Training

To help build community emergency preparedness at UCalgary, multiple training opportunities are offered for faculty and staff throughout the year. Registration for UCalgary courses is managed through Enterprise Learning and free of charge.

WellBeing and WorkLife Workshops

The Building Personal Resilience workshop examines emotional, social and physical wellness to help you learn strategies to increase your personal resilience so you are more prepared to navigate everyday activities and to deal with challenges, setbacks and change in your work and personal life.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Define resiliency
  • Understand factors that contribute to resilience
  • Learn personal strategies and practical activities to enhance resilience
  • Increase awareness of resources and supports

Building Personal Resilience is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

The Working Mind is targeted to general workplace audiences. The workshop aims to increase awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illnesses, and offer resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.  Equally important goals are to create a supportive environment, strengthen the organizational culture, and contribute to a healthy workplace.  

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is adapted from the Department of National Defence's Road to Mental Health Readiness programs. To learn more about the program, visit theworkingmind.ca and request a presentation for your faculty/unit.

  1. Employee Workshop

    The employee workshop is open to all University of Calgary employees and is 3.5 hours in length.  The workshop’s goal is to give you practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so you can:

    • Recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others

    • Reduce stigma and negative attitudes

    • Support colleagues with mental health problems

    • Maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience

    The employee workshop is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

  2. Manager Workshop

    The Manager Workshop is a full 7.0 hour day.  In addition to the goals of the employee workshop, you will also be able to:

    • Ensure you have the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees with mental illness
    • Recognize the effects of the stigma of mental illness and attempt to reduce its impact

    The manager workshop is part of the UManage program. The Working Mind manager workshop credit is equivalent to UManage module 9.

Foothills Campus: Room for Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

Room for Mindfulness drop-in sessions are for people who have a regular mindfulness practice, or have attended a Room for Mindfulness Introduction session. The room will be free for 50 minutes on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. until 1:20 p.m. Some guidance will be provided, as will time for independent practice. People can stay for as short or as long as they would like and quietly come and go as they please. A bell will ring every 5 minutes. No registration is needed.

Date: Wednesdays, except the first Wednesday of each month
Time12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Location: HSC 1464B (behind Theatre 3)

Ergonomic Training

  • Office Ergonomics Training (30 minutes) - For employees who use a computer in their daily work activities. Users will learn signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ergonomic injuries as well as strategies to minimize risk and improve overall comfort.
  • Office Ergonomics Self Adjustment Tool (15 minutes) - An interactive step-by-step guide for employees to adjust their own workstation.
  • Safe Use of Sit/Stand Workstations (10 minutes) - For employees who use a sit-stand workstation. Users will learn about effective and safe use of sit-stand workstations.

Live Webinars: Proper office workstation setup and micro-breaks are essential to help decrease the risk of discomfort and gradual onset injuries.  Attend a live webinar while at your workstation and receive practical knowledge to set up your workstation and incorporate micro-breaks. 

  1. Webinar: Ergonomics at the Office

    Join this 90-minute live interactive webinar for step-by-step instructions to properly set up your workstation.  This session will provide a demonstration on workstation adjustments and micro-break recommendations to assist with symptom prevention and management.  The webinar aims to provide practical knowledge related to your workstation ergonomics so you can work comfortably throughout your day and be productive at work and in your personal activities.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Common issues and solutions with office workstations;
    • What to do when you experience signs and symptoms of discomfort and distress;
    • How to prevent and manage discomfort; and
    • Available resources for future reference.

    The goal of the webinar is to provide you with applicable information to allow you increased independence in your health and wellness.

  2. Webinar: Ergonomics – Working From Home

    Are you having difficulties with your home workstation?  Join this 90-minute live interactive webinar for recommendations to properly set up your workstation.  This session will provide a demonstration on workstation adjustments and micro-break recommendations to assist with symptom prevention and management.  The webinar aims to provide practical knowledge related to your workstation ergonomics so you can work comfortably throughout your day and be productive at work and in your personal activities.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Common issues and solutions with working from home;
    • What to do when you experience signs and symptoms of discomfort and distress;
    • How to prevent and manage discomfort; and
    • Available resources for future reference.

    The goal of the webinar is to provide you with applicable information to allow you increased independence in your health and wellness.

  1. Industrial Ergonomics Training (30 minutes)

    For employees who complete manual labour tasks as part of their job (lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, and/or awkward positions). Users will learn signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ergonomic injuries as well as strategies to minimize risk and improve overall comfort.

  1. Customized Ergonomics Training

    Purpose: Decrease the risk of injury, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism with Department Ergonomic Interventions.  Customized presentations provide training and information related to specific job demands and ergonomic concerns.  Proactive interventions are recommended for employee safety and early detection of ergonomic risk factors.

    Available presentations and interventions:

    • Office (attend as an individual or as a group)
    • Working From Home (attend as an individual or as a group)
    • Industrial (customized per department/unit)
    • Lab (customized per department/unit)
       

    Presentation Topics:

    • Workstation set up
    • Physical and mental micro-breaks
    • Proper movement patterns and posture
    • Safe work specific tasks
    • Workplace warm up
    • Decrease screen time
    • Health and wellbeing in the workplace
    • Mental Resilience
    • Early detection of discomfort and distress

    Contact the Ergonomic Program Advisor (Jennifer.ball1@ucalgary.ca) to book your department/unit session.

Occupational Health Training

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Naloxone Training is provided by Staff Wellness. Participants will learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and prepare yourself to save a life.

Training covers: signs of an overdose, rescue breathing, preparing and administering an intramuscular naloxone injection, and assessing naloxone response. Participants will receive a free naloxone kit as part of the Alberta Health Services Community Based Naloxone Program

For more information about naloxone kits and training, click here.

Register below for our scheduled offerings or book individual sessions — employees email staffwellness@ucalgary.ca, students call Student Wellness Services at 403.210.9355. 

  1. Main Campus

    Register for training at main campus

  2. Foothills Campus

    Register for training at Foothills campus

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees working in shoulder to shoulder or with those who may be in direct contact with actively sick members of the campus community

The PPE Train the Trainer Program is provided by Staff Wellness. Participants will learn to select, inspect, don, and doff appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their level of risk. This program allows employees to learn how to use PPE safely. After successful completion of this course, the employee can teach other colleagues how to use PPE using our training resources.

Training covers: How infection is spread, selecting appropriate PPE, hand washing, donning PPE, doffing PPE, and how to train others. 

If you're interested in registering email staffwellness@ucalgary.ca or call Staff Wellness at 403.220.2918.