Hero's Journey:
A Framework in the Treatment of Men Experiencing Trauma and/or Addiction. Giving Heroic Purpose to Men's Struggle with Shame, Vulnerability & Fear

Date:  February 1, 2019

Description: Grounded within narrative therapy tradition, this workshop offers a constructive way to break down negative self-narrative and move to a more positive and realistic narrative. Together the group will be identifying current cultural stereotypes that reinforce unrealistic males’ expectations about self and interfere/stop with the therapeutic process. 
Facilitator: Michel Jones, MSW, RSW, RP.
 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PM
Location: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute, 114 Maitland Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1E1


The Self-Connection Workshop

Dates:  February 8-10, 2019

Trainors: Tim Sitt  & Simone L'Abbé
Check in time: 2:00 PM Friday - Check out time: 3:00 PM Sunday
Location: Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre.  1 Bethel Road, Paris, ON N3L 3E3
Description: The Self-connection workshop is an opportunity to deepen one’s connection to one’s Self and begin the new year rooted in resources, strengths and love that exist within you. The retreat consists of 7 Learning modules and 3 yoga classes over 3 days.

To RSVP or learn more about the retreat click here.

*Private room: $650
*Shared room with one other person: $600

(Instruction, meals and accomodations are all included in the price).

Understanding & Treating Eating Disorders: From Detection to Core CBT Interventions

Date:  March 4 & 5, 2019

Work Shop Objectives: Provide a comprehensive review of eating disorder presentations, diagnostic issues, and assessment protocols; Present up-to-date research on the biosocial causes of eating disorders; Implementing and negotiating treatment contracts; Describe core cognitive strategies to target negative core beliefs about food, body weight, and shape; & Introduce behavioural strategies including monitoring of meals and conducting food exposures.
Speaker: Anita Federici
Location: Barrie Golf & Country Club
To register or for more information visit www. amhw.ca.

Early Bird Rate:  $429.00 + HST  (February 4, 2019)
Regular Rate: $449.00 (all registrations include lunch & refreshments)


5th Annual Trauma & Attachment Conference
Featuring keynote speaker: Dr. Rachel Yehuda

 March 29-April 2, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM Registration; Conference Events 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada

Description: Join us to learn about leading approaches for treating trauma and promoting post-traumatic growth. This comprehensive conference is designed to take your trauma treatment skills to a deeper level and will cover a range of topics. Pick from three 3 Streams: Core Stream; Advanced Stream; & Conjoint Conference Event
1, 3, and 5 day registration options available.

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Self-Compassion & Emotional Resilience

Instructor: Kristin Neff, PhD
 May 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Best Western Plus, The Arden Park Hotel, 522 Ontario St., Stratford, ON

Participants of this one-day workshop will learn some of the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)* program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. The workshop is intended for professionals who want to learn skills 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.

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Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice: Understanding & Treating Insecure Adult Attachment

Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW

 June 6 &7, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Best Western Plus, The Arden Park Hotel, 522 Ontario St., Stratford, ON

This workshop will present a model of therapy and interventions for helping professionals to assist clients recognize their unconscious models of relationships, to develop greater security through the therapeutic relationship and to risk new and healthy interactive patterns in present relationships.  Attendees will also develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in their therapeutic work with clients.

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*Certificate for New Supervisors: Develop & Enhance YOur Supervisory Skills in Health & Human Services;
* Certificate in Mindfulness to Support Mindful Families & Resilient Children;
*Advanced Clinical Trauma Level 2 Certificate; &
Much more...

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LAMP Training the Neurobiology of Trauma Following Sexual Assault

Date:  February 1, 2019

Goals: To increase participants understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain and biology, and to increase awareness of physiological processes in trauma survivors’ presentation and challenges. A primary goal of this training is to use knowledge gained on the neurobiology of trauma to inform effective approaches for working with survivors of trauma in the direct aftermath of a traumatic event, such as a sexual assault or domestic violence incident.

Presenter: Lori Gill, RP, CTS
 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, 70 Westchester Avenue, St. Catharines, ON


4-Day Training Workshop in Traumatic Incident Reduction

Dates:  February 23-24, 2019 & March 2-3, 2019

Trainor: Daniel Ferguson BA., M. Div., B.Ed, Certified TIR Trainer
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM daily
Location: 21 College Street, Suite 610, 6th Floor (Yonge & College), Toronto, ON

RSVP here for February/March 2019 Dates

To learn about other training and workshops visit TIR.org

**For any questions regarding these workshops please call or email Daniel Ferguson at 416-209-1264, danielfergusontir@gmail.com


York University: Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic

Trainer: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty
Dates: March 6, 7 & 8, 2019 
Location: @ York University, Keele Campus

This workshop will offer:

- Rationale for using EFT in treating EDs
- Instruction in Emotion Focused Therapy techniques as applied to Eating Disorders
- Application of emotion focused techniques to enhance motivation for recovery
- Illustrative clinical vignettes
- Experiential practice

Registration form click here.

3 day Fee: $695.00; 2 day fee $495.00

Play Therapy Workshop for Trauma, Loss & Attachment Challenges

Presenters: Dr. N. Ridel Bowers, RSW, PhD, Cpt/Rpt-S & Cont. Ed. Provider Nancy Rumble, MSc, MSW, RSW
Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Thrive, 460 Main St. Hamilton, ON, L8N 1K4, Suite 200

Limited Space Available

To RSVP email: nawal.behih@thrivechildandyouth.ca

Trauma in the Mind's Eye: Mitigating & Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks & Nightmares
Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW
 May 24, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Festival Inn, 1144 Ontario St., Stratford, ON

Participants Will Learn: Effective interventions that target source traumatic memories; An overview of evidenced-based treatment (CBT, CPT, PET, IRRT); How fear hijacks cognition; Why people do what they do when they are overwhelmed; How people get 'stuck' and how to get them 'unstuck'; 3 techniques for processing 'horror'; & How to process 5 cognitive 'stuck points'.

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Mind-Body-Spirit Conference 2019: Creating Sacred Spaces in Psychotherapy

Dates:  June 7 & 8, 2019
Location: Downtown Toronto
Description: Our 2019 program theme is The Awakened Therapist, where you will be exploring the role of consciousness-raising in yourselves and the work you do. This year, we welcome Dr. Shefali Tsabary, known as "Oprah's favourite therapist",  as the keynote faculty.

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.