Beyond a professional career in Theatre, Nicolle earned her professional certification with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification in 2007 as an addiction counselor CAC II.
Her journey began with an interest in volunteer work at a womens’ treatment centre for alcohol and drug addiction in downtown Toronto. In between performing for regional theatres, Nicolle continued to put in hours as a volunteer at Renascent’s Munro House. She was nominated for Volunteer of the Year award in 2001-2002.
The manager of Munro House, Betty Walker offered to mentor her as a counselor and support her through professional development (Courses, Training as well as Clinical Experience). Nicolle trained with the treatment team of professional counselors as well as professors from various universities in a professional development program over a four year period. www.renascent.ca
This professional mentorship included hands on training as well as sponsored professional educational courses, which allowed her to earn her certification part -time culminating in over 4, 500 hours of practical experience and 240 hours of formal education and professional development.
Working part time with women ages 15- 99, in a 21 day residential alcohol and drug treatment centre, she had the opportunity to work front line in many capacities, in admissions, in group educational sessions, in after care programs as well as one on one counseling.
This experience and professional certification has allowed her to not only expand her own career but has also led her to now connect and launch a new workshop:
Creative Journaling: The Promises of Recovery
This workshop was recently launched as part of the Alumni program at Renascent in Toronto on June 30, 2013 in a One Day workshop.The feedback was overwhelmingly positive as the curriculum Nicolle has developed supports recovery with a firm foundation of the principles needed to address addiction based issues.
Feedback from participants:
“Nicolle, I so enjoyed the workshop. Although the only writing I do is journaling I like writing exercises. It certainly opens up the creative channels. I especially like how the exercises were open ended and that people were encouraged to follow their intuition.”
“Congratulations we all had a great time of discovery, cutting and pasting, laughing and crying. Who would have thought?”
Upcoming workshops for 2013~ TBA shortly.
For more information on workshops with a focus on healing through creativity, contact Nicolle directly.