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Created for First Responders and Front Line Workers to tackle the challenges of working on the front lines. Dig into topics on burnout, workplace dynamics, managing mental health, balancing family life...and so much more. Created and hosted by Lindsay Faas, clinical counsellor and trauma therapist. View the show notes, and access bonus resources at https://www.my.thrive-life.ca/behind-the-line.
 
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Letter from the Trenches Dear parents, Today's episode is all about reflecting on kids' relationships with their dads. Kids of all ages share their thoughts about what makes their dad special in their eyes - something they likely haven't volunteered without having been asked. So, I did the asking for you and it was such an honour to hear what they …
 
Show Notes: Today I am joined by clinical counsellor Heather Toews to discuss the challenges facing First Responders and Front Line Workers who are also juggling the art of parenting. We spend time talking about the difficult transition from work to home, from the perspective of Heather’s previous experience as a child protection social worker. We …
 
Letter from the Trenches Dearest parents who struggle trying to find balance between work and the rest of life, who know that when demands ramp up self care is the first to fall off our priority list, and for those of you who desperately want to find a way to avoid burnout, have a listen to what my brilliant and practical friend and colleague has t…
 
Show Notes: Today we are shifting gears from our series on daring leadership to a new series on front line families. Tin this episode we are focusing on partnering and the challenges that couples face as a result of the unique stressors involved in first response and front line work. I break down 4 of the common concerns I hear from front line coup…
 
Letter from the Trenches Dear parents, Let me start with this. Your mental load goes unseen everyday - the invisible factors you carry with concern associated with the most seemly mundane tasks like cooking a meal. In this episode we dive into seeing the unseen, understanding why the burden feels heavy, and what we can do to activate antidotes to s…
 
Show Notes: …And that’s a wrap! Today’s episode wraps up our series following Brené Brown’s work from her book, Dare to Lead. This episode includes the bits and pieces we skipped over along the way for the sake of time, as well as some thoughts to tie together the concepts from the book with the interviews with T.C. Randall and Jennifer Pound, as w…
 
Letter from the Trenches Parents, This episode brings you and your kids some amazing wisdom on self care - straight from kids in grade 4 who know what they're talkin' about. As parents, I know how much you do for your kids to help predict what they need, intervene when they aren't safe, try to manage sibling conflict or peer arguments, feed them we…
 
Show Notes: I am grateful to Jennifer Pound for joining me today. Some of the pieces that stood out to me in our conversation, as it relates to aspects of the system that need to change and tools that daring leaders can work to engage with more intentionally included: · Limited training around PTSD and mental health related OSI’s, which reduces our…
 
Letter from the Trenches Dear Parents, You burnt out by any chance? Sick and tired of hearing people throw the "self care" term around as though you have time to kick off for 3 days at the spa? I feel you. In the thick of parenting kids with big challenges and a work role that set me up for vicarious trauma on a daily basis, I felt suffocated, depl…
 
Show Notes: I am so thankful to T.C. Randall for joining me today, sharing his experience as an ER Nurse of 14 years now off on medical leave due to work-related PTSD. Our conversation today focuses on the impacts of broken systems to the very real people working to offer services and make a difference to our communities…people exactly like you. We…
 
Letter from the Trenches Dear Parents, Not sure if you already know this, but every May we surge our efforts to create awareness about mental health, help eliminate the stigma attached, and increase our knowledge about support and resources available to families. If you or your kids are struggling, you might assume there must be help out there, but…
 
Show Notes: Today’s episode covers the final aspect of daring leadership, following the work of Brené Brown in her book, Dare to Lead: Learning to Rise. This episode is all about how to handle the hard moments, and how to make them more fruitful for individuals and teams. The learning to rise process focuses on three main pieces: the reckoning, the…
 
Dear Moms, this one's for you. Momming is one of the most invisible jobs on the planet, and often you struggle to see the positive outcome of all your investment until years and sometimes decades later. Well, today I invited kids of all ages to speak to what they see in you but may not have mentioned in passing. May it bring warmth to your Mother's…
 
Dear Parents, Yes, I'm a little nervous. I've agreed to pass the hosting mic to a colleague, friend and fellow momma who plans to chuck a bunch of personal questions my way. I've committed to answering from the heart in honour of the guests I've interviewed who have done just that for me. Seems only fair, I guess! If you're wondering about who the …
 
Show Notes: As we continue our series on daring leadership, following the work of Brené Brown and her book Dare to Lead, today we are talking about living into our values. This is about being able to identify what is important to us and ways to engage in our lives that align with these values. Too often we fail to reflect on our values and they bec…
 
It can feel so much better, or easier when you're in the phase of expecting a baby, to just assume things will all "work out" between you and your partner as you transition from a couple to a family. The reality is that 2 out of 3 couples experiences a sharp increase in conflict and a sharp decrease in relationship satisfaction. It also has a huge …
 
Show Notes: Today we are tackling empathy which involves a set of five skills. Together these skills and the act of engaging empathically is a lynchpin piece in the willingness to rumble with vulnerability – which is one of the four components of daring leadership identified by Brené Brown’s research. During this video we identify the value of empa…
 
Dear new mommas and poppas, One of the first trenches you can find yourself standing in is the scary mess of postpartum mental health worries. We don't want you going that alone or without the detection tools to feel it coming on. Rita Girn, a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician, experienced counsellor and mom is joining us for conversation #2 so we …
 
Show Notes: Today we are in week two of our series on daring leadership and cultivating a new generation of leaders who are equipped to lead with courage and transform the broken systems from the inside out. We are continuing to follow Brené Brown’s work, primarily from her book, Dare to Lead. Today we are focusing in on the first of four skills se…
 
Parents, if you have experienced any form of trauma leading up to, during or in follow up to giving birth, we're going to be discussing how to care for your mental health. What a lonely and intense experience it can be, and Rita is going to help us all understand what birth trauma experiences are like, reassure you that not only are you not alone, …
 
Show Notes: Among the many challenges facing First Responders & Front Line Workers, systemic toxic workplace dynamics is a significant factor impacting wellness. Every front line worker I have ever known has identified this as a stressor they experience and has been a significant factor in the decline of worker wellness for far more people than it …
 
I have a little story to tell you (and yes, I have my child's consent to share it here). When my outgoing and energy-filled 3 year old daughter heard the doorbell ring and the tall stranger on the other side handed over boxes of delicious-smelling pizza, she rushed towards him, arms open wide, hugged his knees and asked him if he wanted to stay for…
 
Show Notes: Courtney Jewell is an ICU nurse in Calgary, AB. In November 2020, during the "second wave" and the wave of anti-mask backlash from those with "COVID-fatigue" and the ongoing politicization of masking, Courtney posted her frustration on her social media. It went viral and was picked up by news sources across Canada (check out the Global …
 
Ok brave parents....if you've joined me for E1&2 for S3, you know what you're in for. Stay in it and you will feel much more equipped to know how to handle these aspects of growing our kids into whole and healthy humans. Today's episode is about body image - tricky mess, that is. Thankfully we have 2 guests who know what they're talking about in th…
 
Show Notes: In today’s episode, we are talking about how to process our experiences (COVID-related or otherwise) with others in our lives. We are talking about shaping interactions intentionally and pro-actively – whether these be with colleagues who “get it” or our communities of supporters outside of the work who don’t necessarily get it, but car…
 
Hey Parents! Unless you're living off the grid (which you aren't if you got this email) you're NOT going to want to miss this episode on digital wellbeing. HOLY smokes - you'll never guess who my guest is! Dr. Kristy Goodwin! For realz. I'm sure our parents felt the same way - absolutely behind the times and unable to keep up with digital advanceme…
 
Show Notes: In this week’s episode we are talking about the pieces that we need to have in place to set ourselves up for success as we work at processing experiences, including (but not limited to) something with the magnitude of a freaking pandemic. If you missed last weeks episode, you’ll want to go back and start there as much of this weeks epis…
 
Dear parents, In S3 of Parenting in the Trenches, we're taking a look at tough but important conversations we need to be having with our kids - both for their own welfare and in support of the wellbeing of our relationships with others. It's tempting to shy away from topics that we don't feel fully educated about and have a big impact, for fear we'…
 
Show Notes: COVID-19 has hit the world hard, in ways we were largely unprepared for. But no one was hit quite the way First Responders and Front Line Workers were. Being in the thick of it, with your own fears and risks, showing up because you’ve committed to helping – there’s been no time or space or support to step back and really take stock of a…
 
Letter from the trenches Dear couples, I’m stoked to share my current obsession, probably because it applies to the stage of life our family is in right now. Our culture has some skewed expectations about the spark or heat in our love relationships after we have kids. People feel all sorts of pressure to keep up with these expectations, and if anyt…
 
Show Notes: This week we are finishing off our 5 week series on self-care, and today’s episode focuses on how we make lasting change and habits to go the distance. During this episode I talk about the Stages of Change Model by Prochaska and DiClamente which includes 6 stages. I have created an infographic that summarizes the stages and you can find…
 
Letter from the trenches Dear Couples, The quest for strong, healthy and meaningful couples relationships continues today with our 3rd episode of this mini series, where we look at how best to prepare and solidify your couples relationship when your new baby is about to, or has recently arrived on the scene! When you announce to family and friends …
 
Show Notes: As we near the end of our 5 week series on self-care, this episode focuses on getting practical and ensuring you are equipped to build a plan that will stand the test of time. Here are the key areas we talk about during this episode: 1. The core of what we are doing here is showing care, make sure you are orienting your plan back to thi…
 
Letter from the trenches Okay, partners in crime, Because I cannot get enough of last week’s fabulous guest and Registered Clinical Counsellor, Michelle Gruenhage, I’ve asked her to come back to discuss dynamics new couples should be aware of and work on to set their commitment for something long-term up for success. She’s a trained Gottman therapi…
 
Show Notes: A self-care plan needs to reflect you – your interests, needs and lifestyle. It has to fit like a glove, or you’ll be fighting against it rather than allowing it to work for you. In this episode we are digging in to strategies to help us personalize a plan that will be as unique as you are, and the framework to support adapting that pla…
 
Letter from the trenches, Happy V-day! Here we go, couples in the trenches! Mini series 2 starts today and I’m excited to be addressing couples relationships. After all, it’s Valentine’s Day this month, so what better time of year to target that unique relationship in your life. If you have a partner, this series is for you - whether or not you are…
 
Show Notes: In this episode we are talking about the strategy involved in creating a useful, meaningful and sustainable self-care plan. For plans to be useful they have to actually be grounded in reality and practicality – without that they’ll just sit on the backburner, never being implemented. Our goal is to understand the ways to diversify our s…
 
When the pandemic first hit, families put on their best armour and hunkered down. We were "in this together", determined and mostly unified. But then it wore on and on...and on, leaving us depleted, having to make complicated decisions about healthy limits and boundaries, and forcing us to see what we were capable of adjusting to. Parents have had …
 
Show Notes: Today’s episode kicks off a 5 week series on self-care. I know, everyone and their dog talk about self-care but what is it really all about – can it be more than bubble baths and spa days? Join me as we focus today’s episode on dispelling the myths about self-care and focus on the science around how this tool works as a foundational ele…
 
You know how tricky it is to parent an anxious child at home and you know that kids with overwhelming fears and worries do not just feel them at home. For nearly half their waking hours, kids are in the care of teachers and school or daycare supports and in the midst of a tonne of social dynamics that can poke at anxiety and make it grow. And one t…
 
Show Notes: Thanks again to Ryan for sharing his experience as a member of the RCMP who is integrating mindfulness skills and willing to talk about what this looks like. I so value those who are willing to speak up and speak out to help change the culture in front line workplaces. I hope you enjoy listening in to this conversation and encourage you…
 
Anxiety begs us to change our environments so we can avoid the things we're anxious about. And the relief payoff when we do it is huge. No wonder it's just easier to keep moving things around so we can cope. But at what point does this just perpetuate the problem? As caregivers, we're having to assess and make moment to moment decisions about when …
 
Show Notes: In last week’s episode (Episode 7 if you want to hunt it down), we made the case for why mindfulness matters and how it helps to strengthen the parts of your brain that help to counterbalance your stress centre and the overwhelming amounts of persistent stress you face as a result of your work. This week, we focus on practical mindfulne…
 
I often have the saying, "Anxiety is contagious, but so is courage" on my office whiteboard because I think it's a great counter message to how clients with overwhelming anxiety think about it. Anxiety can spillover and cause otherwise calm and grounded caregivers to become hypervigilant and always ready for their kids to be overtaken by their fear…
 
Show Notes: Today’s episode digs into the myths and truths about mindfulness in an effort to make the case for implementing mindfulness skills as a part of our strategic wellness action plan. An episode like this is necessary because I see SO many front line workers roll their eyes when we talk about mindfulness and related skills, like they can’t …
 
The tween and teen years are a bit of a mystery in terms of knowing how to connect with them, how to support them, and how to communicate without pushing hot buttons that cause a blow up or retreat. There are reasons for this, but that doesn't make it any less tricky to parent effectively. I've got some inside info for you from years of working wit…
 
Show Notes: In today’s show we are talking about the importance of hope in surviving life on the front lines, and how to go about engaging with hope intentionally and strategically. Too often we take hope for granted or we undervalue it. But without hope, we don’t stand a chance in this line of work. And because of the work you do and what you inte…
 
Like most things that interfere with life, the best time to catch Anxiety, that unwanted house guest, is to nip it in the bud. Great plan, but it takes some tools to spot it, name it and address it well. That's what we're tackling today in our first episode in this series on anxiety. And if you hear this and think, "oh crumbs, I missed the early de…
 
Show Notes: This year has been a lot of things, and it has called us to be flexible, adaptable and responsive in a myriad of ways. Thanks to my roles as a trauma therapist and the director of the largest counselling clinic in my area, as well as being a mom of school-aged kids, spouse to a stay at home parent stuck with kids all day, friend and fam…
 
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