Sarah Stewart is a Registered Social Worker, holding a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria. She is a Certified Trainer of Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Mental Health First Aid Basic and Youth courses.
Sarah has developed trainings on trauma-informed practice, workplace mental health, team debriefing, and work-life balance for corporations, non-profit agencies, and small businesses.
Sarah is passionate about promoting a social justice-based approach to wellness and sustainability in helping professionals, de-stigmatizing mental health problems, and improving mental health-related accessibility.
Sarah has worked in front-line social service for grassroots agencies such as Peers Victoria and the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre. As a community worker, she has supported several agencies to build capacity in serving clients with mental health challenges, including the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County, Halton Community Legal Services, and Legal Aid Ontario.
Sarah has developed a Compassion Fatigue course for new helping professionals through Conestoga College’s department of Continuing Education. She was also recently featured in the Career Education Council of Guelph Wellington Dufferin’s smartphone App for young workers, Thrive in the Workplace, sharing strategies for understanding and coping with workplace stress.
Sarah grew up in the Maritimes and now lives in Guelph with her partner and their fur-family. She is the owner and lead trainer of Open Minds – a training and consulting company that supports organizations to improve their mental health literacy and resiliency.
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Sample Presentation Topics
The Cost of Caring: an Introduction to Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma, and Burnout
Building your Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Overloaded: Key Strategies to Stay Healthy in a Stressful World
Advanced Training in Compassion Fatigue