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 OASW Durham/Kawartha Branch

2-Day Workshop: Redeveloping Secure Autonomous Adult Attachment:  A Clinical Model

Dates: Thursday October 25, 2018 & Friday October 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Ontario Shores, 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, Building 5, The Conference Place, L1N 5S9
Instructor: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW

Registration Fees:
OASW Member: $50.00 
Non OASW Member: $100.00 

(**Includes lunch, mid-morning and afternoon refreshments)

To register:  Please email Julie Orchard at julieorchard77@gmail.com with the following information:  Name, Organization, Phone Number, OASW Member (if applicable).
**IMPORTANT:  Alternatively if you are paying by cheque – make the cheque payable to Durham OASW and mail it  Attention: Julie Orchard to mailing address Ontario Shores, 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, ON, L1N 5S9; to pay via e-transfer use julieorchard77@gmail.com  (** all methods will hold your spot).

Limited to 50 participants 

Registration Deadline:  October 19, 2018

Workshop Description:
Relationships with caregivers in the early years have a profound influence on an adult’s self-perceptions, perception of others and his/her capacity for healthy intimate relationships. Adults with secure attachments and healthy adult relationships usually had early experiences of consistent nurturing and care from parents or caregivers. Adults with insecure attachments and unhealthy relationships, on the other hand, usually had early experiences of inconsistent nurturing, rejection or even severe neglect and abuse. However, adults with insecure attachments can redevelop their capacity for secure attachments by understanding the impact of early childhood experiences on their personality development and present relationships, mourning the losses and longings from these early child/parent relationships and developing a non-judgmental stance in exploring their patterns. They develop “Earned Security”.  

This workshop will present 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 will also develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in their therapeutic work with clients.

Case examples, videos and role play will be used to demonstrate the interventions.

Past Branch Activities 

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. 
The Durham/Kawartha OASW Branch Board is planning for future events and we want to ensure that they are meaningful for all of the members.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey as this will really help with ensuring that the delivery methods and educational events are valuable to you. 


Board Members
Rob Pepler, President
Lisa Van Hezewijk, Treasurer
Rosemary Gauci, Secretary
Megan Cameron, Provincial Board Rep)
Nyasha Smith - Ruddock, Nominations/Membership
Nicole Perryman, Membership
Shelby Maguire
Michelle Winterburn

Contact Information:
Megan Cameron