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Shawn McLaren


Shawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Adult Education with a specialization in Corporate Development and Knowledge Management. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate training including facilitation, curriculum development, and leading a national training team. Shawn spent 17 years in the banking industry where he was responsible for training related to compliance, sales, and leadership development. Currently, in addition to training with ACHIEVE, he is the Director of Operations & Learning for St. John Ambulance. As a leader, Shawn believes that a cohesive team is critical to the success of any operation. He is an energetic and engaging facilitator who ensures that his participants can apply the content being delivered to their own unique environments.

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October 2018

Management and Supervision – The Crucial Skills

Oct 17, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 249.00 (*early rate) $ 279.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires September 26, 2018
Trainer: Shawn McLaren

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.

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Dealing with Difficult People

Oct 25, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires October 04, 2018
Trainer: Shawn McLaren

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. Individual styles will be explored with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s style to create different results.

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December 2018

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™

Dec 04, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 13, 2018
Trainer: Shawn McLaren

Offered through Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

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. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal styles.

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Conflict Resolution Skills

Dec 13, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 22, 2018
Trainer: Shawn McLaren

Conflict holds great potential for harm and for good. The results of unhealthy conflict impact us individually and contribute to negative group performance. Those people who master essential conflict resolution skills reduce the occurrence of negative conflict in their lives, leading to healthier, happier relationships and work environments. Conflict has many sources, including miscommunication, disagreements, stress and personality differences.

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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.