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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.

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled seven or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively, you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than seven days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel and accommodation arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

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Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. For live-stream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

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Concerns and Grievances

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Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

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