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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast

Nov 17, 2023

Brenda Agnew, your host, has the pleasure of welcoming Lynne Harford to today’s conversation.

Lynne is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She is also certified as a Clinical Traumatologist and Art Therapist from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Lynne has maintained a leadership role within The Social Work Consulting Group since she joined in 2008 and is The Director of Pediatrics within the practice. She brings with her almost 20 years of clinical pediatric knowledge and draws upon her vast experience and multitude of approaches, which include art therapy, therapeutic play, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, grief and trauma, mindfulness-based approaches, and solution and strengths-based counseling.


Key Takeaways:

[5:07] Lynne discusses the event where she met Brenda, addressing the importance of caring for professionals' mental health.

[6:48] Lynne defines burnout.

[10:05] Brenda highlights the value of connection.

[11:46] Lynne addresses the stigma of mental health.

[15:38] Brenda, as a mother of a child with special needs, shares how she physically prepares for what might come and how neglected is the preparedness regarding the mental health aspect.

[18:29] Lynne explains how often we see mental health from a place of conformity when there is work in building resilience and acquiring healthy habits. 

[22:07] Be aware of what you are feeding your mind with.

[24:48] Brenda and Lynne discuss the issue of control. 

[26:23] Lynne suggests: Do not have an attachment to the outcome.

[29:54] Lynn explains why we need certainty and also uncertainty.

[34:01] Anxiety is pretty contagious.

[35:12] We must find the balance between routine, structure, playfulness, and spontaneity.

[42:12] Lynne shares healthy communication skills.

[43:34] Lynne talks about the work she does.

[46:48] Lynne talks about her upbringing.

[50:53] Lynne discusses trauma and how it can shape how someone sees the world.

[54:23] Caring for our mental health starts with embracing vulnerability and authenticity.

[58:17] Brenda shares the value of the Compassion Fatigue Events.






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