What We Do
Founded as BODA reLEAF consulting in April 1997, we began strictly as a venue for counselors, social workers, and therapists to become certified as Anger Solutions Facilitators. Since that time, we have expanded our services to include additional levels of Anger Solutions competency, as well as corporate offerings, keynote speeches, and special services for non-profit organizations. In 2008, the company became incorporated, and re-branded under the banner, “Leverage U.”
We specialize in three areas:
1. The Anger Solutions™ family of training and counseling products/services
The Anger Solution program is a combination of compiled theory and exercises designed to assist individuals with developing appropriate ways to express and resolve their anger. Public training programs for counsellors and people working in human services include our One Day Boot-camp and the three-day intensive Train the Trainer (T3) Program. Our programs are accredited for continuing education credits by the CACCF. These programs and adaptations of our public training sessions are available for on-site programming. We also provide continuing education programs for counsellors through our series of tele-seminar programs, and gather data for research purposes with the assistance of licensed participating community agencies that use the program on a regular basis. Our levels of certification include:
For details of the training pre-requisites and requirements, please contact us at 905-329-6169.
NEW Programs beginning in 2017!
In our never ending quest to bring you the best in transformative training and certification, we are excited to offer the following training workshops with dates starting Fall 2017:
Working with Sexual and Porn Addiction – facilitated by Paul Lavergne, The Turning Point Counselling
Paul received his ungraduate degree at York University and then went on to obtain his Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. He has also received training from the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapists and is currently one of the only Certified Sexual Recovery Therapists with AASAT in Ontario. Paul is also a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Paul has a wide range of life experience, having worked as a self-employed professional, as well as in the finance industry, the construction industry, and as a sales manager for a multi-national corporation. This has allowed Paul to be involved with a wide range of people from all walks of life, and develop a wide perspective on life’s issues. We had to privilege of attending Paul’s workshop on Sex and Porn Addiction in April 2017, and are thrilled to have him come on board to make this information – about the fastest growing addiction in the world – more available to Ontario’s therapists.
Safe and Effective Use of Self in Therapy – facilitated by Sandra Finkelman, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Sandra holds a first class honours BSc in psychology (McGill), where she held a McConnell Scholarship; and an MA in counselling psychology (Western), for which she received a National Research Council of Canada Scholarship. She completed additional postgraduate work in human development and family studies (Cornell), and marriage and family therapy (University of Toronto). Sandra then trained intensively with Virginia Satir (the internationally acclaimed master therapist and trainer in human systems change strategies). She also have certifications in Gestalt Therapy, Relational Life Training (Level 1 & 2), and NLP. Sandra’s training in Safe and Effective Use of Self is revelatory and transformative, and we could not be happier that she has agreed to partner with Leverage U to facilitate this amazing program.
“If you work in human services as a counsellor, doctor, nurse, PSW, police officer… anything … you should really take this workshop. Sandra Finkelman is an amazing facilitator and you will learn so much about yourself and how to work with people more effectively, you won’t regret it. Some words to describe the program from our group: rewarding, empowering, transformative, energizing, safe, informative… worth every penny. I will be a better therapist for having taken this workshop.”
2. TransformED Corporate Coaching, Workshops and Seminars
We have a variety of seminar topics available to the business community and the public sector including:
We also specialize in creating custom training series that combine components from these topics, or from topics of the clients’ choosing. For a full list of our corporate offerings, please see our Topics page.
Our TransformED corporate coaching programs are specialized to help you and/or your team to go where it has never gone before. We “Leverage U” into peak performance and productivity, using our unique blend of advanced psychological techniques, current technology, and human interaction. To learn more about TransformED call 905-329-6169.
In addition, we partner with The Herrington Group on special projects including AODA (Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Training, sensitivity training with regards to disability issues, and customer service. For more information on The Herrington Group and the excellent work that they do, please visit www.theherringtongroup.ca . More recently Julie has partnered with Dr. Lisa Barrow (www.bulliednomore.com) to provide training and workshops about the realities and dangers of workplace bullying.
Julie speaks at various industry, social service, and academic conferences upon request.
3. Not-for-profit and community services
We are pleased to have a long history of collaboration with not-for-profit agencies, schools and community services within and outside of the Niagara Region. We offer on-site training at discounted rates for not-for-profit agencies, as well as making keynote or educational presentations to community groups such as the ADD/ADHD support group or the Learning Disabilities Association.
We also have a long standing relationship with various school boards- facilitating presentations on stress management, anger resolution, and self-esteem to their secondary school students, as well as self-esteem and pro-social behaviours (anti-bullying) in their elementary schools. In recent years, this work has expanded into schools within the Greater Toronto Area, and around the Golden Horseshoe.
In addition, we have established relationships with several First Nation groups and are proud of the work we have done in facilitating training for Akwesasne First Nation in Cornwall, Walpole Island First Nation near Chatham, Ontario, as well as our collaborations with Native Spirit Consultants, Six Nations, and other indigenous groups across Ontario and across Canada.