Internally, we train staff who work with us. Staff get extensive training in many areas. This includes the following:

  • Non-violent crisis intervention is facilitated by a certified in-house trainer.
  • First aid training for all employees.
  • Ethics of touch is facilitated by an in-house trainer. Ethics of Touch is theory-based training developed by David Hingsburger and Mary Harber. This training focuses on establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries while servicing people with developmental disabilities. The module-based training discusses privacy issues, relationship and affection, and intimate care in order to create awareness in service providers and direct care professionals around how they can provide the best and safest care possible to the people that we serve.
  • Orientation to protection is facilitated by Community Living disability services.
  • Respectful workplace and harassment is facilitated by an in-house trainer.
  • Violence prevention is facilitated by an in-house trainer.
  • Vulnerable Persons Act training. We also facilitate these sessions in the Interlake for other agencies as well as our staff. This is one of the ways we give back to the community.

Staff get a full week of orientation when they start with Community Living Selkirk. Part of their training includes training modules on managing financials, medication and documentation.


For families, we run information sessions on many topics. We are interested in offering what families need, so if there is something you are interested in learning or need help with, we may be able to create an info session around that topic.

Current information sessions include the following:

  • Employment and income assistance
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
  • Person-Centred Planning – this is where you come to Community Living Selkirk and we sit down to talk about how to plan around the person and their needs, not planning exclusively around the systems.

Through these information sessions, we aim to facilitate a conversation around service delivery and different techniques.


Whenever possible, we utilize community services for training and provide resources needed by self-advocates to be successful.

Below is a list of some courses we currently offer or support people in attending:

  • Social skills: facilitated by Hale Autism
  • Dealing with Anxiety: facilitated by Anxiety Disorder Association of Manitoba (ADAM)
  • Food Handlers: we have various trainers for this course
  • Computer skills: facilitated by the Selkirk and District Community Learning Center
  • Math: facilitated by the Selkirk Friendship center
  • English: facilitated by the Selkirk Friendship center
  • Essential skills: facilitated internally