Training and Events

 Check back frequently for upcoming training opportunities and events.

When: 6/28/22 10am-12pm (MT)

Format: Online Webinar on Zoom

Cost: Free

Register for ACEs & Trauma-Informed Care


Trauma can have major impacts on individuals and society as a whole. We will explore the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), Historical Trauma, Re-traumatization and Post-Traumatic Growth. Participants will learn what it is, why it matters and how to be Trauma-Informed/Responsive in our daily interactions. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Define trauma and understand its impact on health.
  2. Recognize our role in Trauma-Informed Care (specifically for health care providers).
  3. Apply the core principles of Trauma-Informed Care to build informed & responsive connections.

At the clinics, we help seniors, age 60+, or any enrolled tribal member completed their estate planning documents, like wills and powers of attorney, free of charge!

Date: April 7th, 2022
Location: Ramada by Wyndham (Jorgenson’s), 1714 11th Ave, Helena, MT
Time: 9am – 4pm

Date: June 23rd, 2022
Location: Frenchtown Community Church, 16250 Mullan Rd, Frenchtown, MT
Time: 9am – 4pm

Thompson Falls
Date: July 28th, 2022
Location: Blackbear Ballroom, 925 W Main St, Thompson Falls, MT
Time: 9am – 4pm

Date: August 9th, 2022
Location: Belmont Senior Center, 615 E Mercury St, Butte, MT
Time: 9am – 4pm

Date: September 15th, 2022
Location: Baker Senior Center, 420 W Montana Ave, Baker, MT
Time: 9am – 4pm

Appointments are required!
Call the Legal Services Developer at 1-800-332-2272 and ask about the legal clinics.

Montana Trauma-Informed Approaches Curriculum

The curriculum is presented in eight modules by The Ven. Dorcie Dvarishkis and Jess Mayrer (Linking Systems of Care). Visit The Episcopal Diocese of Montana website for complete training details.

Module 1: Key Principles and Policy Development
Module 2: Physical and Emotional Safety
Module 3: Trustworthiness and Transparency 
Module 4: Peer Support 
Module 5: Collaboration and Mutuality 
Module 6: Empowerment, Voice, and Choice 
Module 7: Equity for High-Risk Populations
Module 8: Leadership, Administrative Support, and Policies

Certificates of completion will be issued to all who participate with us, or for those who confirm that they have viewed all eight recordings.  Thank you for your commitment to this work.

Testimonial:  “I am a licensed clinical social worker and am an active member at St Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral as the senior warden.  In my work I have assisted and educated people on mental health policy and development. I would strongly recommend the trauma informed community training for our Diocese and our communities. I have worked with many families professionally and personally who have experienced trauma and recovered. This training educates and gives hands on ideas on how we can be a part of helping all God’s people heal." – Dan Carlson-Thompson, LCSW

Please contact Ven. Dorcie Dvarishkis with any questions

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. It equips individuals to assist people experiencing mental health crises such as contemplating suicide.

The program is typically 8 hours long, but in light of COVID-19, shortened virtual modules will be made available soon. MHFA is relevant both to professionals who come into contact with behavioral health needs (e.g. primary care, law enforcement, detention officers, etc.) and community members. MHFA has a youth-specific program as well, Youth Mental Health First Aid.

For more information, contact Jami Hansen, Program Manager, at or 406-444-3055.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST prepares individuals to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing skilled interventions, and developing safety plans. The course is traditionally taught in person over two days, but in light of COVID-19, LivingWorks has created an abbreviated online “Start” program that teaches the basics of suicide intervention.

For more information, contact Karl Rosston, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at or 406-444-3349.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR trains individuals to become “gatekeepers,” or individuals who know how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help and save a life. The course can take as little as 2 hours.

For more information, contact Karl Rosston, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at or 406-444-3349.