Sheila K Collins, PhD

Speaker, Author, Coach & Consultant

https://sheilakcollins.com/

Sheila K. Collins believes that life’s toughest challenges call us out to discover our better selves. In facing such challenges as grief, loss, illness, death of a loved one, or large scale losses such as fires, floods, and pandemics, we become who we truly are. Her writing, keynote speaking, and improvisational artist performances, contain thought-provoking discoveries of ways to deal with the tough challenges life asks of us so that we become stronger and more resilient from having met them.

Her award-winning book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals that Heal tells of her journeys with two of her three adult children and her best friend through their life-threatening illnesses and deaths and of the rituals that helped her family to heal. Using her background as a social work professor, therapist, and performance artist, Dr. Collins demonstrates in her presentations, workshops, and writing how art-based tools have helped her and can help others get through life’s toughest challenges.

Sheila currently directs the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based improvisational performance troupe whose mission is to assist arts and human service organizations in achieving their noble purposes. In collaboration with community nonprofits, the group has developed programs and performances to address such tough topics as ending the stigma of mental illness, changing the race dance, and saying No More to gender violence. She travels nationally and internationally assisting individuals and organizations to tell their stories in trans-forming ways. Her blog Dancing With Everything is on her website https://sheilakcollins.com/

 

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Coming Together to Mourn Our Losses

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This Too Shall Pass

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2020 Sister Memories

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A Vocabulary for Unprecedented Times

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Our Illusive Fitness Levels

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Will You Be Proud to Say, “I Voted”?

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Birds of a Feather – Let’s Flock Together

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Time to Remember– Time to Act

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Anniversaries’ Sweet Sorrow

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Our Friend Grief

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Body-Wise On-Line

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So great we can still celebrate…

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Finding Social Connection Using Posters, Microphones and Facemasks

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Our Historical Memories

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Dancing in the Streets

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Embrace Duality: Dance in the Turmoil of the Universal Story

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Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

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The Unmasking of a Long-Standing Pandemic

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Justice Long Denied is Hard Won

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The Art of Conscious Grieving

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The Times and the Timing

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Eating Healthy in the Midst of a Pandemic

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Ode to Technology – Gratitude and Cautionary Tales

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We Did It Before and We Can Do It Again

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