Holding Safer Spaces (online) Part 1 of 11

0 Fridays, March 12, 19 and 26, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 (11 Fridays – no session on Good Friday) - 1:00-2:30 pm

Location: online via Zoom

Region(s): North, West Central, East Central, Central, South, Edmonton (ECALA funded), Calgary (Calgary Learns funded)


Holding Safer Spaces (online) Part 1 of 11

Holding Space, as defined by Heather Plett, is “Being willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they are on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome.” In our work in CALP, we do this daily with the adults who come to us to explore and take next steps in their own learning and life journeys; and we do it for each other as we learn and grow in our own roles and organizations.  

This 11-week online course includes self-study, reflection, and online peer dialogue to support exploration, integration and application of the approaches and practices for holding space. Topics that will be covered include:

  • ‘qualities’ of the space we hold;
  • boundaries and membranes;
  • holding space for ourselves while we hold space for others;
  • holding spaces that are safe and brave;
  • becoming trauma informed;
  • privilege, oppression, intersectionality;
  • power, status, and rank;
  • implicit bias;
  • and more

Do note, that while the goal and application of these skills is professional for our work with CALP, the process is personal and requires a readiness for self-reflection.

Depending on your learning style and processing of the content, each week requires somewhere between 2-3 hours of reading/listening/reflecting per week. The weekly online call is 1.5 hours.

If you would like more information, contact Corrie Rhyasen Erdman at training@calp.ca

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM