WORKSHOP #S-13 – July 27 - August 9, 2020

Supporting Someone Before, During and After Abortion

Developed and Facilitated by Emily Diaczun and Emily Sulzer Counsellors, Kensington Clinic, Calgary, AB

Workshop Description - This workshop is based on evidence-based research and our experiences supporting many individuals before, during, and after an abortion. While abortion is a common reproductive experience for many, the stigma around abortion often contributes to challenging thoughts and feelings. We will share ways that we have found effective in addressing this internalized stigma while honoring people’s individual thoughts and feelings. While the research tells us that most people cope well with abortion, we want to discuss some tools to support those who have abortions and find it to be more challenging emotionally, morally, or spiritually.

Supporting Someone Before, During and After Abortion

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  • Emily Diaczun is a social worker who supports staff and patients at an abortion clinic in Alberta. Emily has a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Sociology, and is an MSW candidate at the University of Victoria. Emily has experience with sexual assault support work and public education, pediatric family-centered care, and, of course, talking about abortion every day.

    Facilitator Bio: Emily Sulzer is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary. Emily specializes in sexuality and sexual wellness, and has significant experience working with people considering and accessing abortion, as well as with healing from stigma related to abortion.

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