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.( 1442-07)
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 series of new workshops & courses:
Creative Journaling: The Promises of Recovery
Led by Nicolle Nattrass CAC II, this course is designed for families and for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The focus is on self-care, using journaling as a tool to prevent relapse and old behaviors, increase self awareness and uncover creative interests through journaling. We will learn to explore writing prompts, new writing tools, affirmations and image collections to improve and support recovery choices. This course is a great fit for Alumni (those who have completed initial treatment and are new to sobriety). No writing experience is required.
Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional
This professional development course is designed for helping professionals (counselors, nurses, support and social workers etc). This course is a unique combination for both professional self-care and client care, exploring both creativity and writing in a very accessible way. Participants will experience first hand the benefits of journaling through writing exercises, writing prompts, image collage work and mindfulness focused on renewing personal and professional purpose.
Creative journaling is now finally being recognized as a powerful, healing tool for working with a wide range of clients and as a self-care practice used by helping professionals to maintain healthy balance and outlook working in their chosen field.
Creative Journaling: Connecting to the Story within You
This course requires no writing experience and is an easy one hour fit in your weekly schedule, whether you are at work, traveling or at home. Reconnect with your self by tuning into your Story. The most important story which is YOU.
Through the use of writing tools, affirmations and collage, we will use our journals as a tool to reduce stress, to rediscover focus, direction and set goals to identify, inspire and motivate your life.
These courses are available in two formats~ either a One Day Intensive Course or a 6 week (one hour per week) tele e-course (via teleconference).
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?”
“Workshop opened a new door for me. I bought the Artists’ Way”.
“Discipline to conquer the fear of self reflection seems less of a brick wall now and I have begun to use the index cards you suggested…”
List of Dates for 2015 ~ TBA
For more information, please email Nicolle directly.