Best Practices for Mindfulness & Stress Reduction at Work

While we may not be able to change many of the situations in our lives, we can control how we perceive, experience and manage them.  In this informative, practical and at times funny course Dr. Chayim Newman will help you understand yourself better, the stressors that impact your life and how to use mindfulness best practices to lead a more balanced and contented life.  Dr. Newman will also talk you through an actual Mindfulness exercise in Part 3, to which you can return whenever you feel the need to relax and refocus.

  • Part 1: Understand Stress in the Workplace and Its Impact
  • Part 2: Learn How Mindfulness Can Noticeably Reduce Stress
  • Part 3: Experience a Mindfulness Meditation 

Presenter: Dr. Chayim Newman, PhD, C. Psych.

Dealing With Difficult People Series

We all encounter difficult people at some point in our personal or professional lives. Dealing with them effectively means learning to manage ourselves, our communication and our understanding of what's really going on with that difficult person.

  • Part 1: Understanding The Difficult Person
  • Part 2: Managing The Difficult Person
  • Part 3: Managing Your Emotions
  • Part 4: Dealing With Coworkers With Bad Attitudes

Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Bot, C. Psych.

Depression: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Feeling "blue” or sad is a normal response to life's challenges and disappointments. Depression is not the same as normal sadness because it overwhelms a person's ability to function in everyday life. Unrelenting feelings of hopelessness and helplessness make even the simplest things, like getting up in the morning, difficult. This in depth seminar series provides you with a foundational understanding of the many facets of depression to better manage it in yourself or to support others.

  • Part 1: Understanding Depression
  • Part 2: Managing Depression
  • Part 3: Tips And Strategies For Managing The Blues
  • Part 4: How To Support Someone Suffering From Depression
  • Bonus: Food And Mood

Managing Addiction Series

In this three-part series you will learn about the various types of addictions; the different reasons people become dependent on substances; how to deal with addictions and how those in a relationship with someone struggling with addictions can communicate, cope and relate to that individual in a more supportive way.

  • Part 1: Understanding Addictions 
  • Part 2: Dealing with Addictions 
  • Part 3: Responding to a Coworker Drinking at Work
Presenter: Sandra Lax, RSW, MSW, Tyler Davis, BA

Managing Anxiety Series

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Everyone experiences anxiety when faced with experiences that overwhelm them. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with our ability to function in our daily lives. In this three part series by Dr. Stephanie Bot you will:

  • Part 1: Understand Anxiety
  • Part 2: Manage My Anxiety
  • Part 3: Help Others Who Have Anxiety

Navigating Life's Losses

The loss of a family member, friend or even a pet we have deeply loved has a profound and lasting impact. Healing isn't linear but layered and the process is unique to each individual. In this thoughtful and informative seminar on grief and loss you will learn about:

  • Anticipated and Unanticipated Losses
  • Stages of Grief (they aren't what you think)
  • Adapting to and Integrating your Losses
  • Life after Loss

Presenter: Annette Bot, MSW, RSW

Resiliency: Strategies for Managing Yourself Through Change

Dealing with change is a normal part of daily life both in our personal lives and our professional ones. Resiliency is defined as elasticity, flexibility and the ability to "bounce back.” How resilient are you? In this seminar you will: 
  • Gain a better understanding of change and what's required to deal with it effectively 
  • Learn how to identify your individual challenges the types of stress that you experience as a result 
  • Develop personal resilience strategies 
Presenter: Marilyn Debora, CTP

Stress Management Series

Reactions to stress account for 80% of doctor visits. Stress reactions are created by both external factors, such as conflict, financial difficulties and caregiving, as well as from internal factors such as how we perceive challenges, problem solving abilities and emotional resilience. When stress is not addressed, it can lead to sickness, mental illness and a hampered ability to function successfully. In this 3 part series leading stress management counsellor Ivana Jackson shows you how to identify and reduce stress in your life. Series includes:

  • Part 1: Understand Stress
  • Part 2: Techniques And Tools
  • Part 3: How Changing My Behavior Will Reduce My Stress

Presenter: Ivana Jackson B.A., M.A., M.S.W., C.S.W.

Stress Resiliency Workshop

We know we are stressed when our bodies and emotions send us danger signals. In this course you will learn to identify the symptoms so you can focus on addressing the root causes of your stress before you become ill.

  • Headache
  • Fatigue & trouble sleeping
  • Back, shoulder, neck pain
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Digestive trouble
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Dizziness and light headedness

Presenter: Dr. Dwight Chapin & Dr. Bronwyn Hill

Turning Challenging Conversations into Successful Collaborations

Conversations become difficult when the person receiving the message responds negatively or when we experience anxiety about delivering the message and don't know what to say or how to say it. This course is unique in that it guides you through self-awareness information and exercises to first deal with your own internal barriers and then provides you with the scripts and skills you need to deliver your difficult conversation in a positive manner. In this course you will: 
  • Understand the internal and external challenges inherent in challenging conversations 
  • Learn scripts for difficult conversations 
  • Identify strategies to handle resistance, anger and manipulation 
Presenter: Donna Marshall, M.A.