This one-hour live online introductory session is a start towards understanding the physical, mental, behavioural, social and spiritual impacts that trauma can bring, and what we can do as professionals to support the individuals around us, no matter what their age or experience. While talking about mental health used to be taboo, it is something that is now critical for us to understand so we can more effectively help people to be their best selves.
Kim Barthel is a sought-after speaker on many topics for a wide variety of professionals and community members globally. Utilizing her extensive technical skills and expertise developed since the 80’s, Kim is a natural at inspiring and connecting hundreds of diverse audience members. Her unique blend of skills in utilizing storytelling, humility, science, and her comfort in many different cultures effectively holds the attention of every group of participants she is with.
Kim travels widely as an instructor to a range of therapists, educators, social workers, physicians, special-needs care providers and parents. Her specialties in workshop instruction include Trauma-Sensitive Practice, Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Processing, Attachment Theory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Addiction and Mental Health. In May, 2019, Kim was honoured as the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
As a clinician with a private practice since 1989, Kim is a registered Occupational Therapist in British Columbia, Ontario and the United States. While she is predominantly a speaker and teacher, she also assesses and supports a wide range of clients, often when there is complexity involved. She is an Advanced Neuro-Developmental Treatment Instructor as well as a Sensory Integration Instructor.
As an author, Kim co-authored Canadian National Best-Seller Conversations with a Rattlesnake: Raw and Honest Reflections on Healing and Trauma with Theo Fleury in 2014. She has written and contributed to several published works related to therapy, personal growth and mental health. Most recently, she wrote chapters in textbooks related to pediatric therapy and Neuro-Developmental Treatment.
As a private mentor, Kim supports individual therapists, educators, and small professional teams, often via distance Zoom sessions, to enhance their professional skills and personal development. As a consultant working globally, Kim supports agencies, schools, and businesses to develop trans-disciplinary services and environments for a wide range of individuals with special needs. Historically, she has much experience co-creating programs for individuals who have both a developmental diagnosis and complex mental health needs. Increasingly, she helps to develop and maintain trauma-sensitive schools and trauma-sensitive workplaces.
Kim leads transformational workshops and facilitates team building and problem-solving in complex clinical, educational, governmental, and business settings globally.
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