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Winnie & being a human

Winnie wears many hats; clinician, facilitator & above all human. We sat & had a chat with her about her perspective on the ripple effect, focus on the family & what it is like to facilitate a discovery college course.

dc: If you could describe dc in one sentence, what would you say?
Winnie: That is a huge question! Maybe, let’s get better, together.

dc: You are facilitating the upcoming Managing the Ripple Effect course, so what does the ‘ripple effect’ mean to you?
Winnie: Well, I go by this saying that you can only be as well as your sickest child, meaning that as a parent, if your child is unwell, it affects you and it affects siblings and it affects the community and so forth. It is the ripple effect & so it is everyone’s responsibility, that’s what I believe.

dc: What do you hope people can get from the course if they come along?
Winnie: Connections, I hope. A feeling that they are not alone. The feeling of belonging. That might be a far stretch, but I like to think that when people go to these courses, for various subjects, its that in that moment in time, they belong and they are a part of something. It’s great. It’s to really break down that isolation that people can feel with mental health.

dc: So, what made you want to facilitate the course?
Winnie: I like working with systems, hence being a manager. (laughs) But I really like working with family systems. I have done clinical work for many years and the group that is often forgotten is the siblings & the parents. So I wanted to share my knowledge with them and I like doing these courses because I can be human in the discovery college courses. I am there as a professional but it is so much easier to just be human in those courses.

dc: The course looks at self-care, supporting yourself & planning for that as an individual. So, what is something you do to support yourself? Something that soothes or nourishes you?
Winnie: That I do? Exercise! Sometimes, there are obstacles getting in the way of doing it but when I do it, I love it. I also like my own space, that is another one. Exercise and my own space that is how I soothe myself. I mean also, good books, delicious food, all sorts of things.


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