Chapter Events

International Coaching Week and Mental Health Week

Coaching to Counselling and Everything Between:
The Mental Health Spectrum

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 5:30p - 8:30p
Ramada Plaza Regina



Join us during International Coaching Week which coincides with Mental Health Week - for a lively evening on coaching and mental health topics.
The panel of speakers will share their expertise in a variety of areas related to mental health and coaching in the workplace, at home and in everyday life.
This session will have something for everyone, from discussion on stigma and shame to workplace wellness and personal healing. On behalf of the ICF – Saskatchewan Board of Directors, I would like to extend an invitation to you, your friends, family and colleagues to our evening presentation.

REGISTER HERE for May 7th Mental Health Spectrum event


Rebecca Rackow, B.A. (Hons.), BSW, RSW

I have my B.A. honours in psychology and am a Registered Social Worker with a strong interest in collaborative research.  For over 20 years,  I have worked as a caregiver with seniors, youth in care, children in a daycare setting, provided respite for foster parents, and spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom for my own five children.  I have also created and developed a recreational therapy company for seniors in care that had three employees, 20 volunteers, and serviced 96 seniors in Regina, Saskatchewan that ran for three years in the 1990’s.

More recently, I have developed a mental wellness program for caregivers through the Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division (CMHA-SK) called the Caregiver Affected Recovery Education program.  I continue to work at CMHA-SK as a consultant and am enjoying a supporting role for many of the programs there, but my passion lies in the areas of advocacy for mental wellness, social policy, research, and program development.

Learning Objectives:

1.  A brief understanding of mental wellness, in a Saskatchewan context.
2.  The Canadian Mental Health Association, who we are and what we do.
3.  Programing and advocacy work the CMHA-SK is involved with.

Dr. Melanie McLeod, BSP, ACPR, PharmD, BCPP

Dr. Melanie McLeod BSP, ACPR, PharmD, BCPP is a pharmacist who specializes in the medication management (psychopharmacology) of patients requiring treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders.

She was born and raised in Saskatchewan and currently practices in Regina. She completed her undergraduate pharmacy degree at the University of Saskatchewan and a post baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Toronto in 2010. 

Melanie is a front-line worker who works in both the acute inpatient psychiatry setting and the community setting - where she consults on individual patient cases.  Last year, Melanie opened a Community Pharmacy in Regina named "Vital Care Pharmacy" which is one of the first pharmacies in Canada to focus on supporting patients with mental illness.  Melanie is also an educator of psychopharmacology and has affiliations with the College of Medicine at University of Saskatchewan and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta.  

Learning Objectives:

1.  To describe the prevalence and spectrum of medication use for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in Canada.
2. To discuss the advantages and potential limitations of medications when used in this capacity.
3. To describe some of the possible "warning signs" that one of your clients could require intervention and possibly treatment.

John O'Connor, CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor for the National Standard CAN/CSA-Z-1003

John is recently retired from a career in the Arts and Entertainment and Media industry that lasted over 45 years. 

He was actively involved in his union on a local and national level for almost 20 years and developed an interest in the issue of Accommodation and Work/Life Balance.

He has worked as an advocate for members struggling with burnout, mental health issues and others seeking accommodations from their employer in order to find a balance between the demands of work and the demands of a personal / family life issue.

He is currently working in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (SK Div.) in partnership with the Service and Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan to help their members improve the psychological safety of their working environments. He is an advisor for the National Standard for the Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workplace, as well as offering training to managers regarding having difficult discussions with an employee who may be struggling with a mental health issue.  John also facilitates discussions between managers and their employees regarding the topic of a psychologically safe workplace.

Presentation Discussion Points:

1.  The work environment has as much if not more of an impact on your psychological wellbeing than your home environment.
2.  Given current conditions in the work environment it has become almost impossible to separate your work life from your home life.
3.  Legally it’s getting more complicated for employers.

Ian Lewis, B.Sc.(OT), Occupational Therapy with Distinction

Ian Lewis is an Occupational Therapist whose practice has been focused on helping individuals with complex physical and mental health problems return to work and providing consultation to workplaces to help make work safer and accommodate individuals with different work abilities. 

He is the Regional Lead for Mental Health and Long-Term Disability Services at CBI Health Group in addition to his practice with individuals and organizations.  He has worked as a manager, human resources advisor, and clinician over his 18 year career as an Occupational Therapist.  As a life-long learner, his clinical interest is enhancing individuals' resilience and mindfulness-based interventions. 

Session learning objectives:

1. Provide a brief overview of the continuum of mental health.
2. Outline our respective roles as employer, coach, and therapist when someone has a mental health problem.
3. A brief introduction for leaders, supervisors, and coaches to understand the behavioural signs of a mental health problem.
4. How to open a productive, supportive conversation with the individual about mental health and to help them receive the support they need.

Judy Wright, Registered Psychologist M.Ed, Bachelor of Arts, High Honors in Psychology, Minor in Religious Studies, Masters of Educational Psychology

Judy Wright  has been in private practice for 29 years and sees clients who age base ranges from child to adult. Her areas of specialty are relationship, depression, anxiety, border-line personality disorder, abuse, parenting/family, work-place, divorce, developmental, codependency and conflict resolution. She is also a certified mediator and certified trainer of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis.

Judy incorporates approaches of cognitive behavioral – of which NLP and hypnosis are a part of; humanistic approaches and short term approaches such as reality therapy and solution focused therapy. She is also trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.  Judy also is trained in equine therapy and utilizes equines for therapeutic interventions for individuals and groups. For example for communication, leadership, anxiety and depression interventions. No riding is involved.

Personally Judy loves learning and challenge. Over the past five years she has entered the competitive arena of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and currently holds the Canadian Reserve Champion for Senior Ladies One and Canadian 2017 High Point Champion for Senior Ladies One. She adores her family and friends and loves a good laugh.

Learning Objectives:

1.      To begin a conversation of some of the similarities and differences between psychological- short term and long term counselling – and coaching.
2.      To explore some of the opportunities that Neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis and equine therapy offer within a psychological and coaching practice.

Wendy Turner-Larsen
PCC, MA Psychology, MA Adult Education (Leadership) and MS Health and Nutrition Education (Neuroscience)

Wendy Turner-Larsen works as a professional coach, speaker and training consultant. Wendy has over twenty years working directly in mental health as a counsellor/psychologist and over fifteen years providing leadership coaching to her clients.

Wendy takes a holistic approach to supporting her clients utilizing: psychology, leadership, neuroscience, brain nutrition and hypnotherapy to provide a robust approach to helping her clients create change. Wendy has been designing and delivering training programs for twenty years, focused on: psychological resilience, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and her Personal Excellence Program (aimed to assist in personal transformation) continues to be well received throughout non profit, public and private organizations.

Learning Objectives:

1. Coaching referrals
- Identify  when to make a referral to a mental health professional such as a counsellor/psychologist.
- Identify what to look for in your clients when determining if a referral is necessary.  (pre, during and post coaching engagement)

2. Coach/Leader Caregiver Assistance
- The importance of coach, leader, care giver self care. This is foundational to your success as a coach/leader/care giver.
- Tips for self-care including: boundaries, time management, and neuroscience techniques.

3. Brain Health & Nutrition
- A ground breaking approach to the benefits of amino acid therapy and the impact on moods, energy, sleep and appetite. Wendy will provide resources in this area to help you as the coach/leader/caregiver overcome stress, insomnia, negativity, anxiety and more. Wendy is the only practitioner in Canada trained by pioneer, Julia Ross in this brain health

June 13, 2018 at 6:00 - 7:00pm CST
10 Steps to Building an Authentic Coaching Business
Facilitated by Tana Heminsley, MBA, PCC

Series #8
Who is your support network?

How will you continue to grow as a coach?

In order to ensure a sustainable revenue model for your business, and to cultivate ease as you build it, it is helpful to be have a strong support network, to continue your growth as a coach and to celebrate your accomplishments.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to build a support network – it’s nice to have someone to talk to when you are having a frustrating day
  • Discuss the benefits of having a strong support network and continuous growth as a coach
  • Understand how an Authentic Approach can support you to:
    >Build strong relationships with other authentic coaches and colleagues
    >Choose which learning opportunities are aligned with your goals
    >Celebrate and savor the accomplishments you have made as a coach
Register HERE for Webinar Series #8

Zoom webinar link will be sent after your online registration is complete.
1.0 CCEU (.25 Core Competency + .75 Resource Development)

Tana Heminsley, MBA, PCC
2016 ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter Coach Impact Award Recipient
Author, Speaker, Facilitator, Mentor Coach

Tana is a thought leader, author of “Awaken Your Authentic Leadership”, speaker and facilitator in the area of Authentic Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 4:30pm

AGM followed by "Introduction to Conversational Intelligence"
Zoom option and carpooling from Regina

Registration pending.

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