6 Ways to Improve Dementia Care

Wilma Schroeder

Dementia is a growing concern as it appears to be increasing worldwide. Those of us providing help and counselling will encounter more people impacted by dementia, so we need to be prepared to support them. Dementia diagnoses are often met with fear and distress. The image we have in our minds is of someone slumped in a wheelchair or wandering … Read More

4 Strategies for Developmental Trauma Work

Vicki Enns

Traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescent development can have a distinct shaping influence on the rest of one’s life. Not every bump and bruise will have an impact, and many events will be completely forgotten. However, overwhelming or threatening experiences may yield a traumatic impact and weave themselves into the ongoing development of a person’s body and mind. There are … Read More

Supporting Autonomy – Ethics in Counselling

Vicki Enns

A strong ethical foundation is an important part of any counselling work. It allows counsellors and helpers to be the best version of themselves because they are being proactive in creating a positive environment for those they support. Although ethics are mostly regarded as a set of rules that describe what should be avoided in the counselling context (e.g., financial … Read More

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

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

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

6 Benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy

Wilma Schroeder

“How can we help a nonverbal youth express their emotions?” I provide clinical support at a group home for youth who have experienced trauma, and this question was asked by one of the support workers during a meeting. It struck me then, as it has before, how much we rely on verbal communication in therapy. My immediate answer was to … Read More

Tools for Collaborative Counselling

Vicki Enns

Counselling is a collaborative effort between counsellor and client. This shared process means each person involved has agency and responsibility to move it forward. However, it is also very normal for the amount of motivation, energy, and focus that each person brings to vary across meetings, and even at different points in a conversation. It’s like sharing access to the … Read More

Suicide Ideation – 5 Ways to Build Resilience

Tricia Klassen

suicide, suicide ideation, self-harm, self-injury, mental health, counselling, support, therapy, mental illness

Have you ever completed a suicide intervention and then wondered, “What am I supposed to do now?” Most of the information available to us on working with suicide focuses on the initial in-the-moment contact that we make with individuals who are in crisis. We learn how to look for warning signs and invitations, build rapport and approach, explore risk factors … Read More