Community Workshops

Head & Hands offers workshops on legal rights, safer drug use, sexual health, babysitting, and other social topics such as self-esteem, body image, and boundaries. Our usual rate for workshops is $100/hour, but we are always willing to work with your budget. To book a workshop, give us a call at 514-481-0277, or email info@headandhands.ca, and we’ll put you in touch with the right person on staff!

Sense Project Workshops

Sexual Health
We offer a series of three workshops for students aged 14-17 (Sec III-IV-V) in high school settings and other community spaces. We begin offering Sense Project workshops at the beginning of October. These three workshops provide students with the comprehensive information they need to make safe and healthy sexual choices. Although the Sense Project recommends following this 3-workshop program, workshops can also be tailored to suit the needs of your school.

Drug Education
This workshop offers an introduction to drugs, alcohol, and harm reduction. The workshop is participatory, non-judgmental, and adapted to the group’s needs. We seek to identify different drugs, how they affect the person taking them, the risks involved, and how to reduce those risks. Topics addressed in the workshop include decision-making about drugs, mixing drugs (including prescription drugs and alcohol), safer partying, how drugs affect your life (e.g. school work, relationships), drugs and sex, and how to avoid, recognize, and deal with drug overdose.

Legal Workshops

Know Your Rights
The Know Your Rights workshop series is designed to engage youth in open discussion and empower and develop their capability to make informed decisions by using their rights in any given situation. These legal workshops are focused on issues like racial profiling, tenants’ rights and obligations, labor standards, contesting tickets, sexual exploitation, age of consent, and youth and police relations and legal implications. We believe that participants should be empowered to act to effect change in legal issues that affect them.Youth are entitled to know their rights and employ their knowledge when necessary. We are also able to create custom workshops on topics not listed above.

Racial Profiling Workshops
Our Racial Profiling workshops are in collaboration with PROJECT X, a community-based group whose mission is to give all those affected by racial profiling from “authorities” a chance to speak their minds. We already know that racial profiling in Montreal (and across the world) is a big problem and that many figures of authority abuse their power. This workshop is designed to be interactive, engaging youth to participate actively in role play during the workshop while defining and distinguishing racial profiling and its vagueness and boundaries.

Social Workshops

Developing Healthy Boundaries
Boundaries are about loving or working with others. It is not about rigid boundaries, lines in the sand, ultimatums. Boundaries are not the solutions themselves, but they open the door for solutions to be discovered.

What do I mean by that?  Rigid boundaries say NO!  NEVER!!  Healthy boundaries say, “Tell me more about why you feel that way” or “Tell me more about what you’re thinking”. Healthy boundaries are about good communication.

This workshop helps participants begin to understand the concept of how our personal boundaries impact on our relationships with others.

Keeping Balance in Our Lives
This workshop is based on the belief that in order to feel our best, it is important to have “balance” in our daily lives. This workshop has participants look at their physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. If one of these areas of our lives is “out of sync,” the others are challenged as well.

Participants create their own personal medicine wheel, collaging, writing, and drawing symbols in each area representing what this concept means to them, in their lives.

What Encourages Healthy Relationships?
Principles that inspire healthy relationships are presented to participants and then a discussion is facilitated by the counselor. This is based on the five keys to a healthy relationship based on the text “How to Be an Adult in a Relationship,” by David Richo.

Conflict Styles and How They Influence Our Relationships
Participants fill out a conflict styles inventory that helps assess which of the five different conflict styles they generally rely on. The counselor then addresses the impact each style has on our interpersonal relationships whether they be personal or professional.

Depression and Suicide: How to recognize symptoms and find help
Depression is not uncommon, even among young people. Living a healthy, active lifestyle can really be a big help and what that lifestyle looks like is discussed in this workshop. Sometimes, though, we might need extra support – where to access that support in Montreal is also presented to participants.