Breaking the Stigma Around Police and PTSD

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It’s National Police Week in Canada, an awareness initiative created to help police connect with their communities and increase awareness about what they do.

Police officers hold one of the most courageous jobs out there, but what’s not talked about as much, is … Read the rest

Mothers and Baby Brain Development

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate mothers and mother figures in your life. In all that our mothers give us, did you know a mother’s love is actually responsible for a lot of brain development?

Studies have indicated that … Read the rest

The importance of self-care for nurses

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This week is ‘Nurses Week’, a time to celebrate all the amazing, hard-working nurses in the world. Nurses belong to a powerful demographic of people who dedicate their work to helping others: medical professionals, therapists, first-responders, etc. As a result … Read the rest

What Trauma Victims Can Learn From This Autism Therapy

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April 2 is World Autism Day, and if you didn’t already know, Kim Barthel has had an expansive career that began in occupational therapy and she has worked all over the world with people with Autism.

One of the successful methods … Read the rest

Making a Fresh Start for Spring if You’re Feeling Stuck

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The coming of Spring symbolizes a fresh start, a chance to reflect upon what areas of your life need a refresh or a change. And for those of us who find ourselves feeling a bit ‘stuck’, this time of … 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

Therapists and Compassion Fatigue

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February is Psychology Month, a celebration of the profession and the opportunity to highlight how these professionals work to help people live healthy, happy lives. But what is psychology? It’s a broad field, rooted in science that seeks to help … Read the rest