Talks & Events

We are proud to offer free talks to our community on a variety of topics. Coping with loss through the holidays, recovering from grief and loss, the Grief Recovery Method®, pet loss support, and PTSD treatment are just a few of the topics we speak about. Feel free to contact us for further information about our upcoming talks and events.

2-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women | Edmonton, AB | March 23-24, 2020

Grief is a deeply painful, lonely, and isolating experience.

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. When someone we care about dies, our relationship ends in divorce, or we experience any of the other 40 forms of loss, we often feel unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with our emotions.

You may be grieving due to one or more of the following losses,

  • death
  • divorce or romantic break-up
  • infidelity
  • pet loss
  • financial change
  • job loss
  • career change
  • moving
  • infertility
  • pregnancy loss
  • loss of health, illness, or injury
  • retirement
  • loss of childhood
  • loss of trust, safety, or control, or
  • loss of faith

Among the many normal reactions we experience after loss include,

  • emotional and physical exhaustion
  • loss of energy and motivation
  • reduced concentration
  • numbness
  • isolation
  • changes in eating and sleeping, and
  • a rollercoaster of emotional energy

Sadly, a majority of us have not been taught how to heal our emotional pain after loss.

Instead, we are told to “move on”, “keep busy”, “be strong”, “wait for time to heal” and eventually, “get over it”. This misinformation further isolates us in our pain and distracts us from our healing.

The wonderful news is, grief does not have to be a life sentence of suffering.

There are actionable tools that can help you to move beyond the pain and heal your heart after loss. Our transformational workshop is a safe and supportive space for you to examine what you’ve been taught about loss, to explore your beliefs about grief, and to complete a set of actions that will enable you to move forward in your life with hope. Once equipped with these tools, you will be able to work through other losses that you may have experienced in your past.

You will take new action within the comfort of a group of women who have all experienced loss.

The heart-to-heart connection that is formed among people who are experiencing parallel emotions, is a powerful force in our willingness to be vulnerable, courageous, and accountable in our healing. It is deeply moving to heal our wounds in partnerships and truly escape the isolation and loneliness that we often feel when we are grieving.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to,

  • Expand your understanding of what grief is and the various types of loss that can create feelings of grief
  • Deepen your understanding of the emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual impact of grief
  • Strengthen your foundation of healthy grieving and coping
  • Demystify and modify limiting beliefs about effective recovery from loss
  • Communicate your emotional truth regarding your losses
  • Share your story in a safe, confidential, and supportive space
  • Identify the losses in your life that are emotionally incomplete
  • Deepen your self-awareness and your awareness in relationships
  • Identify the emotional and behavioural habits that are not serving your healing
  • Assume new ownership in your healing and in your life
  • Take action to emotionally complete your relationship with a person who died, from whom you are now divorced, or any other circumstance
  • Develop lifelong strategies to complete other losses in your life
  • Renew your sense of hope and purpose in life
  • Feel heard and seen by others without judgment, criticism, or analysis

Your workshop facilitator is Ashley Mielke, Registered Psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, and the Founder and Director of the Grief and Trauma Healing Centre Inc. in Edmonton, AB.

Ashley was called to her purpose during a deeply painful time in her life. After years of witnessing her father struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, he died by suicide when she was just 23. In her deepest moments of sorrow, Ashley could not have fathomed that her father’s suicide would be her invitation to a life of service, purpose, and wholehearted living.

Since her father’s death in 2010, Ashley has committed her life to helping hundreds of human beings across Canada courageously take action to move beyond the pain caused by loss. Ashley has facilitated hundreds of Grief Recovery® workshops and has witnessed the incredible transformation in those whom she’s had the privilege of working with.

Ashley leads with compassion, courage, and vulnerability and aims to inspire and instill hope through her story of overcoming. Nothing makes Ashley feel more alive and grateful than the opportunity to impact others lives through the shared human experience of loss.

Your investment for participating is,

$495 with registration by May 1, 2020

$595 with registration by May 22, 2020

Registration includes all materials, coffee, tea, and healthy snacks. Lunch is not included.

You will also receive an invoice after the workshop that can submitted for reimbursement under psychology services if you have benefits coverage.

For registration and payment, please call (780) 288 – 8011. Full refunds are available up until one week prior to the event.

Whether you are grieving due to a recent loss or a loss from long ago, it is never too soon or too late to heal your heart.

We welcome you to participate in our experiential 2-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women scheduled for May 23-24, 2020 at The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre.

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Introduction to Grief and Trauma: A 3-Session Series | March 11, 18, & 25, 2020 | 7-8pm

Join us for a powerful and informative 3-session series on grief and trauma at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre. Each session will be an interactive and experiential opportunity to learn about grief and trauma and to connect with our incredible teammates. There are only 15 spots available for each session! Each session is sold separately.

March 11, 2020 – Session One: Introduction to Grief

During the first session of our series, Gina Baretta will provide an introductory understanding of what grief is, different types of loss, the misinformation that keeps us stuck in our pain, healthy strategies for coping, and actionable steps you can take to heal your heart after loss of any kind. There will be open discussion for attendees to ask questions, examine their own beliefs about grief, and learn what steps to take in order to move beyond the pain caused by loss.

Session Outline:

– Introduction to grief and types of loss

– Misinformation about grief

-Unhelpful versus helpful coping strategies

– Impact of unresolved grief

– The Grief Recovery Method Program

– Final thoughts: debriefing what we’ve discussed and discussing next steps

Speaker Bio:

Gina Baretta is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre and second year Master of Counselling student at City University of Edmonton. Gina has a strong passion for supporting people through loss and has facilitated The Grief Recovery Program through group and individual sessions at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre. She has shared her passion by engaging in public speaking events with Girl Guides, yoga studios, community talks and guest speaking in high schools. She feels deeply privileged to have the opportunity to share her information and looks forward to hearing others stories of vulnerability, bravery and perseverance.

March 18, 2020 – Session Two: Supporting Children Through Grief

During the second session of our series, Samantha Dover will provide a comprehensive understanding of grief and complex/traumatic grief as well as how it impacts and appears in children. Attendees will learn concrete strategies around how to support children navigating loss and will engage in discussions around how best to incorporate these lessons within their own values and lifestyles.

Session Outline:

– Introduction to grief and types of loss

– Misinformation about grief

– How grief appears in children

– The impact of grief on attachment and the impact of trauma on grief

– Strategies for supporting grieving children

– Final thoughts (discussing death, attending funerals, etc.)

Speaker Bio:

Samantha Dover is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre. She holds a Master of Counselling degree and also works part time as an Educator with the Children Youth and Families – Addiction and Mental Health Education team of Alberta Health Services. Sam has an extensive background in the public education and mental health field as the previous Director of Community Education and Engagement for the Zebra Child Protection Centre. Through all of her roles, Sam has demonstrated a passion for supporting children and youth through their journeys in healing from grief and trauma. She looks forward to sharing her insights with you and being inspired by your stories of courage, love, and resilience.

March 25, 2020 – Session Three: Introduction to Trauma

During the third session of our series, Sarah Hopkins will provide an introductory understanding of trauma and how it impacts individuals across the lifespan. Attendees will learn conceptual and strategic information about what trauma is, and how to heal trauma for themselves or others. Attendees will also engage in discussion about their beliefs about trauma, and what they’ve learned through experiences with trauma. Discussion will also centre around how to incorporate new knowledge and strategies learned from the workshop.

Session Outline:

– Defining trauma

– Identifying important parts of the brain involved in traumatic reactions and states

– Exploring how trauma impacts our lives and the lives of those around us

– Developing strategies and tools to help yourself or others in your life

– Final thoughts: debriefing what we’ve discussed, addressing any discomfort that arises and discussing next steps

Speaker Bio:

Sarah Hopkins is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre. She holds a Master of Counselling degree from Athabasca University. Sarah’s background includes working with children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families, supporting students in post secondary environments, and working with seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Sarah also works as a psychologist at a local sexual assault centre, supporting survivors of sexual abuse of all ages. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you, and being inspired by your stories of resilience, courage, and determination.

You are invited to attend all 3 sessions, or you can pick and choose which session(s) would be most beneficial to you. Your investment per session is $50. Remember, there are only 15 spots available, so secure your spots today!

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