Upcoming and Recent Events

Centering Ethics in Group Supervision: Creating a Culture and Structuring Safety: A Supervision of Solidarity

March 19 & 20, 2020 (9:00am – 4:30pm)
Wood’s Homes, Parkdale Campus, Calgary
I will illuminate my stance for a Supervision of Solidarity and an ethic of Justice-Doing as a frame for the supervision of community work and therapy, and consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism that encompasses: centering ethics, doing solidarity,addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language and structuring safety.We will engage with our own stances for ethical supervision, and participate in a the supervision practice of a “Solidarity Group” with an intention of “walking our talk” and opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.This two-day workshop is designed for those who are providing supervision or serving as team leads to counsellors or community service workers or for those with limited experience in the counselling supervision field and seeking an increased understanding of group supervision practices.
This two-day workshop is designed for those who are providing supervision or serving as team leads to counsellors or community service workers or for those with limited experience in the counselling supervision field and seeking an increased understanding of group supervision practices.
This experiential course will help participants:
  • consider how to promote dignifying and generative supervision groups for therapy and community work
  • deconstruct “case consultation” norms that don’t serve clients or practitioners, and consider what a “Culture of Critique” that is generative, expansive, connected and dignified might offer.
  • consider practices of structuring safety and creating relationships of respect and dignity which can promote a culture of accountability that generates useful and rich critique.
  • share some exercises for creating intentional supervisory relationships.
  • create cultures of accountability that invite critique that are a resistance against surveillance practices of supervision
  • practice examples of “Living Supervision”, and creating “Solidarity Teams” to assist practitioners to work in alignment with our collective ethics

$300 CAD per registrant
Workshop enrollment limited to 25 (registration and received payment is necessary to guarantee your place)

Registration: Contact Debbie Baker
(Debbie.Baker@ucalgary.ca) at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre.

Payment in cash, check, or electronic transfer (no credit or debit cards).


narrative project

Trauma & Resistance: Innovative Responses to Oppression, Violence and Suffering

March 26, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Santa Maria Goretti Centre 11050 90 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

In this experiential workshop, Vikki offers an alternative approach to work with ‘trauma’ from a decolonising, anti-oppression stance which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work alongside with in their responses to trauma brings forward their agency and wisdom. Vikki will illustrate a witnessing approach to therapy using practice examples and struc-turing safety as the foundation of the work. She will share alternative understandings of ‘trauma’ that resist psychology and the helping professions’ normalizing practice of re-framing oppression, harm and suffering as personal deficit and disguising acts of re-sistance as trauma and pathology symptoms

General Registration $125.00

Please send payment to / ninetta@shaw.ca
The Narrative Project ℅ #318 – 9507 101 Ave Edmonton AB T5H 4R1

*Buffet lunch provided (veg/gluten-free options) / *no cancellations


RESISTING BURNOUT WITH COLLECTIVE CARE April 21 Kamloops


TRAUMA AND RESISTANCE:INNOVATIVE RESPONSES TOOPPRESSION,VIOLENCE AND SUFFERING April 22 Kamloops


Yukon Victim Services

Resisting Vicarious Trauma and Burnout with Collective Care

Join activist and therapist Vikki Reynolds for a free workshop – Resisting Vicarious Trauma and Burnout with Collective Care

Workers responding to people struggling with substance use, poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will ‘burn out’, and that it is the connection to the client’s pain that ‘traumatizes’ them; that is one perspective. Vikki offers another; she believes that clients don’t harm us, nor does their suffering, it is the spiritual ethical pain that follows when we are unable to work in ways that are ethical, dignified and structurally supported that hurt us. When we stay with connection, resist disconnection and enmeshment we are able to do ‘collective care’ as opposed to self-care.

Tue, 4 February 2020
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

High Country Inn
4051 4 Avenue
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1H1


Peak Speaks Rupture & Repair, Morally Courageous Dialogue & Cultures of Accountability