Barefoot & You: Workshop Topics


We’re excited to bring our most popular workshops into the community as public events!


Here’s a list of our core public workshops. Check back often for updates and news of upcoming workshops. If you see a topic of interest but don’t see your location listed, please contact us and we’ll add you to our waiting list. We can also come to your workplace to deliver a workshop!


All of our public workshops are interactive and are designed using a variety of learning methods to best meet your learning preferences. And we draw from the latest evidence to ensure that the content is current.

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To discuss hosting an in-house workshop at your workplace or partnering to offer a workshop to your members, contact OR call 902-493-3059. We’d be pleased to customize a workshop to meet your needs.


Note:  Space is limited for each public workshop.  Barefoot Facilitation Inc. reserves the right to cancel a workshop based on low registrations.



Workshop Topics:


Facilitation ABCs: Fundamentals of Facilitating Learning Workshop


Date: To Be Determined

Timeframe: 9:00am – 4:00pm each day (lunch and break refreshments provided)

Location: Halifax, NS


An effective facilitator engages learners to share responsibility in achieving the learning objectives.  This three day workshop will equip you with foundational tools to facilitate a meaningful in-person learning experience. It’s a highly interactive and FUN immersion into the world of workshop facilitation!


Join us and explore the elements of an effective workshop opening and closing, the experiential learning cycle and its importance for adult learners.  You’ll discuss various facilitator-centred and learner-centred instructional techniques and apply the ORID focused conversation method for optimizing group reflection following learning activities.  And you’ll walk away with practical tips for adapting to individual learning styles during a workshop and handling typical group dynamics!



To learn more or express interest in this workshop call Joanna at 902-493-3059 or email



Personality Dimensions: Introductory Workshop


Curious about understanding what motivates behaviour in yourself and your co-workers? Interested in exploring tools and techniques for working with different personalities and temperaments? Learning about your personality temperament helps you to recognize strengths and appreciate differences, express yourself appropriately and communicate more effectively. This half-day, interactive workshop will elevate your morale and enthusiasm, optimize your performance and efficiency and yield higher productivity.



Conversations that Count: Effective Strategies for Effective Communication


In today’s competitive business world and team-based work environment, interpersonal communication is a critical element of lasting success. How well you communicate can make or break how others view your work performance, your approach to team work and even your chances for career advancement. Join us for this half-day workshop to improve your interpersonal communication in the workplace. You’ll leave with new tips and techniques to help you listen to understand and speak to be heard!








Compassion Fatigue and the Helping Professional


Are you a helping professional? If so, you may know that people in the caring professions often experience compassion fatigue.  Compassion fatigue is described as a profound emotional and physical exhaustion that helping professionals and caregivers can develop over the course of their career.


During this half-day, interactive workshop, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and identify personal self-care strategies to deal with compassion fatigue and increase stress resiliency.




Conducting Effective Meetings


Do you spend a lot of time in meetings? Whether you’re a member of a work team, a project team or a committee, it takes focused effort to function effectively and efficiently.  Join us for this half-day workshop where you will be equipped with tools and tips to support effective team work and meeting management.


We’ll discuss the importance of meeting guidelines and describe how to develop them, and we’ll explore strategies to address common meeting challenges. You’ll also complete a questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of your meetings!


Diversity in the Workplace: Working with Anyone, Anywhere


Diversity is all around us: where we work, live and play. We see this cultural diversity reflected through race and ethnicity, language, (dis)ability, age, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socio-economic status and so on. This half-day workshop will help you increase your self-awareness about diversity and identify ways you can enhance cultural sensitivity in your work, community and family life.

This half-day workshop will help you to increase your self-awareness about diversity and identify ways you can enhance cultural sensitivity in your work, community and family life.




Conflict Resolution


Teams experience conflict. It is expected and normal! However, the word conflict has a negative connotation for many people. If properly understood and managed, interpersonal conflict may have constructive and positive outcomes for you and your team. Join us for a half-day workshop to learn how to turn conflict into an opportunity to strengthen your relationships. You’ll determine your typical conflict resolution style be completing the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.



Personal Learning Styles: What Makes People Tick?


Curious about why people interact and react differently in groups? Interested in exploring strategies for managing challenging participant behaviours? All adults learn differently. Whether it’s learning how to drive a car, use a computer or ski down a mountain, we all have preferred methods. The best facilitators know their own learning styles and use different strategies to appeal to the different learning styles in their workshops or meetings. This half-day, interactive workshop is designed for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare for and lead an effective meeting, discussion or workshop.



Building Change Resilience at Work


When was the last time you experienced change in your workplace? It is often inevitable, and it can be difficult. Adapting and coping to change may come more easily to some, but either way, adapting to change is a process. This highly practical, half-day, interactive workshop will help you move through the stages of change at work. We’ll explore the stages, feelings and behaviors that individuals move through during change and we’ll discuss the barriers to embracing change at work. You will leave with confidence to apply new strategies to boost your change resiliency!



Career Dimensions


Want to explore the actual work environment in which you are most comfortable? What to learn more about the natural talents you bring to work, your values, your major job stressors, your work philosophy and your definition of success? Whether you are new to the job market, looking to advance or make a career change, the Career Dimensions™ workshop is designed for you! By the end of this half-day workshop, you will be able to set goals and create next steps to move you along your career path.



Retirement Dimensions


Are you thinking about retirement, or are you newly retired and interested in broadening your retirement activity options? During this half-day workshop you will explore your values, strengths, concerns, interests and relationship preferences as well as your philosophical view of retirement. If you’ve have already taken the Personality Dimensions® workshop you will gain the greatest benefit from working with Retirement Dimensions™. However, this workshop can be taken on its own as well. Retirement Dimensions™ helps you to set goals and plan for the future. It gives you permission to dream outside the retirement box!




Simple Steps to Perfect Planning


Are you involved in the planning of new programs or services? If so, then join us to explore the principles, processes and techniques of program planning.  We’ll discuss the importance of program planning, its key steps and the components of a program profile. This one-day workshop is designed using the fundamental principles of adult learning and the learning activities are intended to be interactive and relevant to program planning in a variety of work settings. Leave with new skills and confidence to lead or participate in program planning!



Generational Differences in the Workplace


Are you a Baby Boomer, a Gen Xer or a Millennial? Curious about how generational influences impact your workplace? This half-day workshop will help you explore the generational gaps in a workplace and potential workplace motivators and irritants for Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Through self-awareness and reflection you will leave confidently with new strategies to build positive work relationships and productive workplaces.



Bullying at Work


Bullying in the workplace is more common than you might think. Workplace bullying is often hard to identify—and even harder to manage. This half-day interactive workshop will help you learn more about how bullying is defined, the characteristics and types of bullying, as well as implications for teams and organizations.



The Customer Experience: Quality Customer Service in Health


Do you work in a community-based health organization or health care setting with patients, clients or residents? If so, you may be hearing more about the notion of customer service. It is becoming recognized as a key element to improving the person’s experience and providing quality care, programs and support services. This practical, interactive, full-day workshop will help you enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in your approach to providing quality customer service. Join us as we discuss customer diversity in health and differentiate health care customer service from other types of service interactions. You’ll leave with new tips to polish your telephone communication skills, active listening skills, and approach to handling challenging customer behaviours!





Vital Signs: Elder Abuse Awareness for Healthcare Professionals


The Vital Signs workshop was developed to provide healthcare professionals with a learning opportunity to:


• better understand elder abuse.

• identify and if possible, mitigate, potential warning signs of elder abuse.

• use effective communication strategies to discuss elder abuse.

• be aware of and understand legislation that pertains to abuse.

• better understand common legal documents that seniors may have in place that will have an impact on their care.

• identify community resources that may assist seniors and/or provide more information.


This case-based, half-day workshop was developed as part of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia’s (LISNS) Elder Abuse Awareness for Healthcare Professionals Project, funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. LISNS worked in co-operation with the Centre on Aging (Mount Saint Vincent University) and the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors.