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CoRRie Sirota
Guiding Through Rough Times


   
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Corrie has always been the “go to” person for her friends and family, identifying herself as Lucy from the comic strip Charlie Brown. One friend even made her the poster: “Psychiatric Help 5 cents” to post on her door.

Corrie Sirota knew that helping people through rough times was what she was born to do. In her quest to achieve this goal she concentrated in the field of Social Sciences throughout her studies. She graduated McGill University with a Masters in Social Work in 1994 and then pursued a graduate certificate in the field of Loss and Bereavement in order to offer counseling and support to those who have experienced a loss.  Officially she has been supporting individuals, groups, families and organizations since 1994.

Unofficially, she’s been at it since childhood. Corrie specializes in the areas of loss and bereavement, parenting, relationships as well as stress management and self-esteem.  In high demand by agencies, schools, companies and numerous other organizations, Corrie offers clear and comprehensive support through challenging situations such as marital or family discord, work place conflicts, death of an employee or student, and many other forms of crisis or trauma.

She is a seasoned public speaker, delivering customized interactive workshops, training or facilitation on a host of psychosocial topics for small or large groups.

Corrie uses humor in her approach to helping people. As she says, “While I cannot take away the pain that the death of a loved one causes, or change a difficult situation – often if we find a way to laugh at ourselves and/or the situation, it can serve to make it more manageable, which in turn helps us find a way through”. She believes, “He who laughs…lasts.”

TESTIMONIALS

When I first met Corrie, I was very drawn to her caring and dynamic personality. I was even more impressed with her when I heard her present at a workshop. She has a remarkable ability to keep a crowd engaged and interested, all the while maintaining the perfect balance between the human element and the theoretical.

Rania C -Former Director of the West Island Resource Center

“Corrie has the uncanny ability to engage an audience and capture their attention in a matter of moments. Her tone is a deliberate balance between confident and inviting. Perhaps more impressive, is the effortlessness with which she establishes relationships of trust and compassion with the people she encounters. Corrie knows how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say. I am proud to call her both a mentor and a friend.”

Justin F, Camp B’Nai Brith Staff

Professional Development/Speaking Engagements:

When Life Gives you Lemons

  • Cummings Centre, Montreal, QC, May 2017

The Empty Chair at the Seder

  • Shaar HaShamayim Synagogue, Westmount, QC, April 2017

The Pressure to be Perfect

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, March 2017
  • QPAT, Montreal, QC, November 2016
  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2015
  • Sacred Heart, Montreal, QC, January 2014
  • St. Thomas High School, Pierrefonds, QC January 2013
  • Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps High School, Westmount, QC November 2012

What Lies Beneath – Understanding the Needs of Children

  • APPA Conference, St. Saveur, QC, April 2017
  • American Association of Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas, February, 2013
  • Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps High School, Westmount, QC, January 2013
  • Innovative Counseling Strategies Houston, Texas June 2012
  • Tri-State Camping Conference Atlantic City, New Jersey March 2009

Dealing With Different Personalities

  • APPA Conference, St. Saveur, QC, March 2017
  • Summit School, Montreal, QC February 2016
  • QPAT, Montreal, QC Nov 2016
  • Cumming Centre, Montreal, QC May 2015
  • Tri- State Camping Conference, Atlantic city, NJ March 2015
  • Federation CJA, Montreal, QC March 2014

The Secret to De-Stress & Now Hear This

  • APPA Conference, St. Saveur, QC, March 2017
  • Trafalgar School, Montreal, QC, February 2014
  • Cappino Physio and Wellness Center, Dorval, QC September 2012
  • International Convention for Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada March 2012
  • Jewish Funeral Directors (JFDA) Hartford, Connecticut May 2010

Comforting the Mourner

  • Engaging in Aging Conference, Cummings Centre , Quebec, Sept, 2016
  • Kirkland Library, Kirkland, Quebec, May 2016
  • Jewish Family & Child Services, Toronto, Ontario, April 2016
  • Bereaved Parent Network, Toronto, Ontario, April 2016
  • Jewish Family Services, Aventura, Florida, March 2016
  • Cote St. Luc Men’s Club, Montreal, Quebec, Sept 2015
  • Cummings Centre Montreal, Quebec, April 2015
  • McGill School of Social Work, Montreal, Quebec, March 2015
  • McGill Faculty of Educational Psychology, Montreal, Quebec, Feb 2015
  • Concordia University November 2014
  • Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS),  June 2014

When Bad Things Happen to Good Students

  • QPAT, Montreal, Quebec, Nov 2016
  • The Study Montreal, Quebec February 2012
  • Agence Ometz Montreal, Quebec Dec 2009
  • Tri-State Camping Conference Atlantic City, New Jersey March 2009
  • Sacred Heart, Montreal, Quebec, 2003
  • Queen of Angels Academy Montreal, Quebec, 2002

Stand up, Don’t Just Stand By

  • APPA Conference, St. Saveur, QC, April 2017
  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City NJ March 2015
  • Vanier College, Ville St. Laurent, QC April 2013, November 2013, April 2015

Life Without Mom

  • Motherless-Daughters Montreal Chapter, Montreal, Quebec, May 2016

Who Are Our Youth?

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2015
  • West Island Resource Center, Montreal, QC May 2014
  • St. Thomas High School, Montreal, QC April 2014

Keeping Your Glass Half-Full

  • Jewish Women’s Group, Montreal, Quebec, October 2015
  • The Waldorf Seniors Residence, Montreal QC, May 2015 & Jan 2016
  • Cappino Physio and Wellness, Dorval, QC, Dec 2014
  • Trafalgar School, Montreal, QC, April 2014

Working 24/7

  • Federation CJA, Montreal, March 2014

The Art Of Giving Feedback

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2014

Home Is Where the Heart is

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City NJ March 2014

Creating A Positive Reality

  • MiB Networking Lunch, Montreal, QC October, 2013
  • Trafalgar School, Montreal, QC, May 2014
  • Dawson College, Montreal, QC February 2014

Lying, Stealing, Cheating – Not My Kid

  • Family Resource Center, Montreal QC February 2014

Time Management/Secret to De-Stress

  • Aldo, Montreal, QC April 2013

Being a Good Enough Parent

  • Cappino Physio and Wellness Center, Dorval, QC April 2013

Extreme Interviewing

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2013

Newbies – Effectively Integrating First-time Campers

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2013

Now Hear This – The Art of Active Listening

  • Mib Connections, Montreal, QC September 2014
  • CEDEC, Laval, QC February 2013

Solutions to Your Resolutions

  • Cappino Physio and Wellness Center, Dorval, QC January, 2013

Emotional Eating

  • Cappino Physio and Wellness Center, Dorval, QC October 2014

The Ultimate Interview

  • Tri-State Camping Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey March 2012

Understanding Girl World

  • Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps High School, Westmount, QC February 2013
  • Quebec Association of Teachers, Montreal, Quebec November 2012
  • Girl Guides Convention Montreal, Quebec Jan 2012
  • West Island Resource Center Montreal, Quebec Nov 2011
  • St. Thomas High School Montreal, Quebec April 2012
  • Sacred Heart School Montreal, Quebec 2008
  • Trafalgar Montreal, Quebec 2007
  • Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps Montreal, Quebec 2007
  • Villa Maria High School Montreal, Quebec 2007

Internet Friend or Foe

  • Hebrew Foundation School Montreal, Quebec Nov 2011
  • West Island Youth Conference Montreal, Quebec 2007
  • Kuper Academy Montreal, Quebec, 2007
  • St. George’s High School Montreal, Quebec, 2006

I’m Directing as Fast as I can and What Families Need

  • Jewish Funeral Directors Association, Montreal, 2009

Is Your Glass Half Full?

  • Montreal Center For Anxiety and Depression, Montreal, Quebec April 2012

Just for the Health of it

  • Trafalgar Montreal, Quebec, 2008
  • Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramps Montreal, Quebec 2008
  • The Study Montreal, Quebec 2008

Raising Resilient Children/Campers

  • Tri-State Camping Conference Atlantic City, New Jersey March 2012
  • Villa Maria High School Montreal, Quebec 2007

Home is Where the Heart Is

  • Tri-State Camping Conference Atlantic City, New Jersey March 2009
  • High Point Day Camp (staff training) Laurentians, Quebec June 2011

Yes, There is Life After Separation – Dealing with Divorce and Separation

  • Loss and Found Inc. Montreal, November 2011

The Art of Letting Go – Surviving the Holidays after a Break Up

  • Loss and Found Inc, Montreal, February 2012

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