Keynotes, Presentations and Workshops

All of the following presentations and workshops can be modified and adapted to suit the needs of your event time frame and audience.

Keynote address  (60-90 minutes) 

These inspirational presentations will provide important insight into the risks and the benefits of working with people, and will encourage an atmosphere of honesty, humour and compassion in the workplace. Participants will learn the importance of mindfulness and other practical strategies that promote self care and resiliency in helping professionals or caregivers.

Self-care begins with self: Creating awareness and maintaining balance
Understanding who we are is a critical step in establishing boundaries and developing a system of self-care that may reduce our risk for compassion fatigue, or vicarious trauma. This presentation will include an overview of literature describing how helping professionals can be psychologically impacted by their work, and will offer an overview of strategies that support self-care at the individual level.

Present and Presence: The Gifts of Mindfulness and Connection

This presentation will focus on the importance of understanding the potential impact of chronic stress and trauma on our clients and our selves, and the potential for mindfulness and connection to support self-care and healing, maintain resiliency and transform compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction.

Celebrating our compassion

This presentation will focus on recognizing and understanding the unique challenges of work related stress on helping professionals, and empowering workers towards wellness and resiliency by focusing on the meaning of our work, and the celebration of our compassion and wisdom.

Full day workshop:

Beyond balance: Professional and Personal self-care for counsellors (Full day: five hours)

Compassion fatigue is a term used to describe a unique form of emotional burnout that may
result from our close emotional contact with other people’s emotional pain, stress and trauma.
This presentation will include an overview of literature describing how helping professionals
can be impacted by their work, including:

o Discussion of the concepts of compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and
vicarious trauma
o The difference between burnout and compassion fatigue
o The science involved in the transmission of emotion between people
o Signs of compassion fatigue
o Risk and protective factors
o Self assessment tools and self-care plans
o Practical strategies that promote resiliency and self-care at the individual,
professional group and organizational level

This engaging full-day presentation will include critical information for those working closely with other people’s emotional stress and trauma. The workshop includes a review of literature describing how helping professionals can be psychologically impacted by their work including real life examples of signs and symptoms.  Risk and protective factors will be discussed, and self-assessment tools provided.  Participants will learn about the science involved in the transmission of emotion between people, and will increase their awareness of the need for professional boundaries.

Two day workshop for helping professionals:

Understanding trauma: Ours and theirs (two days)

This extended two day workshop includes and builds upon the extensive information and insight provided in the full day workshop (Beyond Balance, as outlined above) and in addition, provides more information, current research, and participant interaction on such important topics as:

The brain on stress: Understanding our physiological reactions to stress and to traumatic events from a neuropsychological and evolutionary perpective, as well as our own personality based reactive stress. The workshop teaches mindfulness strategies to promote acceptance and compassion towards ourselves and others.

Personality, defense mechanisms and our human tendancy towards avoiding pain through addictions and compulsive activity.

Understanding how trauma and lack of early attachment can have an affect on the brain and body; the transmission of trauma between people and generations; overview of important features of trauma therapies and awareness of treatment options for trauma survivors.


Building Healthy Tragic Events Teams (full or half day)

Tragic events or crisis response teams have a very tough job to do when responding to school or community tragedy. Developing good protocol, procedures and practice opportunities are critical, but the need for team building and counsellor self-care is another often neglected aspect of crisis intervention. This new workshop covers both the procedures and the practices that can help your team stay resilient and healthy in the face of difficult circumstances.



Fee information is available upon request.

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Workshops can be designed to meet your organizational needs.
Fees do not include travel, meals or accommodation expenses.
Mileage will be charged at the Alberta Government rate.