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Keynotes & Media

  • Mental Health & Recovery

  • Mental Health System Reform

  • The History of Social Work and Social Welfare Policy in Canada

Creative Thoughts

Writing
Workshops

  • Writing for Mental Wellness: Your Own Hero's Journey

  • Using tarot to examine archetypes in your fiction writing

  • Self-care for writers

  • Plotting vs Pantsing: Outlining can be fun. Really!

Keynotes, Media & Podcasts

Mental Health & Mental Illness Recovery

After a traumatic event at age 20, I developed a kind of  PTSD called dissociative amnesia – for almost 30 years, I lost my memories and connection to who I’d been before the trauma. My journey back to myself has often been dark and complicated but ultimately led to joy and creativity.​ I share the story of my search for trauma-informed mental health services and  discuss the burdens we put on people living with trauma. ​

 

Keynote topics, media,  and university lectures can include:

  • The cost of the 'burden of proof' we put on survivors of trauma

  • Redefining yourself after trauma & mental illness

  • How women's treatment in the mental health system has too often put diagnosis, treatment, and compassion out of reach​

 

 

The History of Social Work & Social Policy in Canada

 

My book, Enriched By Catastrophe: Social Work and Social Conflict after the Halifax Explosion, describes how social work and social policy developed after the worst human-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb – in the Atlantic Canada port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1917. I discuss how policy decisions made over a century ago still shape Halifax, disaster relief, public health, and the profession of social work.​

Keynote topics, media,  and university lectures can include:

 

  • The development of social work and public health as a result of the Halifax Explosion

  • How racist and classist policy decisions made in 1917 still impact Nova Scotia today

  • The lessons of the 1917 Explosion for current disaster response

  • Women's roles in developing social work in Canada

Writing Workshops

Writing for Mental Wellness

 

As a journalist and a social worker, helping people to tell their stories is what I do best.Have you ever felt like a supporting character in your own life? When you reframe your story with yourself as the hero, your perspective shifts. Power shifts.  ​

 

The stories we tell ourselves can shape our reality. I help you to examine your personal narrative and lead you through your own hero’s journey.​

 

Have a group of ten or more? Contact me, and we'll design a workshop that meets the needs of your group, class, or non-profit.​

 

Other writing workshops available, including:​

 

  • Using tarot to examine archetypes in your fiction writing

  • Self-care for writers

  • Plotting vs Pantsing: Outlining can be fun. Really.​​

Have other ideas about how we can work together? Contact me!

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