**Suicide Assessment and Intervention – Sessions 1 & 2Tues, Apr 20 & Wed, Apr 21, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmScott Mclean
Opioid Overdose: Prevention, Recognition, and ResponseTues, Apr 27 & Wed, Apr 28, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmWestside Harm Reduction
Indigenous Cultural Awareness**Understanding Treaties and Treaty relationships in Alberta – Workshop Part 1Tues, Apr 6 & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmSara Solvey
**Understanding Treaties and Treaty relationships in Alberta – Workshop Part 2Tues, May 4 & Wed, May 5, 20211:00 pm - 4:00 pmSara Solvey
Diversity and Inclusion**Diversity & Inclusion: Cultural Competency in Working with Newcomers – Sessions 1 & 2Tues, May 18 & Wed, May 19, 20211:00 pm - 4:00 pmCentre for Newcomers
**Reducing Stigma in the Homeless Sector through Trauma-and Violence-Informed CareTues, Apr 13 & Wed, Apr 14, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmCentre for Sexuality
Organizational Capacity Resisting Vicarious Trauma & Burnout with Collective Care, Justice-Doing & Connection: The Zone of FabulousnessThurs, May 27 & Fri, May 28, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmVikki Reynolds
Person-centered Approaches**Nonviolent Crisis Prevention and Trauma AwarenessWed, Apr 7, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmTRADEN
Motivational InterviewingWed. May 5 & Thurs, May 6, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmScott Mclean
Creative Case ManagementTues, June 22 & Wed, June 23, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmKURO Consulting
First Aid and Physical Health**HIV, hepatitis C & Disease Prevention for Service Providers: Sex, Drugs & Human Rights! – Sessions 1 & 2
Tues, June 29 & Wed, June 30, 20219:00 am - 12:00 pmHIV Community Link
Please note to align with COVID-19 in-person gathering restrictions First Aid Training may be cancelled on short notice.
**Emergency First Aid/CPR & AED - Level CThurs, May 13, 20218:30 am – 5:00 pmAbout First Aid
**Emergency First Aid/CPR & AED - Level CThurs, June 17, 20218:30 am – 5:00 pmAbout First Aid

Free Community Training Resources

TopicTrainings Offered by Training OfferedWeb Link
Mental Health and AddictionsAlberta Addiction ServicesAlberta Addiction Service Providers
Alberta Family WellnessBrain Story
CMHA - Recovery CollegeMental Health Supports
Mental Health Commission of CanadaThe Working Mind
Mental Health First Aid CanadaMental Health First Aid
Psychosocial Disaster Network: A Virtual Hub for Psychosocial Disaster Preparedness and RecoveryOnline training and workshopsIf you would like to organize a private workshop for your group/community, please email:
Indigenous Cultural AwarenessIndigenous CanadaIndigenous Awareness
Organizational CapacityCAEH – “Built for Zero Canada”Case Conferencing Tool Bank
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)Free Resources: Webinars, Stress Reduction Exercises, and Printable Handouts
Person-centered ApproachesMoney ManagementMomentum
First Aid and Physical HealthHIV Community LinkOnline training and workshopsIf you would like to organize a private workshop for your staff/agency please go to: to find a list of all of available trainings.


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!

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. 
Email us at to get a user login.