I’m Charlene Richard and I’ve been a registered social worker in addictions and mental health since 2005.
I’ve specialized in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue prevention. In 2016 I founded Caring Safely®, an organization that provides education, training and consultation for individuals and organizations.
I also enjoy teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary.
Sometimes I go to conferences and host workshops to speak about preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
In 2015 my first book was published called 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress.
In 2018 I won two “Women in Business” awards for Caring Safely® and began providing consultations for other clinicians wanting to build a private practice. In 2019 I launched an online training program called Private Practice Bliss™.
Behavioural Health Consultant, Alberta Health Services
Social Worker – Mental Health Therapist, Greenbelt Family Health Team
Social Worker – Addictions and Mental Health Therapist, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
Social Worker – Mental Health Consultant, Health Canada
Social Worker – Counsellor, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Manitoba
Social Worker – Crisis Counsellor, Women’s Shelter
Master of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008
Bachelor of Social Work
University of Manitoba, 2007
Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training, Traumatology Institute, Toronto, 2009
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Trauma, Traumatology Institute, Toronto, 2009
Concurrent Disorder Training, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, 2012
Advanced Motivational Interviewing, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, 2012
Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, 2012
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training, University of San Diego, 2013
Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, Soma Yoga Institute, Costa Rica, 2016
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