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5 Tips for Managing a Busy Schedule and School

Going back to school as an adult learner certainly adds a bit of chaos into your life. Juggling work, family and schoolwork is possible but it requires some diligent schedule management. In my case, I chose not to work while in Gerontology school knowing that it would be difficult to devote my attention to both. To be honest, it wasn’t…
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A Day in the Life of a Counselling Student: Honouring Emotion

“People are always doing the best they can with what they have.” Dr. Saira says. In today’s Counselling Therapist class, they’re examining the relationship between trauma and neuroscience. Dr. Saira is excited—she’s presenting recent neuroscientific research that better explains the psychological responses of ‘Fight or Flight’ or Freeze in the face of trauma. The polyvagal theory The polyvagal theory, she…
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Third Semester Psychiatric Nursing Labs

PART I – May 2018 I can’t describe my third semester Psychiatric Nursing Labs without first introducing my lab instructor, Anne Burlington. Anne is a smiling, welcoming and funny person who loves to teach. She’s a world traveller with great stories about her adventures, and she made learning fun by putting together amazing presentations. With a medical surgical lab it’s…
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A Day in the life of a Counselling Student: Counsellor as Catalyst

Being part of Dr. Faizal’s class is like being welcomed into a sacred space. I immediately felt warm and safe; like I knew everyone in my Counselling Therapist class for a long time and was everyone’s cheerleader for being better people, and they were mine! Now close to the end of the 88-week program, the students are intimately aware of…
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3 Things I Learned From the Early Childhood Education Program

Since starting the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in January, I learned more things than I could’ve ever fathomed. Our instructors, Jill Hammer and Miss Pat Bates have been so supportive throughout the course; they are our pillars of strength on the personal front. In every class, they demonstrated how the first five years are really crucial in the life…
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My Life Changing Decision

Have you ever made a decision that changed the course of your life? Earlier this year, I did. After spending the last decade immersed in a career in the financial services industry, I decided to pursue a path that would forever change how I viewed people, society and the aging population in particular. It all began within the last two…
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Visiting my practicum site for observation

Our first observational experience day at our chosen Cardiology Technologist practicum placement was such a great opportunity. We got to check out the place where we will be spending three months of practicing and learning about Cardiology Technology from January to March. My practicum placement site is at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. I am so happy I chose…
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4 Steps to Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

At one point or another, all of us have experienced stress or anxiety impeding our success. How can we conquer these anxieties? In my Counselling Therapist Program coursework and clinical experiences, I see much of what makes my clients anxious is not the stressor itself (e.g. the upcoming test) but their thoughts on that stressor (e.g. “I’m going to fail”,…
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The importance of healing

Getting sick was one of my biggest fears going through the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma program. There’s no such thing as a week off mid-semester in a fast-paced program. When I got a respiratory infection a few weeks into my fourth semester, I was terrified that it was going to compromise my success. I couldn’t believe my body would let me…
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Four ways the Counselling Program gave me the new normal

I’m amazed at how fast time has moved over the course of this program. I can hardly believe there are less than three months left. As I was looking back over the last year and a half, I’ve come to realize just how many positive changes have snuck up on me, and I hardly noticed when these changes became my…
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