How to Improve Well-Being Through Grit and Gratitude

Vicki Enns

What promotes positive mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual health? This can sometimes be a frustrating pursuit, with confusing and contradictory messages of what we need to become more resilient and improve our overall well-being. Most of us already do many things in our daily lives in the hope of staying or becoming healthier. I have been encouraged by my … Read More

4 Steps for Teaching Children to Manage Conflict

Elaine Conrad

Whether it’s in my private practice, my work at a busy clinic, or as a teacher in a classroom, I encounter conflict. As a therapist, I have listened to couples talk about how they seem to have the same argument over and over again. In a family, conflict might look like disagreements between guardians and their children. At school, conflict … Read More

How to Create a Psychologically Safe Workplace

Kristen Deuzeman

In this climate of overwhelming discourse regarding burnout, workplace harassment, discrimination, and employee engagement, I have frequently been asked about what creates and sustains a psychologically safe workplace. Although workplaces can provide employees with meaning, purpose, and connection, they can also be stressful environments that negatively impact our mental health. We spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else, … Read More

Insights for Working with a Purposeful Single Parent

Jody Lambert

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, Purposeful Single Parenting, explores an increasingly common family structure based on choice.  Connecting with values, examining expectations, and building positive support networks are a few of the themes explored in this chapter. Many people experience unique … Read More

How to Improve Your Relationship With Work

John Koop Harder

I love being a counsellor and trainer, but at times my appreciation for the work influences me to overextend myself. This impacts both myself and my other relationships. As a result, I need to beware of this so I can continue to be healthy in my relationship with my work. A while back I had a dream in which a … Read More

Insights for Counselling Foster Families

Lori McIssac Bewsher

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships –  Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections.  The chapter, Foster Families, encourages thinking broadly about all the relationships involved in the success of a foster family. Building trust, using curiosity, and appreciating the layers of influence from both trauma and resilience are emphasized in … Read More

5 Principles of Trauma-Informed Workplaces

Nathan Gerbrandt

The following information comes from A Little Book about Trauma-Informed Workplaces, written by myself, Randy Grieser, and Vicki Enns. Trauma is prevalent in our world and its effects can ripple out, shaping our interactions and relationships at home and at work. It even affects whole organizations by impacting the ways in which we do our work, serve our clients, and … Read More

Trust the Moment: Why Counselling “Detours” Can Be Beneficial

Wilma Schroeder

I’m in a counselling session with someone who is on long-term disability leave from a stressful job. We have a limited number of sessions paid for by their insurance company, so I am adopting a solution-focused approach. My agenda is to keep the focus on how their life will be different when the problem is gone and to get them … Read More

Tips for Counselling Single Parent Families

Vicki Enns

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, “Single-Parent Families,” explores common challenges and celebrates the strengths of the single-parent family. The power of attachment-based parenting coupled with the unique strengths of each family provide the foundation for the practical skills outlined in this chapter. … Read More

The “Elephant Sisterhood” – and The Importance of Asking for Help

Trish Harper

“Well, it looks like I have a touch of the breast cancer.” These words fell from my friend’s mouth with a thud after she learned the news of some long-awaited medical tests. Although her smile disguised shock and sadness, all of our eyes were moist with tears. Her devastating diagnosis took place just a few weeks before the strange new … Read More