Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

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Our online courses are available at no charge for NNADAP/NYSAP treatment centre employees and First Nations community wellness workers. We are continually adding to our course catalog, so visit this webpage periodically for updates.

Currently we are offering the following 6 online self-guided courses:

Indicators to Assess Cultural Competency

A key component for the Honouring Our Strengths Framework is the development of a conceptual systems approach which outlines an integrated culturally relevant, client-focused continuum of support services for substance use problems in First Nations communities. In doing so the approach identifies six “elements of care” which are designed to meet individual and community needs. In this course we will examine each of these elements as a learning module.

Course modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – Community Development
  • Module 2 – Early Identification and Intervention
  • Module 3 – Secondary Risk Reduction
  • Module 4 – Active Treatment
  • Module 5 – Specialized Treatment
  • Module 6 – Care Facilitation
  • Final Examination

Intake, Referral, Discharge and Aftercare Planning

The goal of this course is to promote and enhance the capacity of NNADAP workers to use standardized intake, referral, discharge, and aftercare planning protocols.

Course modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – The Continuum of Care
  • Module 2 – Intake and Screening
  • Module 3 – Case Management and Referral
  • Module 4 – Discharge Transition Planning
  • Final Examination

Prescription Drug Abuse

The goal of this course is to provide baseline of information that can be added to your own special skills and knowledge of the local environment, including cultural practices, existing allied services and special needs.

Course modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Module 2 – Risk Factors and Protective Measures
  • Module 3 – Treatment
  • Module 4 – A Strength Based Model of Care
  • Final Examination

Clinical Supervision

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of supervision for program managers and clinical supervisors in a First Nations working environment.

Course modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Clinical Supervision
  • Module 2 – Supervisory Activities and Challenges
  • Module 3 – Supervisor Development
  • Module 4 – Traits of a Supervisor
  • Module 5 – Training Orientation and Learning Contracts
  • Final Examination

Developing a Basket of Screening and Assessment Tools for Mental Wellness Workers

This course draws on materials developed through the Honouring our Strengths and First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum frameworks to outline effective methods and wise practices toward the processes of screening and assessment in wholistic care systems.
These processes are nested within a continuum of care that recognizes First Nations communities as distinctive spaces with specific considerations that may differ from strictly mainstream approaches. The course is approved by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC) for 15 credit hours.
Course modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – Locating Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Planning
  • Module 2 – Tools and Opportunities for Screening
  • Module 3 – Applying Assessment to Treatment Planning
  • Module 4 – Introducing the Native Wellness Assessment (NWA)
  • Final Examination

Wise Practices for Virtual Care

This course will introduce learners to the use of virtual care for psychoeducational programming, specifically for First Nations treatment centres and First Nations wellness workers. Upon completion of this course, learners will have reliably gained the knowledge, and skills necessary to successfully develop, and deliver virtual psychoeducational programming.

The course is approved by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC) for 3 credit hours.


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1: Virtual Care – Definitions and Related Concepts
  • Lesson 2: The Benefits of Virtual Care and Considerations Before Getting Started
  • Lesson 3: Building Rapport and Relationships with First Nations Clients
  • Lesson 4: Guidelines Specific for First Nations Treatment Centres
  • Lesson 5: Technology Available for Virtual Care

We currently also have a Change Management Course developed with Six Seconds, to access that course, please click here.

Coming Soon

Vicarious Trauma Informed Care

This course will focus on enhancing trauma awareness, understanding vicarious trauma, and building on our strengths to foster resiliency and promote wellness.

*(NOTE that since this a working description, there may be changes made when the course is complete and finalized.)

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