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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

By Amanda Rocheleau
This podcast is for helping professionals and personal caregivers.
We will be talking openly and honestly about the true hardships of providing care to others while we also talk about sustainable solutions to self-care and personal wellness.
My name is Amanda Rocheleau. I'm a Registered Social Worker and compassion fatigue specialist and I am committed to helping the helpers!
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Interview with Caregiver Advocate, Carole Ann Alloway
In this episode, I interview Carole Ann Alloway; a retired Human Resources Manager, mother of four and grandmother of seven. Carole Ann became a full-time caregiver for her husband, Bill, who had ten difficult operations within a 7-year period. She has witnessed first-hand the gaps in the health care and home care systems and speaks at health conferences, hospitals, home care agencies to share her experiences while raising awareness of the importance of making the caregiver an integral part of the health care team. Carole Ann is currently partnering with an Ontario Health Team and has worked with The Change Foundation, Health Quality Ontario, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Caregiver Organization, Health Standards Organization and various hospitals and LHINs. She worked with The Change Foundation to transform her Caregiver Wish List into a video, so it can be used by other caregivers and health care agencies and she also speaks with University students enrolled in health care degrees on the importance of working with the patient and caregiver in an integrated system. If you are a caregiver looking for support go to: If you would like to learn more about the upcoming conferences that Carole Ann speaks mentions in this podcast visit: @allowayca
March 1, 2021
Interview with Kelly Tabor - Motivational Interviewing
In this episode I interview Kelly Tabor, a Social Worker and Motivational Interviewing Trainer. Kelly is an experienced professional helper committed to the growth of individuals, teams, and organizations. She specializes in developing and facilitating Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for a wide variety of health care professionals and non-professional caregivers, helping them to discover how to become effective in conversations about change.  During the interview, we chatted about the motivation for behavior change and Kelly emphasized how ambivalence is a normal and predictable part of the process. She shared with us the Spirit of MI and the PACE acronym - the framework for supporting an individual in fostering their own internal drive for change. We also talked about how helpers can protect their psychological well-being by framing their role as participants and coaches instead of problem solvers and change-makers. The spirit of MI communicates - I see you, I care, and I am working in a way not to tell you or advise you what to do, but rather walk beside you as you determine what makes most sense for you moving forward. I hope you enjoy this conversation and take something away from it that helps you think about your own wellness journey. If you want to learn more about Motivational Interviewing, you may send an email to and visit her website:
December 3, 2020
Interview with Lacey Kempinski - Balanced Good
In this episode I interview Lacey Kempinski, a fundraising specialist, an entrepreneur and mother of 2.  I met Lacey at a fundraising related conference last year and we discovered that we had a lot in common; we both had ventured into entrepreneurship after becoming mothers in order to find a way to maintain our passion for our work, be fully present with our children and still maintain our own well-being while we tried to do both. During the interview, we chatted about her journey in finding balance in her career and personal life, how she has been adapting during the pandemic and how she views self-care these days. I hope you enjoy this casual conversation and take something away from it that helps you think about your own wellness journey. If you want to learn more about Lacey's fundraising business, Balanced Good, check out or follow her on Twitter @LaceyKempinski
April 27, 2020
Eye of the Hurricane Mindful Meditation: A tool to help connect to a place of inner peace and calm
This Mindful Meditation script was written by Hugo Albert's (PhD) and Lucinda Poole (PsyD) and provided in The Crisis Kit PDF prepared and made public by Positive Psychology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 20, 2020
Interview with Angie Wellman - Journey to Wellness
In this episode, I ask Angie Wellman, a psychotherapist in Belleville Ontario, about her own mental health journey as she navigated her way through a few different high-intensity workplace cultures.  Learn more about Angie and her private practice by visiting
March 4, 2020
Interview with Breanna Pizzuto with Talk Tools Training.
In this episode, I ask Breanna about her own experience with compassion fatigue and discovering her own self-care needs. She tells us all about her new business, Talk Tools Training, and what motivated her to start providing mental health training in our community. Learn more about Breanna and the training she offers by visiting
January 3, 2020
The meaning of the Giving Tree for me and how a children's story changed my life.
Here is another personal story about how I began my journey of burnout recovery. Learn more about me at
December 30, 2019
First Episode: What to expect
Hello Caring People! Welcome to my podcast experiment. This is a place where I hope to have real conversations about being a caring person, about our mental health, about self-care and about collective care. Leave me a comment if you want to hear about a specific topic. Learn more about me at
November 26, 2019