Capacity to Connect Information Session: Prepare to Adapt and Offer

*Note: This session has passed. Please view the recordings and resources below.

This session prepares facilitators to adopt and offer Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness. This adaptable training resource covers foundational mental health and wellness knowledge for post-secondary faculty and staff and ways to support students in distress. It can be used for two-hour online or in-person training.

Presenter information: 

Matty Hillman, MA (CYC) is a child and youth care instructor at Selkirk College in the beautiful Kootenay region of B.C., the traditional territory of the Sinixt people. His research interests include sexual violence prevention and response on post-secondary campuses, healthy masculinities, and critical youth mentorship. As a muralist, he is especially interested in the intersection of youth work and public art, exploring the opportunity these complimentary practices create for empowerment, community building, and social justice advancements. Readers may contact Matty at and access his full bio at 

Jewell Gillies is Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx (Wolf Clan) of the Kwakwakawakw Nation. Jewell is a two–spirit Indigenous person who has them/them/their pronouns. Jewell is an anti-oppression facilitator who covers topics from justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; sexual violence prevention; and mental health and wellness to naturalizing Indigenous worldviews into higher education. Jewell’s work as a police constable for the City of Vancouver prior to working in the education sector provides them with a wealth of experience in trauma-informed care and supports for intersectional community members who identify within historically excluded community groups. 

You can also sign up for our upcoming two-hour training sessions for faculty and staff:


Capacity to Connect Information Session – Slides (PDF)