Since 1993, Donna Kerr has designed programs and trained staff in Motivational Interviewing and the Model of Change for Correctional Services of Canada, Capital Health, Government of B.C., Health Canada FASD Prevention and other local, provincial and national organizations.
Donna has been a member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), an international collective of people trained as trainers in MI since 2003. Donna brings extensive practical experience and knowledge to the training and is known for her relaxed and fun (yet efficient and effective) training style.
Donna is self-employed at Kerr Creative where she does writing and training. Before self-employment called, she worked at AADAC (Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission) for 6 years at the Henwood Treatment Centre. Donna started as a Recreation Therapist and was Supervisor of the Leisure Department by the time she left AADAC to start her own company.
And before AADAC… (ancient history!) she worked in the fitness industry as fitness trainer/consultant. Add a brief career as a financial consultant, and Donna has always worked in areas that were all about behaviour change.
Great workshops and training
I write the books on training—literally. Writing curriculum and manuals so that another person can pick up the document and teach a course teaches you a lot about designing learning. I’ve also been “training-the-trainers” for over 15 years and it’s taught me tons about training! So when it comes to me being the one in front of a class, I use everything I’ve ever learned about training.
After 20 years, I am still learning about training which is what makes it so much fun. Without blowing my own horn too much, I do consider myself a “master trainer.” And the feedback I get from my courses indicates that my classes agree. Not that I’m perfect—I'm still learning!
What they say
From post-training surveys:
"You reminded us all once more that learning can be fun! Your relaxed manner allowed the group to maximize their learning. Thank you for such a positive experience."
"Excellent facilitator. Good pace and very respectful of participants’ values and viewpoints."
"Donna, your methods as an instructor are great! Non-judgmental, humour adds flavour to learning new changes."
"A very unique and talented woman with an abundance of knowledge and experience in this area."
"Donna’s presentation of the information and skills was and is fantastic. She was open and supportive in what was presented and questions and comments that arose. It was a very positive, supportive learning experience."
In the years I've been training in MI, I've been fortunate to work with some great people and great organizations. And with many different goal areas and practitioners. MI works with them all!
For larger agencies, onsite workshops can work well.
Accredited Supports to the Community, Olds
Alberta Health Services
Aspen Regional Health Authority
Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA)
Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs - Gunn Centre
Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women
Catholic Social Services
Child Development Resource Connection Peel, Mississauga
City of Fort MacMurray
City of Lethbridge
Correctional Services of Canada
East Central Health
Family Services Of Central Alberta
Grande Prairie Community Social Development - Housing First
Guidance Council, Alberta Teachers’ Association
Health Canada: The Help Kit consulting and training
Homeward Trust, Edmonton
Inn from the Cold, Calgary
Lakeland Centre for FASD, Cold Lake
Lethbridge Community and Social Development Group - Housing First
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association - Central Region
Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
Mustard Seed, Edmonton and Calgary
Northwest Regional FASD Society, High Level
Region 6 Early Childhood Development
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT)
Southgate Family Day Homes
Strathcona County Family and Community Services
The Alex, Calgary
Town of Slave Lake FCSS
YMCA Families First, Edmonton
Weight Wise Adult Bariatric Center, Alberta Health Services
Wellspring Family Resource & Crisis Centre, Whitecourt