Mindfulness: Tools for restoring balance

Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or stressed?

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Date: Monday, April 4, 2016

Looking for more healthy ways to cope with feelings of anxiety and stress? Join us with Denise Findlay and Indrani Margolin as they support you in expanding your tool box.

Mindfulness techniques are for everyone, whether you’re a front line worker, in the education field, a grandparent, or a stay-at-home parent.

Helping Professionals often turn to mindfulness techniques to support the treatment of depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Some of the health benefits of mindfulness techniques are:

  • stress relief
  • reduction in heart disease
  • the lowering of blood pressure
  • reduction of chronic pain
  • improved sleep
  • the reduction of gastrointestinal difficulties.

TALKING POINTS

  1. What is the easiest way to handle stress?
  2. What stops us from visioning great visions?
  3. How to find my self-identity?
  4. Why is forgiveness so difficult? How can I learn to forgive?

About The Presenters:

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Denise Findlay, CPCC, ACC
Educator, Facilitator and Consultant
Owner of Kweykway Consulting

Denise Findlay is a seasoned and dynamic professional with a passion for supporting people to fulfill their potential. Denise has worked in over 120 First Nations communities and organizations throughout Canada, including her own community The Squamish Nation. Although most well known for her pioneering work in the area of lateral violence, Denise’s focus is on the development and delivery of programs that are an integration of contemplative practices and developmental attachment theory. All programs are designed to support individual and collective healing, wellness, and relationship building. Denise specializes in supporting parents and families to take their rightful place in the lives of their children as well as provides professional development training to parents, caregivers, educators, social workers and mental health professionals. Denise believes strongly that reconciliation and healing begins with and must include a reconciliation within one’s self and one’s lived experience, one’s family rippling out to our communities and the world we share.

Denise is in her second year of a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University focusing on Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education (https://denisefindlay.wordpress.com) and is a Facilitator and Course Assistant for the Neufeld Institute Institute (http://neufeldinstitute.com). Denise holds a BC Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC and is a Certified Professional Coach with advanced training in systems coaching. Denise has spent over 6 years studying Process Psychology with Dr. Stephen Schuiteveorder (www.processingconsultating.org) as her mentor and draws on Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s Circle of Courage model for reclaiming youth.

Denise was born and raised in North Vancouver to a mother of European decent, and a father of Coast Salish heritage. She currently resides in West Vancouver on the Capilano reserve with her husband Jay, her sons Jake and Max, and their dog Harley and cats Marshmellow and Buster. They enjoy a gentle pace together as a family where Denise is able to engage in her passions of daily writing, reading, movement and meditation.

www.kweykway.ca
www.neufeldinstitute.org
https://denisefindlay.wordpress.com

Indrani Margolin

Dr. Indrani Margolin is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Northern British Columbia. She has also taught in the Masters of Education program at Simon Fraser University in Contemplative Inquiry. She helped established the Langara-based BSW program and now resides in Vancouver to coordinate and teach in the program. She teaches contemplative and arts-based interventions in addition to wellness for helping professionals.

Indrani is particularly passionate about meditation and visualization. She has studied with and been mentored by Mr. Tulshi Sen, an international teacher, author, and leader in entrapreneurship and empowerment (www.tulshisen.com), who works with Indigenous communities across Canada (www.nishiiyuuways.com) and the international corporate world. Indrani now teaches and researches the positive effects of Tushi Sen’s Proclamation Meditation system with social work students, community members, and helping professionals.

As a Youth and Family counsellor, Indrani learned about the importance of integrating the arts when working with youth to offer alternative ways to express themselves. She also learned the value of helping youth to navigate peer relationships. She won an award for a dance-based program developed for teenage girls. Indrani also enjoys research. She worked with the Learning through the Arts Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In this role she learned about how incorporating Indigenous art forms into the school curriculum significantly helps children feel pride in their own ancestry and do better in school. She is a researcher with Women North Network/Northern FIRE: The Centre for Women’s Health Research at UNBC. She was also a co-researcher for a community intervention process called Communities that Care: Connecting the Dots, aimed to improve the lives of young urban Aboriginal families suffering with mental health issues through a community intervention approach and participatory action research methodology. Indrani’s quest from childhood has been to empower and inspire individuals to set visions and manifest visions.

Dr. Indrani Margolin RSW
Indrani.margolin@unbc.ca

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