Midwestern Branch

Midwestern Branch includes Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, and the surrounding areas.

Upcoming Branch Activities


OASW Midwestern Branch Lunch & Learn - Documentation

Wednesday, May 29. 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Parkminster United Church, 275 Erb Street East, Waterloo, ON N2J 1N6

Description: Lunch & Learn in Waterloo! We have invited OCSWSSW to join us to talk about documentation!

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In partnership with Huronia Highlands, Midwestern Members we are very excited to be co-hosting:

"Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Treat Emotion Dysregulation in Clients"

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Oakview Room, Wasaga Beach Rec Plex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1Z7
**(note: new location!)

Sheri Van Dijk (bio)

Workshop Description:
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders because of its usefulness in treating clients unable to manage emotions.

Following an introduction to DBT theory, Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Sheri will provide an introduction to the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness); and will demonstrate how to format individual sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need. 

In addition, Sheri will introduce some DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.

Learn more here.
Register here

Space is limited! 

Hope to see you there!

Previous Branch Activities

The Mid-Western Branch Board hosted three Social Work Week events during Social Work Week.

On March 6, 2017 in Stratford speaker Gillian Stevens (Teacher, Speaker and Forthcoming Author) spoke on the topic of keeping it together in her presentation, "Explore, Transform, Flourish: Support and Hope for Those Who Help Others: How Professionals Keep it Together."

Gillian Stevens was the speaker as we on March 7, 2017 in Kitchener. She spoke on the same topic of keeping it together in her presentation, "Explore, Transform, Flourish: Support and Hope for Those Who Help Others: How Professionals Keep it Together."

And on March 8, 2017 in Guelph speakers Ashley Tyrrell & Sheli O’Connor gave their presentation, "Advance Care Planning."
2016 Fall Event
OASW Midwestern Branch Presents: Theresa Daly, RN, MSW
What families can expect as they go through transitions with aging parents.  
Our fall event in Guelph was an opportunity to listen and converse with this engaging speaker. We enjoyed light refreshments and making more connections in Guelph!

2016 Annual General Meeting
The OASW Midwestern Branch Annual General Meeting took place on the evening of May 17, 2016 at the Rockway Centre in Kitchener. This year's guest speaker was Dr. Susan Cadell who spoke about the intersection of social work and politics.

Social Work Week Event
On March 9, 2016, OASW Midwestern Branch held an event with the theme "Social Workers are Responsive to Challenges". We enjoyed a panel discussion with social workers discussing their work with people who have disabilities, people facing end of life challenges, and new immigrants. We also awarded our annual Inspiration Leadership Award. 

2015-2016 Sponsored Events
Social Work Week student event at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Sharing Our Story: Building Community Event and TRC: Recommendations, Education and Discussion Forum Event with White Owl Native Ancestry Association.

Board Members:

Gillian Veitch: President
Kim Muller: Vice-President
Heather Menaldo: Treasurer
Natasha Ekelman: Secretary
Lori Buchnea: Member
Evalena Matlock-Corley: Member
Ali Diebold: Member
Jordana Varey: Student Member, Renison
Makayla Fancy: Student Member, WLU
Rachel Atkinson: Student Member, WLU
Emily Kennedy: Student Member, WLU

Contact Information: 

Heather Menaldo 
Gillian Veitch

General Email: oaswmwb@gmail.com


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