Workshops

End Bullying & Abuse Workshop // Apr 26 - Apr 28, 2019

Join Dr. Jennifer Fraser April 26th-April 28th, 2019 at The Haven, as she leads her End Bullying and Abuse Workshop.

All organizations are unique, these workshops will give you the blueprint, but they can be tailored to serve your organization’s particular needs.

Our online courses give a wider variety of workshop opportunities that can be completed online or we can come and speak at your events or conduct intensive workshops with your stakeholders.

End Bullying & Abuse Workshops

Bullying and Sexual Harassment

Full Day Workshop

Designed for university students but easily adapted for all organizations, in this full day workshop, we examine short-term and long-term consequences of bullying and harassing.


Short-term, the brain gets a shot of dopamine, testosterone levels may rise with a sense of victory over one’s target while cortisol, a stress hormone, might drop making the perpetrator feel better. However, every single bullying gesture, joke, or harassing act lays down neural networks in the brain that are difficult to avoid down the road.

In fact, bullying and harassing can become a behaviour pattern so that resisting the impulse---even knowing it is harmful and risky---becomes progressively more difficult. At university, bullying and sexual harassment might seem minor, but mid-term, they can block promotions, wreck projects, alienate colleagues. Long term this kind of conduct can ruin careers and lives. Bullying and harassing may seem minor, but neuroscience can now show the harm it does to the victim’s brain.

Up until 24 or 25, the brain has not matured, specifically the prefrontal cortex that is the brain’s CEO is not mature. Therefore, it does not fully grasp consequences, rationalize, see into the future. Making our youth conscious of long term, future results of seemingly petty conduct or words, has the potential to give them a competitive edge in the workplace and allow them to fulfill their true potential in their careers.

Using Harvey Weinstein’s career as a case study, we will examine the flawed system that believes it is “protecting” the harasser when in fact they are assisting the harasser in laying down an obsessive compulsive neural network that may well derail their life in serious ways. Participants will create a living, breathing, real-time code of conduct that they can continue to develop as they progress from university into the workplace. This personal construction of a code---that recognizes the intersection between ethics and empathy---will have participants reflect in depth on their own reputation and the way it is shaped not only by them, but by the responses of others.

Sitting alongside the policy and procedure manual, which is usually only consulted with any true engagement when something has gone wrong, the individual code of conduct will be a place for each participant to articulate for themselves an intentional, informed, reflective document of their own conduct. It will always be a work in progress as it addresses conduct they regret, or wish to avoid, and conduct that they feel proud of, and wish to continue. It will leave space for the gray areas that emerge when one works through the complexity of demands that happen daily in the workplace.

Emotional Abuse: What the Neuroscientists Know

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

Unlike sexual and physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse is invisible.


Legal systems tend not to take emotional abuse seriously which makes it more harmful and have longer-term impact. If a child is beaten up, the system from teachers to coaches to parents flies into action. If a child is taunted, humiliated, shamed, blamed, berated, ignored or shunned, adults might not even know harm has been done. Neuroscientists can now confirm what psychologists have studied for over 50 years: emotional, psychological, verbal abuse does significant scarring harm to brains. Our technology---MRI, fMRI, EEG, PET---can non-invasively bear witness to the specific brain damaging impact of emotional abuse. This workshop aims to galvanize listeners to understand how harmful emotional abuse is and thereby respond to the crisis with awareness and healing care for the victims. Neuroscience teaches that brains get hurt, but also that brains can recover.

How to reach those who have suffered trauma

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

A child in school or on the sports field or an employee in the workplace may well look fine, but within the brain they may have the recurring wounds of trauma that impact their conduct, their performance and their ability to fulfill their own potential.


We are not well-versed in trauma and therefore do not recognize its signs. Neuroscientists know that trauma impacts the brain in a variety of ways that unidentified and untreated can negatively impinge upon an individual’s life. This workshop shares the insights of experts on how trauma is so difficult to articulate in rational, narrative ways and to create a profile of what a trauma-victim might do, say or not do, and not say. From the ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences study to the in-depth experience of psychiatrist Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, the knowledge we now have of how past-trauma continues to manifest in the body and brain empowers us to change the way we treat ourselves and others. The brain and body are remarkably resilient and responsive to healing and this course focuses on strategies for recovery.

Transforming Bullying into Mindfulness

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

We do not have an epidemic of mindful, reflective, thoughtful children. We have an epidemic of bullying.


This course strives to question why it is that we continue to default to bullying conduct in school, sports and the workplace. It then examines the healing force of mindfulness. Saying we must stop bullying is not enough. We need to replace it with an equally powerful force. Replacing outdated myths about how bullying gets results, this course looks at how in fact it is mindfulness that gets results on the basketball court to the profit margin of a company. Bullying is judgemental and mindfulness is accepting. Bullying causes brain blockages and break-downs; mindfulness is all about peak-performance and flow. As documented by experts, bullying leads to health crises; mindfulness leads to massive health benefits. It is a matter of intentional choice for individuals and organizations.

How to identify and eliminate micro-aggressions

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

We continue to be trapped in a bullying paradigm and we don’t recognize micro-aggressions in time.


These small gestures lead the perpetrator to gain power and the problem escalates and can lead all the way to significant harm, liability and law suits not just for perpetrators, but also for administrators. As documented in positive psychology, schools, sports, workplaces generate their own group-culture and in turn it governs conduct. A culture that tolerates micro-aggressions creates the necessary conditions for bullying and abuse to flourish. The failure to identify seemingly small instances of cruelty or failures in empathy and compassion set the stage for larger more serious violations. In contrast, a culture that insists on empathy and compassion and actively pursues their proven benefits is quick to see and address even the slightest micro-aggression.

This course provides research to empower cultures to amp up their awareness of micro-aggressions and the serious harm they can do when they go unchecked.

How to see the red flags of grooming

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

This is a challenging topic and our tendency is not to discuss it. However, our anxiety and feelings of repulsion about paedophilia put children at risk.


This course encourages individuals to look squarely in the face of sexual abuse and the ways in which perpetrators lure and groom children. It examines the profile of a perpetrator and explores their oftentimes advanced skills at manipulating and “seducing” those empowered with child protection from school administrators to parents. It argues for safe, anonymous reporting. It identifies ways to recognize perpetrators and thereby keep children safe. In extended form, it looks at case studies to show grooming patterns as well as our failure to recognize them and the serious impact of our repeated failure.

How to create a culture of those who speak up

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

Although we are always telling children to be “upstanders,” adults are oftentimes paralyzed and silenced when faced with bullying or abusive conduct.


Is it possible that our brains cannot respond to bullying and abuse because they cannot process it? If so, what strategies can we employ to change this? This course examines how the brain reacts when witnessing bullying and abuse. It then offers a series of techniques for bypassing the primitive fight, flight, freeze responses and instead activating our more humane, problem-solving, empathic brain centres to better handle bullying and abuse. It returns to us our voices and allows us to speak up on behalf of victim, and perpetrator, so that the former is protected and the latter receives support and rehabilitation.

Sexual Harassment & Abuse: How to See it and Shut it Down

One hour presentation or half-day workshop

Sexual harassment masquerades as joking, affection, motivation, and camaraderie.


It sometimes appears as nurture and care. It entwines itself with opportunities and acceptance. Perpetrators are remarkably patient and often will increase the harassment or abuse incrementally so that victims are too entwined to extricate with ease. How and why does it happen? This course will look at sexual abuse and harassment through the lens of narcissism, self-loathing, misogyny and homophobia. It will investigate the issue as a bid for self-love and power. This approach empowers victims to recognize the signs before it is too late. The goal is to see the perpetrator as issuing a cry for help and if organizations---whether in schools, sports or the workplace---do not respond, and instead enable, then what could have been healed becomes progressively more and more harmful. This course can be extended to look at case studies such as Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar.

Talent Growth, Transitions, Career-Launching Workshops

Drawing from experts in the neuroscience of adolescence, Jennifer works with young people as they career launch and she works with employers helping them to design brain-based on-boarding programs to recruit and support their young employees. Last year, Jennifer was hired in a joint venture by the BC Career Development Association and the Canadian Education and Research Institute of Career (CERIC) to do three webinars on the neuroscience of school-to-work transition. In 2017, she was asked to sit on the federal task force that set as its mandate an improvement in youth development in Canada.

Neuroscience of Positivity and the Competitive Advantage for Organizations

Full Day Workshop

A day long interactive workshop that teaches the seven principles of Dr. Shawn Achor’s positive psychology and the ways in which they apply to leadership, mentoring or coaching.


The 7 principles are grounded in rigorous neuroscientific research and inject powerful learning into corporate culture, education or athletics as a “mental game.” Clients will discover the correlation between growth mindset and developing talent.  Key principles in this system grapple with taking mistakes or failures and translating the fall into upward momentum. Adversity can become an opportunity for growth and finding the “path up.”  Role playing will carry out the skill building of adversity awareness.  With each of the seven principles, clients will work in teams to transfer their learning from theory into practice. The workshop is demanding due to the extensive content, but will be taught in a very dynamic, practical, collaborative, and engaging way.

Igniting Talent Growth

Half Day Workshop

This workshop takes clients through the neuroscience of ignition, visualization, and myelination of the neural networks as outlined in Daniel Coyle’s work.


These approaches are shown, when linked to excellent coaching, to produce a talent hotbed in sports and sports recruitment and beyond into educational and corporate culture.  Clients will learn the neuroscientific research that fuels these techniques for sparking a belief in their athletes, employees or students, using actionable techniques for them to envision their dream, and guiding them each step of the way according to proven strategies for attainment and success.  Grounded in case studies, the discovery that talent is not “born” but rather “grown,” creates exciting opportunities for all players on the team and leaders who mentor and guide their stakeholders.

Activating an Empathy Mindset

Half Day Workshop

This workshop trains clients in the art of empathic listening. Trained and certified by Dr. Lee-Anne Gray of The Connect Group, this is a highly interactive workshop where clients will participate in empathic listening and speaking sessions.


Learning to listen fully to a leader, executive, coach, employee, student or client of an organization, or a parent who is advocating for their child will train clients in how to truly listen to and hear the needs of their stakeholders. Various empathetic exercises will train them to open up, without judgement, and truly hear what their stakeholders are saying.  Clients will learn the benefits of being heard themselves in this manner.  They will learn skills that they can take to their stakeholders so that the whole team becomes adept at communicating in a respectful, collaborative, and open-minded manner.  Having the courage to advocate or speak up in an empathic environment is a natural development for individuals who are struggling with adversity or who need to speak about a more challenging, emotional issue, that may be causing issues in an organization.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Half Day Workshop

Research on the power of mindfulness is exciting and highly relevant to leadership, coaching, education and the health of all organizations.


This workshop will have clients learn the neuroscience behind why mindfulness is so effective in self-awareness and stress reduction before they then put it into play. They will learn mindfulness techniques that they can teach to their employees, students or athletes, but also will learn the “why” behind it from brain science that will assist them in getting their stakeholders to buy in. We’ll look at case studies where mindfulness is being used by coaches at high levels to attain significant results, educators to transform classrooms and employers who have brought about a healthy culture-change using mindfulness. The workshop will examine the potential of mindfulness as a strategy to eliminate performance blocks and create team cohesion. The team that meditates together performs well together!

Differentiate Your Communication Strategy to Reach All Stakeholders

Full Day Workshop

With certification in Team8 or Athlete Assessment DISC profiling, this workshop trains clients in the four main groups that individuals use to approach life.


Becoming knowledgeable and intentional about different communication strategies and goal-setting, assists teams in working productively and smoothly. When clients become aware of their own communication strategy and how it informs the way they act, speak and guide their athletes, employees or students a game-changing transformation occurs. If you are a "D" and therefore communicate in bullet points about how to get the job done, directly, swiftly and efficiently, you will lose three quarters of your audience, namely "I", "S," and "C." In brief, “I” is the influencer who uses language to achieve goals; “S” is the steadfast one, the glue of the team, committed to loyalty and self-sacrifice to the greater good. “C” is all about stats, details and needs to know the why behind what the manager, teacher, boss or coach wants to achieve. These diverse strategists and communicators are all crucial to organizational success and bonding, but if a leader is unsure how to approach these different learners, confusion and misunderstandings can occur. Used widely in the NCAA, learning the DISC approach opens up a whole new way of interaction.

A Brain-Based Approach to International Students’ Experience

Can be readily adapted for Immigrant employees or athletes

This workshop looks at the experience of being an international student from a brain perspective.


For instance, the brain stem or primitive brain believes that being in a completely different culture where you may be isolated or feel “shunned” because you do not fully know the language or the proper codes of conduct, may well be cause for extreme panic. Stress levels can go through the roof for the primal brain whose goal at all times is survival. For the brain, this kind of move from one part of the world to another seems risky at best and fatal at worst. The fight / flight / freeze mechanism is activated and students may suffer a chronic stress cycle set in motion by their brain. They may appear aggressive or escapist or apathetic. All of those responses make a lot of sense when seen through a neuroscientific lens.

International students may have loving, passionate parents at home who have chosen their studies for them. This can be positive, but it can also lead to feelings of learned helplessness and chronic stress. Being aware that what we sometimes “feel” is actually a brain-based response or coping mechanism allows for ways to question and work through feelings of helplessness and replace them with strategies for articulation, advocacy and empowerment.

 

Knowledge of the brain, how it works and how to regulate it for health and well-being can take away some of the stress that international students in particular suffer.

"Dr. Fraser's contribution to our law firm's coaching abuse litigation has been incredibly valuable. Early on, Dr. Fraser helped us recognize patterns of abuse, common excuses used by coaches, and the types of responses we might expect from the school administration, community members and athletic supporters. Without this early insight, we may not have felt confident enough to move forward in court. We are very grateful." 


Mark A. Weiker, Esq.
Albeit Weiker, LLP