A Soft Place to Land:
Learn the Art of Facilitating Support Groups

Join author, actor, and counsellor Nicolle Nattrass for a unique six-week program to explore the intersection of creativity and healing in group settings. 

In this program, participants will learn how to use creativity and expressive journaling as tools for emotional processing when facilitating groups.

Dates and Times: 12:00-2:00 PM PT, every Monday afternoon from October 7th to November 18th (excluding Thanksgiving).

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Explore the intersection of creativity, community, and healing!


As participants navigate through the program, they will experience the therapeutic effects of process-focussed writing practices, including stress reduction, deepened self awareness, and enhanced resilience to trauma.


Simultaneously, participants will learn how to effectively use these strategies with their own professional or peer support groups, making this course ideal for those considering starting their group but unsure where to begin.

Guest speaker Olivia Scobie will provide specialized guidance on applying creative journaling techniques to perinatal support groups. 

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Goals of the Program: 

This unique program equips participants with the skills to facilitate expressive journaling support groups, fostering emotional processing and resilience through storytelling, narrative exploration, and embodied writing practices.


  • ✔️ Participants will learn the expressive writing tools through practice and experience to guide others through a similar process. 

✔️ These tools include creative journaling, process poetry, and active engagement with voice and choice. 

✔️ Participants will concurrently learn various facilitation techniques, including tools to maximize engagement, strategies to increase group safety and the application of trauma-informed principles.


Facilitating group programs allows therapists, counsellors, and other perinatal wellness professionals to offer more than what individual therapy can provide. Groups offer a supportive community where participants can feel that they are not alone in their struggles, where they feel safe to share experiences, and where they welcome different perspectives.
 
Group programs can be more cost-effective for clients, making support more accessible. This can be particularly beneficial in settings with limited mental health resources. From a therapeutic standpoint, group dynamics can also enhance the therapeutic process by introducing varied interactions and feedback that may not arise in one-on-one sessions. 

 Would you like to learn more about our programs? We're happy to chat with you and help you determine if they're right for you. Simply click the link below to schedule a Meet & Greet session!

Your Facilitators:

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Nicolle Nattrass, CAC II, CAEA/PGC, Speaker

Nicolle Nattrass is grateful to live, work and create on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Snaw’na’as First Nations people. 

Her professional expertise unites two careers, as an addiction counselor (CAC II) and mental wellness consultant as well as 20+ years of experience working in the arts and entertainment industry as a Jessie nominated theatre/film/tv actor (CAEA/UBCP/ACTRA), playwright (PGC), dramaturge and mental wellness practitioner.

She is an author, a maternal mental health advocate and an approved Ceu Course provider with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.  She has created Journaling programs with a focus on trauma-informed self-care, to help heal trauma, addiction, family disconnection and to support recovery in all areas. During Covid, she trained a team of counsellors to launch her 6 module program, CJ: The Promises of Recovery at WestCare’s 

Nicole wrote her first book in 2020, Just the Two of Us, A Soft Place for Tender Hearts to Land, and is a contributing author in the following books & essays-

  • - Rethinking Motherhood in the 21st Century: Perspectives on Canadian Theatre (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2024)

  • - The Coaches Guide to Completing Creative Work (Routledge Press, 2023)

  • - The Great Book of Journaling, How Journal Writing Can Support a life of Wellness, Creativity, Meaning and Purpose (Conari Press, 2022)

  • - Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists and Clients (Routledge Press, 2021)

  • - You are Not Alone, An Anthology of Perinatal Mental Health Stories (Wintertickle Press, 2020)

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Olivia Scobie, MSW, RSW, M.A., ACC, MSP

Olivia is a queer social worker specializing in perinatal mood, reproductive trauma, parental mental health, and provider burnout. She is committed to continuous learning and is completing a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Equity. Her dissertation is focused on the reproductive trauma experiences of LGBT+ birthers.

Olivia is the co-founder of Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings and supports the student placement program with Perinatal Wellbeing Ontario. She believes in eating dessert every day, telling your story, and barrier-free access to mental health support.

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We offer professional development for perinatal mental health professionals. Our trainings are inter-professional; we welcome social workers, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, midwives, nurses, naturopaths, OB’s, psychiatrists, pelvic floor physiotherapists, family doctors, community organizers, pediatricians, coaches, or sleep consultants.

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