Lookout Society Skills First Webinars

In spring 2016, the Lookout Society hosted and coordinated six training courses through a Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) program Housing First initiative called Skills First.

The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy program. Homelessness Partnering Strategy program funding received for the Vancouver Designated Community is managed by Metro Vancouver and the Vancity Community Foundation.

As part of the project, Lookout Society recorded webinars which can be used for self-directed training or to allow others to lead these types of courses.

  Hope-filled Engagement

A motivational interviewing-type approach by Gray Poehnell. Person-centered, solution-focused, hope-focused, this approach will help equip people to walk their life paths with dignity, whatever the challenge.

  Negotiating with Landlords

This training covers how to work with landlords successfully to find market rentals for hard to house clients, and includes many real-life examples to help clients find the right housing.

 Hoarding: Keeping Clients Housed

Gain knowledge, tips and skills in dealing with hoarding issues.

 When Caring Hurts

This training covers the difference between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burnout. This workshop will develop your understanding of how caring for others affects you. You will learn strategies to manage the psychological injuries sometimes incurred from repeatedly engaging with those who have experienced trauma.

 Critical Incidents at Work

Learn to respond to critical incidents at work by deepening listening skills and identifying responses that may signal the need for additional care. Learn to enhance your own resiliency by developing a personalized care plan to put into action in the event of a critical incident.

 Drugs & Behaviours

This course includes the latest research on drug use, the effects drugs have on behaviour, some skills to help as you support clients with addictions and learning about the physiological effects of certain drugs.