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.
We Are Hiring!
Are you a provisional or registered psychologist who is seeking to join a warm, compassionate, heart-centred team?
We are passionate about our work with people who have been impacted by loss and believe deeply in our approach to healing. We utilize evidence-informed, practice-based approaches to working with our clients, including The Grief Recovery Method® and EMDR®.
The ideal candidate has a passion for working with individuals who have been affected by loss of any kind, is certified in The Grief Recovery Method® and/or EMDR®, and has at least 2 years of clinical experience as a practicing therapist. Additionally, he or she is a highly motivated, self-driven, and organized individual who values strong ethical practice and continued personal and professional development.
If you are not trained in The Grief Recovery Method®, but have a strong desire to be and are seeking an opportunity for growth and development in the area of grief and loss, we’d love to hear from you too!
Some of the benefits of joining our team include,
- Competitive compensation
- Annual professional development spending account
- Flexible hours and autonomy over schedule
- Full-time office administration
- Regular consultation, support, and encouragement from teammates
- Growth and development in the area of grief and loss
- Free marketing and advertising
- Brand new office space in a quiet business community
- Opportunities to facilitate community talks and corporate workshops
- Media opportunities to grow your community presence
- Ample free parking
- Family-oriented team
- Warm, fun, authentic, inspiring culture
- Annual team BBQ and Christmas party
If you meet the requirements of our ideal candidate and are seeking a contract position for one to two days per week commencing April 1, 2019, we would love to hear from you!
Please submit your cover letter and CV to email@example.com.
In your cover letter please include, available start date, hours of availability, training, qualifications, your personal connection to loss, and why you think you would make a great fit for our team.
We so look forward to hearing from you!
Ashley Mielke and The Grief and Trauma Healing Team
Helping Children Deal with Loss – A Four-Week Educational Series | 2019 Dates
To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for caregivers.
Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss. The Helping Children Deal with Loss series allows for an opportunity to free children from the false sense of “not feeling bad” and to empower them with effective methods of dealing with loss.
There are many life experiences that can produce feelings of grief in a child including,
- caregiver divorce or separation
- pet loss
- a change in schools
- loss of an important item
- the loss of a peer or a peer group
- romantic break-up
- academic challenges
- loss of trust, safety, or control, and
- loss of faith
These, along with numerous other losses, may result in many normal reactions within a child which may include,
- emotional and physical exhaustion
- loss of energy and motivation
- reduced concentration
- changes in eating and sleeping
- academic difficulties
- a rollercoaster of emotional energy, and
- irritability or aggression
Sadly, many caregivers feel at a loss when it comes to supporting these reactions.
We tell our children the same messages we were told when we were grieving including, “move on”, “keep busy”, “be strong”, “wait for time to heal” and sometimes, “get over it”. While our intentions are good, many of these messages do not reflect the actual feelings of the child. This misinformation can further isolate them in their pain and distract them from their healing.
The wonderful news is, no matter the reason or degree of severity, if a child you care about is grieving, the guidelines examined in this four-week series can make a difference.
Helping Children Deal with Loss is a supportive program that will provide you with the tools that will allow you to explore new ways of recognizing grief within your child and help them to heal their heart after loss. As you progress through the series, you will learn a complete a set of actions that will enable you to assist your child in moving forward in their life with a heart full of hope.
You will take new action within an environment of other caregivers whose children have experienced a loss.
The connections and empathy formed between caregivers who are all striving to provide the best possible opportunities for their children provides powerful feelings of togetherness and support. It is within this environment that you can take the brave steps of examining your current understandings and beliefs about grief so as to make room for new possibilities in your understanding of healing and recovery.
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 in children
- Strengthen your knowledge of healthy grieving and coping in children
- Demystify and modify limiting beliefs about a child’s effective recovery from loss
- Learn to help your child communicate their emotional truth regarding their losses
- Share your thoughts and processes in a safe, confidential, and supportive space
- Identify the losses in your child’s life that are emotionally incomplete
- Deepen your awareness of your child’s level of coping and process towards recovery
- Identify the emotional and behavioural habits that are not serving your child’s healing
- Assume a new ability to empower your child through their recovery journey
- Take action to help your child emotionally complete a relationship over which they are grieving
- Develop lifelong strategies to relate to others who are grieving
- Renew your sense of hope in your child’s ability to heal and recover
- Feel heard and seen by others without judgment, criticism, or analysis
Sessions occur on 4 consecutive evenings at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre office.
Our next sessions begin:
April 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
June 6, 2019 at 6:00pm
Your investment for participating in the entire series is $195.00 ($25/hour).
Your investment includes 8 hours of facilitation and all workshop materials.
Helping Children Deal with Loss is not a drop-in style workshop. Weekly attendance and commitment are required for you to gain the most benefit. This workshop is for adults only.
For registration and payment, please call (780) 288 – 8011. Full refunds are available up until one week prior to the event.
Whether your child is grieving due to a recent loss or a loss from long ago, it is never too soon or too late to heal their heart.