July 2019

Cyber Counselling Online Level 1


Dates:
July 5 - September 27, 2019
Time: 12 Weeks Total (time commitment of 3-5 hours per week, with weekly homework deadlines).
Location: Online
Instructors: Paul Parnass, MSW, RSW; Lawrence Murphy, MA; and  Sue Allen, MSW.

Description: 
Participants will improve their online counselling skills and professionalism. The course is highly interactive and personal with a low student/teacher ratio. Online group and dyadic processes are used so that the entire course is a forum to practise text-based communication skills. Participants from around the world will study and discuss assigned readings, learn about and use secure e-mail and chat technology, practise a diverse range of therapeutic communication skills and tools, engage in role-play, and receive clinical feedback once each Module.

The course employs a "practitioner-researcher" model and covers the three areas that are essential to the provision of professional, ethical, and effective online counselling services:

  • Enhancing the therapeutic alliance online
  • Ethical and practical issues, including a focus on video counselling
  •  Technological knowledge and skills


To learn more or to RSVP click here.

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August 2019

EMDR Child Specialist Intensive Program Level 1


Dates: August 11-15, 2019
Time: Thursday through Sunday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto , ON
Instructor: Ana M. Gomez

Description: This intensive-week long training  clinicians will learn advanced skills and practice under the direction of Ana Gomez, the HOW TOs of EMDR therapy with children. This training will teach in depth case conceptualization using the AIP (Adaptive Information processing) model, attachment theory, affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and the polyvagal theory. In addition, preparation strategies and EMDR games that will provide children with a solid foundation to face traumatic material will be thoroughly presented. This level is recommended for clinicians starting to use EMDR with children or clinicians that need the foundational skills.
 
To learn more or to RSVP click here.

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September

Calming the Emotional Storm:  Using DBT To Treat Emotional Dysregulation Disorders

 
Dates: September 23 & 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM -  4:00 PM
Facilitator: Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
Location: Barrie Golf & Country Club, 635 St. Vincent St. N, Barrie, Ontario

Description:
Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need. In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.

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October 2019

Getting Unstuck: Processing Trauma-Induced Guilt and Shame


Date:
October 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Festival Inn, 1144 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW

Description:
For decades the therapeutic work of PTSD was processing 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. 

In this workshop we will define guilt and shame and outline their similarities and differences.  We will review the different subtypes of both emotions.  We will review how we organize our conversations with clients and how we help clients face the unspoken needs and dilemmas that drive the guilt and shame experience.

To learn more or to RSVP click here.

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November 2019

Certificate in Trauma: Counselling for Mental Health
Professionals (6 Day Course): Level 1 Trauma Certificate


Dates:
 November 4-5; November 18-19 & November 25-26, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Daily)
Location: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute, 114 Maitland Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1E1
Facilitator: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW. 

Description:
In this certificate program, you will be given the most current information on the biopsychosocial phenomenon of trauma and training in how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients, given the parameters of the workplace. You will also examine how workers and organizations are affected by an respond to working with traumatized individuals and develop trauma-informed approaches to work that enhance personal and professional resilience.

The trauma issues experienced by adult clients/consumers may include: early childhood trauma, violent crime, sexual assault, domestic violence, work related trauma, motor vehicle accidents, medical trauma and on-going pervasive developmental arrests. 

To learn more or to RSVP click here.



Learn More

What is the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund?
If you are a registered social worker or social service worker who has recently completed a professional development (PD) activity, you may be eligible for an up to $500 reimbursement. The aim of the Fund is to provide reimbursement to registered social workers and social service workers in good standing who complete professional development (PD) activities that;

  • Advance their knowledge and skills.
  • Advance and integrate knowledge and skills into professional practice.
  • Contribute effectively and efficiently within social service and health care systems.
  • Support the government’s priorities in caring for vulnerable populations and their complex needs. 
    • Violence Against Women (including domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment);
    • Individuals with Developmental Disabilities;
    • Aboriginal Populations;
    • French Language Services;
    • Healthier Populations - including mental health;
    • Equity & Inclusion; and
    • Poverty Reduction.     

Eligibility and Application Information:

  • Be a registered member, in good standing, of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
  • Applications must be submitted within 90 days after the completion date of the PD activity.
  • Applicants are limited to one application for one PD activity to a maximum of $500 per funding year.
  • Proof of payment and successful completion of PD activity is required at the time of application. 
  • Funding is not guaranteed. 


To apply for the fund, please visit www.swsswpdf.org.

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