How to Support Someone in Their Walk With Grief

John Koop Harder

A central theme throughout my Walking With Grief workshop is the importance of offering support by “sitting with,” acknowledging, and witnessing other people’s pain rather than trying to make things better. We need to understand that this pain is there for a reason – the greater the love, the greater the loss. Trying to shift the pain away before the … Read More

How to Improve Well-Being Through Grit and Gratitude

Vicki Enns

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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

How to Recover from Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Shelly Qaultieri

Enduring the many waves of the pandemic as a therapist has been a perfect recipe for compassion fatigue and burnout. We have lived through the exact same situation as our clients over the past two years – isolation, being down and out with COVID, sick family members and friends – all while trying to navigate how we feel about the … Read More

Helping Refugees – Trauma and Transformation

Vicki Enns

With millions of people needing to flee their homes and seek refuge in other parts of the world, the stories of refugee individuals and families will interweave with people all over the world.  If you are one offering support in some fashion, how will your own story be influenced by theirs? Many of us as helpers are familiar with stories … Read More

5 Ways to Incorporate Photovoice in Counselling

Briar Schulz

A picture is worth a thousand words . . . If someone had asked me what place photographs held in counselling 15 years ago, I would have responded with “On the wall.” Thankfully, my eyes were finally opened to the creative possibilities photography can offer both clients and clinicians in revealing information beyond typical talk therapy. Credit must be given … Read More

4 Ways to Engage Fathers in the Counselling Process

John Koop Harder

The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, “Engaging Fathers,” explores the importance of fathers in families and how counsellors can involve dads in the counselling process so they can get to know themselves better, improve their relationships, and feel empowered in their role. Regardless of why a father … Read More

3 Ways Helpers Can Prevent Burnout

Kevin Singh

While anyone can experience burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, professional helpers who work in the health care and social services fields are more susceptible than the general population. Helping others as a career can be rewarding, but it can also come at an unspoken cost. Defining Our Terms Burnout Burnout is exactly what it sounds like. People get “burned … Read More

Navigating the Harmful Impact of Microaggressions

Krystel Salandanan

Clients come to therapy to process their everyday experiences and stress. When these events are comments or actions that negatively impact members of a marginalized group, they are called microaggressions. No matter the intent, these subtle, everyday experiences work to convey messages of unconscious bias. Some examples of microaggressions include a client who is fed up with their family members, … Read More

5 Principles of Restorative Justice for Your Community, School, or Organization

Aaron Lyons

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Leaders and decision-makers in many settings are faced with the challenge of how to respond when people break rules and harm relationships. Restorative justice is an approach that can address violations while beginning the process of mending relationships. What is the most effective response when a student damages school property? What about when an employee uses discriminatory or aggressive language … Read More

Supporting Children in Times of Global Stress

Vicki Enns

Whether children hear the news directly or feel the impact of heightened strain through other people, they look to the adults around them to help make sense of their feelings and thoughts. With some thoughtful steps, we can support both ourselves and the children we care for to better manage the impact of the news and avoid being overwhelmed. Here … Read More