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Navigating difficult conversations at work

March 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Whether you’re a faculty member, employee or leader, it’s likely that you’ve experienced a difficult conversation in the workplace before. You might have difficulties asking for time off, or negotiating salary, and even setting healthy work-life boundaries—these types of conversations can be stressful and we don’t often talk about how to approach them in healthy ways. Join us in a 2-part workshop series:  Navigating difficult conversations in the workplace. 

Part 1: 

In Part 1, we will explore how difficult conversations show up, the common barriers that prevent difficult conversations from happening, and the environment required for difficult conversations to thrive.  

Part 2: 

Do you ever notice yourself wanting to have a difficult conversation at work, but feeling stuck and not knowing how to actually approach this? In Part 2, we will offer you practical tools and tips to support you in having difficult conversations at work and beyond. Together, we will discuss how to prepare for difficult conversations, how to actually have difficult conversations, as well as dealing with the aftermath and troubleshooting for common challenges you may experience. You will leave this workshop series with greater awareness and practical tools to show up with vulnerability and intentionality at work. 


  • Part 1 – Tuesday, March 7, 2023 
  • Part 2 – Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST 

Location: Zoom. 

Audience: All faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan. 

Important Notes for this two-part series: 

  • As Part 2 builds off of Part 1, attending both sessions is recommended, however folks can still derive benefit if they can only attend one.
  • The session will not be recorded,
  • The slides will be shared,
  • Closed captioning will be enabled.

Register here. 

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please email Lauren Lee at lauren.l@ubc.ca.

About Your Facilitators: 

Natasha Reynolds, MDiv, Registered Psychotherapist: 

Natasha Reynolds (she/her), MDiv, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist and Mental Health Consultant at Bloom Psychology and Wellness based in Toronto. Natasha completed her Masters in Divinity and Clinical Counselling at Tyndale University and holds experience working in community mental health, non-for-profit and private practice settings. She supports a diverse range of individuals, couples and organizations to enrich their mental wellbeing. Natasha utilizes an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, client-centered and culturally sensitive approach, and is passionate about cultivating a warm and emotionally safe space to encourage experiential reflection of thoughts, emotions, and behavioural patterns. Natasha aims to support individuals in harvesting the learning from their experiences and equipping them to move forward in creating meaningful connection with themself and others. 

Zarmina Khan, MEd, Registered Psychotherapist: 

Zarmina Khan, MEd, RP, is a Registered Psychotherapist and Mental Health Consultant at Bloom Psychology and Wellness based in Toronto. Zarmina completed her MEd in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto, OISE and has experience working in community health, not-for-profit, hospital, and private practice settings. Zarmina’s work supports a diverse range of individuals, couples, and organizations to enhance their mental health and wellbeing, and is rooted in principles of trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, intersectional, and anti-oppressive healthcare. She is passionate about creating safe, healing spaces where all people can feel empowered to show up as their authentic selves.