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Current events related to the field of Social Work
HPCO's 2017 Annual Conference
"Accessing Compassionate Care in Ontario - Hospice Palliative Care Across the Continuum", 2017 Hospice Palliative Care Annual Conference. Widely recognized as a preeminent education and networking event for the hospice palliative care and broader health care sectors, HPCO's annual conference has earned a reputation for exceptional educational value.  
Date: Sunday, April 23 to Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario.  
Registration & Information: www.conference.hpco.ca.

"Vulnerability As Courage in Social Work Groups: An Interactive Workshop" with Ivana Mitchhell, RSW, RSW, CDWF.
Facilitating social work groups can be a rewarding, challenging, and inspiring experience. Often full of vulnerability, struggle and growth, much is placed on the facilitator’s ability to connect with participants and guide the process of relationship building, resiliency, and positive change. This interactive workshop provides social work group facilitators with a theoretical introduction to vulnerability as well as specific tools/exercises designed to create safety amongst group participants. Adapted from The Daring Way™ - a psycho-educational workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown – the workshop will end with dialogue on how to use self as a model of courage, healthy boundaries, and connection.
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West, Room 4414, Toronto
Register here.
See PDF for more information. For accessibility accommodations please contact info@oasw.org.

Resilience Focused Marriage & Family Therapy
The Resilience Focused Counselling model is based in Adlerian Psychology and then expands upon this model by integrating it with the Resilience research and other positive, well-being approaches to counselling and therapy. The goal of therapy is viewed as increasing the clients overall mental health or resilience capacity rather than to merely decrease or control presenting conflicts and symptoms.

Speakers: Monica A. Nicoll, Ph.D. & William G. Nicoll, Ph.D.
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Brampton Courtyard Marriott, 90 Biscayne Cres., Brampton.
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Questions regarding the event/registration email lindsay@daltonassociates.ca.

The Counselling Group Annual General Meeting
The Counselling Group is providing another exciting opportunity for counsellors, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians, students, and those interested in new ways to work with clients around issues of loss and bereavement. Dr. Lorraine Hedtke MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Ph.D, teaches throughout the US and internationally. She is the founder of The Fabula Center, a counselling and training center in California, and a professor of a graduate counselling program at California State University San Bernardino. For more information visit our website.
Speaker: Loraaine Hedtke, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Ph.D
Date: Monday, May 8th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Ave, Ottawa.

Ontario Walk-in Counselling Clinic Symposium
Hosted by the Windz Institute, a division of ROCK Centre of Learning
Come together to share your ideas, knowledge and learnings about walk-in counselling services.

Dates: May 11 & 12, 2017
Location: Holiday Inn, Oakville Centre, 590 Argus Rd, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3J3
Call for Proposals: Due January 16th, 2017
Body Image and Self-Esteem Conference
Date: Thursday May 11, 2017 & Friday May 12, 2017
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto
Learn more here.
Click here to register.

Spring into Self Care: Improve Resilience and Prevent Compassion Fatigue
This evidence-based workshop offers theory with experiential and reflective activities to allow helping professionals and caregivers to develop a personal plan to build resilience and address the known factors that contribute to compassion fatigue. Spring into Self Care is an educational and restorative experience designed to provide new and seasoned professionals alike with practical tools to care for themselves so that they may thrive and continue to provide excellent care to their clients.
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Frantastic Cafe, 229 Brock St. North, Whitby, ON
RSVP here. ** Space is limited.

Family Health Team Mental Health Networking and Education Event 2017
This informative and engaging event for Mental Health providers working with patients from Family Health Teams will be in the beautiful city of Stratford this year! 
Dates: Thursday, May 25 & Friday, May 26, 2017
Location: Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario

2nd International Emotion-Focused Therapy Symposium:  Transforming Emotions
The International Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy (IsEFT) is pleased to announce an exciting two day conference updating clinicians about the latest developments in emotion-focused therapy. The conference consists of plenary sessions with smaller workshop presentations. International authors and experts in emotion-focused therapy will be presenting. The emotion-focused therapy clinic affiliated with York University will be handling registration. We would appreciate your assistance in forwarding this information to other mental health professionals. 

For more details click herePlease forward any questions to yupc@yorku.ca
Location: Northrop Frye Hall, University of Toronto Campus (St. George Campus, Toronto), 73 Queen's Park Crescent East. 
Dates: June 19 & 20, 2017
Fees: $395.00 (includes lunch for both days);  $295.00 student fee with valid student identification. 
39th Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference
Speakers: Rahim Thawer, Ignacio Rivera, Karen Blair and special guest Troy Grennan.
Theme: Pain is one of the most unifying and universal of human conditions. Be it physical, emotional, or psychic, pain intensifies many of our experiences and makes them remarkable. Pain is often misunderstood to be solely negative. As much as pain can be a banter, a warning signal, or a remnant of trauma, for many it is also a source of pleasure, a site of empowerment, and a catalyst for transcendence. At this year's conference, we embrace a wide interpretation of pain to represent the diverse spectrum of human experiences.

Date: Thursday June 22 & Friday June 23, 2017
Location: Rozanski Hall, Guelph - Ontario
RSVP here.
We have a block of rooms reserved for the Guelph Sexuality Conference at the Holiday Inn, y
ou can also choose to stay in our On Campus Accommodations
or explore other hotel options in Guelph at  Guelph Tourism.

Cast Canada Presents: Grouding Trauma - Thrive
Featuring: Dr. Adele Diamond, University of British Columbia Educational Innovator (Adele's TEDtalk).
Theme: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how children’s minds change as they grow up, interrelations between that and how the brain is changing, and environmental and biological influences on that. Our lab specializes in studying a region of the brain known as prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the cognitive abilities that depend on it called executive functions. Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' and flexibly adjusting to unexpected change (cognitive flexibility & creative problem-solving), reasoning and mentally playing with and relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations, resisting distractions, and staying focused (self-control, discipline, & selective attention).

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Location: The Centurion Conference Centre, Ottawa, ON
RSVP here.