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NEWLY EXPANDED SEMINAR

Providing New Tools for Ethical Practice in an Era of Fiscal Restraint

with Merlinda Weinberg, PhD, MSW

September 19-26, 2016  | Online

About the Presenter

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. She has an MSW from Smith College in the US, and was a practising social worker for over 25 years before obtaining her PhD at OISE/University of Toronto. Research interests include ethics in social work practice, the construction of professional identity, gender and mothering, the impacts of managerialism and diversity on ethics, and the use of discourse analysis. Dr. Weinberg has published in a range of scholarly publications, and has both a website on ethics in the helping professions and a book entitled: Paradoxes in social work practice. Mitigating ethical trespass.

Dr. Weinberg is a superb and passionate educator, with students consistently rating her as the most effective teacher they have had. Her addresses are always highly regarded, and she has been the keynote speaker for both provincial and national social work organizations. For her research on ethics, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council shortlisted her as the top new researcher in Canada in 2009. She has recently been awarded a Senior Fellowship to research ethics in an international context in Durham England.

Seminar Summary

Do you experience a struggle between what you think it is right for you to do as a helping professional and what you feel able to do given fiscal constraints? Do you worry about whether you are delivering service users the best, given the intense pace of your work, extensive documentation, and pressure on efficiencies? Do you find the codes of ethics insufficient support to resolve the dilemmas that arise?

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg brings a fresh and distinctive approach that enriches and shifts students' and practitioners' notions of what constitutes ethical practice. This workshop will explain the context of these stressors and offer strategies to overcome the challenges. She explains the limitations of traditional approaches, and using case material, expands your repertoire of ways to think about the dilemmas that arise, leaving you feeling less isolated and more hopeful about the possibilities of quality practice and progressive social change. Further, she examines the use of power and how practitioners either support or resist inequities in helping relationships, with a view to helping you foster social justice for service users.

In this seminar you will:

  • Increase your understanding about why you are frustrated in the current environment.
  • Examine the codes of ethics and decision-making models to understand their utility and limitations.
  • Enrich your analytical toolbox for managing ethical issues.
  • Present practice strategies for enhancing your effectiveness as a practitioner.
  • Strengthen your sense of agency to act in ways consistent with your values.
  • Obtain information about a new website created for ongoing dialogues on ethics for helping professionals.
  • Learn about her new book that expands on the ideas in this workshop.

Seminar Format

This is a one-week online seminar. Course materials are presented as a multi-part video lecture, readings, and discussion questions within an online course site. You’ll engage with other participants and have the opportunity to ask questions of -- and receive responses from -- Dr. Weinberg.

Technical requirements: A computer with a high speed internet connection and an up-to-date browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) is required. The course site is both Mac and Windows-compatible. 

This seminar requires at least 5 hours of online work. Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the work. Basic technical skills are required, e.g. typing messages in an online forum, watching online videos, and navigating a website. 5 Continuing Education Credit hours.

 

Registration fee  $125
Registration will remain open until the course is full; register early to reserve your place.  
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ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Counselling Skills Level 1

October 17 - November 27, 2016  | Online

About the Presenters

Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW is a social worker, educator and therapist utilizing a collaborative, strengths-based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a supervisor and trainer. She is a full time clinician, working with individuals, couples and families, at the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic and in her private practice. Jill is a co-director of Halifax Brief Therapy Centre, a private training and supervision consultation service. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counselling skills at Dalhousie University, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education Program.

Debbie Van Horne, MSW, RSW has worked as a social worker for over fifteen years in both clinical mental health and non-profit community-based programs. She currently works as a family therapist in private practice and for the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic. She has also worked as an educator on group facilitation, mediation and counselling. In her commitment to addressing the health needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex community, Debbie works on an advisory council of Pride Heath, a program co-sponsored by Capital Health and IWK. Further, her areas of expertise include couple therapy, family violence and working with youth. Her work is primarily influenced by collaborative strength-based approaches to therapy such as narrative and solution-focused therapy.

Workshop Summary

The certificate program, Counselling Skills Level 1, has been adapted for online delivery. Counselling Skills Level 1 is designed to blend counselling theory with practice in order to develop counselling skills for individuals working in a helping profession. Mini lectures, discussions, reflective exercises, skill building activities, role-play, and case studies will be used as methods to guide participants in their learning. Since this is an experiential class, participants will be invited to share their experiences from their workplaces and to actively participate in the program.

Instructors Jill and Debbie truly made this important material come alive with their online presence, sharing of stories from their own practice, and their amplification of our successes in learning the skills... I would highly recommend this course to ANY professional working with other people. ~ course participant, 2012

Objectives

  • To familiarize participants with the major theories of counselling
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to develop and to practice intervention tools and techniques
  • To assist participants to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the counselling process
  • To assist participants to develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling
  • To examine ethical principles and decision making in counselling situations

Format

An adult education learning approach will be used in the delivery of the program. Since the course is intended to be an experiential program the methodology will include activities to engage participation. Participants will be invited to practice counselling skills by participating in the various exercises and simulations. This will be accomplished through online group discussions, posting to the large group, viewing and discussion of video-taped materials, taping of role plays, assigned reading materials and creative reflective exercises.

There will be 6 modules in the Counselling Skills Level 1 Online program. It is expected that participants will complete 1 module per week with a minimum of 5 hours of participation per week. Modules are designed so that learning will be incremental throughout the 6-week program. This program is designed to allow participants to fit their studies into their busy schedules. Participants may log onto the course site at any time to complete the course work. Counselling Skills Level 1 includes some activities which will require participants in small groups to log in at a specified time. The online meeting times are determined by the group members. No textbook is required for this course. All materials are presented within the online course site.

Technical requirements: A computer with a high speed internet connection and an up-to-date browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) is required. The course site is both Mac and Windows-compatible. 

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

Please read the attached information sheet before registering. CS1 Online Fact Sheet (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact Karla at coned@dal.ca

This online course is the equivalent of the 5-day on-site program. 30 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Early registration (paid on or before September 6, 2016)   $700
Regular registration (paid after September 6, 2016) $735
Registration deadline: September 26, 2016  
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ONLINE WORKSHOP

Solution Focused Therapy

February 6 - March 7, 2017  | Online

About the Presenters

Barry McClatchey and Jill Ceccolini founded Halifax Brief Therapy in 2003. Since that time, they have been providing training, supervision, and consultation in solution focused practice to clinicians, supervisors, and organizations throughout the Maritimes.

Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW is a social worker, educator and therapist utilizing a collaborative, strengths-based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a supervisor and trainer. She is a full time clinician, working with individuals, couples and families, at the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic and in her private practice. Jill is a co-director of Halifax Brief Therapy Centre, a private training and supervision consultation service. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counselling skills at Dalhousie University, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education Program.

Barry McClatchey, MSW, RSW has almost twenty-five years of experience as a clinical therapist, counselor, and trainer. Barry completed his BSW degree at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto, and received his MSW degree from the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. Barry has utilized a solution focused approach in his work with individuals, couples, and families for over twenty years and has completed training in a variety of locations in North America.

Workshop Summary

The first part of this online workshop on Solution Focused Therapy provides a solid introduction to the beliefs, values, and assumptions inherent in this respectful, collaborative approach to helping others. This serves as the basis for examining the structure and techniques used by solution focused practitioners in first and subsequent client contact.

Solution focused practice is characterized by the use of respectful curiosity in learning about what is important to clients and in the co-construction of their preferred future. Change is viewed as constant and inevitable and clients are regarded as having the necessary expertise about their own lives to create useful change. There is a strong emphasis on the use of the client’s language in solution focused work, as opposed to the dominant “expert” language embedded in the traditions of the helping professions. As such, solution focused practice can be a useful approach in engaging people across the broad spectrum of culture, race, and gender.

Clients who have experienced solution focused therapy often talk about the thought-provoking questions asked in session. They can be surprised by the rapid nature of incremental improvements in their circumstances. Practitioners, on the other hand, often remark about the dynamic sessions they experience with clients, nothing the hope, energy, and even laughter generated in solution focused conversations.

Format

The facilitators use a variety of methods to invite participant learning, including case examples, small group work, video examples, and exercises designed to provide experiential learning. All the course materials are presented in the online course site. Participants engage with others through online discussions and assignments, and receive feedback from the course facilitators. There are no scheduled lecture times. Materials are available 24 hours a day, and the course is designed to allow participants to set their own schedule for completing the work. 

Objectives

  • To familiarize participants with the major theories of counselling
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to develop and to practice intervention tools and techniques
  • To assist participants to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the counselling process
  • To assist participants to develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling
  • To examine ethical principles and decision making in counselling situations

Technical requirements: A computer with a high speed internet connection and an up-to-date browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) is required. The course site is both Mac and Windows-compatible. 

This course requires approximately 3 hours of online study time per week for a total of 12 Continuing Education Credit hours.

Early registration (paid on or before December 23, 2016)   $255
Regular registration (paid after December 23, 2016) $290
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017  
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