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Plenary Address
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 - 9:30 am


Melissa Pyne

Daring Greatly™ for Front Line Helping Professionals
Every day we experience uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. When consistently faced with this level of vulnerability it is tempting to armour up, to protect ourselves physically and emotionally from the cost of caring. This is an invitation to refuel and regenerate. This is a safe place to set your armour down and reflect on how you can continue to show up courageously in the work you do.

Daring Greatly™, based on the empirically based curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown, is a practice in creating a powerful new way of living and working where you can show up, be seen and live brave.

Melissa Pyne is a registered social worker with over 15 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction counselling. She has experience working in both the public and private sector. Melissa has held various positions in Grand River Hospital's Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Addiction program delivering individual and group therapy. In addition to her experience with crisis and acute mental health interventions, Melissa has also worked in private clinics and now owns her own private practice where she incorporates CBT, DBT, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology to best serve clients anywhere along the continuum of mental health and wellness.

Melissa has completed her professional coaching certification (PCC) with the International Coaches Federation and has helped launch Red Maple Professional Coaching Services. With a hat tip to Johan Hari’s concept of rat park, Melissa believes that rehumanizing workplaces by creating psychological safety and connecting to meaningful work can help foster resiliency around mental health and substance misuse. Melissa is a particularly passionate about coaching front-line care providers for sustainability in careers with high rates of burnout.

Melissa holds a BA (Hons) in psychology from York University and a Masters of Social Work from Laurier. As a continual learner, Melissa is certified in the Daring Way™ (highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) and loves teaching and learning from new students.