WE NEED NEW STORIES: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
University is a deeply stressful time and the reality is that the institution is failing at supporting its students. Educators within the university are becoming increasingly aware of the role they can play in supporting their students’ mental health and wellbeing — but are unsure of how to help. During this workshop, we debunk some of the old stories that stop us from offering the support that we’re more than capable of. We then move into tangible strategies, including how to care for a student in crisis and restructuring course curriculum so that health and wellness is embedded in our teaching from Day 1.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR COMMUNITIES
Conflict is totally normal and it can be productive and necessary for growth! But conflict can also be destructive, especially when it escalates. This workshop offers a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to preventing, de-escalating, and resolving conflicts. Participants will learn about conflict styles, non-verbal communication, active listening, non-violent communication strategies, and the role that curiosity can play in resolving conflicts. One of the main goals of this workshop is to arm participants with the skills they need to address conflict without the presence of police, and to assess when/if police presence is necessary. Each workshop includes case studies and activities geared towards the particular needs of your group or organization.
Conflict 101: Conflict is totally normal and it can be productive and necessary for growth! But conflict can also be destructive, especially when it escalates. This workshop offers a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to preventing, de-escalating, and resolving conflicts. Participants will learn to identify conflict styles and their relationship to trauma responses.
Communicating Across Conflict: This workshop builds on the knowledge gained in “Conflict 101,” by offering tangible skills for communicating when conflict is occurring. Participants will learn the ropes of active listening and non-violent communication, as well as the role that curiosity can play in resolving conflicts.
Community Accountability: Bringing together the skills and knowledge from the first two workshops, we’ll now focus on how to work towards transformative justice and community accountability practices. One of the main goals of this workshop is to arm participants with the skills they need to address conflict without the presence of police, and to assess when/if police presence is necessary.
BOUNDARY WORK FOR TRAUMA BBs
Boundaries are one of the most fundamental ways that we assert our needs and build supportive relationships with others. But learning how to affirm your boundaries can be super challenging when you live with trauma. In order to survive, we learnt that the best way to protect ourselves and avoid abandonment was to have really rigid or really soft boundaries. In this workshop, we’ll thank our trauma brains for the work they’ve done to keep us safe, and we’ll start to assess the ways in which supportive boundaries can help us move forward in our healing work.
COLLECTIVE CREATION WITH ZINES
Zines (short for magazines) have a long history within feminism and have fostered community building for decades. While zines can be made alone, this workshop walks participants through a short history of zines and shows participants how zine making is a practice of collective creation. Each workshop is centred around a particular question or theme that participants explore together. Past workshop questions have included: "How do I define my feminism?" and "How do we define ourselves in a world that constantly tries to tell us who we are?" Supplies are provided, and include a wide selection of magazines, paper, and other materials.
DOING GRIEF WORK TOGETHER
Despite the fact that death – and, by extension, grief – will happen to us all, we really don’t know what to do when faced with another person’s grief. While public grieving used to be a common practice, now grief is considered a private emotion, best confined to one’s home. How can we return to an understanding of grief rooted in the community? How can communal grief serve to support the individual grieving? Participants in this workshop will begin to unpack some of the beliefs they hold about grief, explore strategies for grief work rooted in self-care and community-care, and leave with a better understanding of their own capacity to do grief work with others.
QUEER & TRANS-INCLUSIVITY
No one ever starts out perfect and no one ever reaches the finish line on becoming a more inclusive, intersectional ally. Checking your privilege, being open to experiences and perspectives other than your own, and learning about different identities is a continual process. This workshop helps you along as you navigate the various stages of this process and your own personal journey. The goal is to alert participants to questions, concepts, behaviours, and identities that they don’t even know they don’t know. We’ll explore the language of gender, sex, and sexuality and their relationship to concepts such as intersectionality, privilege, and oppression. Over the course of 3 hours, participants will get a breakdown of important concepts and terminology and move through a series of explorative questions and group exercises that will help illuminate areas where their allyship could be improved.