Previous Branch Activities:
Nipissing Networking Event in North Bay
On November 22, 2018 OASW Northern Branch hosted a networking event in North Bay with a special presentation by Dr. Diana Coholic. Dr. Diana Coholic, RSW is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University, and has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, her research has investigated the effectiveness of arts-based mindfulness group work for the improvement of resilience and self-concept. Through this research, she and her team have developed and tested a 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program called Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP). Currently, her team is facilitating HAP with youths aged 11-17 years who are experiencing challenges with schooling. Her latest book is titled Facilitating Mindfulness: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (available for purchase from Northrose Educational Resources: https://www.northrose.ca/northrose-titles.html). Additional information about her work (including publications and links to videos) can be found at: https://www.dianacoholic.com. Diana's interactive presentation provided an overview of mindfulness practices and concepts with examples of exercises to be used for personal and professional benefit. She also discussed facilitating mindfulness by way of arts-based methods which is a highly engaging, accessible, and enjoyable strengths-based approach.