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Michelle Bentley, MA, RP, RMFT


Michelle is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education. She draws on her educational background, 15 years of group facilitation, and agency and private practice experience to add a personalized touch to her workshops. Michelle maintains a private practice with individuals, families and children and specializes in mental health, trauma, eating disorders and coping with family changes. She believes that helpers are more effective when they have a non-judgmental perspective and compassionate curiosity for both themselves and their clients. As a facilitator, Michelle brings her knowledge of learning principles to provide an interactive, engaging and participant-centred experience, incorporating practical information attendees can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.

Upcoming Events

February 2018

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

Feb 12 - Feb 13, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 22, 2018
The impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system and how it can result in longer term symptoms at physical, psychological and emotional levels. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed and key principles and strategies that apply to a diverse range of impacts in children, adolescents and adults are… Learn more...

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace – Rights and Responsibilities

Feb 26, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 249.00 (*early rate) $ 279.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 05, 2018
This workshop is offered through ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance. For leaders and managers, dealing with issues related to mental health in the workplace can be challenging and difficult to navigate. It is essential that leadership has the capabilities to manage mental health because early identification and support can lead to continued productivity, retention of employees and overall satisfaction in the workplace. Learn more...
March 2018

Understanding Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

Mar 05, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 11, 2018
Children and youth need the adults in their lives to help navigate the difficulties that come along with mental health and to connect them with necessary support and services. This workshop is designed for education and social service providers, caregivers and anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexities that surround mental illness with this population. Participants will be provided with a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, signs and symptoms, themes for treatment and… Learn more...

Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories

Mar 19, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 26, 2018
We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. Learn more...

Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories

Mar 23, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 02, 2018
We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. Learn more...
April 2018

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

Apr 23, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires April 02, 2018
Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. Learn more...
May 2018

Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss

May 14 - May 15, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires April 23, 2018
Every person at some point in life will experience grief and loss, a profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to the death of a loved one, the experience of separation/divorce, intergenerational loss or the loss of opportunity. While there are similarities in how individuals work through loss, grief is a complicated and unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are… Learn more...

Mental Health Awareness and Support

May 17, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires April 26, 2018
Offered through ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. Learn more...
June 2018

Motivating Change – Strategies for Approaching Resistance

Jun 18 - Jun 19, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 28, 2018
Helping professionals regularly encounter challenging forms of resistance in their clients, and feel unable to respond in an effective way. This workshop is geared towards those new to working with resistant clients or professionals who are looking for new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with. Participants will be challenged to reassess their methods of interacting with resistant clients, and bring a new, collaborative, client-centered approach to their work. Learn more...
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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 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 7 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 arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register Early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

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 to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shoppping cart, add quanitity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise throughout your interaction with the CTRI office or our workshop please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected].

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.

The following associations have formally approved our workshops:

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
www.ccpa-accp.ca

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
www.cpca-rpc.ca

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
www.aswb.org

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
www.nbcc.org

Alberta College of Social Workers
www.acsw.ab.ca
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)
www.vracanada.com

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
www.acctcounsellor.com

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)
www.cavewas.com

To have your organization or association listed here, please contact [email protected]