Dima Dupéré - Therapist, Social Worker, Facilitator

Training and Consultation

Writing has saved my life many times over. It gave me a voice when I felt powerless, helped me calm down when stressed, guided me through difficult decisions, provided insight for me to get to know myself better, and assisted me in purging difficult memories or emotions. Through writing, I have befriended myself and learned to trust in my strength, resilience and intuition.

There are many wonderful books available on journal writing, as well as many workshops and online courses individuals can participate in. However, as a social worker, I have seen that individuals who might most benefit from such books or workshops often can't because of poverty and a lack of access to a computer, credit card or Internet. Mental health issues, lack of childcare, bus fare or workshop fees can also be barriers to accessing these resources.

It is because of this outreach gap that I choose to focus on training professionals in the use of therapeutic writing. Social workers, counsellors, psychologists, nurses, and youth leaders are ideally positioned to reach out to those who may need extra support. I have seen first-hand how a group or individual writing process can empower clients to make changes, face fears, process grief and find strength. 

In addition to being a tool that can be used with clients or group participants, the techniques you learn will benefit you by adding to your self-care strategies as well as by feeding your creativity, intuition and compassion for yourself and others.

I can present the benefits of writing and some writing exercises to your community group or to your clients. 

Training for professionals:

Intensive training in the use of therapeutic writing: 
Usually designed as one or two day training, this professional development opportunity is geared towards helping professionals: social workers, counsellors, mental health nurses, psychologists, chaplains, group facilitators, and youth or addiction workers. Training includes background theory and research, basic writing exercises, practice guidelines, and planning sessions for groups or individuals. Using case studies, you will learn how to select writing exercises based on client needs. The training will have no more than 15 participants, thus enhancing the opportunity for discussion and shared learning. Manual and certificate of completion included.  See Courses for more details.
(between $170 to $350 per person, based on the venue and expenses.) 

For groups of more than 10, I offer workshops of 2.5 hours 
Two types of workshops are available:

  1. Therapeutic writing and clinical work: Less in-depth than the intensive training, but enough to introduce you to writing exercises and practice guidelines for integrating writing in your clinical work. It will get your ideas and creativity flowing!

Developed for healthcare providers, social workers, counsellors, group facilitators, psychologists, community facilitators

       2.  Therapeutic writing / creativity for self-care: Suitable for any 
              group, non-profit or corporate.  

Custom made training for your workplace:
I can prepare a one to two-hour workshop for your employees on self-care, stress reduction or another topic of your choice.  Contact me for information.  613-899-2734

Monthly Consultation Group to discuss the use of therapeutic writing in clinical work.

Consulting: Telephone or video consultation for professionals: Discuss ways to integrate writing into your practice  or receive assistance for challenges or for adapting writing exercises to particular situations with clients.  1-613-899-2734 for information.

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