Fall 2014 Workshop for Managers: Guide to Stress, Burnout and Trauma in the Workplace

Growing Volume of Work…More Complex Cases…

Shrinking Budgets…Overwhelmed and Stressed-Out Staff…

What can you do, as a manager?

overworked businessman

Develop strategies to address STRESS and TRAUMA in your workforce

Join us for 2 days of hands-on, concrete tools for Managers working in High Stress, Trauma-Exposed settings 

An intensive 2-day program with Dr Patricia Fisher, R.Psych., L.Psych. Canada’s leading expert in trauma-exposed environments.

September 23-24, 2014

9:00am-4:30pm (registration 8:30am)

Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario.

**Spaces limited to 25 participants – register early**

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Upcoming events of interest

Public Service Announcements: From time to time, we post events that are occurring in the community that we think may be of interest to our readers. We are not affiliated with these events, but post them as a public service.

Dr Allan Wade: Drops of Longing – An introduction to response-based practice in context

Dr Wade has a fascinating perspective on our use of language as it relates to resistance, violence and trauma and ways to integrate this into our work with clients. Two great days of learning.

February 26-27, 2014

Hincks-Dellcrest Institute, Toronto, On.

For information click here

Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW: Level 1 Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers

Toronto: March-April 2014

Montreal: May 2014

Toronto: June 2014

Click here for more information

Leading Edge Seminars Spring 2014 Series: Toronto – Click here for more information

Dr John Briere: New Developments in the Treatment of Complex Trauma

Many of you know that I am a huge fan of Dr John Briere’s work on Trauma Treatment. His workshops are extremely informative and he’s a riveting presenter.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Highland Country Club, London, On.

More information visit or call 226-268-230

How will you navigate the changing landscape of your work?

Has your work changed?

Is there more stress and uncertainty in your job than there used to be?

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57% of Canadians report high levels of stress

 1/3 Canadians put work first and let it interfere with family

(Duxbury & Higgins, 2012)


In 1991, according to the Duxbury study on work-life balance, 46% of Canadians reported being satisfied with life. In 2012, it has plummeted to 23%. As many of you know first-hand, the recent economic downturn has led to significant budgetary compressions in the public purse. As a result, many of us working in the helping fields and in the civil service have experienced massive changes: layoffs, reorganizations, job abolitions, changes in mandate, elevated conflict and a lot of uncertainty and fear of what is yet to come. Over the past ten years, I have crisscrossed the country many times to offer compassion fatigue training in nearly every province and territory. During my workshops, I get to meet with public sector employees, health care workers and other helping professionals as well as with management and human resources. Lately, I have been hearing the same words from nearly everyone I meet:  “change”,  “stress”, “conflict”, “uncertainty” and “overload”.

Is this true for you as well?

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Los Angeles Vicarious Trauma Conference Nov 8-9, 2012

Here are the presentation slides from the November 8-9 Vicarious Trauma conference in Los Angeles, as promised. Please consider joining our mailing list to receive notices of upcoming events.

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June 12-13, 2012 Compassion Fatigue Conference

Focusing on Organizational Health and Hands-on Wellness Strategies


Full Program now available!

Here is the amazing lineup for the June 12-13, 2012 Compassion Fatigue Conference which will be held in Kingston, Ontario. I am thrilled to be able to bring together such a talented and diverse group of presenters. Take a look below – your biggest challenge will be deciding which workshops to attend! Please don’t delay in signing up, though – last year, this was a sold out event. Click here for registration information.

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Workshop with Dr Allan Wade April 24-25th, 2012

Public Service Announcement: 

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2012

“Moving Forward” Witnessing Victims’ Resistance to Violence with Dr Allan Wade, Ph.D.

April 24-25th, Roblin, On.

Cost: $55.00 per person (lunch included)


2 day workshop in Response Based Training: This workshop will present current research on violence, trauma, language and social responses in cases of violence. Participants will learn gentle, straightforward and effective interviewing skills for honouring victims’ responses and resistance to violence, identifying offenders’ pre-existing ability to act respectfully, and promoting positive social responses.

Included in the two days are 2 Keynote Speakers:

Tuesday April 24th: Donna French – Personal Story
Wednesday April 25th: Yvonne Harvey – “Stop Blaming the Victim” – The Impact of Murder on the Family Unit
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Location: Roblin Wesleyn Church
3100 County Rd 41
Roblin, Ontario
Sponsors: Lennox & Addington Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee & Policy Centre for Victim Issues- Department of Justice Canada
For more information contact: Trish Reid @ 613-354-8937 x 117

Compassion Fatigue Workshop coming to Halifax

Walking the Walk: Creative tools for transforming compassion fatigue with Françoise Mathieu, February 23, 2012 9:00-4:00. The Westin, downtown Halifax.

If you are a Halifax resident, please consider coming to this one day compassion fatigue workshop. This event is being sponsored by Connections Halifax.Early bird rate $120.00 (before Feb 14) and regular rate $150.00 To download a registration form, please click here. 

Photos from the 2011 Compassion Fatigue Conference

Click here to view a few images from last June’s event!

Walking the Walk Workshop coming to Montreal and Toronto in 2012

With Françoise Mathieu

Sponsored by the Hincks Dellcrest Centre

Montreal, February 7th 2012, McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal.

February 5, 2012 update: please note the Montreal Workshop scheduled for Feb 7th has been postponed to the Fall. The date will be set shortly

Toronto, March 29, 2012, Oakham House, Ryerson University. 63 Gould Street, Toronto.

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