Developed with Indigenous helping professionals, this program is designed to help you create a safe space within your practice for Indigenous clients, families, and communities. 

During this immersive retreat, you will engage in applied learning that will challenge you to explore how your own experiences, social context, and personal histories influence your practice as a mental health clinician. 

This program is the first in a series of professional development offerings for mental health clinicians to develop Indigenous intercultural skills.

Who should take this program

This program is designed for mental health clinicians (e.g., clinical, counselling, school, and neuropsychologists)  who want to create a safe space for Indigenous clients.  

What you will learn

The program will begin with a weekend retreat at Wanuskewin where you will explore how to reduce barriers for Indigenous clients, families, and communities in accessing mental health services. Your learning experience will include:

  • Peer group-work on how professional and personal privilege impact the work of mental health professionals 
  • Tipi Teachings Tour 
  • Northern Plains Technology: The Bison Tour 
  • Circle discussions on how to reduce barriers to mental health services 
  • Development of a personal land acknowledgment for professional use

After the weekend retreat, you will have the opportunity to implement what you’ve learned to make a real difference in your professional practice.  

While developing a plan to reduce barriers to mental health services for Indigenous Peoples, you will receive feedback and support from the facilitators and peers to help you develop a practical plan that you can implement. 

For more information, please email micro.credentials@usask.ca. 

Program Schedule

Saturday, May 27, 2023   

9:00 am- 4:00 pm Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon SK 
Lunch is provided 

Sunday, May 28, 2023   

9:00 am- 3:30 pm Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon SK 
Lunch is provided 

May 29 – June 19, 2023   

Online, asynchronous readings and projects.  

Registration and fees

Registration closes May 15th, 2023

  • $1250.00 + Taxes Early Bird Registration on or before April 30, 2023
  • $1500.00 + Taxes Regular Registration starts May 1, 2023