What's Going On:

Current events related to the field of Social Work

Spring into Self Care
Three Dates: April 6, 2018 or April 11, 2018 or May 4, 2018
If you work on the front lines in a trauma-exposed workplace, you know how important it is to take good care of yourself so that you can carry on with your work. It can be a real challenge to make self care a priority, but it's a critical factor in personal resilience. Make yourself a priority. Sign up for one of these full day workshops to explore practical strategies that can really work in your busy life. Start the day with a delicious breakfast at 8:30 AM, and enjoy a hearty lunch in comfortable settings while you learn, reflect and develop a personalized plan for building the resilience that allows you to do this difficult work and find pleasure in life too. ($125.00 + HST includes breakfast, lunch and all workshop supplies).

For details and registration: 
Spring into Self Care at Baxter Creek Golf Club near Peterborough, ON

Resilience in Action for Women on the Front Lines at Villa Conti Restaurant in Warkworth, ON

Spring into Self Care at The Durham Corporate Centre in Whitby, ON

2018: Challenging Paradigms & Innovative Solutions
Dates:  April 17 & April 18, 2018

Conference Objectives & Outcomes 

•Participants will be able to confront issues regarding trauma informed services and will develop analytical capacity to challenge approaches that are not suitable or ideal to their client base. 
•They will learn new ways to think about trauma and related issues and look at new solutions to existing concerns while hearing about new and upcoming piloted ideas and programs that will engage and enhance service provision
•Participants will learn about new innovations to address old and systemic problems as well as be able to join the culture change movement towards better support

Location: The Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, ON

Register here.
Learn more, contact: gt@cast-canada.ca or call 705-749-6145.   

DBT for Eating Disorders and Other Upcoming Workshops
Dates: April 30 & May 1, 2018 

Description: In this engaging and comprehensive training, the following material will be covered: 
•How to identify eating disorders
•Rationale for using DBT for the treatment of eating disorders
•The Biosocial Theory adapted for eating disorders
•DBT treatment assumptions
•Strategies to manage multiple problem behaviours
•Skills to enhance commitment and motivation
•How to balance validation/acceptance with change-based strategies across levels of care
•Adapted diary cards for eating disorder treatment
•Introduction to DBT skills adapted for eating disorders
•How to conduct behaviour chain analyses on purging, restricting, binge eating, etc.

Trainor: Dr. Anita Federici
Location: Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie, Ontario
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

(Early Bird Rate:  $389.00 + HST register by March 30th, 2018; Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST)

LES GÉANTS - Journée conférence sur les JEUNES et la SANTÉ MENTALE
Mardi 22 mai 2018 de 08:20 à 15:15 (HAE)
Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie 
1400 rue Berri (coin Sainte-Catherine et Berri) 
Salle J-M400, Montréal, QC

Conférences Connexion
L’équipe des Conférences Connexion organise des journées conférences sur les jeunes et la santé mentale depuis maintenant 12 ans. Elles s’adressent à tous ceux qui travaillent de près ou de loin avec les jeunes. Des centaines d’enseignants, des policiers jeunesse, des intervenants des organismes communautaires, des éducateurs spécialisés, des psychoéducateurs, des professionnels des CIUSSS, des intervenants des Centres jeunesse, des travailleurs sociaux, des psychologues, des criminologues, des médiateurs familiaux, des travailleurs de rue et plusieurs autres professionnels encore assistent fidèlement à ces journées sur les jeunes et la santé mentale. Au cours des 12 dernières années, nous avons plongé au cœur de plus de 90 sujets avec plus de 120 experts de tous les domaines. Chaque fois, ces journées font de nous de meilleurs professionnels. Et, sans aucun doute, de meilleurs humains. Il est là, le véritable succès de ces journées conférences!

RSVP ici.

The Counselling Group is please to host:
Working Relationally with Conflicted Couples

Dates: May 28, 2018 -  May 29, 2018 

In this workshop Stephen will offer participants a guided relationally-based learning experience focusing on clinical techniques that support conflicted couples, whether they are reconnecting or going through the mediation and separation process. The premise of this workshop is: Relationships are relational! Stephen will demonstrate and guide participants in innovative practices of relational interviewing with couples...

Time: Registration starts @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Stephen Madigan, MSW, MSc, PhD
Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7

Learn more here.
RSVP here.


Cybercounselling Online, Level 1

Dates: April 6, 2018 through June 8, 2018

"Cybercounselling - Level 1" is a 12 weeks, three module course, done completely online, and is designed for experienced counselling practitioners who want to offer professional, ethical online counselling to their clients.

The course requires a time commitment of 5 to 7 hours per week. There are weekly homework deadlines.
Regular fees: $1287.00  (OASW members get a 10% discount). 

Register here.



Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshops
3 Dates to choose from:

April 27, 2018 to April 30, 2018 with Suzanne Duc in Ottawa

May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018 with Margaret Nelson in Barrie

June 8, 2018 to June 11, 2018 with Margaret Nelson and Stephanie John in Windsor

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is amazingly effective in resolving painful after-effects of injury, childhood trauma, bereavement, abuse, medical trauma, and any severe and shocking event.  TIR is person-centered and results oriented.  TIR is evidence-based, and listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices....

Click here for more info on TIR training or to register.

CAPT Presents: Responding to Trauma Using Play Therapy 
Dates: Friday, May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018

Overview: New information on trauma enables us to understand its implications in a way that was not possible a decade ago. Both short term and longer treatment require an innovative approach. Play Therapy’s innate flexibility makes it an excellent resource for many developmental levels. In this Certificate program we will examine creative and neuroscientific methods for understanding and responding to trauma. Recent research also reminds us that the risk of vicarious trauma is very real and as therapists we need to be proactive about our own wellbeing.

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls, 6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6

Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Questions: Contact (519) 827-1506 or email Kip at kip@cacpt.co
Also Available: CAPT: Play Therapy Certificate Program
Dates: July 2 - August 10, 2018
For more info click here.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Training - Two Day Workshop 
Dates: Friday May 25, 2018 (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM) and;
Saturday May 26, 2018 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

This workshop will include didactic content, video demonstrations of family sessions and practice exercises of EFFT interventions and skills.
Objectives for Workshop:
1. Conceptualize the family system and the problems families encounter from an attachment perspective.
2. Identify key stages and steps in the EFFT process of change
3. Identify common blocks that disrupt effective attachment and caregiving responses in the family
4. Label and practice EFFT interventions that restructure the interaction between family members in the direction of emotional engagement, accessibility, and responsiveness.

Speaker: Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW
Location: McMaster University, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road Burlington, ON.

More information contact ICEEFT Certified Supervisor Lisa Skelding at lskelding@cogeco.ca or 416-456-0980 

Or go to the Greater Toronto EFT Community Website Training Page to download the registration form.

Emotionally Focused Therapy 

Dates: Wednesday, May 30th through to Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Overview: Learn the basic concepts and theory of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples through a combination of lecture,  videotape, observation of live couple demonstrations and exercises.  In this 4 day training, clinicians will learn how to identify problematic relationship cycles of interaction that couples get caught in. Practitioners will learn how to help couples stop these negative patterns and create conversations that will foster deeper emotional bonds and more loving connections.  

Trainors: Dr. Sue Johnson (bio) & Gail Palmer (bio)
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

Learn more here.
RSVP here, and follow the steps.

This event is facilitated by the Greater Toronto EFT Community. For more information contact Robin Williams Blake or Robin Hellendoorn at eftgta@yahoo.com

Lecture with Panel Discussion to Follow l  Cash Bar

Date: Wednesday April 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles St. West. Suite 100, Kitchener Ontario

Presented by: Dr. Sharon Hoover, PhD

Description: Dr. Hoover shares her research in the area of multi-tiered supports for students exposed to trauma. Following her talk, Dr. Hoover will join four local social work and education experts for a discussion about the practical implications of a trauma-informed approach at schools in the Waterloo Region.

RSVP here.

For more information contact:  Lynne Jordan @ ljordan@wlu.ca / 519-884-0710 ext 5265 or visit wlu.ca/news.

Psychological Trauma: Level I
Dates: Friday April 20, Saturday April 21, 
& Friday June 22, Saturday June 23, 2018

This interactive workshop brings together a team of experienced clinicians to provide a practical, skills-based approach to the office-based treatment of patients suffering from a range of effects of psychological trauma. Unresolved traumatic experience can have many expressions.  Therefore, understanding components of attachment, mentalizing, dissociation, affect regulation, addictions, and refugee trauma enables therapists of any discipline to feel more effective.  This is especially so when working with individuals who have suffered chronic trauma and also relevant for acutely traumatized patients. 

Speakers: Clare Pain, Lisa Andermann, with Janina Fisher & other Guest Faculty
Times: Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturdays 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (all 4 days to be attended)
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  

Learn more here.
RSVP here.

IASP Annual Conference
Date: April 28, 2018

Learning Objectives: 
1.  To learn to shift one’s clinical frame of reference to one based on the higher-order construct of the needed analytic relationship.
2. To learn nine principles which sustain the analytic process viewed as the progressive co-creation of needed relationships. 
3. To learn through clinical examples what it means to meet the patient and to contour one’s interventions to the patient, the state of the system, and the analytic moment.
4. To develop a beginning understanding of two of the advanced concepts that grow out of this framework: a) the forward edge of the relational unconscious; and b) the principle of necessity as the primary driver of the analytic process

Speaker: Steven Stern
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 1H8
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Dates: Friday May 11, 2018 & Saturday May 12, 2018

*Discover the research evidence for the benefits of presence, compassion, and self-compassion in psychotherapy and in life.
*Be able to practice presence and self-compassion techniques during therapy and in life to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
*Experience how self-compassion alleviates self-criticism and shame.
*Help clients and patients cultivate mindful presence and self-compassion skills.

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: YWCA, 87 Elm St., Toronto, ON

Speakers: Dr. Chris Germer (bio) & Dr. Shari Geller (bio)

Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Mind-Body-Spirit Conference 2018
Creating Sacred Spaces in Psychotherapy

Dates: Friday June 8 & Saturday June 9, 2018

This is a Mind-Body-Spirit Conference to celebrate holistic psychotherapy and integrative healing in the field of mental health and addictions. Here's your opportunity to connect and study with like-minded therapists who want to bring the best of mind-body-spirit approaches to clinical practice.

The conference will be of special interest to Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurses, and Psychotherapists.

Location: Ramada Plaza, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2C5

Register here.


Upcoming Workshops - Spring 2018

Mission: Empowerment! provides professional development and personal development workshops and events that educate, transform, inspire and empower.
Our mission is two-fold:
1.  To empower individuals to reach their fullest potential and achieve their dreams in all life areas; &
2.  To assist helping professionals to become more effective at empowering their clients to make positive changes in their lives.

We holds all events in Southwestern Ontario (typically Stratford or Kitchener) in convenient locations with lots of FREE parking, and removed from the traffic headaches of the big city!

Here are upcoming events that OASW members may want to know about, learn more here.

Leading Edge Seminars Inc.  

We still have plenty of workshops this fall that will inspire and rejuvenate your work with clients.

Leading Edge Seminars for social workers:
• Essential Skills of Supervision and Staff Management with Lawrence Shulman
• CBT workshops on insomnia and treating victims of interpersonal violence
• Healing Developmental Trauma: Attachment-Focused Interventions for Children, Teens, and Their Families
• And more!

Visit www.leadingedgeseminars.org to see full workshop descriptions and to register.


FDRIO offers new professional designations, exciting conference and new opportunities for OASW members
With the increase in people unrepresented in court, more separating couples are seeking out of court dispute resolution. FDRIO, Ontario’s new organization for family dispute resolution professionals is focused on building capacity and expertise in the FDR field. Its progressive professional designations, monthly webinars, diverse membership, exciting conferences and other professional events offer much for OASW members who are interested in growing their FDR practices. The work done by social workers is a huge part of family dispute resolution! Here are upcoming events that OASW members may want to know about, learn more here.