Part of my educational philosophy is to break down the barriers between knowledge and access. Following this idea, I have created open sourced white papers that highlight key ideas, concepts and practices that I use in my work. These works are based on the conceptual frameworks within behaviourisms and humanistic psychology. My intention is to contribute to information sharing that is research informed and readily available to everyone.
Released: May 2021
The recent world events have deeply wounded our collective and personal wellness. One key lesson I hope we take with us as we move forward in life co-existing with Covid-19 is that stress and burnout are real. There is a belief that only weak people succumb to the pressure of stress. Some people think that if we are stoic enough or strong enough, stress will not affect us. This is simply not true. Stress and burnout hit hard and left unattended, wreak havoc in every areas of our lives. In this white paper, Jaime and I explore the role of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. We offer sustainable and practical ideas on how to practice active recovery both personally and professionally.
Special thanks to Jaime Whitley, M.Ed., who served as this
project’s lead research assistant and co-writer.
Released: January 2021
Leading is not for the faint of heart, but interestingly we rarely talk about the heart of true leadership. Leading has been especially challenging during the global health crisis, the needed racial reckoning and the political unrest that is sweeping across our countries. In this paper, I review what authentic leadership means and how to best support your teams through uncertain and trying times. When you focus your actions on building trust and inclusivity, and employees feel heard and supported, their resilience will grow, as will their engagement and performance. Although there is no official play book on how to lead in 2021, this is a good start!
Released: October 2020
Raising resilient children is not a destination, it’s a journey. It is a journey of learning how to best equip your child to meet life’s inevitable challenges. Research supports that when children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and better positioned to extend their reach into the world. In the ever-changing landscape of our world, it is crucial for children to develop their personal capacity for resiliency. I was honoured to partner with Scouts Canada to create this free resource for families and supports. Please feel free to share widely!
Released: January 2020
In this paper I cover my basic theory of resiliency in the form of the five pillars. I also include a discussion around stigma and the importance of self-compassion. I explore the notion of personal wellness as a means of showing up for ourselves and others.
Release: June 2020
Here I explain resiliency as it progresses through seasons of great uncertainty. This paper is chalked full of examples and discussions about learning through difficult times, the importance of self-care, and letting go of narratives that do not serve you. I include an exercise for Fear-Setting (Ferris, 2014). I also revisit the five pillars of my resiliency model with a focus on micro-habits for wellness and productivity. I close with a ‘personal-expert weekly score card activity’ that I often use with others in my practice.