Personal Power II: The Art of Creating Strong Relationships in the World of Work (new)

Presented by: 
Alex Abdel-Malek
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
AMS Nest (New Student Union Building), 6133 University, The Egg
Focus Area:Workplace Skills (Part of the Notions of Power Series)

Program Description

Interpersonal stressors are one of the most commonly associated challenges that people report in their experiences of workplace stress. Relationships at work can help us to keep grounded, inspired, encouraged, or deflated, resentful, and not valued. While we cannot often choose exactly whom we work with, it can help to be as well-equipped as possible to find ways to relate well at work in spite of the challenges that may appear. This session focuses on particular concepts and skills to take your relationship skills up, up, up!

People with strong relating skills:

  • Handle differences without leading to divisiveness
  • Listen for what others need and are really saying
  • Respond in a way that has a better chance of “landing well”
  • Ask for what they need in a way that means their own needs will more likely be met

What You Will Learn

  • A Framework for Making Sense of Challenging Relating Experiences
  • The Critical Importance of Empathy
  • Coping Stances: Modes of Habitual Relating
  • Working with triggered states in conversations

How You Will Learn

  • Large and small group discussion
  • In-class exercises
  • Theory bursts
  • Self-reflection exercises
  • Scenarios

Audience / Context

This session is designed for AAPS members who would like to develop their relating and communications skills and prefer a short-format. This session is part of the Notions of Power Series. A series of five professional development sessions that focus on helping AAPS members better understand their personal power to in the workplace in order to build personal productivity, resilience, and better work relationships. If you have any questions about the series or this particular session, please contact us at

About Your Facilitator

Alex Abdel-Malek, MSW, RCC, is a psychotherapist, critical incident specialist, and professional trainer and speaker. He is devoted to understanding how meaningful choices affect our health and wellbeing. In addition to his own clinical practice, Alex is a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. He has developed programs for numerous organizations and trained professionals working in the public sector, including the CBC, Crown Counsel of BC, Thompson Rivers University, and UBC.

Event Details

Personal Power II: The Art of Creating Strong Relationships in the World of Work (new)
Facilitated by Alex Abdel-Malek
Friday, April 29, 2016
Session A: 9am–11am or
Session B: 12pm–2pm
Building: AMS Nest (New Student Union Building
Address:  6133 University Blvd [MAP]
Room: The Egg (second floor across from 2306/09)

To Register

Please follow this link to register for session A or be waitlisted for session B. Please note it is the same session repeated.

All registered attendees will receive a confirmation notice.

Please note this session is available exclusively to AAPS members, and there is no cost to attend.

Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session you registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

Photography: Please be advised that photos may be taken at this event for use in AAPS communications materials.