As essential front-line workers, it’s critical that school staff take active steps to guard our emotional well-being and strengthen our mental health. We will be learning evidence-based strategies to regulate our nervous systems from a place of "fight and flight” to “rest and digest.” This is an experiential & holistic workshop that focuses on practical strategies. We will make a wellness plan by identifying deliberate actions that can be taken on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to maintain and/or recover personal wellness. Resilience doesn’t just involve strength; it includes reaching out to build your resources & toolkit. Come prepared to share, laugh and learn together!
Katherine started her teaching career in the Canadian Arctic, working in remote, fly-in Indigenous communities. It was there that she learned first hand about high-suicide rates and mental health struggles of young people and thus began her journey into school counselling. For the past 8 years, she has been a high school counsellor in Smithers, BC and this September, moved to G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay.. Katherine has a love of everything that grows, she keeps bees and chickens along with a big garden. Katherine is a mental health advisor for the Bulkley Valley Critical Incident Response Training (CIRT) which provides emergency first aid and debriefing to First Responders and others who have experienced an acute traumatic event. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). Katherine is the Advocacy Rep for the BC School Counsellors Association and is passionate about elevating the important work that BC school counsellors do!