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Prairie Sky Education

The potential in you is as vast  as the prairie sky!



Winter / Spring 2019

Mindful Based Wellness Projects 

These on-line based wellness projects last anywhere from 2-8 weeks. Each project comes with real time e-mail based support from a local therapist, trained in Mindful based CBT and DBT for anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. 

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Weekly Wellness Retreats

Our retreats take place weekly at our acreage nestled on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Groups can be tailor made or feel free to inquire about pre-planned  Mindful or self-care groups.

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DO YOU RUN A GYM, HEALTH CLUB, FITNESS, OR WELLNESS CENTRE?

Posted 12/25/2018

If you run a gym, health club, fitness, or wellness centre, this is for you and your valued clients!
By partnering with Prairie Sky Personal and Professional Support Services®, we offer therapeutic consult, support, and a variety of one to one, small or large group workshops, or presentations in house; in a place where clients already feel safe, supported, and welcomed! The content of workshops and other supports can be tailored to specifically reflect your needs and the needs of your clients.
Call us for more information, or read on! 306-986-2663

Have you ever noticed that what you do in support of your clients often feels much like like therapy already? Well, that’s because it is! Therapy for the body AND the mind are imperative for overall health and wellness!
You may even offer added wellness services to your clients beyond the fitness engagement people receive in your gym, already. Diverse wellness services exist through: exercise coaching, nutrition, personal training, chiropractic services, massage therapy, physiotherapy, and more!

I would like to introduce you to what Prairie Sky can offer to work in tandem with the great wellness services you already provide! Many gyms around the globe are branching out into offering counselling and therapeutic support services to help clients with holistic goals and support for overall health and wellbeing while they access physical supports, so why wouldn’t you?

Offering holistic therapeutic services to clients broadens your support network and gives back to your community!
At Prairie Sky we connect with your organization to offer a variety of wellness workshops, presentations, and / or one to one supports. These supports can influence and impact positive life practices to increase growth and change for clients in the area of mental health, well-being, parenting practice, individual needs such as managing stress or difficult emotions. We educate through intervention, prevention, and targeted goal setting, to design workshops, courses, or individual sessions specifically around the needs of your clients!

Here is just a short list of what we can offer in terms of education and tools to support clients in many areas of their life:
- Managing Stress
- Managing Anxiety
- Understanding and Setting Boundaries
- Conflict Management
- Parenting Challenges
- Behaviour Challenges in Children and Youth
- Navigating School and Community Services for Children or Families
- Targeted Personal Goal Setting
- Understanding and Management of Personal and Complex Mental Health Concerns
- Trauma Supports
- Addictions Supports
- And More!
What if your business could offer these services to your clients through us, in private consult, or through groups, presentations, and workshops in your space? 

Contact us today 306-986-2663 for a free consult and to discuss the possibilities for your organization or wellness space!

​PRAIRIE SKY: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES®
Education, Consulting, Therapeutic Prevention & Intervention Services:
Individuals, Groups, Parents, Families, Educators, Businesses, and Organizations in Saskatchewan.
Also contact us at: prairieskyeducation@gmail.com
Or on Facebook at: 
https://www.facebook.com/prairieskyeducationandconsulting/

 

 

 

Our Outdoor Office

Did you know we offer Walk and Talk Therapy in addition to other indoor or outdoor services? This unique service offers you an opportunity to spend up to an hour outdoors with your therapist in nature. Your guided walk will include an educated and empathic listener and problem solver should you wish to work out concerns, issues, or mental, physical, or emotional ailments while walking, out of doors. 

Join us on a river trek, along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, or a stroll along country roads. We have acres of property on site for your private session and this service is offered at a discounted rate until Spring 2019!

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OUR STORY

Posted 12/25/2018

Welcome to Prairie Sky: Personal and Professional Support Services.
We have chosen our name and our services with purpose, as we offer a variety of individual and group supports and an array of services to reflect your individual needs. From homes, to classrooms, to workspaces we help you to understand the inherent needs of the people in the environments in which you live and work. With over two decades of experience: parenting, teaching, and researching, within the disciplines of education, psychology, and mental health, we understand that life, can at times, become chaotic. The art of managing people, whether they be our children, students, employees, or clients within these environments, can be tough, and we are not often given the tools to be successful at this. I, myself have been there as a parent (23 years), a teacher (20 years), and an employee in the public and private sector; and from these experiences my passion for understanding the science at the root of what is essentially a, Human Curriculum™, was born.

The Human Curriculum™ forms the root of all ‘Calm’ workshops, presentations, and private consults or supports, and it reflects practices that have been honed and developed through personal struggle and eventual success! The perspective guiding this practice is shared with participants and clients through education; giving you the tools to be your own advocate in personal or professional practice.

A lack of knowledge often exists at the core of turmoil and even trauma and there are simple educational, psychological, and behavioural tools available to help people in a moment of chaos. These tools can change the environment completely and help others to calm. Over time, practice with these tools can change entire environments (homes, classrooms, workspaces) to places where you can predict, troubleshoot, and manage without stress, anxiety, or worry.

One of our main practitioners, Judy Fernuk, M.Ed. (also a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan) has worked in pre-schools through to University classroom environments to support toddlers through to adults in behaviour and classroom management. She manages daily the challenges of her own home environment, which includes a blended family with three children and a work environment which currently involves supporting youth and their families with mental health and education needs. From case management that involves: mental health, education, behaviour, conflict management, and addictions supports, Judy has shared tools with individuals, organizations, and families to help manage during stressful or chaotic times. Her own personal journey involves managing many similar concerns and her personal stories often form the root of practices, developed through research, to connect with people of all ages, professions, and disciplines.

If you experience chaos in your personal or professional life and wish to affect calmer practice or a calmer environment, we have supports for you. Our services can be group based or private and confidential and they are tailored to your needs and based on your own individual or organizational goals. Our services are available based on a sliding scale and range from free to fee based depending on each individual or organizations need. Contact us today if you think there is an area of your life that could benefit from educational tools or supports to effect positive change in your workspace, classroom, or life.

Yours in education and practice;
Judy and the Prairie Sky Team,
306-986-2663
prairieskyeducation@gmail.com
Find us on Facebook at ​https://www.facebook.com/prairieskyeducationandconsulting/

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WALK AND TALK THERAPY

Posted 12/25/2018

Have you heard of walk and talk therapy? It is one of our specialties! Exercise is good for the mind and the body so clients who choose this option are benefitting from two sources of wellness: exercise and emotional support! Our location offers acres of private spaces in which to walk and talk. Located on the South Saskatchewan River valley, you can choose your type of hike from country roads to a grassy trek. Many clients say that walk and talk therapy is more relaxing than a typical therapeutic session. Plus, you receive the benefits of regulation that research has shown can significantly improve mood and impact stress and anxiety. Walk and talk therapy is an excellent choice for people going through a life transition, those with anxiety, or those managing a loss or grief, as well as other challenges.
Contact us today to try a walk and talk! 
Walk and Talks can be scheduled by current clients in lieu of another session types. 
306-986-2663 

 

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HOW WE SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Posted 12/25/2018

PS = Prairie Sky & Problem Solving:

Some reasons local businesses contact us are: 
☑️ Employee Stress
☑️ Anxiety at Work 
☑️ Conflict Management 
☑️ Management Concerns 
☑️ Communication Challenges 
☑️ Minimize sick leave / Sick days 
☑️ Setting Boundaries 
☑️ Mental Health Training 
☑️ Support for Parents and Families 

This week we worked with a local business to support increased productivity in the workplace. We targeted communication strategies to improve employee relations and morale.

What would you target to increase effectiveness or productivity in your organization?

As a business owner, when you contact Prairie Sky we plan strategically with the individuals within each unique organization to support not only effective problem solving but to also teach the psychology at the root of our human curriculum™️, a model for success in any environment. Within business, there are ways to think strategically, yet humanistically in order to increase productivity within an organization. Increased productivity is good for business, but more importantly it’s good for the people who work within!
Contact us today if you think your business or community organization could use some help problem solving or restructuring to increase morale and productivity. All it takes is one consult and you might walk away with a tool to support change that you can implement today!

Harmony within the workplace is an asset to your organization! 
PS: We look forward to hearing from you!

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MOTTO: THE POTENTIAL IN US IS AS VAST AS THE PRAIRIE SKY

Posted 12/25/2018

Mission: 
To provide consult, counsel, or coaching through a combination of education and mental health services in private or group settings depending on individual need. We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to services and supports in our community and in the province of Saskatchewan.
 
Mandate:
Our goal is to service individuals, families, educators, businesses, or organizations with personal or professional support utilizing a problem solving approach to managing the challenges that may be preventing overall success in whatever endeavour it is.  Education, goal setting, planning, and tracking growth are key for clients no matter the circumstance.
 
Vision Statement: 
Our concept is to promote education and therapy as united services to meet the needs of clients in Saskatchewan. Our practice remains based on a Human Curriculum™ Model with many elements focused on fostering and supporting calm:

  • Calm Classrooms®
  • Calm Parenting®
  • Calm Workspaces
  • Calm Leaders
  • And more

 
Key Features Unique to Prairie Sky:

  1. Serene private setting for one to one client focused sessions
  2. Private, comfortable, indoor home office
  3. Acres of outdoor space for walk and talk therapy
  4. Ability to host or help promote wellness, education, or mental health events
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BUILDING THE PRAIRIE SKY DREAM

Posted 12/25/2018

In the year 2000, I was the provincial coordinator for an organization called Frontier College. We developed, organized, and facilitated some very creative provincial literacy initiatives, some of which still run today! When our Canadian manager would visit, he often told me that one day I would start my own school. I’d always roll my eyes and remind him, I was barely even a certified teacher. When I left that organization after four years (in 2002) Phil, my manager, brought me this book: Doing Your Own School’. In saying goodbye, he reminded me that one day he would be hearing about my famous and fabulous school. 

Fast forward through a dozen years of teaching, with a Master’s degree fully underway, I was reminded of this prophecy when I was asked to create a ‘Dream School’ for a course assignment in 2012. I developed an amazing curriculum, philosophy, and even brochures and books for this endeavour, which was fictitious, but nonetheless, an ‘if I were to win the lottery’ kind of dream. 

Today, among my many pursuits, I run a small business, Prairie Sky Education and this is the place where I put all my educational ideas, dreams, desires, and passions. It is where I house my personally developed CALM Practices®️ workshops and my working philosophy of the Human Curriculum™️, a method of training, professional development, and educational tools, strategies, tips, and trademarks. 

I added to my educational and academic repertoire, the designation of counsellor in 2018. An important endeavour for me to be able to offer a full gamut of in-house services. Because my Human Curriculum™️ is a model that bridges two distinct but related disciplines it was imperative for me to include counselling and psychotherapy as part of my goals for research and a career in education and psychology. These goals have also been simultaneously honed through my enrolment in a cross-departmental PhD program at the University of Saskatchewan, where I am a current PhD candidate bridging the study of educational psychology / special education and curriculum studies. 

Today, I do not 'yet' run my own school, but I am building an education, wellness, and mental health empire. How big it will become remains to be seen. How big it becomes only matters really, in the number of people we are able to support in their own personal or professional wellness endeavours; whether that be individually, in parenting, or in family or other relationships, such as in community, business, workplace, or leadership.
 
I’ve been asked a lot lately: What are you doing? Where do you find the time? What do you plan to accomplish? And the infamous; When will you ever be done? The answer is, I don’t know and probably NEVER! 

Education for me is a lifelong endeavour and I try to instil and promote that in everything I do and with those whom I meet. So what started for me as a tumultuous journey through grade school ended up ironically becoming my life’s work; and therefore, I guess in a way, as long as I’m living, there will always be work to be done.   

Cheers then to the dreamers, and like me, the lifelong learners, and those who never give up! Dreams really do become reality, just be patient and kind to yourself along the way, as  ~ also like me ~ it may take a few decades. 
Judy

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