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Building Resilience in Groups: Coming out Stronger

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WINNIPEG TRANSITION CENTRE

200-686 PORTAGE AVE

Winnipeg

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FACILITATED BY EMILY WORTHEN

Working in the Career Development field can be both challenging and very rewarding. As service providers, we often see people when they are at their most vulnerable, when they are unemployed. Whether we are helping job seekers in a one-on-one setting or in a group setting we are motivating them and reinforcing all the positive skills and attributes they possess, so they leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Winnipeg Transition Centre has been offering job seekers a two-week job search program for over 28 years. Participants leave feeling motivated and confident about their abilities. How do we know this? They tell us!

However, when following up with job seekers, we found that participants lost the momentum gained from the two-week program. Back at home, alone, they felt isolated and unable to maintain that positive feeling. We had not built up their resilience. More had to be done to support and motivate participants in their transition to new fulfilling employment.

Recognizing that the workshop environment is essential in building participants’ motivation and confidence in the first place, we created two additional workshops: Re-Boot Your Job Search and P.O.W. Pods (Power of Words). We have found them to be very effective in building not only the participants resilience, but also our own. When we thought about why, we answered these three questions:

1) How has this built our resilience?
2) How has this built the organization’s resilience?
3) How has this built the participants’ resilience?

In this presentation I will be facilitating group activities and discussion to generate your responses to these questions and presenting our findings.


About the presenter:
In my own life, I have had moments when various people had a significant positive impact on my own self-view. These moments motivated me to find a career where I could help others find their purpose, realize their worth and feel comfortable in their own skin; I was determined to be a catalyst in creating these moments with other people.

I have been able to facilitate others growth as an instructor, workshop facilitator, and career coach. I contract my facilitation services to a variety of organizations in Winnipeg. In all my roles, I consider myself to be a self-confidence coach in disguise.

In addition to my B.A. in Psychology, I have completed a variety of certificates to enhance my skills, including Introduction to Employment Services at Dalhousie University, the Career/Employment Coach Certificate and the Practical Facilitation Skills Certificate through the Winnipeg Transition Centre.

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