Carolyn Klassen

The therapist who has heard what no one else gets to hear

Louise Giesbrecht

Enhanced English Skills for Employment

Joanna Fensome

Emploi et Développement Social Canada

Melissa Ashman

Transport Canada

Emery Plett

SCS

Carolyn Klassen

The therapist who has heard
what no one else gets to hear

Louise Giesbrecht

Enhanced English Skills for Employment

Joanna Fensome

Emploi et Développement Social Canada

Keynote sessions

Carolyn’s easygoing compassionate storytelling and teaching leaves listeners inspired and feeling a load has been lifted.

We are wired for connection—it’s why we are here. Yet, in the rush of productivity, relationships can take a back seat. Understanding our inherent desire for connection with others and with ourselves allows us to resource ourselves during times of pain and discomfort. Listeners will leave with 3 concrete strategies of connection to enhance resilience during times of adversity.

Our world uses courage and bravery interchangeably. Fundamentally, they are very different. Understanding the true nature of courage leads to us showing up in our lives in a more fulsome way. In this divisive and challenging world, we need to increase bravery by developing our capacity to exercise courage. Building courage capacity will change your world!

This world is worn out: Inflation, the war in Ukraine, the last years of no travel or being together, the lingering toll of masking and social distancing, the background buzz of new variants in pandemic news, political divisiveness–it’s all hard. Front line staff wonder why middle managers may not be compassionate–not realizing that everyone is struggling and losing capacity to be caring and connected to the people around them.

With stories, science, and sensitivity, Carolyn holds space for how hard it has been in ways that allow everyone to take a deep breath and name the current realities. Somehow, that makes it more possible to show up braver, kinder and ready to face the new challenge.

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Education Sessions

A smaller, more intimate workshop settling allows for more interaction with each other and the material. Carolyn combines teaching, stories, practical exercises and small group discussion to create engaged learning.

Being Wronged Hurts and the Pain of it can get us stuck: Forgiveness as a way of reconnecting with self and others.

We live in a world of systems and families that are created and sustained by humans—all of whom mess up. Mistakes are made, people are careless and thoughtless, and sometimes just mean and nasty. Errors and painful interactions can have painful real world consequences, and create emotional pain.  It hurts to see someone you love be hurt, or to yourself experience wounding at the hands of another in some way. If we cannot transform this pain of being wronged, we are doomed to transmit it. Forgiveness is an inherently selfish act meant to free the forgiver from the intensity of the pain. Drawing from Bishop Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s 4 step process for forgiveness, this workshop will allow participants to hold space for their pain, and explain what forgiveness is (and even more importantly, what it is not), to facilitate the beginning steps to moving forward on a path towards forgiveness.

Before the pandemic, 37% of citizens in my hometown were lonely. When living and working in challenging environments, and busy in our world that is increasingly isolated, people find themselves lonely in a world that doesn’t always allow people to acknowledge the struggle and, well, the loneliness of being lonely. Sometimes, very busy people who are around others all the time find themselves feeling lonely. The pandemic added complexity to this with social distancing—but the problem isn’t new. This workshop will create space for people to acknowledge and honour their own loneliness, and explain some factors that create and increase loneliness as well as explore some first steps towards a life that is less lonely.

Brené Brown’s TED talk about shame and vulnerability went viral over a decade ago and continues to be referenced frequently. She gave us permission and language to talk about the universal experience of shame, the inevitability of vulnerability and yet our desire to avoid both at all costs—and often that cost is high. Understanding the impact of the myths of vulnerability and the four self conscious affects can literally transform the way we interact with ourselves and the world.

Previous Keynotes & Education Sessions

Living Resiliently in a Challenging and Changing World

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Living Resiliently in a Challenging and Changing World

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TNSE Courage Summit

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Exploring Uncertainty, Change and Vulnerability

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Self Compassion, Trust, Vulnerability, Shame, and Wholehearted Living with Anxiety

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Gritty Grace in a Burned Out World

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Gritty Grace in a Burned Out World

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Gritty Grace in a Burned Out World and "You mean I'm not the only one--Grieving and honour our experience together

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