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Alana Abramson


Alana is an experienced leader and has extensive mediation and group facilitation experience in justice, community and school settings. She holds a PhD in Criminology on the topic of transformational learning. As a former Executive Director for a non-profit organization, Alana’s experience in mentoring and leadership has provided her with a unique skill set that combines academic understanding with practical knowledge. In addition to training with ACHIEVE, she is a full-time faculty member in criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she continues to inspire and be inspired by students and diverse colleagues. Alana believes in collaborative dialogue and life-long learning as a source of personal and social transformation. She is an engaging presenter who is passionate about her work, which allows her to easily facilitate ongoing learning for workshop participants.

Upcoming Events

March 2018

Dealing with Difficult People

Mar 05, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: 209.00 (*early rate) 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 12, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson

We all encounter people we find difficult. Typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Learn more...

Management and Supervision – The Crucial Skills

Mar 12, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: 249.00 (*early rate) 279.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 19, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson

One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus on hiring and performance management. Learn more...

May 2018

Personal Work Styles – Working with Differences

May 09, 2018 (9 AM - 12 PM)
Price: 139.00 (*early rate) 155.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires April 18, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson

Personality differences often lead to miscommunication and conflict, which affects both our personal efficiency and team health. Utilizing ACHIEVE’s Head, Heart, Gut, Feet Personality Style assessment tool, participants will be equipped to understand personality styles different from their own and be provided with strategies for building healthy work environments. Through fun and engaging activities, participants will learn to communicate more effectively based on their own personality strengths and the personality based preferences of others leading to improved personal effectiveness and…

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June 2018

Emotional Intelligence

Jun 11, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: 209.00 (*early rate) 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 21, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson

Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others. Emotional intelligence has a greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Participants in this workshop will learn to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through self-assessment and skill development exercises, resulting in an increased ability to engage with others and expand their…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™

Jun 19, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: 209.00 (*early rate) 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 29, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson
Offered through Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc. For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Learn more...
July 2018

Mediation – Facilitating Conflict Resolution

Jul 10 - Jul 11, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: 399.00 (*early rate) 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires June 20, 2018
Trainer: Alana Abramson

Unresolved conflict becomes time consuming and limits the productivity of everyone. A third party facilitator may be needed to help mediate the difficult conversation for resolving the conflict when the people involved do not resolve it on their own. This skills-based workshop is designed to give participants the tools to work with disputing parties to clarify misunderstandings, identify interests and work towards options for resolving the conflict. Learn more...

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Registration Information

Register Early! Seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

The Early Registration rate is available for those participants who submit both their registration form and payment 3 weeks before the workshop.

Participants will receive a spiral bound training manual and a certificate of completion.

Workshop Schedule

The workshops start at 9:00 AM and conclude around 4:00 PM. Please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 AM on the first day to check in and receive a training manual. Regular breaks are scheduled throughout the day. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. Our half day workshops start at 9:00 am and conclude at 12:00pm

Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify ACHIEVE of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shopping cart, add quantity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Continuing Education Credit

Workshop participants receive a certificate indicating credits awarded based on the length and completion of the workshop.  A two day workshop earns 12 Continuing Education hours, a one day workshop earns 6 hours and a half day workshop earns 3 hours.  While many associations and licensing bodies accept ACHIEVE workshops for Continuing Education Credit, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body you are requesting the credits for.