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Workplace meetings: AIM HIGHER

According to TedTalks presenter Jason Fried, “meetings are just toxic, terrible, poisonous things during the day at work”. So in this TedTalk, he describes creative ways to NOT have meetings. Alternatively, you could learn to run better meetings. In her upcoming Fall workshop, Ruth Armstrong will help you: Improve problem-solving, decision-making and collaborations by focusing on group […]

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Doug Smith – Grief

We are thrilled that LES Fall 2019 presenter, Doug Smith, is returning to Toronto to present Rewriting Stories of Loss and Grief: Effective Counselling Skills in Difficult Situations. Drawing on both personal and professional experience, we asked Doug to answer some commonly asked questions. Grief is traditionally an emotional response to loss. How do you work [...]
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Take my picture! I want to be on a Postcard

This past winter, LES Speaker, Deirdre Faye, travelled to India to attend an Ayurvedic Retreat. Along the way, she encountered a band of women tea pickers and was reminded once again of our shared humanity: A note for you from Deidre's e-newsletter:   There are things we all need, so common to our humanity that we [...]
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EMDR with Roy Kiessling: What you need to know

We are very pleased that Roy Kiessling is returning to present the 5 day Basic EMDR training in BOTH Toronto and Vancouver. We recently sat down with Roy to ask him frequently-asked questions about EMDR training and here are his answers! It is important to understand how the EMDR trainings work and the importance of [...]
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3C’s for Healthy Relationships

Relationships that are 50/50 are flatlined. Relationship dynamics will go up and down based on communication, compromise and commitment, the 3C's. Spring 2019 Speaker Elder Little Brown Bear discusses how to use the 3C's to build healthy relationships within romantic relationships and non-romantic relationships alike. These can also be used in business and with clients.
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Working with Anger

While preparing to meet with Elder Little Brown Bear, an email popped up from NPR titled "How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger" about the use of calming strategies and storytelling from childhood leading to less angry adults. While Elder Little Brown Bear is from a different region, we had to ask him about [...]
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Cultural Appropriation and Traditional Indigenous Healing Practices

Spring 2019 Speaker, Elder Little Brown Bear, answers: what are some challenges that non-indigenous therapists face when trying to integrate Traditional Indigenous Healing practices and perspectives into their work? Working with community members means understanding the lifestyle, The Seven Grandfathers, The Medicine Wheel, ceremonies, songs, drumming, elders, and how all this works with healing in a [...]
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The core skills of DBT

She’s baaaaaaaack! DBT expert clinician Sheri Van Dijk returns with her signature workshops  Calming the Emotional Storm: Helping Clients Manage Their Emotions with DBT (May 9 – 10) and DBT: Beyond the Basics (May 11). What’s all the fuss? Why do we keep inviting her back and why do audiences want to know about DBT? […]