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Resilience in Children – Creative Strategies for Helping


Nov 29 - Nov 30, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM)

Price: 445.00 (regular rate)

Ottawa, Ontario – Best Western Ottawa City Centre

Trainer: Michelle Bentley, MA, RP, RMFT

Michelle Bentley, Trainer for CTRI

About the trainer

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...

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When children are struggling with issues or life crises and attempts at talking do not work, engaging them with alternative approaches will often prove more helpful. Participants of this workshop will develop competency in engaging and communicating with children (ages 3-12) and their natural support systems. Drawing from the expressive arts (play, art, drama) and integrative body-based techniques (mindfulness, sensory, and whole-brain activities); practical skills that promote and build resilience in children will be presented. Informed by attachment theories, developmental psychology, family therapy and neuroscience, this training uses a variety of experiential exercises, role-plays and interactive activities to enhance participant learning.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

 Day 1

  • Attachment Overview: Relationship, Rhythm and Resilience
  • Developmental Knowledge and Putting it in Context
  • What We’ve Learned About Growing Brains - Neuroscience
  • Why Talking Doesn’t Always Work and Strategies that Do
  • Somatic Approaches for Self-regulation - Working with Unsettled Bodies
  • Why Imagination and Play are Still Important
  • Creative Strategies for Engagement and Building Empathy Skills

 Day 2

  • Emotional Literacy and Expressive Techniques
  • Skills for Working with Resistance
  • Building Connection and with Parents/caregivers: How to have Insight Before Giving Advice
  • Tips for Handling Transitions and Crises
  • How to Work with Groups for Maximum Benefit
  • Capacity-building for Prevention and Transformation

Method of Delivery

Experiential practice of activities and exercises, small group work, lecture, video, and case study discussion.

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counselors, parents and caregivers.

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November 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am
November 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Ottawa, Ontario – Best Western Ottawa City Centre
1274 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7K8 Canada
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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)

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)

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