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Wholistic Professional Development Workshops

The following workshops are centred in Indigenous knowledge and are created with Indigenous wholistic practitioners in mind. The workshop facilitators have been invited because of the gifts, skills and knowledge they carry. Participants will have opportunities to continue to nurture their practice spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. These workshop are experiential and full of spirit. We encourage you to register soon as spaces are limited.

The Wholistic Healing Professional Development workshops are for Indigenous helpers who want to:

  • Continue learning about Indigenous knowledge and deepen their wholistic practice.
  • Engage in self-development and care that nurtures and values Indigenous identity.
  • Experience training and growth that is centred in Indigenous worldviews.
  • Develop their spirit, heart, mind and body in practice.

Upcoming Workshops

Trauma Informed Care from an Indigenous Perspective

Date: Sept. 27-28, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Circle Room (third floor), 120 Duke St., Kitchener

Workshop Description

In this workshop participants will acquire tools, develop skills and gain insight to be effective professionals working with Indigenous populations. Through an Indigenous lens you will have the opportunity to develop your practice on how to provide trauma-informed care. There will be a focus on culture as a foundation to creating safety. Participants will be provided with opportunities to improve their cultural competency, with the goal of client-centered cultural safety. This workshop will examine the concept of “two-eyed seeing” or the ability to respect the different perspectives western science and Traditional Knowledge have when it comes to healing and treatment approaches. The Thunderbird Partnership’s wellness continuum of hope, meaning, belonging and purpose will be explored and integrated into approaches, helping to empower individuals and groups overcome the impacts of Intergenerational Trauma.

Restoring Indigenous Men's Balance and Connection to the Sacred

Date: Nov. 15-16, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Circle Room (third floor), 120 Duke St., Kitchener

Workshop Description

In this workshop participants will learn a brief history on Indigenous men’s traditional roles and loss of identity. Colonialism and oppression have attacked the heart and spirit of Indigenous men and healing by Indigenous men with Indigenous men will help create safe spaces to explore ways of healing and being empowered in a good way. We will explore things like what gets in the way of finding our identity and why men struggle with intimacy, feelings and emotions. In this workshop, I will focus on some of the issues that Indigenous men struggle with and what holds us back from being whole and healthy. We will experience teachings of the drum and teachings of the fire as a means of restoring our identity and place as healthy men, partners, uncles, brothers, fathers and grandfathers in our Indigenous societies. We will learn together with ceremony.


My name is Hilton King I am a bicultural Indigenous social worker with a practice blend that is informed by euro-western and Indigenous knowledge. I originally come from Wasauksing First Nation on the Georgian Bay area but now reside in Kitchener, ON. I am married with a blended family of six grown children and three grandchildren.

I hold a master's degree in Social Work obtained from Wilfrid Laurier University in the Indigenous Field of Study Program.

I have worked in Traditional Healing as a helper, Justice Coordination, Mental Health and Child Welfare.

I carry the teachings of the land and I am a fire keeper who works with the sweat lodge and many other ceremonies. As I journey through this life, the cultural knowledge that was so freely passed on to me helps me stay balanced in this good life.

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Contact Us:

Giselle Dias, MSW, Program Administrator

Office Location: 120 Duke St., Kitchener

Kathy Absolon-King, MSW, PhD, Director of Centre for Indigegogy



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