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Workshop takes on stress

April 26, 2022 Kate Toogood, ATA News Staff


Free online session available to teachers and parents

A free online workshop will help teachers find the energy, motivation and tools to reset and recharge as they prepare for a summer break.

Resiliency expert Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
will be leading a free workshop on
recovering after uncertain times on May 10.


Internationally renowned author and speaker Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe will be the  featured guest during a session entitled Steady to Ready: How to Move Forward After Uncertain Times. Scheduled for May 10, the two-hour event will enable participants to explore what changes are most beneficial for reducing stress and increasing wellness, both at home and at work. 

“I have been fortunate to participate in Dr. Robyne’s sessions before, and have come away feeling heard, understood and inspired. I am truly excited that we are able to bring her to Albertans, because this session is not only much needed, but it will also be transformative,” said Phil McRae, the ATA’s associate co-ordinator of research, who will be facilitating the session.

Participants will also identify and describe the relationship between resiliency, readiness and change; explore the common contributors to burnout; and learn about “comeback” practices based on principles of recovery. The event will provide practical tools to help participants adjust after a stressful few years and improve their resiliency to create lasting psychological and emotional change. 

Described as one of the most sought after, engaging and thought-provoking international speakers on resiliency, Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award–winning education and psychology instructor and author. She has more than 16 years of post-secondary teaching and research experience and brings a refreshing and researched-informed perspective to understanding and practising resiliency and wellness. Dr. Robyne’s first book, Calm Within The Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency, released in March 2021, is now in its third print. ❚



Public session takes place May 10 between 7 and 9 p.m., with a Q&A and door prizes. 

The event is organized by the ATA and is open to all parents and teachers in Alberta. 

Registration information can be found on the Association’s website:


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