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Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Afternoon Discussion Series - "The Delicate Dance of Helping"

Facilitated by Tom Regehr | Special Guest Dr. Peter Ferentzy PhD & Crackhead
presented by CAST Canada

3 Thursdays - Mar 21, April 25, May 23
12:00 - 1:00 - meet, great & eat *
1:00 - 3:30 - Discussion
$40 per person or $100 per person for the entire series.
Hosted at the Murray St Baptist Church, Peterborough, ON

* Doors will open at noon with coffee available. Please feel free to bring your lunch and come to connect and network before we get started at 1:00!

Mar 21: The Myth of 'Bottoming Out' vs Creating Readiness
The idea that people need to suffer more or "bottom out" to come to a point of change is not only a wrong idea it is dangerous.
Discussion pints include,

- Where did the idea of 'bottoming out' come from, who does it serve?
- If poeple do not need to 'bottom out', can readiness for change can be created?
- exploring readiness - what needs to be in place, how to build it.
- exploring the idea of, and the nature of working with the 'non-compliant client'
- delivering uncomfortable truths - what are our fears? How do we choose what issues to confront, when/how to deal with difficult issues?

Apr 25: The Myth: 'Leave your emotions at the door when you leave work'
Possible? Dangerous? "I can't do that, I am a whole compassionate person."
Creating a realistic approach and balance to the myth that you must 'turn off' at the end of the day.
Discusion points include,

- balancing human service work with being human
- the complex emotional burdens of your work
- does 'professionalism' dictate this dichotomy?

May 23: - TBA - topics being considered include;

- Trauma is a factor in all of this work - where do we find balance? Where do I belong
in the continuum of trauma blind, trauma aware, trauma informed, trauma specific etc.
- " All I have to share is my experience" What are the real limits of our own experiences? How
do we safely and productively value personal experience?
- Peer Support - Can it be done safely? Is it a stigmatized career dead-end.
- Political Correctness Gone Wild - Are we stuck in language? Is there honesty in our 'niceness'?'
- Personal Disclosure - does it build relationship or cause comparing or the using olympics!
- Kerri Kightley of the Peterborough Drug Strategy's idea that the concept of Harm Reduction needs to be " exploded to include basic support, mentoring, sharing/teaching of social emotional skills, that makes for a resilient, strong healthy person: Optimal health".

Register here .

This interactive discussion series will explore some challenging issues about helping others from the mindsets of Dr Ferentzy and CAST Canada's Tom Regehr. After brief intro to the ideas we throw open the floor to your ideas. Keeping real, we honour your reality and look fo ways to validate the exprerience, to find new strength, new ideas and tools and ways to move ahead with balance. Each afternoon ends with a discussion and collection of ideas ideas apply to you and your work.

After our last workshop "Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?" Susan Gontier of the Four Counties Brain Injury Association had this to say:

" It was a raw, real and a rare, honest take on the helping relationship…Tom and Dr Ferentzy made me question every notion I’ve ever had about what we do…how we see the sufferer..and how we heal. … don’t miss this one! "
3 Discussion Topics - Resigter for one or all 3!


*Facilitated by Tom Regehr of CAST Canada. - Tom is a popular facilitator, speaker and educator on issues of Trauma and Addictions. He uses a gentle, frank approach to deliver truths with honesty and humour.

*With Dr. Peter Ferentzy, Crackhead and author of 'Dealing with Addiction: Why the 20th Century was Wrong!'

*And with Becca Partington of CAST Canada. - Becca has direct experience in frontline work as a helping professional such as yourself. She is also experienced both professionally and personally on issues of caregiver stress and the inherent need to be grounded within your work.


During the day we will draw on:

- The personal and professional experience of you, the participants
- CAST Canada educational 'nuggets', phrases and snippets of ideas distilled down over years of conversations with Ontario front line workers like you.

The day will include:

- Open and interactive discussion about trauma, how it affects the client, you the worker ...
- Educational material from CAST Canada, chosen by consensus, delivered by story, concluded with discussion

647 George St N., Peterborough, ON 705 -749-6145


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