Jennifer Bowen will be the morning key note speaker on Saturday, April 25 in Woodstock. Jennifer will speak on Understanding Anxiety and Depression, looking at both disorders—their causes, symptoms, treatments—and their impact on the individual and his or her relationships. Jennifer will also address how faith communities relate to these issues as a community, and where there is room for growth. This event is hosted by CRC Disability Concerns, to register and for more information visit this link.
On October 24 Mark Vander Vennen participated on a panel entitled “Healthy Schools: A Panel Discussion on Mental Health Issues in Christian Schools at the Edifide Teacher’s Convention (http://www.ocsta.org/educators-convention-2014/), held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.
We are pleased to offer a Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Assumptions and Interventions that Support Short-Term Work on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Hamilton. Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed., RMFT, R.S.W., CSFT will lead the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for counsellors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who want to increase their skill in applying the Solution-Focused model in their clinical practice.
This training is part one of a two-part training, the second of which will be held in the Spring of 2014.These two days of training can be used together in place of one of the modules in the University of Toronto’s Certificate program in Solution-Focused Counselling.
For more information, please view the workshop flyer here.
To register for this conference, please complete the form below.
Jennifer Bowen will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Jennifer will teach and discuss strategies to support loved ones who are struggling with depression. At this workshop, gain insight into this disorder and how caregivers can position themselves in a helpful and hopeful stance, avoiding the pitfalls of helplessness, anger or despair. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.
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.
Congratulations to Dorothy Vaandering and Angie Dornai, two of our colleagues in restorative justice work, on their article “Hurt People Hurt People, Helped People Help People“, telling a story of restorative practice in a school, published in March/April 2013 issue of “Canadian Teacher Magazine”
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!
Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting at the annual Cangrands conference on July 24, 2013. This conference takes place at a Ignite Camp & Retreat Centre. For more information and to register for this conference visit, Cangrands website.
Anne Martin and Ron Cameron will be presenting an Introduction to Restorative Justice and Facilitator Training at Redeemer University on July 2 – 5th, 2013. This training is offered through Edifide’s Summer Institute. For more information and to register, please visit Edifide’s conference page.
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
The National Post recently wrote an article on Restorative Practices in a Newfoundland School and how it has tranformed the culture at their school. Here is a link to the full article: Detention is over: Schools trying out discussion first before resorting to by-the-book discipline.
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.
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!
On October 14, 2012, Mark Vander Vennen preached at Rehoboth Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 800 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, ON M9C 2Z3. Mark’s message is entitled “The Gift of Joy”, focused on older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Read his message in full here click HERE.
Michelle DeBoer will present Caring for the Caregiver at the Day of Encouragement on October 20, 2012. Knowing the roles, challenges, and supports of the caregiver helps to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. Through interactive dialogue, participants will examine various approaches to caregiving, understand limitations, and develop realistic expectations. Participants will gain practical guidance and tips for their role as caregiver. For more information on this workshop, please contact Diaconal Ministries Canada
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.
On May 10th, 2012, Betty will be speaking at Mothering Matters at St. John’s United Church in Hamilton. Betty will be talking about the importance of healthy attachments and how to foster the healthy attachments with our children.
Anne Martin will be co-presenting with Bruce Schenk at the 15th IIRP World Conference “Building a Worldwide Restorative Practices Learning Network” in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 1 – 3, 2012. Anne and Bruce will present on Responding to Harm in Faith Communities: Two Case Studies. For more information on the conference please visit this link, or contact Anne Martin.
Recently, the RJ in Education Dialogue was featured on the website of Restorative Justice in British Columbia. For information, please check out this website.
Elske de Visch Eybergen and Colleen Cavanaugh will be offering WrapAround Facilitator Training on three Saturdays this spring. For more information view this flyer. Register early, space is limited.