Workshops + Facilitation

Co-Facilitators Janet and Christine

Janet Christie and Christine Westland facilitate community based training workshops which reflect years of experiential learning and best-practices working with vulnerable families. Workshops focus on family preservation and preparing participants to become more aware, effective, and confident when working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Janet has worked front-line with some of the most marginalized women and children in our society and was involved in the development of the BC FASD Key Worker program. Christine is a registered nurse since 1981 specializing for over 30 years in Maternal Child Health, Addictions, Mental Health, and Wellness.  More on the facilitators….


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Janet Christie Professional Bio

Christine Westland Professional Bio

Workshops, Education, and Facilitation

Trauma is the underlying cause of most mental health issues, addiction, domestic violence, illness, poor relationships, and lateral violence. Relational-based training provides participants with tools which support them becoming family, workplace, and community champions.

Who Do We Serve?

Clients include government and non-government agencies who deliver health and social services to front-line workers involved in child and youth mental health and wellness, and addiction services. We also offer community-based healing and sharing circles with families and community members. In Indigenous communities, we engage in partnership with traditional healers and community supports.

What is the Overall Goal?

Our workshops prepare participants to become more aware, effective, and confident when supporting individuals who have experienced trauma. Effective practitioners can become an integral person in an individual’s recovery through the relationships they build.

What is the Workshop Format?

Workshops are interactive and facilitated based on the needs of the participants in your community or organization.

Where are Workshops Held?

Workshops are offered within your organization or community. Travel and other costs are the responsibility of the group requesting the training.

What are Some Examples of Workshops?

The following are examples of workshops which can be adapted to meet your community needs assessment or organizational needs.
Click on the workshop heading in the list below for more information.

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Trauma, Addiction, and Mental Wellness

This workshop will help practitioners, service providers, and other caregivers learn how best to work in a relational way with individuals who may have extreme behaviours and high-risk lifestyles resulting from trauma.

Day One – Information

  • The connection between trauma and addiction
  • Addiction as a medical condition
  • Societal influences and systemic barriers

Day Two – Recovery

  • Stages of change and recovery process
  • Resilience and hope as an intervention


Become a More Effective Practitioner and Caregiver

It is difficult working in stressful environments with individuals who may be hostile, threatening, aggressive, or even suicidal. Part of becoming trauma-informed is recognizing and being able to look past the effects of trauma.

Day One – Empowerment Tools

  • Reflective practice
  • Desensitizing trauma
  • Listening with empathy and compassion
  • Motivational interviewing

Day Two – Self Care for Trauma Caregivers

  • Personal care
  • Stress levels and responsibilities
  • Mindfulness
  • Protective factors and strategies


Healing Workshop for Trauma Survivors and Families

Trauma affects individuals, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development. Individuals can and do recover and have happy and purposeful lives.

Day One – Information

  • The connection between trauma and addiction
  • Addiction as a medical condition
  • Stigma
  • Stages of change and recovery process

Day Two – Sharing of Stories

  • Sharing of stories
  • Healing exercise or circle
  • Importance of self-advocacy and support

Day Three – Celebrating strength

  • Finding meaning
  • Developing resilience and hope
  • Mindfulness
  • Moving forward

Helping Those We Love

Addiction is a family disease. Without help, addiction can totally disrupt family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime in children. This workshop will be of interest to teachers, social workers, parent support programs, daycares, transition houses, health care providers, front-line workers, and family members.

Day One – Information

  • Recognize the signs of addiction within family systems
  • Become familiar with dysfunctional patterns
  • Co-dependency

Day Two – Sharing of stories

  • Sharing of stories
  • Healing exercise
  • Importance of self-advocacy

Day Three – Celebrating Strengths

  • Resilience and hope
  • Mindfulness
  • Moving forward


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness and Support

Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of FASD as a brain-based disability that results from fetal alcohol exposure. Based on best-practices and experiential stories and exercises. This workshop will be of interest to teachers, social workers, parent support programs, daycares, transition houses, health care providers, front-line workers, and family members.

Day One – Information

  • Examining attitude and stigma
  • Impact on the brain
  • Primary and secondary disabilities
  • Systemic barriers

Day Two – Supports and Strengths

  • Adaptations and strategies
  • Diagnostic process (where available)
  • Celebrating brain differences and strengths


Helping to Support the Strengths of Motherhood

Mothers who misuse substances often live very isolated lives and try to manage their parenting and addiction in isolation. Fear of stigmatization and concern for their children’s welfare are major internal and external barriers. Families living in poverty are especially vulnerable.

Day One – Information

  • Barriers and unique issues women face as mothers
  • Women at risk of drinking during pregnancy
  • Support during pregnancy

Day Two – Working Collaboratively

  • Examining personal beliefs
  • Child protection concerns
  • Community resources

Day Three – Support

  • Building relationships of trust
  • Working creatively
  • Motivational interviewing


Moms Peer Support Group
(for mothers involved in addictive lifestyles)

Janet and Christine will work with your community to help establish a Moms Peer Support Group. This program is for mothers and pregnant women involved in addictive lifestyles and under the scrutiny of the child protection system.

Click here for an evaluation report of the Moms Mentoring Moms program, a similar program, evaluated and proven to be an effective program for vulnerable mothers.


Janet Christie is a Professional Addiction Recovery Coach. She was the co-creator of the Mom’s Mentoring Moms program and has successfully piloted a recovery program for women who are pregnant and using substances. She presents on FASD prevention at International conferences and supports families and foster families struggling with the development and cognitive delays experienced by FASD in children and adults. She has experience as a foster parent, and has facilitated support groups with birth mothers of children involved in the foster care system and some of the most stigmatized women in our society. More significantly, Janet has over 25-years personal experience in recovery from multiple addictions. Her unique experiences across the spectrum have helped her gain many insights that help transform and heal lives.

Christine Westland is a registered nurse since 1981 specializing for over 30 years in Maternal Child Health, Addictions, Mental Health and Wellness. Her work includes presentations to nurses and other health teams and community members to address the gaps and inequities in social health care facing many marginalized people. As an educator, Christine guides individuals to work towards self-determination in health and well-being. As a facilitator, works with a range of groups from small community settings to large groups of over 100 participants and able to adapt to meet the client’s needs. Her work is based in Cultural Humility, Trauma Informed Practice and incorporates current research, interactive small group work, sharing circles, crafting, creativity, and knowledge exchange.


Testimonials for Janet Christie

“Over the past decade, Janet has assisted researchers in the CanFASD Research Network and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, participating on research teams to help us understand the complexity of addiction, and the strength and resilience of women in recovery and those still struggling. I have immense respect for the depth of Janet’s knowledge and how she shares this wisdom so capably with researchers, service providers and women who face addiction alike.”

-Nancy Poole, PhD., Director, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Prevention Lead, CanFASD Research Network

“Janet has a special gift of sharing and reflecting her belief in people. Her abilities reflect a deep understanding and appreciation of people with complex lives, their gifts, and the barriers they face.”

-Kee Warner, Executive Director, Whitecrow Village FASD Society, Nanaimo, BC

“For two decades Janet has been in the forefront of developing and delivering innovative services like the FASD Key Worker and Moms Mentoring Moms programs. Her pioneering work has inspired many other service providers and has a lasting effect with those she supports.”

-David Gerry, (former) Executive Director, FASD Community Circle


Testimonials for Christine Westland

“As a first nations person, I have seen Christine practice cultural humility, respect protocol and tradition throughout her work practice and ethic. She always incorporates elders and traditional knowledge keepers and healers in all of her work and understands the legacy of the IRS and the process of decolonization with our people.”

-Megan Newman, Aboriginal Liaison, BC Women’s Hospital

“Christine engages with participants in a way that fosters learning. Christine creates a warm, humorous, safe space to learn new ideas and expand your knowledge. She sparks inspiration and motivation to move forward with new ideas.”

-Cynthia Russell BSN