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Current events related to the field of Social Work

30th Annual School Social Work Symposium:  
Date: Monday October 26, 2017


Speaker:
 Cyndy Baskin, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
Topic: “Strong Helpers’ Teachings: The Value of Indigenous Knowledge in the Helping Professions”

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Leonardo Da Vinci Banquet Hall, 5732 Highway 7, Unit 33, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 3A2
RSVP here.



Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto

Interested in learning about FIFSW MSW Programs?
Learn more, RSVP for an on-campus information session @ the University of Toronto.
On-Campus Sessions for prospective MSW applicants
Dates:
September 21, 2017 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 548, 5th Floor
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 548, 5th Floor
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 5:00-6:30 p.m. Room 548, 5th Floor
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Room 548, 5th Floor


3 points of entry: 
(i) Two-Year MSW Full-Time Program; (ii) MSW Program with Advanced Standing; and (iii) Two-Year MSW-Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (ITR) Field of Study.  The course delivery for the MSW-ITR is a hybrid between online components and in-class components, as well as practicum placements that take place in a student’s own community. 

Description of MSW program: The overall aim of the MSW program is to prepare graduates who are ready to enter the field of their choice, after receiving a thorough grounding in the knowledge, values and skills common to all social workers.  The fields of study are built upon the expertise of core teaching faculty and have all been developed with the very active participation of partner agencies in each of the respective fields.  Students will participate in educational innovations such as simulated learning through our Simulation Lab and community-based courses to build practice skills.  


Location:
FIFSW, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Room 548, 5th Floor

RSVP 
here.


Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto

Interested in learning about FIFSW Ph.D Program?
Learn more, RSVP for an on-campus information session @ the University of Toronto.

On-Campus Sessions for prospective PhD applicants
Dates:
September 28, 2017 - 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  – Room 418, 4th Floor
October 12, 2017 – 12:00 -1:30 p.m. (EST) - Online Session - RSVP below
October 23, 2017 - 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Room 702, 7th Floor
November 6, 2017 - 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 346, 3rd Floor
November 14, 2017 - 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 218, 2nd Floor 

Description of the PhD Program:
  Doctoral education is critical to cultivating the scholars and leaders of future generations. The PhD program is committed to preparing strong researchers and educators for the field of social work.  The program is designed to deepen students’ knowledge, broaden their capacities, sharpen their vision, and enrich their commitment to social work.  Dr. Lin Fang, PhD Program Director, will host the session and cover admission requirements, program details, application procedures, and financial support.  Details are noted below: 


Location:
On-campus information sessions will be held at:  FIFSW, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto

RSVP 
here.

Online Session/Webinar for prospective PhD applicants:  
October 12, 2017 – 12:00 -1:30 p.m. (EST)
Register here.



 


Using DBT To Treat Emotional Dysregulation Disorders with Sheri Van Dijk (2 day DBT Intensive Workshop)
Dates: Thursday - Friday September 28 - 29, 2017

Dialectical behavior 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 and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy, 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.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need. In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnuot.

Location:
Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie, Ontario.
Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17)
RVSP or for more information, visit our website:  www.amhw.ca

New Ways for Families (2 Day Advanced Training)
Dates: Monday-Tuesday October 2 - 3, 2017

New Ways for Families® is a structured parenting skills method intended to reduce the impact of conflict on the children in potentially high-conflict divorce and separation cases. It can be used whenever a parent or the court believes one parent needs restricted parenting time (supervised, no contact, limited time), at the start of a case, or any time a parent requests it - including after the divorce. This method emphasizes strengthening skills for positive future behavior (New Ways), rather than focusing on past negative behavior – while still acknowledging it. It helps to protect children as their families re-organize in new ways after a separation or divorce, by teaching parents skills for long-term co-parenting. 

Presenters:
Tracey Lipp, RSW, MSW & Louise Vandenbosch, RSW, MSW
Location: 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener, ON
For more information or to register contact: Bill Smith, Service Coordinator – FCP Community Justice Initiatives @ bills@cjiwr.com / https://cjiwr.com or call 519-744-6549  x 110
(Early Bird Registration - $450 - After September 15, 2017 - $550) 
 

 

Trauma in the Mind’s Eye: 
Mitigating & Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks & Nightmares 
Date: Friday October 13th, 2017 
This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers who provide short-term (non psychotherapy) counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings. 


Speaker:
 Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW 
Location: The Highland County Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON 
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn more here.
RSVP here.


 

Specialty in Anxiety Management (SAM) Certificate 


The SAM Certificate Includes 3 days of Training:
Practical Treatments for Anxiety and Panic Attacks (APW)
Available Dates: October 7th or Wednesday October 18th, 2017
Mindful Meditation as Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, and Addiction (MMW)
Available Dates: September 23rd, or Thursday October 19th, 2017
Integrating the Science of Neuroplasticity Into Your Counselling (NPW)
Available Date: Wednesday November 1, 2017

The SAM certificate is a total of three days training (19.5 hours of continuing education credits) to be completed over a one year (2 Semesters) period. Single discounted payment for this 3-day SAM Certificate enables you to access your full $500.00 allocation from
SWSSWPDF. Workshops are best taken in the order listed, but is not mandatory.  Each workshop available to be taken separately.

Tuition Cost:
 $647.00 (+HST) (
Pre-register and save $100.00) 
Tuition Cost Per Certificate: $249.00 (+HST)
Location: GenesisSquared Counselling, 47 Queens Park Cres. E Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 (University of Toronto Campus Downtown).
To RSVP or for more information: GenesisSquared @ 1-800-699-3396 or online at Specialty in Anxiety Management (SAM)


Mindful Psychotherapy
Dates: Saturday October 14, Sunday October 15, 
Saturday November 4, Sunday November 5, 
& Saturday December 2, Sunday December 3, 2017

Develop clinical mindfulness skills grounded in emotion-focused psychotherapy essentials to enhance therapeutic alliances, empathic reflection, and therapeutic presence in all psychotherapy modalities
This 6-day skills-based workshop focuses on the fundamentals of clinically applying and teaching mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy.  Bill Gayner's Mindful Psychotherapy approach transposes the sophisticated, pragmatic Buddhist approach of Recollective Awareness Meditation into a psychologically-based modality. 

Speakers: Bill Gayner with Jeanne Watson
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day (all 6 days to be attended)
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  
Learn more here.
RSVP here



The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) is offering the following in-person public workshop in Ontario:

Brief Focused Counselling Skills – Strategies from Leading Frameworks 
Toronto: October 17-18, 2017;  London: October 18-19, 2017; Ottawa: October 19-20, 2017
Refugees and Trauma – Understanding and Supporting Resilience 
Mississauga: November 1 & 2, 2017
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ 
Ottawa: November 7, 2017;  London: November 8, 2017;  Toronto: November  9, 2017; Thunder Bay: November 24, 2017
Critical Incident Group Debriefing 
Ottawa: November 20, 2017;  London: November 21, 2017;  Toronto: November 22, 2017
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training 
Toronto: November 27-29, 2017
Resilience in Children – Creative Strategies for Helping 
Mississauga: November 28-29, 2017;  Ottawa: November 29-30, 2017
Borderline Personality Disorder – Understanding and Supporting 
Ottawa: December 11, 2017;  Thunder Bay: December 11, 2017;  London: December 12, 2017; Toronto: December 13, 2017

To learn more and register click here.


Self-Compassion & Emotional Resilience
Date: October 20, 2017
For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. However, research psychologists have identified several downsides to the endless pursuit of self-esteem such as ego-defensiveness, constant social comparisons and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering all the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides. This workshop is intended for professionals who want to learn self-compassion skills that they can integrate into their work life and teach to clients. It is also appropriate for anyone who wants to develop more self-compassion in their personal life.

Presenter: 
Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON
Registration: 
1) To register online and pay with credit or debit, click here 
2) To register and pay with cheque or email money transfer, click here to download the registration form and follow the instructions on the form.
Early Registration Fee: $225 + HST (by Sept 19) Regular Registration Fee: $250 + HST (Group Rates Available / Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments).


Mission: Empowerment! holds all events in Southwestern Ontario (usually Stratford or Kitchener) at venues with lots of FREE parking, and removed from the traffic headaches of the big city! Visit Mission: Empowerment's for all upcoming workshops/events, click here.

 


Hakomi Experiential Training
Dates: Saturday - Sunday October 21 - 22, 2017

 Are you a seeking a way to help your clients connect more fully with themselves? Have you sometimes wished your work was more nourishing for you?

Hakomi is a mindfulness-based approach to self-understanding. Much more than a therapeutic method or set of techniques, Hakomi is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive, humorous and respectful. It is an approach that is used by psychotherapists and bodyworkers, teachers, social workers, and other supporting professionals. It’s a relatively fast and effective method which helps to gently reveal and transform underlying beliefs and habitual patterns that organize how someone experiences life. These beliefs and patterns can often limit one’s ability to experience life fully. The word “Hakomi” is from the Hopi Indian culture, and has been borrowed to describe the distinctive approach to body-inclusive psychotherapy developed in the USA by therapist and author Ron Kurtz, who began this work in the 1970s.  Hakomi ProSkills is specifically designed for those experienced in a helping profession. The training is provided over 18 days, in 3-5 day increments over 18 months. 

Location:
 553 Queen St. West
RSVP: Contact Lisa Rumble, M.Ed, RSW at 416-537-3080 or email lisa.rumble22@gmail.com / www.torontohakomi.org
Cost: is $350

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshops 
Barrie (with Margaret Nelson):  October 27-30 - 2017 RSVP.
Ottawa (with Suzanne Duc):  October 20-23 - 2017 RVSP.

Learn a powerful, evidence-based, set of techniques for resolving the impact of traumatic events. 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.

Hosted by: Margaret U. Nelson, MEd, RP, Certified TIR Facilitator and Senior Trainer 

“Show Me” workshop
Dates: Ottawa Thursday - Friday October 26-27, 2017

Dates: Toronto Monday - Tuesday October 30-31, 2017

How often do you leave a workshop feeling inspired but unsure how to do anything different in your next session? We know from educational research that lasting learning and change are more likely to result from active experience and doing than from book knowledge alone. If we apply this idea to psychotherapy, we need to consider that talk therapy by itself is not always best therapy. The phrase, “action-packed CBT” describes a therapeutic approach that combines talk with active learning experiences embedded into each session. It is designed to make therapy more effective and to promote faster client change.

This workshop includes: Interactive writing/drawing, imagery, role playing and behavioural experiments both in and outside the office to test out beliefs or to try new behaviors. A brainstorming section in the afternoon of the second day helps therapists discover how a variety of creative methods can be derived from these basic actions. Padesky guides workshop participants to develop a model over the course of the two days to help decide when to employ action approaches, when listening and talk are the best interventions, and what types of action are best suited to particular therapy purposes and goals.


Presented by:
Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D, a global leader in CBT training.
Learn more 
here.
RSVP 
here.


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.




Through the Eyes of Children and Teens: Fostering Post-Traumatic Growth and Resiliency In A Traumatic World.
Dates: November 6-7, 2017

This two day workshop offers clinicians practical strategies for selecting evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments and assessment tools for use with traumatized children and adolescents. In order to help reduce the burdens on busy mental health practitioners, this workshop will offer clinicians a simplified training package aimed to help them become more effective in treating trauma, building resilience and facilitating recovery.


Presented by:
Joddie Walker
Time: TBA
Location:
 TBA
Learn more about this workshop and others here.

RSVP 
here.


Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy
Date: November 9-10, 2017

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFT-M) is a practice which encourages the exploration of difficult thoughts and emotions in meditation and in life, in contrast to other meditation practices where there is a tendency to interrupt emotional processes by putting thoughts aside to concentrate on bodily sensations. EFT-M can help us to better navigate difficult emotions, decrease suffering, increase happiness, and empower us to live in alignment with our deepest values. Rather than feeling better, the emphasis is on getting better at feeling, so that our feelings can guide us rather than overwhelm us...

Who Should Attend?

Any helping professional who provides some form of counselling and would like to gain mindfulness tools and strategies to use with clients.  This workshop is also appropriate for anyone who wants to develop mindfulness practices in their personal life.


Presented by:
Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW, Originator of EFT-M
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:
 Best Western PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Learn more here.
Early-Bird Cost: $349 + 13% HST = $394.37 (by October 8, 2017)

RSVP 
here.
*Sponsored in part by OASW Midwestern Branch.  **Note! The first ten people to register online using promotional code OASWMW will get a $100 discount thanks to OASW Midwestern!


TRAUMA INFORMED SOLUTIONS FOR POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS”
Date: November 10, 2017

Trauma Recovery:  Processing Guilt & Shame

For decades, the therapeutic work of PTSD was to process fear, helplessness and horror. Recently the DSM has expanded the definition of PTSD to include guilt and shame. Evidence-based research indicates that unprocessed/ unresolved guilt and shame are risk factors for developing and maintaining PTSD symptoms as well as compromising the healing process for clients with Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma... 

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is designed for mental health professionals. This includes social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, chaplains, and other social service and health care professionals.


Presented by:
Natalie Zlodre 
Location: 5627 Main Street (Remax Building), Room #105 on lower level, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 5Z3
Learn more here.

RSVP 
here.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 PM


To Err is Human:
Therapists Mistakes and Therapeutic Opportunities
Date: Monday November 13th, 2017
This workshop examines the underlying issues that most often contribute to therapist error and explores how what drives us to do this work can also lead to “mistakes of the heart.”


Speaker: Dr. Janina Fisher
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Highland County Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON
Learn more here.
RSVP here.



OAMFT Annual Conference
Treating the Invisible Wounds of Sociocultural Trauma: 

Dates: November 17-18, 2017

This day long workshop will introduce the Multicultural Relational Perspective as an approach to working effectively with clients whose lives have been maligned by the invisible wounds of socio-cultural trauma. Specific strategies for addressing the hidden trauma wounds associated with marginalization, oppression, and stigma will be provided. Special attention will be devoted to an examination of critical Self of the Therapist issues that may facilitate or impede effective engagement and treatment with oppressed clients. The workshop will be didactic with experiential features.

Speaker: 
Dr. Kenneth Hardy
Time: TBA
Location: Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd, Etobicoke, ON
Learn more here.
RSVP here.



Acceptance and Change in Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy
Dates: December 1-2, 2017

In this workshop, two master therapists and trainers coming from two different approaches, Kelly Koerner from a Behavioural and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy background and Leslie Greenberg from a Humanistic and Emotion Focused Therapy background, will discuss and present their views on acceptance and change in working with emotion. Working with clients will be demonstrated in videos with clients; modeling role-play and practice will help you incorporate the concepts and therapeutic skills into every day clinical practice.


Presenters:
Dr. Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D., C. Psych. & Dr. Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location:
 YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON
Learn more here.

RSVP 
here.
EARLY BIRD RATE UNTIL OCTOBER 18, 2017!


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.