Speaking & Workshops
We offer in person & virtual workshops on a variety of relevant topics!
Workshops are always designed and implemented according to an organization’s unique structure and needs. Compensation varies, based on workshop details and organizational resources.
An expert in her field, Zuwaina Murad is the owner and creator of The Amicus Group, a psychotherapy practice that focuses on empowering its clients with the skills & perspectives needed to tackle challenges. She is a registered psychotherapist and professor with a decade of experience in the mental health field. Skilled in a variety of therapeutic modalities, Zuwaina has worked in a multitude of settings, including corrections, addictions treatment, shelters, private practices and within community-based work. She is passionate and dedicated to the field of psychotherapy and strives to ensure that every client receives the best care possible.
Currently instructing at Centennial College in their Addiction and Mental Health Worker program, Zuwaina also has five years of teaching experience at George Brown College. Her diverse portfolio also includes leading a GED program to those on remand in Toronto detention centres.
Zuwaina centres her work around the goal of helping people live their lives with more clarity and confidence. As a facilitator, she combines her experience providing therapy with her teaching work in order to find ways to increase understanding of mental health topics in safe and accessible ways. She pairs this with teaching tangible skills so participants can begin utilizing new tools and strategies right away.
Zahra Murad has been facilitating mental health, diversity and equity, and social issue awareness workshops for over 15 years. She has worked with NGOs, nonprofits, universities, and school boards around Ontario and Quebec, with a facilitation style that centres learners and empowers participants. She holds a Masters of Arts in Curriculum Studies, and has presented at conferences and published work in the field of education nationally and internationally. Currently, Zahra is a teacher with the York Region District School Board and a consultant with the Amicus Group.
Zahra focuses her facilitation style on strengths-based principles that promotes the development of confidence to take action as individuals and groups. She combines her experience as a grassroots organizer, teacher, and anti-oppression facilitator to make understanding topics in mental health, resilience, social awareness, and self care more accessible to all participants.
Together, our backgrounds in psychology and education have enabled us to create programming that encompasses research, learning, and clinical practice. Each workshop is carefully designed to promote insight, reflection, and tangible skills building to ensure that participants have lasting takeaways.
List of Topics
- Resilience in challenging times
- Self care & burn out
- Mental wellness & lightening the load
- Diversity, equity, & social awareness
- Leadership – Finding your leadership style
- Team building & cooperative strategies
- Versatility & adaptation: fostering flexibility within your workforce
- Culturally relevant and responsive practice
In order to best meet the needs and goals of your organization, facilitators will start the planning process with a consultation. It is important to create the right fit of scope and style for our participants. Together, we will create a plan with deliverables to ensure that all your needs are met!
Each workshop includes:
- Customized content that is geared to your intended audience
- Live (virtual or in person) facilitation of the workshop
- Presentation slides
Workshop packages can also be designed to include:
- Customized workbook or journal for participants
- Informational handouts or a pdf to be shared digitally
- Recording of workshop
- Small group or breakout group formation for practice or discussion
- Skills practice component
“The focus on skills-building was so refreshing in an era where most facilitators just keep things superficial. I left the workshop feeling more capable, with new tools to use.”
“I am surprised to have felt so engaged during a virtual workshop! The facilitators know how to grab the audience’s attention and keeps you transfixed on the content, which is also incredibly helpful and practical”
“Extremely relevant and I especially loved that there were real-life scenarios for us to work with. The attentive follow-up and Q&A were so helpful in ensuring we really built the necessary skills”.