Strategic Resilience for First Responders

Instructor Lineup 2016-17

Linda F. Byrnes, RN, BSN, MA, CIEHP: With a background in Emergency nursing, nursing manager roles and currently faculty in a BScN nursing program, Linda is aware of the impact of stress on individuals and has become extremely aware of the need to do further study in respect to stress and its effects at an individual, as well as an organizational level.  Her interests are in the area of somatic trauma and how Advanced Integrative Healing modalities can decrease and/or alleviate symptoms of stress and compassion fatigue.

Ruth Lamb, RN, MScN, CBHS, HTP, Ph.D has a background in health care administration with Director of Nursing and clinical practice and research roles that include international consulting. Her transformative education focus interweaves new Western science and ancient Eastern yogic science—all to support trauma resolution health, healing and highly centered well-being. Ruth has been with Langara College for over 15 years, has private practice and is the Program Coordinator for several advanced level health promotion clinically-based programs.

Robyn Leslie, Certified Yoga Instructor, RDH, CIEHP, BA (Candidate). Robyn, a dental hygienist, has fifteen years of experience teaching alignment and energy-based yoga. Her focus is on understanding the connection among physical, emotional and mental bodies as well as promoting health and healing through the release of tension and stored emotions. She has a private practice and consults on wellness to local health organizations.

Liz McKenna, BA, MA (PhD candidate) has studied across disciplines in Education, Counselling Psychology, Expressive Therapies and Visual Arts. Currently, Clinical Director with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Delta) working with children, adolescents, adults, families, seniors and groups with barriers to healthy functioning including trauma and crisis. She writes curriculum for theory and practice and has specialized training in CBT/DBT, Pastoral, Narrative, Existential and Experiential approaches from a multi-cultural perspective.

Margaret Tucker, RCC and Psychotherapist. A former Army officer and Victims Service Member (Vancouver Police), Margaret presents on trauma to medical professionals. She has a busy professional practice with the Westcoast Stress and Trauma Clinic addressing PTSD in both men and women. Her focus is on trauma-related intentional behaviour change.

Linda Turner, RN, MN, CHTP, PhD has experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in pain management at Vancouver Hospital, University of San Francisco Medical Centre and University of Health Network in Toronto. She is an instructor in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and the Manager of the Health and Human Service Program at Langara College.

Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist, has been in private practice since 1995. She teaches at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and has spoken widely on the topic of herbs and health both within health care settings and at conferences. She is host of a monthly herbal segment on Global Television and has done many radio interviews including segments on Discovery Channel.

Shannon Pennington BCSM, AAETS, PWLE (MHCC),and Board Diplomat, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, is the Executive Director North American Firefighter Veteran Network (NAFFVN). He served in the Canadian Forces and retired as a Warrant Officer. Shannon served for 26 years on front line active service with the Calgary Fire Department and for the same time in the CFD Honor Guard includ- ing as the president for 8 years. He is one of the 10 founding members of NAFFVN where the intense subject of Post-Traumatic Stress wounding and depression has been actively discussed since 2006. He works to form educational partnerships that can shift the trauma-stress paradigm.