“Helping is Healing”: words to reflect on for International Volunteer Day

Helping is healing. It’s such a profound and true statement that Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury wrote an entire chapter about it in ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’. These are perfect words to reflect on today, for International Volunteer Read the rest

Occupational therapy and trauma: what is it and how does it help?

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month in Canada, and it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the amazing work Occupational Therapists (OTs) do for so many people, including those who have suffered some form of trauma.

Kim Barthel is one such … Read the rest

The lingering trauma of natural disasters

All around the world, communities and people are struggling to cope with natural disasters. For thousands of people, it is the hundreds of wildfires burning through parts of Western Canada, for others, it’s the looming hurricane heading for Hawaii. And … Read the rest

Why you need to hear Kim and Theo speak

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Co-authoring the best-selling book, ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ was just the first step for Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury. Since the release of their book, they have co-facilitated hundreds of talks and workshops on trauma, healing and many different topics … Read the rest

When it comes to addiction, do you ever ask “why”?

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Questions surrounding addiction continue to be at the centre of the media and headlines lately, asking things like: should we change policy to prevent addiction? Should gaming be a mental health disorder? How does the opioid epidemic Read the rest

In lieu of New Year’s resolutions…

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As we bid farewell to 2017, many of us will start to craft our New Year’s resolutions; but have you ever noticed that resolutions seem to point out all the things that are wrong about ourselves? Resolutions often take shape … Read the rest

How to set boundaries during the holidays

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The holidays are a time for gratitude, traditions and togetherness, but without boundaries, this time of year can be emotionally draining and stressful for some.

A boundary refers to a limit, but when we speak about boundaries in psychological terms, we … Read the rest

What it means to hold space for someone

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Sharing your story is an important part of the healing process, and we feel comfortable sharing when we feel safety that the person listening is present and receiving the information well. When we feel vulnerable enough to share, we are looking … Read the rest