Resilience Workshop for Activists


On June 14th I facilitated a workshop at the Amnesty International Toronto Organization Regional Meeting. I shared some ideas and sparked discussion on the topic of staying healthy and resilient as activists.

ai-candle-yellowThis workshop connected my 23 years as an Amnesty member and volunteer with my professional experience as a counsellor and coach. We explored issues such as: staying committed and engaged as activists, avoiding burnout, and steps for cultivating greater resilience.

Thanks to the organizers for a great day of learning and activism!

I am now using this topic of avoiding burnout and cultivating resilience to create workshop sessions for non-profit workers and I look forward to announcing more workshops in the coming months.

 

New Event for Coaches & Counsellors

You might have heard about my collaboration with some career and life coaching colleagues: Tikkato. We aim to host workshops and events that promote personal and professional growth and foster new connections.

Our next event is a professional development program for coaches and counsellors of all types. If you’re in a helping profession and you coach or counsel clients, please check out the details and join us on October 18, 2013.

cornucopia graphic image squareCoaching Cornucopia! Tools for Clarity & Transformation: 

Friday, October 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Downtown Toronto. Advance registration required.

Nine experienced coaches from a variety of fields will share 10-minute presentations about their favourite coaching tools and strategies, with time for questions, connecting, and discussion.

At this event you will:

  • Be introduced to 9 different, “road-tested” tools for coaching clients – how to use them and how they help clients – on topics from cultivating self-awareness to asking powerful questions to clarifying life direction
  • Engage in Q & A sessions and informal post-presentation discussions
  • Mingle with the speakers and other participants to share ideas and connect with new colleagues
  • Leave with one-page summaries of the 9 tools presented

See all the details and follow the registration link on the Tikkato website.

Supporting Internationally Trained Lawyers

This spring and summer I had a part-time contract with the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law offering career counselling services to lawyers educated in other countries who are seeking to complete their qualifications to be licensed lawyers in Ontario. It was a great chance for me to once again connect my first career with my career counselling work. And it was a pleasure to work with this diverse and inspiring group of people. In addition to providing individual career counselling, I taught a 7-week Career Development Skills class. I wish everyone in the program great success with their exams, internships, and job search.

Small Business Arts Forum 2013

 

I met some energized and engaged creative entrepreneurs at the annual Small Business Arts Forum yesterday at the North York Civic Centre. As a partner with the Artists’ Health Alliance, I facilitated a round table on Career Well-Being. We had some good discussion about what promotes and sustains well-being and career growth. You can view and download my handout for the event. See the forum program details online here.

 

The Resilient Job Seeker

Thanks to the Times Change Women’s Employment Centre for hosting me on December 11th to facilitate a workshop for their clients. We had an excellent discussion about strengthening personal resilience to persevere with a job search. Thanks to the many women who attended and shared their ideas and experience!

Healthy Measures of Success Workshop

My 2nd fall workshop with the Artists’ Health Alliance is on November 7th at Lakeshore Arts (2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West). See the details and registration information here.

Here is the workshop description:

The stories we tell ourselves about success and failure significantly impact our actions, attitudes and emotional well-being. In this clinic, participants will explore how they evaluate the evolution of their artistic careers and acknowledge growth.

Through discussion and interactive exercises, participants will:

  • become more aware of the influences on their definitions of success and how they assess experiences as good or bad
  • explore the value of a “growth mindset” in setting career expectations and in responding to failures, mistakes, and comparisons to others
  • leave with tools and resources for establishing benchmarks, evaluating progress, and finding support

Artists’ Work & Well-Being Workshop Oct. 11th >> open to all artists

Thanks to the Artists’ Health Alliance and the OCADU Alumni Association, I will once again be facilitating Artists’ Work & Well-Being: Making Your Day Job Work for You. This is a workshop that I have offered a few times before with the Artists’ Health Alliance (formerly the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation).

Registration is now open for all artists, not just OCAD grads. You can register here. The workshop is on Thursday October 11th at 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Health Alliance. The cost is $20.

Here’s the short workshop description: In this clinic, participants will determine the best day job options for their creative time and personal well-being. Through discussion of their daily needs, creative needs, strengths and transferable skills, they will: describe their ideal day job, evaluate recent employment and new job options, and plan for next steps.

Enriching Your Work in Culture

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming free workshop series hosted by Work In Culture. They are hosting 4 weekly workshops for artists during small business month (otherwise known as October) that will demystify the language of business for creative professionals from any discipline.

Topics include: visioning the future of your creative business; overcoming financial hurdles like pricing and negotiating; making social media work for you; and how to be resilient to survive and thrive in the long-term.

I’ll be facilitating the session on resilience on October 24th. We’ll focus on how to stay motivated and supported so you can weather the ups and downs of running a business and realize your creative and entrepreneurial dreams.

The first session is October 3rd, so register soon. All sessions will be held at the Parkdale Public Library. Find all the details on the beautiful new Work In Culture website here.