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If you’ve done any Trauma-Informed Practice training, or any reading about things like anxiety and behaviour management in children, you’re probably familiar with the “Fight, Freeze, Flee” model. From AnxietyCanada.com: “F3 or the Fight-Flight-Freeze response is the body’s automatic, built-in system designed to protect us from threat or danger. For example, when you hear the words,…

The 3A’s of Leadership

There’s no shortage of “Top 10 Leadership Skills” or “101 Traits of Ridiculously Successful Leaders” lists on the internet. Just open up your LinkedIn feed and scroll for 30 seconds and you’ll be inundated with “the-things-leaders-must-have” to be more ________ (agile, disruptive, lean, inspiring, innovative…you get the point). So when it came time to put…

How to Set SMARRTer Goals

If you’re a helping professional, chances are high that you struggle with helping your clients set and achieve meaningful goals. There are a lot of reasons for this (including the First Problem, which we’ve written about previously), but chief among them is that it’s just a really hard process. Taking this big thing called “life”,…

The First Problem

When it comes to our jobs as helping professionals, the very first problem that we encounter with a client is how we define the problem, and who gets to define it. That can seem like a bit of a lofty statement, so let’s break it down a little bit. But, before we do that, it’s important…

With Great Power

It’s a well-earned truism that helping and educational professionals enter their fields because of a strong sense of care and responsibility.  Such is the nature of care, however, that when professional practices come into question, as is absolutely necessary if one is to provide effective service,  it can often feel as though care and intention…

Beyond Anxiety; Part Two

This short video is part two of an ongoing series called “Beyond Anxiety”, where we explore the Responsive Approach through the lens of anxiety, a prevalent concern of parents and caregivers everywhere. If you haven’t watched Part One…go there first! In this video, Jeff explores the basic wiring of the brain, and why anxiety makes…

What are the goals of parenting?

Everyone reading this has a slightly different perspective on what the “goals” of parenting are. Probably though, most of us haven’t even considered what those goals of parenting are, aside from keeping the kids alive from birth through to the age of eighteen. Throw in some good grades at school, no unplanned teenage pregnancies and…

Why Feedback Hurts [sometimes]

Feedback. Everyone wants it, knows it’s critical to building trust and high-performing teams, yet [often] find it really challenging to give and receive. A large piece of the awkwardness we have around feedback is that it can threaten our sense of attachment, connection or belonging with our colleagues. In this two minute video, Jeff gives…

Beyond Anxiety: Part 1

Anxiety and mood disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health concerns in society today, particularly amoung young people. In fact, 15-24 year olds are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group (Pearson, Janz and Ali (2013). Health at a glance: Mental and substance use disorders in…

The Upside of Resistance

When it comes to the possible reactions of our clients, students or children, we typically think that the loud, violent or defiant responses are the worst. In this short video, Jeff explains why, out of several possible reactions, we should prefer the loud ones!