Information About Our Adult Educational Workshops

Designed to promote personal well-being in a safe environment. There is no requirement to see a counsellor before taking a workshop. However, a counsellor may recommend a series of workshops based on an assessment of your individual personal situation.

If you are interested in any of our virtual workshops, Please call the office at 613-523-5143 (Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:00pm) or email, workshops@serenityrenewal.ca

Fee for Workshops
Serenity Renewal for Families’ fee for a workshop is $140. Receipts will be issued for extended health care or private insurance.       

** No one is excluded from services for financial reasons. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Serenity Renewal for Families offers a sliding fee scale from $140 to a minimum payment of $10.

100% subsidies are available.

Body Image: Our Need for Self-Acceptance—Hybrid: In-Person or Virtual 
Facilitators: Michelle Tasker and Lindsay Dobson 
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Deeply held beliefs about how I look and how I feel about how I look, can affect my relationship with self and others. Looking with compassion at our bodies and exploring where the negative beliefs came from will help us move towards peace and joy. Body image issues are a profoundly important chapter in our stories of healing and recovery from addiction, codependency, and family of origin concerns. A decision to explore body image issues is a commitment towards our deepest need for self-care. 

Family of Origin—Hybrid: In-Person or Virtual
Facilitator: Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Family of Origin experiences have a profound influence on our thinking and beliefs. These shape the choices and feelings we experience in our relationships and in parenting our children. Because it is literally the basis from which you develop, your family of origin has a large impact on you and your life. But what happens when that impact is negative? In this workshop, we will explore how our family of origins have helped shape us and how we can heal to move forward in our journey.

Grief and Loss: Living with the Sorrow of AddictionandCodependency—Virtual only
Facilitators:Wally Clare and Maimoona Batool
Date: Wednesdays, May 1 – 22, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
There are never simple answers for our individual experiences of grief, loss and sorrow. Addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones will often make our grief more complicated and harder to understand. What do we mean when we talk about a healing journey for our sorrow? Is there a way to distinguish between grief, sorrow, and depression? What are the symptoms of grief? Can I do anything about the inner voices of self-judgment and criticism? Why is it comforting to share with others who have experienced similar grief and loss?

Anger and Resentment—In-Person only
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Anger and Resentment are simply defined as “bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly”. Our addiction and codependency literature identifies resentment as the single most dangerous character defect in our journey of healing and recovery. This workshop will provide the opportunity to explore the roots of our resentments, how they get triggered in everyday life and how we are able to let go of the old wounds at the root of our suffering.

Introduction to Healing and Recovery—In-person only
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
This one-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Acceptance is the Answer—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date:
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Time:
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The essential element of the healing process. Learn how to develop a healthy perspective of our reality and life circumstances to maintain success on your journey of healing and recovery.

WOMEN’S Only Workshop: Intimacy and Healthy Relationships—Virtual
Facilitator: Leanne McEwen
Date: Mondays, February 26, 2024, March 4, 2024, and March 11, 2024 (three Mondays in a row)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What we experienced growing up profoundly shapes our thinking, beliefs, behaviours, and choices for today, including our capacity for intimacy in our relationships with others. Our sexuality is a core dimension of who we are. The failure to fulfill this desire leaves us feeling incomplete, inadequate, and alone. Making healthy relationships and sexual choices is essential for personal growth.
**priority registration will be given to those who have not taken this workshop before.

MEN’S Only Workshop: Intimacy and Healthy Relationshipsin Person ONLY 
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer 
Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 
What we experienced growing up profoundly shapes our thinking, beliefs, behaviours, and choices for today, including our capacity for intimacy in our relationships with others. Our sexuality is a core dimension of who we are. The failure to fulfill this desire leaves us feeling incomplete, inadequate, and alone. Making healthy relationships and sexual choices is essential for personal growth. 

Self Esteem and Self Compassion—Virtual
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Explore how to accept our own humanness and imperfections with kindness by developing self-compassion. Learn how to shift into a positive mindset with confidence by strengthening self-esteem.

Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator
: Catherine Pepper
Date
: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Codependent behaviour is a learned coping style that includes hyper focusing on others while being unable to express one’s own needs. Learn to reclaim your identity and create authentic relationships.

Introduction to Healing and Recovery—Virtual
Facilitator
: Jeff Latimer
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This one-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Healthy Boundaries: Letting Go of Fear, Anxiety, Resentment and the Despair of Addictions and Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitators
: Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What is a boundary? How are they formed, shaped, damaged, or broken? How can we recognize healthy and unhealthy boundaries in ourselves and others? What do our relationship patterns and choices tell us about the health of our own boundaries? How does the setting of new boundaries help in the healing of our broken or empty relationship patterns?

Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Facilitators:
Catherine Pepper
Codependent behaviour is a learned coping style that includes hyper focusing on others while being unable to express one’s own needs. Learn to reclaim your identity and create authentic relationships.

Introduction to Healing and Recovery—Virtual ONLY
Monday, November 20, 2023 through Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm each day
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer
This four-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Men in Recovery: A Six-Week Program
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer
Date: Monday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 and 13th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
In our journey of healing and recovery, men can face numerous challenges and barriers that may interfere with full healing. Societal pressures can lead us to believe that being a man means we do not need help and that being vulnerable is a sign of weakness or defeat. This six-week program will explore issues unique to men in recovery with a focus on solutions. Within a supportive group environment, we will share and learn from each other’s experiences related to a number of issues including intimacy, anger management, healthy sexuality, stigma and mental health, spirituality, and recovery.
Fee: $300 (sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available)

I Matter Too! What About Me?: A Four-Week Program
Facilitator: Michelle Tasker (co-facilitator TBD)
Date: Saturday, April 27, and May 4, 11 and 18
Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
This four-week program has been developed for family members who have an adult family member (or co-parent) who is in active addictions. This program will discuss the importance of “putting on our oxygen masks first”. By the end of the four weeks, participants will learn about family resources and tools of self-care which can lead to a healthier life,
Fee: $140 (sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available)

 

Self Care for Family Members  – In-Person Only 
Facilitators: Leanne McEwen and Wayne Burke
Dates: Feb 5, 2024, February 12, 2024, February 26, 2024, and March 4, 2024
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This four-week program will enable family members who have an adult family member who is in active addictions. The program offers an in-depth view of how addictions/substance use disorder impacts every member of the family. The program will provide an opportunity to look at ourselves with the idea of making personal changes which can lead to a healthier life.  It gives us hope for change.
$140 fee (sliding fee scale available)