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Current events related to the field of Social Work

Therapy Online: Level 1 Cybercounselling
Winter 2018 registration is now open!

Course will run from January 12th through April 19th 2018
Paul Parnass, Lawrence Murphy &  Sue Allen (bios)
Location: Online Course

Description: This course is for experienced counselling practitioners who want to offer professional, ethical online counselling to their clients. We cover video, live text-chat and email-style communications methods. You will engage in hands-on text-based work with both synchronous (e.g., secure email) and synchronous (e.g., chat) approaches.
Fits into your schedule*
•   three 4-week modules (12 weeks total)
•   completely online 
•   most assignments are asynchronous
*The course requires a time commitment of 5 to 7 hours per week. There are weekly homework deadlines.
Learn More here.
RSVP here.

Contact: research@sympatico.ca or (519) 831-9141.

Ananda Mental Health Workshops :
DBT: Beyond the Basics

Dates: Monday March 5 & Tuesday March 6, 2018 

In this workshop, Sheri will focus on how to use DBT strategies and skills to treat psychiatric illnesses other than borderline personality disorder, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, and issues such as anger, grief, and self-esteem.  She will also discuss challenges encountered by new DBT therapists, ideas to help therapists deal with client “resistance”, and techniques to help clinicians manage escalating emotions during the session.
This experiential and collaborative training will help expand your knowledge of DBT strategies and skills through lecture, role-play, and practical exercises.

* (pre-approved for MDPAC credits)

Speaker: Sheri Van Dijk
Location: Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie, Ontario
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Early Bird Rate:  $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by February 5th, 2018.
Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17) after February 5th, 2018



19th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference: "Collaborating Across Cultures."

Call for abstracts closes January 29, 2018
Abstract Guidelines.
Submit Abstract here.
Hosted by: uOttawa

Dates: June 1-2, 2018
Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON

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 

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.

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.

Ramada Plaza, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2C5
Register here.


(CAPT) presents a 3-day Certificate in Working with Adoptive/Foster Children in Play Therapy
Dates: Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 11th, 2018 


This three-day CAPT Certificate will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss, share and learn about the various systems that Play Therapists engage in when working with children in the child welfare system.
Learning Objectives: 
1. Review the various micro and macro systems that are involved with a child who is "in care".
2. Consider how the child/teen's apprehension experience contributes to their complex trauma history.
3. Identify how grief and loss can be prevalent and pervasive treatment themes.

*of interest to those who are new to play therapy who work 
with children in foster/kin and foster care.

Speaker: Theresa Fraser CCW, CYC-P, M.A., CPT-S, R.P.
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (all 3 days)
Location: Toronto, Ontario (TBA)
Learn more here.
RSVP here
or call Kip Sharpe at (519) 803 3534 or email @ kip@cacpt.com.


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. 

 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.