Mental Health Training Framework

The Mental Health Training Framework is a guide that helps professionals identify training and resources to support the development of knowledge, behavioural and activating competencies. The framework leverages Alberta’s existing investments made in training and professional development. It summarizes core knowledge, behavioural and activating competencies identified as essential for professionals across sectors to support and promote mental health.

Why Does It Matter?

All communities contain individuals who are struggling with mental health and practitioners need support to do personal work, professionally. Professionals who are given the opportunity to develop appropriate competencies, suffer less vicarious trauma, less burnout and benefit from increased effectiveness in their field. These professionals include those working with human beings in the context of relationship-based practice on the promotion, prevention and intervention continuum.

How Can It Be Used?

The framework is intended to guide organizations, communities, system level decision makers and non-traditional allies in the development of their own training protocols/frameworks to address the specific learning needs of their staff and stakeholders

The Research

  • Core knowledge competencies were identified from the literature and consultation with various stakeholders.
  • Behavioral competencies align with various sector requirements and hiring practices and protocols.
  • Activating competencies were identified through the Navigator focus groups which included professionals and individuals with lived experience.
  • Identification and collection of existing national training and resources, as well as international resources, when appropriate.

Explore the framework online

Explore each knowledge competency below. Click on the knowledge competency for more information about the topic and to find resources, videos, toolkits, and online and in-person trainings available about each competency.

Download the Mental Health Training Framework for an Implementation Guide on how to create a training plan for your organization. The document also has reflective questions to facilitate group discussions with your team after an online training.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us. They affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Mental illnesses can disrupt a person’s life or create challenges, but with the right supports, a person can get back on a path to recovery and wellness. Read More

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Addictions & Substance Misuse

Problematic substance use is the use of any psychoactive substance in a manner, situation, amount, or frequency that is harmful to the individual or to society. Addiction is characterized by behaviours that have become out of control, such as gambling or alcohol and other drug use. Read More

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Brain Development Impact of Trauma

Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, andpeers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications. Read More

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Trauma Informed Care

At its core, the trauma-informed model replaces the labelling of clients or patients as being “sick,” resistant or uncooperative with that of being affected by an “injury.” Viewing trauma as an injury shifts the conversation from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” Read More

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Workplace Wellness

A psychologically safe and healthy workplace is one that promotes workers’ mental well-being and does not harm employee mental health through negligent, reckless or intentional ways. For example, a psychologically safe workplace would be free of excessive fear or chronic anxiety. Read More

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Suicide Prevention

Prevention is the umbrella in working toward reducing deaths by suicide; increasing awareness, eliminating stigma, knowing what to do in the event that you or someone you know experiences thoughts or behaviours associated with suicide. It’s having the skills, awareness, before someone is in crisis. In preventing suicide, intervention and postvention are components toward the goal of reducing suicides. Read More

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