Community Helpers

This training provides the mechanisms to support existing “natural” helpers in the campus community.

Community Helpers Training

Community Helpers covers a wide range of topics on helping and supporting others.

In this training, you'll:

  • Explore the topic of helping including the ethics of helping, knowing when someone needs help, and barriers to helping.
  • Gain or strengthen skills in handling crisis situations or general concerns.
  • Develop communication, listening and collaboration skills.
  • Learn how to recognize your limits and set healthy boundaries.
  • Gain knowledge about on- and off-campus services.

This program is open to students, faculty, staff and post-doctoral scholars in a helping or supporting role.

About the program

Community Helpers provides the mechanisms to support existing “natural” helpers in the campus community.

This training will equip you with the skills and tools needed to help people who are experiencing a problem or are in distress. 

Community Helpers was designed to bridge the informal and formal support for young adults in the community, and to provide awareness of existing supports and services. 

Custom Training

Community Helpers can be customized to fit the needs of your group, in length of training and topics covered. Custom training can be requested by students, staff or faculty.

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Contact us

For more details or to discuss training options for your group, please email

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Upcoming Sessions

In Fall 2020, Student Wellness Services will be offering the Community Helpers Training online via Zoom. The full training program totals over 7 hours of content, and will be offered in a few different variations:

7 Week Training Format:

In this multi-week training, training content is covered through 75 minute workshops over the course of 7 weeks:

Training Session #1:

  • Tuesdays from 12:00pm-1:15pm, weekly from September 29-November 17
    Note: no session on Tuesday November 10
    Click here to register

Training Session #2:

  • Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:15pm, weekly from October 14-December 2
    Note: no session on Wednesday November 11
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2-Day Condensed Format

In this 2-day condensed training, training content is covered in 3.5 hours blocks over the course of 2 days.

  • Thursday November 12 & Friday November 13, from 9:00am-12:30pm
    Note: this training takes place over Fall Break
    Online registration will open mid October

Topics covered in both training formats include:

  • What is a Community Helper?
  • Ethics, Assumptions & Supports
  • Setting the Stage for Helping (including identifying signs of distress)
  • Helping as a Process (tools and strategies for supportive conversations, including active listening, helpful responses)
  • Self Care
  • Navigating and Setting Boundaries
  • How to Respond in a Crisis
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Suicide Intervention
  • On and Off Campus Resources & Referrals

Training is highly interactive with group activities and discussion in each sessions. Participants have the opportunity to build a community of helpers as they meet and build connections with other helpers, as well as helping professionals.