Signs of Wellbeing — Using the Signs of Safety processes in non-protection workflow

Signs of Wellbeing workshop

7 weeks from 13 January 2023

10.00 am – 12.00 pm PST (UTC-8)

These workshops will be held online via Zoom
CAD$395 per person. Places are extremely limited

Tickets on sale now!

Country: Canada 🇨🇦

Caara Goddard and Heidi Hebditch, licensed Trainers and Consultants with Signs of Safety in Canada, are teaming up to offer a 7-session Signs of Wellbeing® workshop online via Zoom every Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m PST (UTC-8) beginning January 13, 2023 through to February 24, 2023.

Signs of Safety isn’t just for child protection! If you are familiar with Signs of Safety and see the benefits of using it in practice, but struggle to see how it might be applied in your area of workflow, then this workshop series is for you.

In this workshop, Caara and Heidi will take practitioners through the use of the Signs of Wellbeing assessment and planning framework that can be applied to various levels of the service continuum, whether practitioners are working with families in prevention services, youth, early years, foster parents or seniors. We have the tools to move families from problems to solutions.

This interactive online workshop series will explore:

  • Core principles and values of Signs of Safety
  • Shifting our thinking from Signs of Safety to Signs of Wellbeing
  • Adapting the tools: assessment in non-protection
  • Using questions in everyday conversations
  • Leading through group supervision
  • Analysis in non-protection
  • Methods involving children
  • Involving networks
  • Planning and goal setting for future success
  • Appreciative Inquiry

Caara and Heidi have both worked with practitioners seeing to utilise the Signs of Safety practice framework in non-protection related roles and come with years of experience and knowledge in both the successes and struggles with adapting the tools and processes to our everyday work with families in crisis. There will also be small group learning opportunities for participants to engage with other practitioners who may be working through the very same struggles. Since these workshops will build upon each other, it is important to attend all 7 sessions to fully appreciate the momentum.

All sessions run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PST (UTC-8)

Friday 13 January 2023
Friday 20 January 2023
Friday 27 January 2023
Friday 3 February 2023
Friday 10 February 2023
Friday 17 February 2023
Friday 24 February 2023


  • Tickets on sale now.
  • These two-hour workshops will be interactive and therefore places are extremely limited for each session.
  • Each participant must register individually and attend using their own computer so they can fully participate in the group and breakout activities.
  • This will be an interactive practice workshop. To help facilitate this, we ask all participants to be on audio and video for the session. Please join from a computer with good internet connectivity (to the best of your ability) with a webcam and use a set of headphones with a microphone. Using headphones with a microphone rather than your computer’s built-in speakers and microphone will improve the quality of your audio and help improve everybody’s experience of the workshop.
  • Workshops are CAD$395 per person: this covers registration for all 7 sessions and includes handouts.


Caara GoddardCaara Goddard is a licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant who has been passionately working in Indigenous Child Welfare systems for 15 years, both as a frontline social worker as well as a leader and a consultant — working on whole system implementations. During this time, her focus has been to move reconciliation into reconcili-action and to support Delegated Aboriginal Agencies to work through a more participatory and strengths-based risk assessment and safety planning process within their communities.

A key guiding principle for Signs of Safety is that child protection work can only happen in the presence of strong constructive working relationships and Caara is committed to working and building relationships with agencies, to move child protection and child safety forward in a way that is clear, child-centred, and collaborative. Caara has worked on implementations in Ireland, Alberta, the Yukon, Ontario, but primarily in her home province of British Columbia, where we spends her leisure time with her large family who keep her grounded in her purpose.

Prior to her work as a consultant/trainer with Signs of Safety, Heidi spent 8 years on the frontline of social work initially as a child protection worker and later as a supervisor with a fully delegated Aboriginal child protection agency in British Columbia, Canada. Heidi has a Masters of Social Work with Indigenous Specialisation and a Bachelor of Social Work with Child Welfare Specialisation. Today, she continues in her work as a consultant, training and coaching leadership and staff, not only in the use and implementation of the Signs of Safety practice framework, but also in creating positive change for organisations as a whole.

Heidi has been a part of leading one of the largest jurisdictional implementations of Signs of Safety throughout Alberta, Canada, and remains committed to her work in other regions and jurisdictions across Canada as well. She firmly believes that implementing this practice within your organisation is not just about using the right tools; it’s about changing the way we think! It’s about shifting our practice from a deficit-based practice to a more positive, strength-based practice. Heidi has nearly 15 years of experience in helping organisations implement the Signs of Safety framework across all levels of their organisations and has worked to develop a supervision/staff evaluation model that ensures a parallel process throughout all departments of implementing organisations as well.