Join us for the Dedication of our New Office Space!

Join with us on Friday, June 8th for the dedication of our new office space! A generous donor has made our new, larger office space possible. Join us at 4 pm at 875 Main Street East in Hamilton for a special celebration. Max Woolaver, Anglican priest, will lead a special blessing, and John Terpstra, local Christian poet, will offer a reading. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call us at 866.347.0041 or email us at [email protected] Please come!photo for web

We gratefully acknowledge the many people who contributed to this amazing gift to Shalem through their time, talents and gifts:

Amanda Gallimore, Bill Ronhaar, Carl Vaartjes, Cobie Vaneerden, Dan VandenAkker, Dave La Forest, Ed Togeretz, Henry Vanderlaan, Julius Williams, Katie Karsten, Mike Steenbeek, Rob McGowan, Staff of Shalem, Board of Shalem Network, Board of Shalem Foundation and Anonymous Donors

Barton Glass, Bert Vis Flooring – Wolter Vis, Bill Welmers & Sons Heating and Air Conditioning, City of Hamilton, Criterium Jansen Engineers – Henry Jansen, Corner to Corner Painting – Heidi Winter, DeHaan Movers, Egmond Associates – John Van Egmond, Husky Contracting – Tim Humphries, Indwell INVIZIG Architects – Emma Cubitt, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Psychology Health Solutions, Royal LePage – Frederic Vandervelde, Sherwin Williams, Turkstra Lumber, The Voortman Foundation, and Zip Signs – Fred Bennink


Erase to the Top, RE-create’s Erasure poetry Exhibition with Gary Barwin

Join with RE-create Art Studio on Friday, May 11, 2018 for the opening of “Erase to the Top”. This is an exhibition which showcases the work of RE-create youth, who have worked with Gary Barwin on Erasure poetry. We are grateful to the Hamilton ErasurePoetryfinalposterCommunity Foundation for the funding for this project! Stop by the RE-create Studio, 126 James Street North, during the May art crawl to view their work.

While at the Art Crawl, continue down to the Makers Market where youth from RE-create’s DIY Mentorship Program will have a booth, showcasing their art. The Makers Market is in the courtyard of Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North.

For more information, please contact RE-create’s Studio Coordinator, Emma Silverthorne.

Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 2 Training

This Level 2, four-day course on Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting (DDP), builds on the ideas and skills introduced in Level 1. It focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of the theory, successes and barriers experienced by participants in applying the model in practice, more videos and discussion of DDP and the impact of participant’s own attachment experiences.

This training is open to clinical psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and other practitioners who have completed the four-day Level 1 training and are beginning to use the principles and interventions in their day-to-day clinical work. It is helpful if participants have examples of their own DDP practice, such as case studies and/or recordings, to share with the group.

This is phase two of becoming certified as a DDP practitioner. After completing Level 2 you can apply to become certified as a practitioner in DDP. For detailed information go to Participants do not have to be planning to certify in the model to take Level 2.

This training will take place at the Youth Services Bureau in Ottawa, ON on June 19 – 22, 2018 and the registration fee is $750 which includes all course materials and refreshment breaks. For more information about this training, view this flyer.

To register contact us at 866.347.0041 or by email at [email protected]

This training is facilitated by Betty J.B. Brouwer, certified DDP practitioner, consultant and trainer. Betty is currently chair of the DDPI board. Betty is a registered psychotBetty updated againherapist and she is also a registered art therapist and play therapist.

Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1 Training

This is an introductory four-day training course on Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting (DDP), an intervention model developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, USA. DDP is based on attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

This training is relevant to professionals and therapists who work with children and young people with trauma-attachment problems and their foster, adoptive or birth families and who want to increase their skill set of attachment focused treatment. This is phase one of becoming certified as a DDP practitioner. For more information on certification, visit 

The training will be held at the George Hull Centre, 81 The East Mall, Etobicoke on June 4 – 7, 2018. The registration fee is $750 and includes all training materials and refreshment breaks. For more information please view this flyer.

To register call 866.347.0041 or contact us by email at [email protected]

This training is facilitated by Betty J.B. Brouwer, certified DDP practitioner, consultant and trainer. Betty is currently chair of the DDPI board. Betty is a registered psychotBetty updated againherapist and she is also a registered art therapist and play therapist.

FaithCARE: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches

Join us in Ajax, ON for Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: a three day classroom training in growing restorative congregations. This training will be on April 27, 28 and May 12, 2018. This training is offered in partnership with the IIRP and the Eastern Canada District, Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

For more information please view this flyer.

To register, contact Danielle VandenAkker.

Hold Me Tight – Couples Weekend Workshop

Shalem facilitates Hold Me Tight® weekend workshops. We have two weekends to choose from in each year. The Hold Me Tight® Workshop, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson is a weekend workshop designed for couples around seven conversations based on the new science of love and the wisdom of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). The Hold Me Tight® is appropriate for couples who:

  • want to connect more deeply
  • want to get “unstuck” from their patterns
  • are in established or new relationships

April 21 – 22, 2018 will be facilitated by Susan Winter Fledderus and Shawn Groen.

The workshop will be held in Hamilton, Ontario.

Registration fees for the weekend are $550 and include refreshments and materials for the workshop, including lunch on both days. Please contact us for fee options or to discuss how you could use extended health coverage or other benefits to help with the fee.

To register, please complete the form below:

For complete details, you can view this flyer. Contact us for fee options or to discuss how you could use some CAP sessions or extended health coverage to help with the registration fee.

“Hold Me Tight®” is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Study Day, Toronto

Come and join us on Friday April 13th for a day of learning focused on Dyadic  Developmental Psychotherapy, Dan Hughes’ attachment focused model. Presentations will explore the nuances of running an attachment focused group for parents within the context of biological families, DDP and play therapy and EMDR, a brief overview of DDP and of course an opportunity to practice a PACE (playful, accepting, curious and empathic) attitude. This training day will be held at the George Hull Centre in Toronto. Hope to see you there.

For more information and to register visit this link.

Battle of the Brushes

Join us on Friday, September 22 for our third annual Battle of the Brushes event! This is a live painting competition in support of RE-create Outreach Art Studio. It is a lively and fun event, where 15+ local artists battle one another for the top prize, with just 30 minutes to complete a painting. The evening begins at 7 pm and will be at MacNab Presbyterian Church, 116 MacNab Street South. Entrance fee is pay what you can ($20 suggested donation). For more information, contact the Shalem office.

Annual General Meeting

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Come and engage with the Shalem Board and Staff as we look back and celebrate all of God’s gifts in 2016, and brainstorm strategies for embedding Shalem’s ministries even more deeply in communities. We will begin our meeting at 3 pm at Ryerson United Church (842 Main Street East, Hamilton), after the business portion of the meeting, guests are invited to tour our new office building at 875 Main Street East. PLEASE JOIN US!

For more information about the membership at Shalem, visit our membership page. Or contact us via email or toll free at 866.347.0041.

2016 Battle of the Brushes

Join with us on Friday, September 23, 2016 for Battle of the Brushes! This event to support RE-create Outreach Art Studio will be held at the Spice Factory in Hamilton (121 Hughson Street North). This is a live art making competition and promises to be an exciting evening. For more information, please contact Meghan Schuurman, Studio Coordinator. To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page here.

Clergy Wellness Webinar

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada hosted a webinar on January 20, 2016, with Wanda Malcolm and Mark Vander Vennen. The webinar focussed on what is the state of mental and emotional health of our clergy in Canada? What does wellbeing look like in a busy pastoral life that is often full of demands and ripe for burn-out? How can churches care better for their ministry leaders? To listen to the full webinar, visit this link.

For more information on Shalem’s Clergy Care program click here.

Day of Encouragement: Ancaster 2015

A number of Shalem staff will be participating in the Annual Day of Encouragement in Ancaster on October 17, 2015.

  • Susan Winter Fledderus will speak on “When Marriages Fall Apart: How Churches can support couples and their families”.
  • Jennifer Bowen will lead a workshop entitled: “Mental Health in Our Churches: Let’s Talk About It”.
  • Anne Martin will present on “Going Forth Creating Healthy Relationships: A Restorative Response to the Great Commission”.

For more information and to register for this event, visit Diaconal Ministries.

Annual General Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 for our Annual General Meeting. Come celebrate with us a strong 2014 for Shalem, with a look-ahead to 2015 and beyond! There will be a presentation of WrapAround Live Theatre: watch our WrapAround Team as we do fun live role plays demonstrating how WrapAround works, why it’s effective and how you can participate. You may view our 2014 Annual Report here.

The meeting will be at First Hamilton CRC, 181 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. A light lunch will be served. For more information on membership, view this link. For more information, please contact the Shalem office at 866.347.0041.

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on June 10, 2014! Come and hear real-life stories of faith in action as Andrew Hawkins from Chatham-Kent Neighbourlink will speak on how to get “Out of the Pew and Into the Action“. Explore how you and your church can effectively care for people with significant needs. Come and be inspired!

The meeting will be held at First Hamilton CRC at 12 noon. For more information, please view this notice. Visit this link to view our 2013 Annual Report.  Please RSVP to the Shalem office at 866-347-0041 or by email to [email protected]

Outdoor Pizza Evening

Join us on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 for an evening of celebrating Recreate with pizza made in outdoor stone ovens, art, stories and music. Tickets are $35 each ($20 is eligible for a tax receipt). For more information, please visit this flyer, and to reserve your ticket call 905-528-0353.

the LYRICS show

Join REcreate Outreach Art Studio in celebrating an exhibition of artwork, created by REcreate youth that is inspired by song lyrics and the power of musical self-expression.  The opening reception is on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6 pm at the Freeway Cafe in Hamilton.  Musical entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, please view this postcard.

Deepening Community Book Launch

Join us for an afternoon of fun and celebration! Listen as Paul Born shares why we need a deepened sense of community today, what inspired him to write, hear stories from the book, and learn about the key actions for ways we can (and already are) deepening our sense of community. We are thrilled to partner with Tamarack for this event on May 27th, 2014 from 4:30- 6:00pm at Melrose United Church, Hamilton. We hope you can join us!  For more information and to RSVP to this event, please visit this page.

Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community.  In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. To show the role each of these plays, he shares his own stories—as a child of refugees and as a longtime community activist.

It’s up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.

Restorative Justice: Reconciliation in the City

On February 20 Shalem’s Executive Director Mark Vander Vennen will offer a plenary address at a conference at the University of Toronto called “Peace In the City“. Mark will speak on “Restorative Justice: Reconciliation in the City”. The conference is put on by Wycliffe College, World Vision Canada, Conrad Grebel (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Urban Remixed. You can register here.

Attachment Conference: Cradle to Grave

Intimate and interactive conversations with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes. Early Bird Date approaching – register soon!

Join us for two exciting days of learning about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP), including two panel discussions led by Dr. Jean Clinton. Come and hear both presenters speak into each other’s model.

This conference is scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2014 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, ON.  For more information, please view the conference flyer.

To register for this conference, please submit the form below:

Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches

FaithCARE presents: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. The conference was held in Mississauga, ON on November 5 – 7, 2013. At this conference you will explore, learn and practice what it means to be a restorative church. The conference fee also includes Individualized Field Coaching. For more information and to register, view the conference brochure.

The Gospel and Mental Health – Shalem’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Refreshing Hearts in Christ

On October 5th, Shalem celebrated 50 years of restoring hope. Our special guests for the evening were Author Paul Young of “The Shack” and Singer, Songwriter Jacob Moon. Paul Young spoke to us on the topic “The Gospel and Mental Health“.  We celebrated hope found even in the midst of pain.

North American Council on Adoptable Children – 39th Annual Conference

Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting a workshop at the North American Council on Adopted Children’s (NACAC) annual conference in Toronto on August 8th and 9th, 2013.  Betty will co-present a workshop titled “Beyond PRIDE:  Next Steps in Pre and Post Adoption Training and Support” on August 8th.  Then on August 9th, with Lisette Heleno, Betty will present “Attachment -Focused Parenting: Connecting, Nuturing, and Restoring Hope”.  For more information and to register, please visit NACAC.

Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 10, 2013.  Rev. Bruce Schenk from IIRP Canada will speak on the topic of Building Health Relationships in Workplaces. The meeting will be held at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Burlington at 7:30 pm.  Please see this file for complete details. You can view our 2012 Annual Report here, please contact our office if you would like a hard copy of this document. Join us to hear exciting details about Shalem’s 50th Anniversary and current programs.  We will also launch the Centre for Workplace Engagement!  We would be honoured if you could join us!

The Church and Sexual Addiction – Clergy Care Conference

Many clergy joined us on April 11, 2013 as we learned from Dr. Marta Durski about sexual addiction and the church.

Those who attended gained a better understanding of:

  • The nature and prevalence of sexual addiction
  • How sexual addictions can impact a church
  • How the church can respond when a member discloses a sexual addiction
  • How to support spouses/ family members/ congregations affected by sexual addiction
  • How to protect pastors and church members from sexual addiction

Launching 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Shalem is celebrating God’s faithfulness over the past 50 years!  Please join us in a service of celebration, praising God for 50 years, and commending Shalem to God for this Anniversary year and beyond.  Rev. Henk Bruinsma will lead us in a service of celebration and worship to launch the anniversary celebrations on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 7 pm.  The service will be held in Heritage Hall at Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton.  For more information, view this link or please contact the Shalem office at 866-347-0041.


Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches – FaithCARE Conference

On February 5 – 7, 2013, Shalem hosted a conference on “Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches”.  Bruce Schenk from the International Institute for Restorative Practice (IIRP) led us through 3 days of classroom training in growing restorative congregations.  Also included in this training was individualized field coaching from FaithCARE practitioners for individualized mentoring in implementation. For more information, please download the conference brochure.

Perspectrum — November Art Crawl in Hamilton

Perspectrum is a collaborative art project between students from RE-create Outreach Art Studio, Hamilton District Christian High School, and Notre Dame House School. The art from this project will open with a reception on November 9, 2012 from 7 pm – 9 pm for the Art Crawl in Hamilton.  The art will be displayed from November 9 – 30.  For more information, contact RE-create’s Studio Coordinator: Meghan Hers.  Please join us!

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2012.  View our Annual Report for 2011 here.  Come, view art created at REcreate and hear stories from individuals and churches who have been involved with Shalem.  For more information, view this invitation or contact our office.  For directions and information on parking, etc for this meeting, please view this map.