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Supervisor Training for Harm Reduction - Kelowna

SAVE $499.00 - registration is FREE, refreshments and lunch included! 

Currently course registration fees are waived with costs funded in partnership with the BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division), and the Community Action Initiative.

Gain the tools to confidently discuss substance use, mental health, and pain management with your team! Designed specifically to equip and inform construction supervisors regarding the complex issues surrounding substance use and toxic drug poisoning in the construction industry. Walk away with the confidence to recognize, support, and refer crew members in need.

Supervisor Training is recommended for those in front-line supervisory or engagement positions such as forepersons, superintendents, project managers, and first aid attendants. However, the learning outcomes of the course are applicable to many roles. If you work in a construction leadership position, or are on a leadership development path, this course is for you.

Course Content:

  • The current toxic drug poisoning epidemic
  • Why this is an issue for members of the construction industry
  • Why men are disproportionately at risk of toxic drug poisoning
  • Harm reduction 101
  • Mental health 101
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Naloxone Training
  • Colonization and Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Local resources

Prerequisite: (Not required but recommended)

It is recommended that organisations who register their staff for this training first schedule a Tailgate Toolkit: Toolbox Talk for their team. This talk is intended as an introductory conversation about the complex issues surrounding substance use within our industry. 

Course Dates:  

  1. January 16, 2023 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. January 17, 2023 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Attendance both days is mandatory for course completion.

Course Credits: 

  • 2 - CCA Gold Seal Credit
  • 13 - BC Housing CPD Points


Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Other Credits:
13 - BC Housing CPD Points
Course Instructor Information

Colby Young, BSW, DPSM - Program Lead


Formerly working as a support worker and program facilitator with a local non-profit organization, Colby has years of experience educating members of our community.  He has previously provided skill building programs to people in Victoria’s Downtown core experiencing mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Colby has received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria.  His previous experience with local services and initiatives grounds Colby’s approach to harm reduction in a local context.  He brings a collaborative approach to his facilitation that seeks to build upon the strengths of our industry, teams, and leaders.


Christina Cole - Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator


Andrew Nicholl, BA, JD - Roper Greyell LLP, Associate


Todd Ormiston, BSW, MPA, PhD - Camosun College, Chair of Indigenous Studies


Shirvin Lee, BS, MA - Pain BC, Clinical Counsellor

Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education
w:  778-721-8451
c:  250-549-0314