How teachers can mentally prepare for school season

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For some teachers, August may bring the stressful reminder that school starts in a matter of weeks, for others it may seem like a distant worry. Either way, this month is the last chance to reset and recharge before it’s … Read the rest

Empathy vs. Sympathy

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When someone is going through suffering, or trauma of any kind, we have a reaction to what they are going through. Our reaction externally, can have a big effect on how that person responds to us or how this will … Read the rest

What it means to ‘sit with your shit’

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Painful emotions, are painful. Bottom line. As humans, we naturally do everything we can to get rid of painful feelings. This can sometimes mean negative and harmful things for us like repressing our emotions, reacting too fast or too irrationally, isolation … Read the rest

Theo and Kim Speak to Youth Officers in Ontario

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Last week, Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury were in Niagara Falls, speaking to youth officers, police, parole/probation officers and teachers at the COYO Conference (Committee of Youth Officers Ontario).

The day was full of inspiring conversations and connections, and instead of … Read the rest

Upcoming Events: Where to Catch Kim and Theo Next

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If you are eagerly awaiting your next opportunity to hear Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury speak, here’s a list of upcoming events where you can catch them solo or together:

Kim Barthel:

  • Sidney, BC: Trauma-Informed Practice, South Island Education
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The Effects of Trauma on Learning

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October marks Learning Disabilities Awareness Monthso we thought it would be a great opportunity to explore the effects of trauma on learning.

During normal stress, cortisol is released in our body, which is a stress hormone. Usually, our nervous … Read the rest

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Approach to School This Year

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Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and while kids may exhibit a variety of personality traits in anticipation for this time (anxiety, excitement, subdued), we may not always know what a child is going through before they walk into … Read the rest