Carl. Michelle.

Two more presenters agreed to be featured on our website:

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Carl Heaman-Warne is the Director of Therapy at the Aurora Family Therapy Centre and Faculty in the Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy Program at the University of Winnipeg.  He has worked in the counselling field for 25 years, working in a variety of agencies and in private practice, and has spent five years travelling across Canada to large and small communities presenting workshops on issues of trauma, mental health and addictions.

Carl has worked with many communities and families to address issues of trauma.  He helps people look at their own choices in how they engage which can either escalate or de-escalate traumatic reactions.  He believes that understanding why people respond the way they do is key to us making more informed choices about how we engage and assist others.

As an educator and clinician, he is focused on the why we do what we do along with the how we do it, and looks at the impact on the helper as well as on the affected person.

Michelle Strain

Michelle Strain is the Refugee Response Coordinator at the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO). Michelle has worked with refugees for over a decade and as a result he has developed a strong understanding of the various needs and challenges that newcomers face in their daily lives. Prior to her position at MANSO Michelle managed a pre-employment training program for refugees, thus she has gained an understanding of the challenges and successes of refugees seeking employment as well as the vital role employers play in integration and acceptance of newcomers.


Thank you Carl and Michelle. We look forward to your presentations!




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