Huronia Highlands Branch

Huronia Highlands Branch includes Barrie, Orillia, Muskoka, Parry Sound, Orangeville, Bradford, Minden, and Haliburton.

Upcoming Events

Workshop on Private Practice

"Everything You Need to Know"

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Presented by:  Rhea Plosker, M.A.Sc., M.C., RSW, RP, PMP. 
Location: Suite Success, 411 Huronia Road, #5, Barrie, Ontario
Description: This private practice workshop will deepen your understanding about the competencies (skills, knowledge, and abilities) required to launch and develop your private practice.

Cost (includes lunch)
Students - $40 
OASW Members - $50
Community Members - $70

To Register or for more information click here.

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Kelly Smith, on behalf of the Huronia Highlands Board

Building Connections Through Yoga: 
Yoga as a foundation for building self-awareness and anti-oppressive social work practice

Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: BLiSS Ann Green Yoga 119 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 1A6
RSVP here(A light dinner will be provided).


  • Many social workers and therapists find themselves working in isolation or in agencies that do not provide adequate supervision.
  • In times of government austerity, as the demand for services increases, meaningful supervision decreases.
  • This forces social workers to get creative and develop their own informal support networks.
    As our lens becomes focused on the micro issues, we can become isolated from social justice and advocacy.
  • This workshop is designed to bring together a reflective practice and self-care strategies in a supportive peer environment.
  • This pilot project integrates yoga practice with guided peer discussion to reconnect with ourselves and explore the role advocacy and social justice can play in our work with clients.
  • Most of us go to a yoga class and then just go home. This workshop will present an opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga while providing the opportunity to explore where our open minds and open hearts can take us.
  • No yoga experience is necessary.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one


  • Maia Knauer, MSW, RSW, is a certified yoga instructor and an OASW member who works at New Path Youth and Family Services.
  • Katie Traill, BSW, RSW, is an OASW member in community practice with the Gilbert Centre

Kelly Smith, on behalf of the Huronia Highlands Board

Past Branch Activities:

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, Huronia Highlands Branch held their Annual General Meeting and Special Workshop on Indigenous Peoples" World-Views, the Great Struggle, and Moving Forward.
Cyndy Baskin of Lakehead University - Orillia Campus, and author of Strong Helpers' Teaching presented this workshop for social workers, counselors, therapists and others in the helping professions practical skills, tools, and strategies to better serve Indigenous clients. 

On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Integrative Stress Management Program offered a workshop on Mindfulness and Compassion: Strengthening Resilience with Advanced Mindfulness Practice.
Presenters included Dr. Gerald Levine, Liz Levine, BSW, & Tanya Armstrong, RYI.
The format was a blend of evidence-based mindfulness, mindful self-compassion teaching, and direct experience with mindful practices, including meditation, gentle therapeutic movement, and live therapeutic music. This workshop focused on both personal and professional development. 

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Huronia Highlands offered an 
Interactive Training on Trans & Gender-Diverse Mental Health Care.
Presenters included Jordan Zaitzow, MSW, RSW who spoke about gender diversity & Lindsay Elin, MSW, RSW, who focused on attachment-informed counselling with trans youth/young adults and their families. 

Huronia Highlands Branch offered a number of events for Social Work Week: 

"Everything You Need to Know to Keep the CRA Happy: A Workshop for Self-Employed Social Workers, Therapist, Councellors and Consultants". 
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Allen Lloyd, tax expert, shared his experience and wisdom with us, with a specific focus on those of us who are self-employed.

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Keynote Speaker, Katie Traill, spoke on the"Experiences Working with Transgender Rights and Issues"

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the The Laurentian University Social Work Association hosted another Social Work Week Community Night where Motivational Guest Speaker Kaitlynn Rice-Kavanagh & Student Speakers from the Georgian Pride & First Nation Student Experience spoke.

Beyond Words: Stories in the Sand
If you missed this great presentation by Kelly Smith, RSW, about Sand Tray Therapy on November 25, 2015, sponsored by Huronia Highlands Branch at Lakehead University in Orillia, you can now see it here. An excellent resource for team meetings or professional development.