Intergenerational Trauma, Healing, and Resiliency

Elizabeth Shein

intergenerational trauma, trauma, trauma-informed, indigenous, truth and reconciliation

Leaving Home “I still remember the smell of the cold metal inside the float plane. It took me far away from home and I was never the same after that . . . They took my culture, they took my language, they took me from my family, my people, the animals, my land, everything I knew and loved.” In a … Read More

Mindful Eating – #stormchips Trending

Elizabeth Shein

mindful eating, eating, food, chips, awareness, attention, gratitude

I live in Atlantic Canada and right now we are in the midst of yet another snow storm. As a result, weather reporters are urging us to stock up on “Storm Chips.” This phenomenon blew up a year ago when Stephanie Domet, a CBC radio host in Halifax, tapped into the zeitgeist in the Maritimes. Storm coming? Better get my … Read More

Just Sit There! – An Important Counselling Tip

Vicki Enns

I train a lot of people in various counselling skills. Sometimes I catch myself talking and talking, then wondering: Is this actually helpful? It’s relatively easy to talk about and even teach counselling skills. There is a lot of material out there to draw from, including plenty of research telling us what people find the most helpful and lots of models … Read More

Domestic Violence: Mind Your Business by Making It Your Business!

Sheri Coburn

domestic violence, domestic violence awareness month, awareness

Since 1987, November has officially been Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It seems obvious what the purpose of any formally designated awareness-raising month is: stand up for the cause, donate any resources you have to offer, increase awareness, work to eradicate, and remember those impacted. But less obvious is what this equates to the other 11 months of the year. What … Read More

Tips for Practicing Mindful Listening

Elizabeth Shein

mindful listening, mindfulness, listen, present, mindful communication

How often do you find yourself in a conversation with a friend, partner, or colleague and realize you have no idea what was just said? If you are like most people, it happens every day, and often. We live in a fast-paced world and our minds are often scattered and unruly. You might even be interested in what’s being said, … Read More

What’s the deal with “Mental Health”?

Michelle Bentley

mental health, mental illness, well-being, self care, wellness

Our understanding of mental health is changing. On days when I am rushing between commitments and feeling frazzled, when I overreact in a hurtful way to something someone does or says (usually someone I care about, too!), or when I find myself forgetting what intent took me from one room to another, then I don’t feel very mentally healthy. A … Read More

How Important Is Violence Threat Assessment?

Randy Grieser

violence, potential for violence, assessment, threat assessment

I recently attended a conference related to violence and the assessment for its potential. I have attended many of these conferences over the years and have often seen a common punitive response presented for those who utter threats or are viewed as having the potential to escalate towards violence. However, at the last conference I went to, I was pleasantly … Read More