Durham/Kawartha Branch

The Durham/Kawartha Branch includes Oshawa, Whitby, Peterborough and the surrounding areas.

Upcoming Events

Ontario Shores Social Work Council in collaboration with Ontario Association of Social Workers Durham/Kawartha Branch is hosting a...

2-Day Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training.  

Dates: October 17 and 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 700 Gordon St. West, Whitby, ON L1N 5S9
Speaker: Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW

Description: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is celebrated as a process-based approach that unlike most evidence-based interventions is not defined in terms of scientifically validated protocols focused on syndromes. Instead, ACT is a model of psychological flexibility that encourages clinicians to bring their full selves, including their clinical wisdom to integrate methods into an evidence-based therapy that focuses on what works. Simultaneously, this frees clinicians to treat clinical populations trans diagnostically, treating underlying processes rather than symptoms yet also makes ACT difficult to master.

This workshop fills the gap between learning ACT and mastering ACT in your moment to moment clinical work. Through grounding yourself in ACT processes rather than fostering reliance on techniques, you will learn a stance of openness, curiosity, and equality from the ACT therapist stance. You will be encouraged to adapt ACT and practice in a supportive workshop environment with a focus on developing new skills and challenging ourselves to be creative and experiential in our work.

For those who have not had formal training in ACT Tim thought they would be good to go if they read at least the intro to Tim’s book The ACT Approach, watched the free video: What is ACT and How to Do It: https://youtu.be/PmKEvlv9Cys, and could look at the free course Tim offers at Praxis:https://www.praxiscet.com/events/introduction-to-act/

To learn more or to RSVP click here.

Past Branch Activities 

Ontario Shores Social Work Council in Collaboration with OASW Durham/Kawartha Branch
Thursday October 25, 2018 & Friday October 26, 2018
Presented a 2-Day Workshop: Redeveloping Secure Autonomous Adult Attachment:  A Clinical Model
This workshop presented a model of therapy and interventions for professionals in the Mental Health field to assist clients to recognize their unconscious models of relationships, to develop greater security through the therapeutic relationship and to risk new and healthy interactive patterns in present relationships. Attendees developed awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in their therapeutic work with clients.

Compassion Fatigue and Developing Resilience 
On March 9, 2018, Durham/Kawartha OASW and Ontario Shores Social Work Council presented a half-day workshop. The presenter was Dylan Zambrano. The key objectives were to apply mindfulness and compassion practices to enhance resiliency, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence; detect empathy fatigue early by identifying warning signs, symptoms, and level of risk; and to understand the neuroscience of mindfulness and compassion and how they can improve well-being and reduce risk of burnout.

Counselling, Advocacy, & Mental Health Support for Trans & Gender-Diverse People & Attachment & Trauma-Informed Counselling with Trans People & Their Loved Ones.
Two training events occurred in collaboration with Rainbow Health Ontario/Trans Health Connection on October 20, 2017 and October 27, 2017.

Panel Discussion Supporting Refugee Settlement
On March 3, 2016, a panel discussion was held for Branch members in Oshawa.  

Durham/Kawartha Branch Lunch & Learn
On November 9, 2016, Ontario Shores, in collaboration with Durham/Kawartha Branch, hosted: Quotidian Ethics in Social Work Practice: Beyond the Code of Ethics. Guest speakers included Daniel Buchman and Bob Parke. 
Board Members
Rob Pepler, President
Rosemary Gauci, Secretary
Andrea Porter Treasurer
Megan Cameron, (Provincial Board Rep) 
Nyasha Smith- Ruddock (Nominations/Membership) 
Nicole Perryman (Membership)
Brenda Allen, Board Member

Contact Information:
Megan Cameron