Mental Health Essentials for

A four module, 24-hour, course equipping staff in the non-profit sector to understand the impacts of trauma and addiction, skillfully and compassionately respond to mental health crises, and gain skills to practice self-care and respond to feelings of burnout.

The ultimate intent of the training is to prevent both psychological and physical injury in the non-profit workplace.

Trauma Informed Care

September 11, 2024

Learn specific approaches and techniques for working with individuals with a trauma history.

Supporting People With Addictions

October 17, 2024

Learn how to support individuals who experience addictions to drugs and alcohol. This training emphasizes harm reduction and trauma-informed perspectives.

Compassionate Crisis Response

November 19, 2024

Learn how to support people experiencing common mental health crises: suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, self-harm, psychosis, and agression.

The Cost of Caring

December 12, 2024

Learn how to prevent and address the psychological hazards of helping professions: compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

The Details


Each Module will be held in-person at Station 20 West in Saskatoon, SK.

Modules run from 9:00-4:00pm each day with a 1-hour break for lunch. Coffee & tea is provided.

    • September 11: Trauma Informed Care
    • October 17: Supporting People With Addictions
    • November 19: Compassionate Crisis Response
    • December 12: The Cost of Caring


$1,200 + gst per person or $400 + gst per person (for successful CSJG applicants) 

Up to 2/3 of the training costs may be covered by the Can-Sask Job Grant. If you are interested in applying for this funding, contact us to receive a Training Outline, necessary to complete the grant application.


Participants registered in this course will also receive:


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How do I register for this program?

Registration for this program can be completed online through our website here. If you are applying for funding and would like to reserve a spot in this training, please contact us by email at to hold a spot.

What is included in this program?
  • 24 hours of in-person training.
  • Access to all online course content
  • Unlimited access to any virtual public trainings for 1 year.
  • Manuals for Trauma Informed Care, Compassionate Crisis Response and Supporting People with Addictions, along with a variety of other useful resources and handouts.
  • A copy of our mental health support cards.
What additional online trainings will I have access to?

Participants registered in the program will have access to the following self-paced online courses and webinars:

  • Foundations of Suicide Intervention - 3 hours
  • Mental Health 101 - 1 hour
  • Supporting People with Anxiety - 1 hour
  • Supporting People with Depression - 1 hour

Participants will also have access to any virtual public trainings scheduled between September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025. Online courses are optional, additional learning opportunities that are not required to receive a certificate for this program.

What type of funding is available to cover the training costs?

Up to 2/3 of the training costs may be covered by the Can-Sask Job Grant, dropping the registration cost to just $400 + gst per person. If you are interested in applying for this funding, contact us to receive a Training Outline, necessary to complete the grant application.

When are fees for the program due?
Fees for this program are due no later than August 30, 2024. Payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis. Please email us to inquire about this option. To reserve a spot in this training prior to payment, please contact us.
What are the benefits of completing this program?

Participants will develop a variety of skills necessary for supporting a diverse population of individuals in the non-profit sector, along with comprehensive strategies in dealing with difficult situations. An additional benefit of this program is that participants will receive one full year of professional development opportunities, along with the opportunity to engage and network with other professionals working in similar positions.

From the Community

Testimonies from our friends in Saskatoon
and beyond.

Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Oaks takes a different approach to training; our team was able to learn about trauma informed care in an environment that was calming yet also dynamic, in the sense that parts of the learning were more interactive.

Chokecherry Studios

I recommend Oaks to any organization looking for comprehensive mental health training. The presenter was on-time, came prepared, and created a comfortable space to learn about difficult topics. Communicating with Oaks has also been positive, as they are prompt to respond and include all necessary details when emailing.

Metis Nation Saskatchewan

Thanks so much to Oaks Mental Health for the informative, useful and culturally sensitive Trauma Informed Care designed for professionals. The MNS - Health team appreciated the facilitator and her incredible delivery and depth of knowledge. Thanks again, we will back!

AIDS Program South Saskatchewan

AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan (APSS) accessed Supporting Staff Mental Health and The Cost of Caring presentations by Taylor from Oaks Mental Health for our staff. Very informative and useful sessions that we would highly recommend for frontline support workers.