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Topics

Removing the Mask

Countless employees remain silent about their personal challenges because they fear judgement, or that their disclosure may prevent them from moving up the company ladder. And while many individuals have great intentions of assisting others in the workplace who are displaying signs of distress, many fear saying or doing the wrong thing.

Allan reveals how to respectfully approach employees, and shares how one man was able to change his entire life through a simple process. Allan reveals this approach in his message, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of issues including mental illness, addictions, and suicide.

Find out what can happen in workplaces when judgement and stigma is replaced with compassion – reduced accidents, enhanced productivity, less turnover and heightened team morale are all possible.

Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of mental illness and addictions, and the impact it has on individuals, the workplace, and society as a whole
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of mental illness and addictions
  • Provide support and expertise with respect to managing people who are experiencing personal challenges

Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Countless individuals struggle to find a balance between work and personal challenges. Life will naturally bring us stress in all areas – the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan provides direction that inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. He challenges people to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

Through an interactive quiz and an entertaining game of Pie Face, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of stress. He encourages wellness by sharing strategies that are applicable in both individuals’ personal and professional lives.

 Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Identify key signs of stress in both self and others
  • Understand the relationship that exists between stress and performance
  • Review strategies that promote both personal and professional wellness

How One Teacher Changed My Life in Only 10 Minutes (for Educators)

Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan.

What’s the message we receive when nobody approaches us when we are in distress? Countless teachers avoided approaching Allan because they did not know how to manage his challenges. While attending university, a professor saw beneath Allan’s mask and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this approach, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives people to engage in destructive behaviors. He identifies key signs, reveals methods of intervention, and shares powerful activities that he has used in his classrooms for years. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of these prevalent issues.

Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Recognize key signs and symptoms of substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide
  • Discover what drives individuals to engage in destructive behaviours
  • Understand a non-invasive approach to address students who are in distress
  • Create a healthy classroom environment where students feel comfortable asking for what they need

Allan Kehler

Mental Wellness and Addictions Advocate | Author | College Instructor

Allan’s mission is to empower his audience to live as opposed to merely exist.

Allan spent a significant amount of his life persevering through mental health issues and addictions. These experiences have taught him valuable life lessons that have guided him on an incredible path of success. As a professional speaker, Allan has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan demonstrates how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment that proactively addresses issues of mental wellness and addictions. He effectively speaks to these sensitive issues using humour, compassion, and authenticity.

Background

Allan has spent years working as an addictions counsellor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. His genuine appreciation and passion for the First Nations culture led Allan to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies where he has spent the past seven years instructing the Addictions and Mental Health & Wellness program.

Allan is a best-selling author of three books, with Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions, being incorporated into college curricula. Allan’s writing has been published in countless national magazines, and he has also been featured on several television and radio programs.

Allan currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his beautiful wife, four boys, two dogs, and cat ‘Hank the Tank’.

Topics

Removing the Mask

Countless employees remain silent about their personal challenges because they fear judgement, or that their disclosure may prevent them from moving up the company ladder. And while many individuals have great intentions of assisting others in the workplace who are displaying signs of distress, many fear saying or doing the wrong thing.

Allan reveals how to respectfully approach employees, and shares how one man was able to change his entire life through a simple process. Allan reveals this approach in his message, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of issues including mental illness, addictions, and suicide.

Find out what can happen in workplaces when judgement and stigma is replaced with compassion – reduced accidents, enhanced productivity, less turnover and heightened team morale are all possible.

Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of mental illness and addictions, and the impact it has on individuals, the workplace, and society as a whole
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of mental illness and addictions
  • Provide support and expertise with respect to managing people who are experiencing personal challenges

Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Countless individuals struggle to find a balance between work and personal challenges. Life will naturally bring us stress in all areas – the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan provides direction that inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. He challenges people to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

Through an interactive quiz and an entertaining game of Pie Face, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of stress. He encourages wellness by sharing strategies that are applicable in both individuals’ personal and professional lives.

 Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Identify key signs of stress in both self and others
  • Understand the relationship that exists between stress and performance
  • Review strategies that promote both personal and professional wellness

How One Teacher Changed My Life in Only 10 Minutes (for Educators)

Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan.

What’s the message we receive when nobody approaches us when we are in distress? Countless teachers avoided approaching Allan because they did not know how to manage his challenges. While attending university, a professor saw beneath Allan’s mask and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this approach, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives people to engage in destructive behaviors. He identifies key signs, reveals methods of intervention, and shares powerful activities that he has used in his classrooms for years. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of these prevalent issues.

Potential Learner Outcomes:

  • Recognize key signs and symptoms of substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide
  • Discover what drives individuals to engage in destructive behaviours
  • Understand a non-invasive approach to address students who are in distress
  • Create a healthy classroom environment where students feel comfortable asking for what they need

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Testimonial

Allan Kehler is an energetic, captivating and dynamic speaker. He shares his stories in a way that tugs at the heart-strings while motivating you to make positive change. Every individual at the Canada’s Safest Employers gala were hanging on to his every word. He truly has a wonderful gift.

— Amanda Silliker, Editor Canadian Occupational Safety, Thomson Reuters