Why I love my work…
I see people change from regularly feeling worried and insecure, to feeling confident and in charge of their lives.
I see people’s faces when they’ve learned how to stop a panic attack from happening.
I see the pride when someone learns how to confidently say “no” (without guilt) and use their time for what they truly value.
I get to ask the questions that make people say, “You ask hard questions!” and then watch real personal growth happen.
I get to hold hope for people when they are tired, stressed, uncomfortable and not sure they really can change. And then watch them make those changes in their relationships, health and careers.
How could I not love that?
Who am I?
I’m Charlene Richard and I’ve been working in addictions and mental health since 2005.
I’m a Registered Clinical Social Worker and trained as a Behavioural Health Therapist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I’m a full on human behavior nerd! It fascinates me to watch people learn how to build awareness of their thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and habits. And with small changes they learn how to change unhealthy habits like self-medicating with food/tv/alcohol which leads to improved quality of life.
When I’m not working, I’m a fan of yoga, meditation, biking, swimming, target shooting, cooking, patios, family time and the occasional netflix binge.
I am also the founder of the Caring Safely online program which helps personal and professionals caregivers, from all over the world, avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.
Sometimes I go to conferences and host workshops to speak about preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
I’ve also written a book for other health care and helping profession called 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress.
My professional training…
Behavioural Health Consultant, Alberta Health Services
Clinical Social Worker, Greenbelt Family Health Team
Addictions and Mental Health Counsellor, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
Concurrent Disorders – Group Facilitator, Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa
Mental Health Consultant, Health Canada
Counsellor: University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University
Crisis Counsellor, Women’s Crisis Centre
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