reachAbilitiy’s LIT program is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities through workshops in areas such as recreation, disability awareness and non-violent communication. We developed LIT to reflect what Camp reachAbility staff said would make them even better leaders. It’s a great opportunity for people to get grounded in new ways to approach working with people of all abilities. LIT 2014 runs from February to May.
LIT is about making a difference:
- in our workplaces by developing leadership through participating in workshops that enhance our skills
- in our communities by enhancing capacity to effectively interact with clients and agencies
- in our personal lives by finding significance in working with people, building relationships and connecting with meaningful local supports
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention with Liraz Rahinshtein
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) focuses on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior and safely removing staff and others from a potentially dangerous situation.
- How to identify behaviors that could lead to a crisis
- How to most effectively respond to each behavior to prevent the situation from escalating How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse hostile behavior and resolve a crisis before it becomes violent
- How to cope with your own fear and anxiety
- How to use CPI’s Principles of Personal Safety to avoid injury if behavior becomes physical
Friday, March 28th, 2014 12:00-4:00 p.m.
3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201
For more information or to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (902) 429-5878
Play for Purpose – Why play is an important learning tool for developing skills, self-awareness and community
Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.
Join us at reachAbility Association for a chance to learn about (and play around with!) the importance of recreation. This is the first in a series of six workshops for Leaders in Training (LIT), getting you excited about and prepared for work with people of all abilities.3845 Joseph Howe Road, Suite 201
We will also be providing more information about how you can work with Camp reachAbility this summer, so bring a friend!
Non-Violent Communication with Casey Vaasjo
Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1-5 p.m.
3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201
For more information or to RSVP, contact Manda at (902) 429-5878, or email@example.com
Do you ever feel stuck when conflict arises? Want to communicate in a way that promotes connection? Want to feel confident exploring contrasting perspectives with understanding and grace?
The tools of Non-Violent Communication help us transform situations where we feel uncomfortable, angry, upset, or afraid, into opportunities for satisfaction, growth, and connection. We can practice empowered self-expression and conflict resolution that is direct and compassionate. By shifting out of a mindset based on what is ‘wrong’ to a perspective of meeting needs, we can find mutual resolution much quicker and easier. In this workshop we’ll learn to:
- make action-based observations that are easy for others to hear
- use feelings and emotions as a roadmap
- find what we are truly needing, which allows us flexibility without compromising
- Make clear, do-able requests so others know exactly how they can make our lives more wonderful
- learn empathic responses to promote understanding, connection, and appreciation
- approach and resolve tough conversations where neither party has to give-in or give-up!
We will gain confidence in conflict resolution by turning that uncomfortable, ‘stuck’ feeling in to a framework for change that focuses on meeting needs, and leaves both parties feeling accepted and respected! Make communication feel easier using this relatively simple, yet profoundly different framework.
About Casey: Upon completing her BMus at Acadia, facilitator Casey Vaasjo began her work in mindfulness, community-building, and personal growth as a curriculum design intern for the New Earth Institute. Casey’s passions are integrative combining travel, farming, music, health, craft, and healing. She has been studying the Non-Violent Communication model for the past two years and has shared her work with empathic communication at the Second Story Women’s Centre, the Tatamagouche Free School, various organizations of Dalhousie University, as well as in private sessions. Casey hosts weekly empathy practice groups and is pursuing graduate education in counselling. She is available as a workshop facilitator, conflict mediator, and private or couples counsellor.
The Leaders in Training (LIT) program was implemented at Camp reachAbility in the summer of 2011. The objective of the program was to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to build leadership skills while enjoying a traditional camp experience. The program was designed to empower individuals by providing both life and leadership skills, subsequently equalizing the employment field. To propel this initiative, Camp
reachAbility offered employment as a junior counselor to those campers whose leadership skills proved exceptional during training week. These campers returned for one week during the summer season to fulfill their roles as junior counselors, providing support and encouragement to both campers and staff.