Dr. Joan

Transformational Keynote Speaker

WHO LISTENS WITH COMPASSION AND EMPATHY EVEN AS SHE SPEAKS TO 1000s. SHE INSPIRES COURAGE AND EMPOWERS CHANGE WITH A SINGLE QUESTION EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE SEEKS TO ANSWER.

Who is Dr. Joan

Who is

Dr. Joan

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis is the founder of Becoming Canada Inc. and the Village of Peace. She works with some of North America’s leading not-for-profits, corporations, and educational institutions to help heal company cultures, promote community wellness, and encourage health, peace, and transformational corporate and personal healing.

She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing and Mental Health Promotion and specializes in trauma recovery, community development, and Truth, Forgiveness and Reconciliation processes.

She is a sought after transformational keynote and a gifted storyteller with a powerful ability to attract and capture the audience’s attention.
Winner of several merit awards including the Canada International Black Women of Excellence award.
She has conducted research on trauma recovery and developed the Smashing The Mirror: A transformation model of trauma recovery.
She is an industry-leading keynote speaker and practitioner who helps corporations, universities and colleges across North America detoxify their work environments.
She earned special recognition for her 10+ years of work as an RN-psychotherapist and the pioneering work that led to the development of The Forgiveness Method.
She uses her real-life experience in the health and mental health field to connect deeply with her audience and deliver talks that motivate change.

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Dr. Joan’s Impact

Dr. Joan
Will Help You:

Understand The Impact of Trauma

Understand The Impact of Trauma

We used to define an event as traumatic by objectively qualifying it's severity and intensity. But today, we understand that it is not the event but our response to the event that determines it's traumatic nature. Learn how our thoughts and beliefs created in our most challenging moments create patterns and cycles of re-exposure that is only overcome by truth, forgiveness and reconciliation.

End Cycles of Adversity

End Cycles of Adversity

Adversity does not have to be our reality. Peace looks like giving birth and nurturing one's child as they grow and develop. Peace looks like sharing a meal with a partner who loves, respects, protects and communicates with love. Peace looks like a community that welcomes us. Peace looks like a world where we are free and we can say "I belong." It will learn how to make peace your new reality.

End Trauma & Live A Purpose Filled Life

End the Trauma Triangle &
Choose to Live a Life Filled with Purpose

Communities function well when every member decides to purposefully and intentionally move through a healing journey. Dr. Joan’s talks normalize the healing journey and celebrate all who make the decision to end the cycles of victimhood, war, and hatred. You will be supported by tools instrumental to your success and a new perspective that alters how you think about trauma, mental health, and recovery.

Dr. Joan Will Help You:

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Understand The Impact of Trauma

We used to define an event as traumatic by objectively qualifying it's severity and intensity. But today, we understand that it is not the event but our response to the event that determines it's traumatic nature. Learn how our thoughts and beliefs created in our most challenging moments create patterns and cycles of re-exposure that is only overcome by truth, forgiveness and reconciliation.

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End Cycles of Adversity

Adversity does not have to be our reality. Peace looks like giving birth and nurturing one's child as they grow and develop. Peace looks like sharing a meal with a partner who loves, respects, protects and communicates with love. Peace looks like a community that welcomes us. Peace looks like a world where we are free and we can say "I belong." It will learn how to make peace your new reality.

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End the Trauma Triangle &
Choose to Live a Life Filled with Purpose

Communities function well when every member decides to purposefully and intentionally move through a healing journey. Dr. Joan’s talks normalize the healing journey and celebrate all who make the decision to end the cycles of victimhood, war, and hatred. You will be supported by tools instrumental to your success and a new perspective that alters how you think about trauma, mental health, and recovery.

Signature Talks & Keynotes

Nurses: The Healers and Great Physicians of the 21st Century

Best for: Nursing Schools, Hospitals, and Universities

Nurses are a tragically underutilized resource in the healthcare system. Hidden in these treasured healers is a gift that when amplified ends depression, anxiety, PTSD and a variety of other trauma-based responses that are rapidly increasing in prevalence and severity with each generation. 

In this talk, Dr. Joan positions the nurse as the healer and great physician of the 21st century. Traumatic encounters, endured in all stages of life, are positioned as the point of all nursing interventions. Dr. Joan introduces the Transformational Model of Trauma Recovery and positions the RN-Psychotherapist as an essential role in the evolution of mental health care. She underscores the interconnection between trauma, beliefs, thought-energy psychology, health and well-being. “Nurses stand at the precipice of a great shift that moves us beyond the platitudes of trauma-informed care.” Dr. Joan introduces the RN-Psychotherapist role as pivotal to the transformation of the mental health landscape and highlights the essential aspects of psychotherapeutic care using a lens that focuses on ending the generational transfer of trauma. Nurses will leave this talk with full vision of their role in healing their communities, clients, families, and themselves.

Emotional Intelligence: Seven Lessons From Three Traumatic Moments

Best for: Corporations, Service-Based Institutions, Universities and College Staff
Adaptation Available For: High Schools

Studies of Fortune 500 companies consistently demonstrate that companies who succeed are led by emotionally intelligent people. These leaders are able to attract a workforce that is focused, innovative, creative, vision-orientated, and emotionally intelligent. 

Dr. Joan defines emotional intelligence as an individual’s capacity to remain present, collaborative, and adaptable, especially in moments of distress and challenge. This talk will draw attention to the fear and trauma-based responses that influence our ability to remain connected, communicative, and progress-oriented when stress and pressure are high.  

Drawing on her years of experience as a researcher, educator, psychotherapist, and community builder, Dr. Joan uses a transformative speaking style to engage her audience and help them understand how lessons from 3 significant moments in our lives can increase self-awareness, emotion regulation, social connectedness, productivity, and team collaboration.

Forgiveness: 7 Moments of Gratitude in the Spiritual Transformation Journey

Best For: Church Congregations, Church Leadership and Staff

No one wants to be a Christian today because of a fundamental flaw: Most Christians don’t look anything like Christ. 

On the most basic level, most Christian’s do not understand the game they play or how to play it. This full-day workshop is designed for churches and service-oriented organizations that celebrate self-discovery as a necessary part of the spiritual transformation journey. This workshop is grounded in the principle that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and our greatest challenges present us with divinely timed opportunities to answer the question “Who Am I?”

This workshop integrates biblical teachings on forgiveness and love with modern-day understandings of how beliefs and thoughts create the reality we experience. Dr. Joan draws on insights gained from her life-changing journey to China in 2016 to address the spiritual awakening and transformation Journey many Christians are longing to experience. 

She addresses gratitude and forgiveness as fundamental to our life and transformation Journey and teaches the practical steps to maintain both in daily living. A beautiful mix of spiritual and scientific knowledge is used to address the most profound teachings of Christ and how to apply them with ease and delight.

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Phone

1 (647) 265-0804

Email

forgiveness@drjoan.ca

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