Community Support Training

Pace is dedicated to working towards improving services offered within our community. Once in the Spring, and again in the Fall, Pace. is proud to offer training for professionals, students, first responders, frontline workers, and community members in our Region.

Workshops are facilitated by professional, skilled, and enthusiastic instructors with decades of training and experience, making this series invaluable.

For more information on current workshops, including description, facilitator, dates, and cost, please follow the links below:

Pace is proud to offer training designed specifically for community members, professionals, students, first responders, and frontline workers in our Region. Sessions are facilitated by professional, skilled, and enthusiastic instructors with decades of training and experience, making this training invaluable.

Community Support Training is held in the Pace building both in the Fall (September-December) and Winter (January-April) every year. It is also available outside of the building and outside of these times by request.

For information on prices and dates, look at the registration form.

Community Support Training - Registration Form: Fall 2017
Community Support Training - Workshop Descriptions: Fall 2017

Course Descriptions


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

This course gives the participant the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to recognize and assist suicidal behaviors. (14hrs)
Facilitated by: Connie Miller, MSW, RSW, Charlene Eckstrom, MA, RSW or Carla Eckstrom, MA, RSW

Children & Trauma

Provides information on how to support children who are victims of trauma/abuse and how to re-establish trust, and provide strategies to support these children. (3hrs)
Facilitated by: Charlene Eckstrom, MA, RSW and Carla Eckstrom, MA, RSW

Crisis Intervention & Communication Skills

Explores Crisis Intervention theories, in both lecture and experiential format to enhance and practice skills. (10.5hrs)
Facilitated by: Jacquie Aitken, BA, BSW, RSW, Executive Director of Pace

Cross Cultural Awareness

Uses an anthropological approach to discuss beliefs and values, and address common themes when working in a cross cultural environment, with a primary focus on Aboriginal culture. (7hrs)
Facilitated by: Ruth Proulx, BSW, MSc, RSW, Provisional Psychologist

Eating Disorders

Explores eating disorders and the factors involved in its development along with treatment assumptions, frameworks and models, and the recovery process. (6.5 hrs)
Facilitated by: Susan Marshall, MSW, RSW

Family Violence Prevention: Supporting Children and Families

In 4 - 3 hour sessions participants begin by exploring violent behaviors on a macro level, and drill down to understanding the use of violence in intimate relationships. The next module looks at the impact on children exposed to Domestic Violence, and how protection and resilience for children can be supported. The final module covers best practice in supporting victims and engaging perpetrators to improve safety. (12hrs)
Facilitated by: Heather King, Family Violence Prevention Coordinator, Human Services

First Responders to Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse

A Provincial program aimed to educate individuals about sexual abuse, assault, and harassment and train them to be first responders to someone who discloses abuse. The program provides opportunity for practical application of skills (role plays) and allows participants to re-think prevention. (14hrs)
Facilitated by: Connie Miller, MSW, BSW and Jamie Crozier, MSW, RSW

Leading Change: Gender Based Violence & The Active Bystander Approach

Through examining Gender Based Violence, this workshop explores and addresses unhealthy beliefs and attitudes surrounding gender stereotypes that lead to violence. The Active Bystander Approach then gives participants tools to end violence against women and influence the culture that surrounds them. The material for this workshop is drawn from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters program “Leading Change: Inspired Communities". (7 hrs)
Facilitated by: Ruth Proulx, BSW, MSc, RSW, Provisional Psychologist

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Grief & Loss

Provides information related to the grieving process, the grief journey and the caregivers' role in supporting the process. (3.5hrs)
Facilitated by: Carla Eckstrom MA, RSW & Charlene Eckstrom, MA, RSW

Healthy Youth Relationships (In Partnership with Canadian Red Cross)

This interactive workshop will increase participants' understanding of emotional, physical and sexual assault as they arise in youth relationships. They will learn about how to foster healthy communication (with a focus on the impacts of technology) and learn practical strategies to help a young person who is experiencing violence in a relationship. (7hrs)
Facilitated by: Denay Wohlgemuth, Public Educator at Pace

Mental Health First Aid

A National course designed to assist participants in identifying symptoms of mental health problems and individuals at possible risk. Intervention tools, and understanding/accessing resources within our region will be addressed in this course. (14hrs)
Facilitated by: Charlene Eckstrom, MA, RSW, Carla Eckstrom, MA, RSW, or Tracy Gulnek

Talking to Teens about Sex and Consent (In Partnership with Canadian Red Cross)

Through this workshop, participants will boost skills to help teens to know what it means to consent to sexual activity, identify ‘red flag’ beliefs and attitudes about consent, and know how to help if consent has been violated. The workshop is open to any caring adult who wants information about adolescent development and to promote communication with teens about issues related to dating, relationships and sexuality. Presented by Pace and sponsored by City of Grande Prairie Community and Social Development. (2hrs)
Facilitated by: Canadian Red Cross Facilitator

Professional Boundaries

What are professional boundaries? How do we establish and maintain them when working with clients? Understand the difference between personal and professional boundaries. (3hrs)
Facilitated by: Connie Miller, MSW, RSW

Talking to Teens about Dating and Technology (In Partnership with Canadian Red Cross)

This workshop will promote communication with teens about relationships and technology. It is open to any adult who wants to have better conversations with teens about technology issues (‘sexting’, access to sexual content online, privacy, technology steps to take during break-ups). Presented by Pace and sponsored by City of Grande Prairie Community and Social Development. (2hrs)
Facilitated by: Canadian Red Cross Facilitator

Raising Awareness of Self-Haeming Behaviour

This workshop provides a basic introduction to understanding self-harming. Participants will gain an understanding of why do people self-harm? What is the process they go through? What are their triggers? And how you can help someone change this behaviour. It is meant to raise awareness about an issue that affects a large number of people. (7hrs)
Facilitated by: Charlene Eckstrom, MA, RSW

Bullying & Harassment (In Partnership with Canadian Red Cross)

This interactive workshop will highlight proven strategies that schools, organizations and communities can use to address bullying and harassing behaviours. The workshop will focus on information about current research into bullying and harassment, the impacts of these behaviours and successful intervention and prevention strategies. Participants will leave with practical tools & approaches they can implement in their communities. (2hrs)
Facilitated by: Canadian Red Cross Facilitator

Fostering Healthy Relationships in LGBTQ Youth (in partnership with Canadian Red Cross)

This workshop will explore how adults can foster healthy relationship dynamics for LGBTQ youth and look at risk factors in dating relationships that may be heightened for sexual and gender minority teens. (2hrs)
Facilitated by: Red Cross RespectED facilitator