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Current events related to the field of Social Work

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

 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
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.  

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


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
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: 

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


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

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

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.

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshops 
Barrie (with Margaret Nelson):  October 27-30 - 2017 RSVP.

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 

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
 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)

*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!

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

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 

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.

Acceptance & Change in Psychotherapy: Working with Emotion  
Date: December 1-2, 2017

Presenters: Dr. Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D.,
C. Psych & Dr. Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.,
Location: Toronto Central Grosvenor Street, YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2VA
Learn more here.
RSVP here.
Hosted by: Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH)


New Certificate
Module 1: October 26-27, 2017
Module 2: November 23-24
Module 3: December 14-15

Each Module runs from 9:00Am - 4:00 PM

The opioid crisis is affecting many working in the community, as they face the ethical and professional dilemmas that come with working with people at risk of opioid dependence and overdose.  As naloxone becomes promoted and available as an immediate front-line response to overdose, health care professionals are increasingly expected to be aware of this tool as part of their duties in working in health care and social services settings.  While training in how to use naloxone is available, administering any drug is outside the scope of practice of most professionals (except MDs, pharmacists, dentists, and nurses, depending on designation and the drugs to be administered). Professionals who are required to intervene, as a part of their employment, need reliable information to make informed decisions about how best to proceed in an emergency situation.

This program has been developed to address, this growing need. It will provide information to frontline workers and teams working in the community in a variety of settings.  The program will explore ways of supporting people who use drugs, as well as information on how to prevent, recognize and respond to opioid overdoses.

Delivered by:
Samim Hasham, BSc. Pharm (Hons), MMngt, CDE, PharmD, BCMAS (Candidate)
Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW
And Faculty Guests
Learn more here.
RSVP here.
Certificate Tuition - $792.03 +HST


“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 

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
Learn more about this workshop and others 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.

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


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