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Cindy Deschenes, MSW, RSW


Cindy is from the Kitigan Zibi and Kitiganik Algonquin communities in Quebec. In her career, she has worked with numerous First Nations and non-First Nations communities and schools. Cindy is a Registered Social Worker and her educational background includes a diploma and undergraduate degree in Addictions Counselling and a Master’s degree in Social Work. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a small private practice and is working on her PhD research in the area of mental health and wellbeing. As a helper, her approach draws on holistic, Indigenous worldviews and practices that have included storytelling, ceremony, trickster teachings, traditional games, and arts. She believes that although some of us may feel broken inside, we are never truly broken as we each hold four sacred gifts that enable every one of us to tap into these if we so choose. As a fun-loving, kind-hearted presenter and trainer, Cindy weaves her lived experiences and traditional cultural knowledge into her training, and believes in working with the shared wisdom and values of every individual in the room.

Read blogs written by Cindy here.

November 2021

LIVE VIRTUAL
Certificate in Responding to Trauma and Grief
for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

Nov 15 - Nov 19, 2021 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time)
Price: $1,799.00 CAD (regular rate)
Self-Guided Certificate in Crisis and Trauma Response

This is a live virtual event using Zoom, an online meeting platform. Please check system requirements prior to registering.

This is an open enrollment public 5-day certificate program for those working in Indigenous communities & organizations. This program blends both Western and Indigenous perspectives, and provides participants an opportunity to develop a set of competencies for effectively responding to people experiencing trauma and grief.

Learn more...

December 2021

LIVE VIRTUAL Lateral Violence

Working Towards Solutions
for Indigenous Communities & Organizations

Dec 15 - Dec 16, 2021 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time)
Price: $429.00 CAD (*early rate) $479.00 CAD (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 24, 2021
Lateral Violence – Working Towards Solutions photo

This is a live virtual event using Zoom, an online meeting platform. Please check system requirements prior to registering.

Lateral violence occurs when harmful behaviours we experience show up in our interactions with others. It is expressed in many forms including lack of trust, favouritism, and poor communication – these issues typically lead to conflict between individuals or within an entire group.

Learn more...

February 2022

LIVE VIRTUAL
Certificate in Responding to Trauma and Grief
for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

Feb 28 - Mar 04, 2022 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time)
Price: $1,299.00 CAD (*early rate) $1,799.00 CAD (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 28, 2022
Self-Guided Certificate in Crisis and Trauma Response

This is a live virtual event using Zoom, an online meeting platform. Please check system requirements prior to registering.

This is an open enrollment public 5-day certificate program for those working in Indigenous communities & organizations. This program blends both Western and Indigenous perspectives, and provides participants an opportunity to develop a set of competencies for effectively responding to people experiencing trauma and grief.

Learn more...

March 2022

LIVE VIRTUAL Lateral Violence

Working Towards Solutions
for Indigenous Communities & Organizations

Mar 30 - Mar 31, 2022 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time)
Price: $429.00 CAD (*early rate) $479.00 CAD (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 09, 2022
Lateral Violence – Working Towards Solutions photo

This is a live virtual event using Zoom, an online meeting platform. Please check system requirements prior to registering.

Lateral violence occurs when harmful behaviours we experience show up in our interactions with others. It is expressed in many forms including lack of trust, favouritism, and poor communication – these issues typically lead to conflict between individuals or within an entire group.

Learn more...
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