In developing the following workshops including those designed to assist people in the helping professions and those targeting the general public, I drew on my background in counselling, educational psychology and social work. Each workshop is “individualized” to meet local organizational needs. In addition to those workshops listed here, I have client-centered workshops on the following topics: conflict resolution, anger management, grieving, and  self-esteem. I also do critical incident stress debriefings for first responders and the general public.

Stress and Eustress: Turning distress into something positive

This half day workshop offers members of the lay public strategies for dealing with common workplace, family and achievement stress experiences. Causes of stress are reviewed and matched to personality types. On completion, participants will be able to assess their own stress level, and develop individualized plans for stress harm reduction from a menu of coping strategies. 


Trauma Response: Building resiliency

This workshop (available in 1 day and ½ day versions) reviews the concept of psychological trauma as an individualized response to an event perceived as threatening. Goals and objectives of trauma response are reviewed. Specialized interventions are discussed referencing immediate, intermediate and long term strategies.


Comprehensive planning to address suicide risk, ideation and treatment at the community level

This one day workshop focuses on the elements of comprehensive suicide prevention planning including early identification of risk, crisis intervention, treatment of at-risk individuals, postvention, mental health promotion and community development.  Participants will be able to identify warning signs of suicide ideation and will learn support strategies applicable to at-risk individuals. Participants will also learn a holistic model of community response.


Constructing Maps of the Self to Facilitate Client Change

Participants to this workshop will learn a method of preparing maps of the self and using those maps to facilitate client change. The concept of the self as a personal theory we use to situate ourselves in past, present and future contexts and from which we may make volitional decisions is explored. Case studies are used to explore how this method of self-mapping may be successfully used therapeutically. 


A Spectrum Approach to Understanding the Aboriginal Self

This workshop reviews conceptualizations of aboriginal identity with implications for self development and counselling. The concept of culture is examined along with a concomitant need people may have for “cultural reclamation” in a way that demystifies cross-cultural counselling. This workshop will be of interest to therapists who wish to develop a non-essentializing approach with respect to their indigenous clientele while maintaining cultural sensitivity.


Using Community Development to Create a Culture of Healing

This workshop links community development with mental health using the example of a northern Saskatchewan community that faced abnormally high youth suicide rates. The struggles of that community to deal with the rash of suicides leading to general community healing are reviewed. While the focus of this one or two day workshop is the problem of suicide, the lessons of community empowerment may be used to combat most mental health issues. This workshop was originally presented to the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.


Counselling International and Aboriginal Students

This half day workshop deals with a novel program that was held outside of the traditional counselling paradigm and examines cross-cultural themes. Case studies displaying the value of a holistic but non-essentialist view of the individual are examined. A prototype of this workshop was originally presented to the national conference of the Canadian Association of Counsellors and University Support Services.


Rational Addictions Counsellors' Training

This three day workshop is based on the therapeutic model developed by Albert Ellis and Jack Trimpey emphasizing the client’s need and ability to make better choices. Counsellors are taught methods of facilitating rational choices with a focus on avoiding and handling possible relapse. Using methods successfully implemented by Dr. Ross Mutton, this training is for addictions workers looking for an alternative to the medical model.


Constructing Maps of the Self to Empower Clients and Plan Strategies for Change

Originally developed as a presentation for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, this workshop has been expanded to a two day event with the purpose of teaching therapists a method of self-mapping with applications to personal and career counselling. The distinctive features of suicide ideation, anxiety disorder, Asberger’s Syndrome, cross-cultural immigrant, transsexual, and aboriginal selves are examined.


Cultural Competence in Counselling Northerners: Colonialism, Historic Trauma and Residential Schools

This one day workshop addressing the unique cultural and economic context of northerners began as a national webinar presented through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Hinterland status is used to define “northerner” and parallels are drawn between colonialism as it affects aboriginal peoples with the economic place of non-aboriginal northerners to the economic system. Implications for counselling are presented using case examples.


Residential School Syndrome: Historic Context, Understandings and Treatment

This three day workshop reviews the conditions that led to a unique set of symptoms in some survivors of Indian residential schools, and their descendants. Residential School Syndrome is compared and contrasted with the concepts of Historic Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Case studies are used as exemplars for treatment. The version of this workshop aimed at residential school survivors has an emphasis on personal self-assessment and healing. The version of this workshop aimed at people in the helping profession contains more emphasis linking treatment to existing models of psychotherapy. This workshop is grounded in a previous presentation to the Native Mental Health Association of Canada and the World Indigenous Conference.


Using Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition in Qualitative Self Assessment

Uniting Two Conceptualizations of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), this one day workshop explores the use of holistic methods to assist clients in gaining self-knowledge useful in career planning and self-development. This workshop is based on earlier presentations to the Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment, and the inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference.


Using Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) to Build the Aboriginal Self: Combining Career Counselling and Mental Health

This two day workshop for counsellors, instructors and facilitators teaches a holistic form of PLAR that is respectful of indigenous peoples’ choices to choose from a spectrum of possibilities in building healthy personal selves. The workshop begins by examining traditional methods of documenting past experience for academic credit and how such activities generate new knowledge of one’s self. Methods of developing a holistic view of that self are presented along with exercises to facilitate goal setting and planning for positive transitional change – all in a setting of healthy identity construction. This workshop is built on previous presentations to the Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.


Systematic Comprehensive Assessment for Lifelong Learning

Since all directed or transitional change involves formal or informal prior assessment, it is important that such assessment involving educational and career choices be done competently. This three day workshop is directed toward counsellors, administrators, and educators in institutions promoting educational and career development. It couples an institutions current assessment strategies with a holistic understanding of student or client informal processes of self-assessment, informal evaluation, assessment of interests, goals and worldview, prior learning recognition (both holistic and challenge-for-credit), placement and achievement assessment, curriculum referenced assessment, ability and diagnostic assessment, counselling assessment and exit planning. This workshop will enable organizations to improve instructional strategies, organize program delivery and assist in the development of career and counselling strategies.


Individualized Planning with Respect to Learning Disabilities

This one day workshop designed for teachers and instructors reviews the symptoms that may indicate a learning disability leading to a referral for diagnosis. This workshop also reviews a series of strategies that may be implemented by educators in combating a series of disabilities including verbal disabilities, non-verbal disabilities and attention deficit disorder.


Applying Learning Styles to Classroom Instruction

This one day workshop reviews the recognition and assessment of various learning styles how such learning styles may be accommodated in classroom instruction. Teachers and instructors taking this workshop will recognize that students have individualized learning styles and preferences and will explore how such learning styles may be used in lesson planning. The view is presented that most of us have the capacity to learn in a number of styles which evolve as we mature. Teachers at the adult, adolescent and child levels of instruction will be interested in this workshop.


Basic Skills for the Education Counsellor

Defining counselling as basic problem solving skills developed in client’s who have essentially an intact self, this five day workshop develops the capacity of counsellors in an educational setting to assist students in career selection, personal development and crisis intervention. Foundational elements of such counselling are covered, rapid intervention models and cross-cultural considerations including limitations of standardized instruments. Methods of understanding a holistic view of the client’s self are practised.


Diagnosing organizational culture and building effective teams

Combining an assessment of organizational culture with an assessment of employee personality and conflict resolution styles, this three to four day workshop is designed to build awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity in meeting organizational goals. The objectives of this exercise are to improve individual and group interactions, increase employee and organizational satisfaction, increase team efficiency and reduce destructive conflicts. This workshop can be combined with pre-workshop organizational assessments and post-workshop recommendations to increase long-term organizational effectiveness.

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