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Programs ​to Restore Your Balance and Thrive

Let me customize a program to reach your goals

  1. We'll start with a no-obligation phone chat
    I'd love to hear how your team is working well and where you'd like to see improvement. What do your team members need--stress management, better focus, more accountability, new habits, increased productivity?
  2. I'll send you a customized proposal
    I'll start with the program or programs that look like the best fit and adjust the length and content to your goals, team strengths and weaknesses, and budgetary constraints. (Each of my programs can be done in as little as one hour or be expanded to a full-day session.)
  3. We'll schedule your program
    I'll come to your workplace on a day and time best for you and your team.
  4. We'll have a great time creating positive change
    Learning should be fun, so I'll make sure it is. It should be productive, too, so I'll include skill-building exercises to put new concepts to work right away.
Dr. Leslie Stewart

 Leslie Stewart, PhD, LPC

 Assistant Professor, Idaho State University,

​Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling

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​​I have had the pleasure of attending many of Colleen Pelar's workshops and presentations. She is, without exaggeration, the best speaker/presenter I have ever experienced. She is not only a subject matter expert, she is also engaging, funny, relatable, and able to hold an audience's attention for extended periods of time. Her teachings have greatly enhanced my own work as an animal-assisted intervention provider in education and mental health. Some of my most effective strategies for helping my animal co-professionals adapt to their working environments have come directly from Colleen, as have some of my most helpful ideas for teaching human students about animal-assisted interventions. Colleen is a joy to interact with, both personally and professionally, and I am a better provider of animal-assisted interventions because of her.

Colleen is an dynamic communicator of ideas and an inspiration to those who have the pleasure of working with her.  Her witty, down-to-earth approach helps frame complex subjects in a way in which audiences can absorb.  She is a consummate storyteller.  If you are looking for a creative solution to team building challenges, there is no better place to turn than to Colleen.

​Growth Mindset
​Moving from Judgments to Curiosity

​Uncover the science of success. Research shows that a growth mindset is what separates people who succeed and thrive from those who languish. Learn a simple technique to keep you on the path of learning and resilience so that you can combat judgment, criticism, self-doubt, and worry.

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    Learn why some people plateau while others flourish
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    ​Understand how to turn obstacles into opportunities
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    ​Practice preventing negative self-fulfilling prophecies
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    Stay solution focused when your brain wants to be problem focused
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    Feel empowered with tools for showing up in the world the way you want to

​Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members exhibit the telltale signs of workplace stress: Resisting small requests, overreacting to the scope of a problem, increased sick days, irritability, and reduced productivity.

​Practical Side of Emotions
Leveraging Positivity and Befriending Negativity

​Research shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a more powerful predictor of success than IQ or education level. The ability to recognize and redirect emotions that are not helpful is a skill few of us are taught, yet it's essential for success. Discover how emotions operate, how to get more of the ones you want, and how to work with the ones you don't want so you feel more in control

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    ​Feel the way you want to feel when you want to feel it
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    Understand where your inner critic comes from and how to tame it
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    Learn simple strategies to create greater happiness and wellbeing in your life
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    Move through negative emotions with greater ease
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    Build your emotional intelligence 

Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members are stuck in ruts and looking to move forward. ​Staff will find the habit-building techniques they learn useful outside the workplace too!

​Physical Strategies ​for Better Focus
​Feeling Better Inside and Out

​Everyone knows that physical activity is important to your health and wellbeing. However, few people realize how simple it can be to be a healthier, more vibrant you. Join us to to learn about your mind-body connection and discover simple ways to improve your vitality.

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    Learn why it's hard to make movement a priority and how to avoid the procrastination trap
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    ​Uncover simple ways to add movement into your life to make you more physically resilient
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    Learn the science behind how physical acivity boosts brain power

Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations who operate under a perpetual time crunch, whose team members juggle multiple responsibilities, find themselves putting out fires or tending to immediate but less important requests, and rarely find much-needed time for rejuvenation. Consequently they wake up tired each day and can find it hard to get motivated and stay focused. ​

​Reframing Your Thoughts
​Taking Your Brain to Court

​If your mind were your employee, you'd probably fire it. It jumps to conclusions, assumes the worst, and criticizes you and everyone around you. Worst of all, your mind generates your emotions. Uncover the science of mastering your thoughts, feelings, and actions. ​Criticism, comparing, and jumping to conclusions are just a few of the thinking traps that impede performance. Your success depends on your ability to focu your mind and redirect automated behavior patterns.

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    Rather than simply reacting, learn to respond in a way that suits you
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    Learn to judge your inner judgments
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    ​Identify how optimism works and why it's important to cultivate it

Great for: A​nimal hospitals and organizations whose team members are struggling with communications breakdowns, taking responsibility for tasks or outcomes, relying on each other, coordinating individual tasks, planning large projects, or other impediments to productivity, communication, and cohesion.

 Sonia Patterson

 CEO, Impact Wisdom

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​Colleen is an dynamic communicator of ideas and an inspiration to those who have the pleasure of working with her.  Her witty, down-to-earth approach helps frame complex subjects in a way in which audiences can absorb.  She is a consummate storyteller.  If you are looking for a creative solution to workplace challenges, there is no better place to turn than to Colleen.

Colleen is an dynamic communicator of ideas and an inspiration to those who have the pleasure of working with her.  Her witty, down-to-earth approach helps frame complex subjects in a way in which audiences can absorb.  She is a consummate storyteller.  If you are looking for a creative solution to team building challenges, there is no better place to turn than to Colleen.

Hello, I'm Colleen Pelar. I do things a little differently.

I'm a professional trainer who specializes in working with ​veterinarians, vet techs, and practice managers who are keen to make their great teams even better.

No trite, self-involved inspirational talks. No gimmicky "trust building" exercises. Just good, no-nonsense, effective strategies you and your team can put into place right away to make everyone more resilient--both individually and as a stronger group.

And I strive to make the whole process enjoyable, engaging, and relevant to avoid the groaning and eye rolling customary to most employee development activities.

Learn more about me, my credentials, and my work.


P.S. All the dog images and references? They're a holdover from my career as a professional dog trainer. I talk a bit about that on the About page as well, and how frequently good dog training practices provide insightful analogies for how to bring out the best in ourselves and our fellow humans.