Durham/Kawartha Branch

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

Upcoming Events

The ACT Approach: 2 Day Intensive Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Workshop

Date: Wednesday April 17 - Thursday April 18, 2019
Time: Registration starts at 8:30 AM Wednesday - Ends 4:00 PM Thursday
Location: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 700 Gordon St. West, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 5S9
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This highly practical workshop will allow you the opportunity to discover the ACT model and learn ACT skills/techniques. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) offers new ways to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with long-lasting effects using acceptance and mindfulness processes with a commitment to behavior change all done in a way that empowers individuals to take on an active and assertive role in their healing. This workshop shows videos of the presenter working with real clients who are suffering in stuck situations with practical interventions that are immediately effective. For more information about Timothy Gordon and his work: www.TheZenSocialWorker.ca.

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