Connecting with Your Personal Power in an Ever-Changing Workplace (encore)

Presented by: 
Alex Abdel-Malek
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multi-Purpose Room
Focus Area: Resiliency in the Workplace

Program Description

Ideas about effectively using our personal and interpersonal power are all around us, all the time, and many of them are inaccurate or unhealthy depictions. Facing the rapid nature of change in the workplace, we often feel stress about how to adapt our sense of personal power in the midst of such stressors and change.

This session acknowledges the impact of frequent change in the workplace, and the potentially disruptive effect change can have. It also invites participants to consider the opportunities and challenges therein.

True personal power is less about being adversarial or counter-pushing and more about our capacity for adaptability and psychological flexibility while also holding on to our voice. This way of thinking of personal power can help you to adapt to change more effectively and also hold on to the best parts of yourself as you navigate the ever-changing landscape of work.

What You Will Learn

  • What personal power through changing times at work means
  •  Locus of control and the positive impacts of “taking the helm”
  • How to develop a mindset for change
  • The skill of frame changing in psychological flexibility development

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 personal skills for dealing  with changes in the workplace. 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

Connecting with Your Personal Power in an Ever-Changing Workplace
Facilitated by Alex Abdel-Malek
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Session A: 9am–11am or
Session B: 12pm–2pm

Building: Liu Institute for Global Issues
Address:  6476 North West Marine Drive at West Mall [MAP]
Room: Multi-purpose room

To Register

Please click here to register.

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.

Read about the full Notions of Power Series here.

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.

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