Revitalize and Thrive - A self-care and empowerment series for social workers

Revitalize & Thrive: A Self-Care & Empowerment Series for Social Workers

This free online series will bring OASW members and social workers together during Social Work Week and National Social Work Month to explore the many facets of self-care that can uplift us in our work and our lives, opening doors to an empowered and revitalized practice. Join us throughout March to explore ways to step up and own your space, show up authentically in your work, unlock the power of creativity for self-care, and build resilience and wellness in fast-paced and challenging world.

Unlocking Your Potential: Assertiveness Training for Social Workers

Friday, March 1 @ 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET | Online
Open to all social workers across Ontario!

Samantha Roberts, Therapist and Facilitator, Psych Company

Social workers across Ontario are invited to join us for this valuable training designed to help you unlock your full potential, opening doors to a happier, more fulfilling life. Join Samantha Roberts to explore concepts, tools and approaches to improve your assertiveness and communication skills, and understand how this can translate into quality care for yourselves and your clients. Walk away with increased confidence to set and maintain boundaries and communicate your needs with dignity and respect.

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Owning Our Stories and Voices: Creative Writing for Self-Care

Friday, March 8 @ 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET | Online
OASW Member Exclusive

Asifa Sheikh and Sophia Apostol, Firefly Creative Writing

Join us to explore ways to own our voices and stories through creative writing. This can be used as a tool for empowerment, a moment to pause, and a way to refresh our drive to create positive change in our communities. Through short, guided exercises, you will learn to move your stories onto the page, with opportunities to share and receive supportive, inspiring feedback in a welcoming space. Facilitators will lead with intention, centering the lived experiences of participants and working from a diverse framework of voices. No writing experience needed.

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Building Authenticity: Creating Deeper Connections with Ourselves and Others

Wednesday, March 13 @ 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET | Online
OASW Member Exclusive

Mitch Evans, Registered Social Worker, ShiftCollab

Join us to explore the power of authenticity, and how it can be leveraged to strengthen your skills both personally and professionally. Recognizing that self-awareness is critical to both wellbeing and success, this workshop will guide you through a process of understanding and articulating your individual story, including how your experiences connect and inform your motivations today. Walk away with concrete tools and increased clarity, paving the way to stronger and deeper connections with yourself and others.

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Fostering Digital Wellness in a Fast-Paced, Online World

Friday, March 22 @ 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET | Online
OASW Member Exclusive

Kate Dunn, Professor and Facilitator, Digitally Well Inc.

Join us to understand the concept of digital wellness and why it's crucial to protecting your sense of clarity, focus and connection. Learn more about how our use of technology impacts us on physical, mental and emotional levels, and how this contributes to stress, overload, burnout, and lost time. Explore how you can be more proactive in implementing healthy digital habits to protect your sense of peace and focus, enhance your productivity, and improve your overall state of mind.

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Opening Doors Through Music: Songwriting as Self-Care

Wednesday, March 27 @ 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET | Online
OASW Member Exclusive

Murray Foster, Toronto Songwriting School

Songwriting can be a profoundly therapeutic and empowering form of self-care, providing a safe and expressive outlet for emotions, allowing us to confront and process them in a creative way. Join Murray Foster of the Toronto Songwriting School, best known for his role in the bands Great Big Sea and Moxy Fruvous, to learn the basics of songwriting as a tool to make sense of complex emotions and find peace and solace in your own words. No songwriting or musical experience required.

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Learn More About Our Facilitators:

It is truly exciting to witness and help guide people through transformative times according to what matters for that individual. I have enjoyed over 23 years of direct clinical experience in interdisciplinary settings assisting clients with restoring function and returning to a life within their value systems. Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) since 2016, I have a passion for communication, empowerment and awareness in my practice. I have extensive experience within the CBT, ACT, DBT and functional based problem-solving paradigms. I also have formal training in Kinesiology and Yoga. The blend of both movement and stillness as healing tools is something else that I am passionate about teaching to my clients. After all, we cannot neatly separate the body from the brain and everything else that makes us, us. Because of this, I believe that an individualized, integrative approach to mental health yields the best results. Since there is no growth in our comfort zones, the change inherent in healing can be extremely uncomfortable and even prohibitive. The assistance provided through psychotherapy and life coaching can add much comfort and efficacy to this journey.

When Asifa found Firefly, she took great comfort in knowing there were people who believed in the power and beauty of language in the same way she did, and that she could live out that love within community. For over a decade, she has facilitated therapeutic groups for mothers and children who are healing from violence, and believed deeply in the power of small groups, but had never brought that love into her love of writing. Asifa believes that writing is about tapping into the fluid, unseen grace flowing through humanity, and sharing our gifts no matter what they look like. She loves working with writers who are looking for their voices, feeling nervous and tentative as she once did. She has a gentle and powerful presence rooted in her profound understanding of how to hold space for transformation.

Sophia's love of words and passion for personal transformation came together at Firefly. She could see how writing let her witness her life with greater compassion and gentleness. She could see how much power lay dormant in that forgotten creativity. Sophia brings her intrinsic mama bear warmth with her deep passion for words. She especially loves working with people who are new and nervous, not certain what the page will reveal, but ready to pick up a pen and find out… even if their hands are shaking.

Mitch Evans is a Registered Social Worker and psychotherapist who works primarily with individuals and couples to help support healthier relationships and establish a more meaningful existence. Over the last several years, Mitch has worked in a variety of diverse social service settings, focusing primarily on adult mental health. He has supported individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship issues. Mitch is passionate about exploring the complexities of modern relationships, and how we can create healthier outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones by understanding our emotional experiences, and the sources of our suffering.

Kate Dunn (she/her) is a workshop facilitator with Digitally Well Inc. and a professor with over 13 years of post-secondary teaching experience. She earned her M.A. in Sociology from Western University and a Hons. B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies from McMaster University. She obtained her certification in Unified Mindfulness (2022) and is a positive psychology enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, playing tennis, and spending time outdoors hiking with her husband and their dog, Harry.

Murray Foster is a Juno-nominated songwriter, producer, and performer with songwriting credits on multiple certified gold and platinum recordings. Best known for his role in the legendary Canadian bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea, he has a reputation as an insightful collaborator and a patient instructor and mentor to up-and-coming songwriters. After Great Big Sea retired in 2014, Murray founded Toronto Songwriting School and also began teaching at Seneca College's Independent Performing Songwriter program, where he continues to work as a Professor of Songwriting.

In addition to leading classes, workshops, and retreats for Toronto Songwriting School, Murray has been an enthusiastic participant in Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall’s Lullaby Project and the Lyrics and Legacies Project. In the Lullaby Project, pregnant women and new mothers work with professional musicians to write personal lullabies for their babies. The Lyrics and Legacies project pairs songwriters with seniors to turn their life stories into songs. This program empowers seniors, including residents with dementia, to leave a musical legacy with their loved ones that will last for years to come, telling their story in their own words and melodies.

Whether it’s helping a new songwriter find their voice or working on already existing material, Murray has a gift for nurturing the talent of others and pinpointing exactly how a song can be refined.