PACT - Understanding  & Healing Family-based Trauma and Loss: Facilitating & supporting permanence for children and families through adoption, kinship and customary care: 
2 Day Workshops

Date Options:  April 4-5; May 2-3; And June 3-4, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Daily
Location: The George Hull Centre for Children & Families, 81 The East Mall, Etobicoke, M8Z 5W3
Trainers: Judy Archer, MSW and Dianne Mathes, RSW
RSVP here.

Unified & Experiential Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (5 Day Training)

Dates:  March 25 through to March 29, 2019

Description: The 5-day intensive will take you through an experiential journey of the three waves of CBT combined systematically and coherently. The course provides a robust overview of techniques, protocols, session structure and learning strategies-all with hands-on practise. (Registration is open to those who have an independent practice or is a student working towards independent practice. CMHA staff should send or present with their ID proof).
Trainer: Dr. Sanjay Rao
Location: Best Western Plus City Centre, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario
Email: if you have any questions.
here. (Students and CMHA staff receive a discount, send email to  for discount code).

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:

IXT MIND: Integrated & Experiential Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Date: April 5, 2019 

 OCD is a complex condition with multiple features. Treatment success in OCD requires systematic and specific approaches with CBT.  This workshop covers the current DSM classification of OCD and related disorders as well as theories and models explaining causation. Participants see an overview of all treatment options (including medications) for OCD. Experience a step by step by step integrated and updated protocol for treatment of OCD with behavioural, cognitive and experiential techniques.

Trainer: Dr. Sanjay Rao 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: CMHA, 1355 Bank St. Ottawa, Unit 401 – Munich Room.
Email: if you have any questions.
RSVP here (Students and CMHA staff receive a discount, send email to for discount code).

Centre for MindBody Health: 8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course
Date: April 5, 2019 -  June 3, 2019

Time: Monday Evenings from 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM
*Except for Monday May 20, 2019.
**SILENT RETREAT INCLUDED on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Eglinton Ave. W. Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M4R 1A7

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

For more information or to register please contact: and/or call
416-855-2624 Ext 1

Total Cost for the Course: $800 (May be covered by extended healthcare plans.  Please check with your insurance provider about your coverage).

IASP Annual Conference
Date April 13, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S1H8 
Speaker: Daniel Hill, PhD, Psychoanalyst, Educator and a leading proponent of the Affect Regulation Model
Topic: "
Affect Regulation:  The Heart of Psychotherapy"

Learn more and RSVP click here.

Working With Emotion in Psychotherapy: The Transforming Power of Affect with Les Greenberg

Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW

 April 23 - 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Liberty North Barrie, ON

The workshop will begin with a discussion of the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction. The importance of working with automatically generated amygdala-based emotion will be emphasized. The use of process diagnosis in an emotion-focused approach to identify both adaptive and maladaptive emotions and primary and secondary emotions will be discussed. 

Learn more and RSVP

Don’t miss the early-bird deadline of March 23rd, 2019!

Resilience in Action Spring into Self Care
Date:  Friday, May 3, 2019 

 Full day workshop designed for professionals working on the front lines to help people through the most traumatic experiences that happen in life.

Instructor: Maureen Pollard
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Durham Corporate Centre, 105 Consumers Dr., Whitby, ON L1N 1C4
RSVP here. (Lunch Included)

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.

To learn more or to RSVP click


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'.

To learn more or to RSVP click


Mindfulness, Breath & Mediation for Trauma Recovery

Dates: June 1 - 2, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM -  4:00 PM
Exhale Therapy Services, 75 Edward Street, London, Ontario
Facilitator: Jen Thomson, MSW, RSW, RYT

To Register contact Jen Thompson @ or call 519.520.5654


Two day intensive training for clinicians and health care workers to learn how trauma impacts the individual mentally, physically and spiritually. You will learn practical skills using breath work, mindfulness, and mediation for trauma recovery and healing, etc...


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.


MAGentix Winter/Spring
Lineup 2019

For each 2019 workshop:
• Participants receive certificates of attendance
• Group and student rates are available 
• Special rates for groups of 10 or more. Please contact us directly.
• Discounts are available for participants who want to volunteer as seminar assistants 
• Sponsorship opportunities are available
• Attendees can apply to the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) to be reimbursed for up to $500 of eligible costs through the Professional Development Fund.
We look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 seminars! Visit MAGentix to join and learn more.

Upcoming in person public workshops in Ontario:

Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories 
Ottawa: March 22, 2019

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently 
Ottawa: March 21, 2019;  London: March 21, 2019
Thunder Bay: March 25, 2019 

Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours 
Toronto: March 27-28, 2019
& many more, click here to learn more.

ADLER: New! Online Certificate Programs

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
     Level 1: Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural       Foundations
     Level 2A: CBT with Mental Health & Addiction
     Level 2B: Advanced CBT with Complex Mental
     Level 2C: CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth

Certificate in DBT informed Practice
Certificate in Clinical Supervisor Training
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing 

Visit the Continuing Education Department for details or contact Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, Dean @

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.

To learn more or to RSVP click


Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshops
Ottawa: April 5 through to April  8, 2019
Plus a Life Stress Reduction Case Planning Workshop May 3, 4, 5, 6, 2019

Description: TIR is an effective technique in reducing, and often eliminating, the debilitating after-effects of injury, childhood trauma, bereavement, abuse, medical trauma, and any severe or shocking event. TIR can resolve traumatic stress and PTSD quickly and without negative side effects.

Ottawa Workshops will be delivered by Suzanne Franklin Duc, RP, MACP, Certified TIR and LSR Trainer at Reesor & Associates.
 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM Daily
Ottawa Location: 150 Isabella Street, Suite 215, Ottawa Ontario
RSVP by clicking on the hyperlink dates you want.

Cyber Counselling Online, Level 1
Date: April 5 - June 28, 2019

                25th Anniversary Special!!

Time: Three 4-week modules (12 weeks total)

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 also engage in hands-on text-based work with both synchronous (e.g., secure email) and asynchronous (e.g., chat) approaches.

OASW Members get 10% Discount
To learn more or to RSVP click here.

Date: April 12, 2019

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Refreshments will be served during mid-morning break). 
252 Bloor Street West, Room 5250, OISE, University of Toronto.
RSVP here.


-Manualization and the Vitality of Group Process;
-Sexual Education for Sexual Offenders; and
-Revisioning Trauma Recovery Groups within LGBTQ2S Communities

*Accessibility: Attendees who require accessibility accommodations should contact by March 29, 2019.  **Cancellation Policy: Requests for refunds will be accepted in writing ( until March 29, 2019.  A $15.00 handling fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued for cancellations thereafter. 

EMT (Eye Movement Technique): A Strategic Tool in Short Term Therapy

Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location:  Ambassador Hotel & Conference Center 1150 Princess St. Kingston, Ontario, K7M 9E3
Instructor: Stephane Migneault, Psychologist

 This training session allows psychosocial professionals to discover, experiment with, and master a technique to help clients quickly manage “negative” emotions associated with current or future situations.

To Learn more or to RSVP click here.

SOS Workshops 2019

April 29, 2019:
Internal Family Systems Model of Therapy: Treating Trauma & Addictions with Derek Scott, RSW, Founder of IFSCA

May 13, 2019:
Legal Essentials: Principals Governing Consent, Capacity, Confidentiality, Documentation, Mandatory Reporting & the Duty to Warn, Presented by Robert Solomon, LLB, LLM.

And many more....

Location of all workshops:
The Highland Country Club In London, ON.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Learn more and RSVP click here.

Canadian Association for Play Therapy
Annual General Meeting & Conference

3 Day Certificate Training Treating Anxiety Using Family Play Therapy, Yogo, Mediation and Mindfulness for Children and Families

Dates: May 3, 4  & 5, 2019

Location: Double Tree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton, 6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6
Presented by: Tina Lackner, BACYC, MSc, RP (CPT) (RCYT) (RT300)

Learn more and RSVP click here.
**Register by March 31st and take advantage of the $50 discount.

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Formation gratuite sur la traite à des fins d’exploitation sexuelle

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes et ses partenaires vous invitent les 14 et 15 mai 2019 à Sudbury à assister à cette formation
en français.

Qui devraient y participer ?

Les professionnels qui travaillent auprès des jeunes filles et des femmes (milieu scolaire, organismes communautaires, secteur juridique, policier
et hospitalier, sociétés de l’aide à l’enfance, organismes pour femmes, étudiants  de niveaux collégial et universitaire, etc.)

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Toronto 4 Day Externship in
Emotionally Focused Therapy

Dates: May 29 through to June 1, 2019

ICEEFT Trainers: 
Dr. Sue Johnson & Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT (Bios)

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2V5

Contact Robin Helledoorn (416-921-7115) or Robin Blake (416-526-9890) by phone or email to learn more.

here. (Each participant will receive a copy
of Sue Johnson's new 2019 book, Attachment Theory in Practice, on the first day of the training at registration).


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.

To learn more or to RSVP click


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.


*Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals: Level 1 Trauma Certificate
RSVP here.

*Motivational Interviewing (MI): Incorporate Miller and Rollnikès MI Techniques into Your Practice / RSVP here.

and much more...

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