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Worker Wellness in Complicated Times for Managers and Directors


Worker Wellness in Complicated Times for Managers and Directors

Grief, Self-Care, and Collective Care

Premium Workshop Series



Part One: Monday, January 25, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM EST
Part Two: Monday, February 1, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM EST
Part Three: Monday, February 8, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM EST
Part Four: Monday, February 22, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM EST


Online. All necessary dial-in information will be provided to those who register.

Course Description

This workshop series will provide an orientation to the range of debriefing, self-care, and collective care strategies to help managers and supervisors identify and respond to the impact of ongoing loss events. Integrating practical supports for grief and loss events can help sustain a healthy workplace, spirited team, and resilient workers.

Using a combination of presentation, reflective activities, and group interaction, this learning opportunity will provide managers with strategies for processing grief and loss in these key areas:

a) Support for bereaved workers as individuals.
b) Support for a team when death or loss occurs as part of the work.
c) Support for the organization when there are significant changes in the workplace—not necessarily related to death, but generating a loss/stress response.
d) Support for the team when faced with unpredictable loss events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives

  • To deepen awareness of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, alongside other current stressors and challenges in this work.
  • To come away with a theoretical framework for understanding how people respond to grief and loss and the diversity within those responses.
  • To review current coping strategies and strategies of resilience that emerge when people are faced with ongoing crisis and loss events.
  • To deepen our understanding of the role of managers in caring for staff, volunteers, and community members experiencing stigmatized losses in both personal and professional arenas.
  • To begin an exploration of best practices and tools to respond effectively to loss, including 3 distinct Debriefing Practices.
  • To outline a model for a Low Impact Debriefing practice.
  • To offer an opportunity for managers to “say a good goodbye” to individuals they’ve lost as part of this work.


Facilitator Biography

Yvette Perreault
MA Leadership and Training (Royal Roads University); Traumatology Certification (Traumatology Institute of Canada); member Association of Death Education and Counselling Thanatology Association; member International Association of Facilitators (IAF); Former Director AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario. Currently part-time Traumatic Grief Specialist with the Enrichment Centre for Mental Health (Hastings County)
Now retired from her 24-year role as co-creator and Director of the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO), Yvette continues to support the community in a training process, facilitating, and consulting role within the community-based not-for-profit sector. Retirement brings delightful options for work within her new community outside of Toronto, and Yvette has undertaken a part-time role as the Traumatic Grief Specialist with the ECMH in Belleville. Her interest is in building teams with heart and helping people turn to one another in their communities.
Written works include: Impact Debriefing Toolkit for Managers: A Resource For Managers And Supervisors Supporting Individuals And Teams Responding To Traumatic Loss Events, Overdoses, Deaths And Non-Death Losses (2019); Debriefing: Support for Individuals and Teams Responding to Overdoses (2018); Good Grief Care: Effective Debriefing in Multiple Loss Situations Faced by Supportive Housing Providers (2018); When Grief Comes to Work: Managing Grief and Loss in the Workplace (2011); Models of Capacity Building in PHA Community: We are Turning to One Another (2009); The Presence of Absence: Bereavement in long term survivors of multiple AIDS-related loss (2008).
Yvette has been a front-line community organizer and counsellor for nearly four decades. She was co-creator of Project Sustain, a national program that looked at resiliency in the AIDS field. She served as AIDS Support Program Director at the AIDS Committee of Toronto for 8 years and prior to that, worked in the area of violence against women and children. She has Prairie roots, is originally from Saskatoon, and trained as a Psychiatric Nurse in Brandon, Manitoba.


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $99.00
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $119.00
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $139.00


Who should attend this workshop series?
This workshop series is designed for helping professionals (which we define as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service), specifically for managers, supervisors, and directors.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop series has been capped at 35 participants.

What is a premium workshop series?
This refers to a specialty, by-demand workshop series presented by a facilitator on a topic outside of QoC's area of expertise.

Do I need to attend all of the sessions?
Ideally, you will be able to attend all of the sessions, but you must be able to attend at least three out of the four. Attendees will receive certificates of attendance for participating in a minimum of 3/4 sessions.

Will these sessions be recorded?
No. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants. The session slides, however, will be sent out.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
Contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop series has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Bursaries are available upon request.

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