Workshops & Courses


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Solution Focused Therapy
Jill Ceccolini & Barry McClatchey February 3 - March 1, 2020
Forensic Social Work: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada   Shawna Paris-Hoyte
February 24 - March 22, 2020
Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals Lynda Monk March 2 - 29, 2020

 

 

 

Solution Focused Therapy

Online: February 3 - March 1, 2020

About the Instructors

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 has a private practice working with individuals and couples. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counselling skills, 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 Polytechnic 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. He is also a certified trainer in Feedback Informed Treatment practices through the International Center for Clinical Excellence in Chicago, Illinois.

Workshop Summary

Solution Focused Therapy is a respectful, collaborative approach to helping others. Whether the helper is engaged in a formal therapeutic relationship or simply engaged in brief, helpful conversations, it’s essential for the helper to have a clear understanding of the fundamental assumptions about people, problems and change inherent in the solution focused approach. As such, this online introductory course begins with a specific focus on these assumptions and values. This serves as the basis for examining the structure and techniques used by solution focused practitioners in the first and subsequent client conversations.

The practitioner’s use of respectful curiosity in learning about what is important to clients lies at the heart of effective solution focused conversations. It’s also essential in the co-construction of their preferred future. Clients are regarded as having the necessary expertise about their own lives to create useful change. There’s also 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.

Amazing feedback! I learned so much from the question and answer action happening in the discussion boards. The instructors replied promptly and with insightful responses to questions." ~ course participant, 2017

Format

The facilitators use a variety of methods to invite participant learning, including numerous audio demonstrations, reading material, small group practice, 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.

Prepared me more to try SFT in my practice than I was expecting. More hands-on and practical than other online courses I have taken." ~ course participant, 2017

Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the course exercises. Basic technical and computer skills are required to watch online videos, post questions and comments, and navigate the website.

This course requires approximately 4 hours of online study time per week for a total of 16 continuing education credit hours.

Early Registration (paid on or before December 23, 2019) $315
Regular Registration (paid after December 23, 2019)
$355
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Forensic Social Work: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada

Online: February 24 - March 22, 2020

About the Instructor

Shawna Paris-Hoyte, QC, MSW, RSW, PhD (stdt) is a private practice clinical and forensic social worker, an educator and a practicing lawyer. As a clinical and forensic social worker, Shawna specializes in mental health and addictions. As a lawyer for twenty-five years, her areas of practice are child welfare law, family law, human rights, youth justice, criminal justice, corrections law, administrative law and community social justice. Shawna teaches clinical law to third-year law students and social work to students at the BSW and MSW levels.

Shawna's work as an inter-professional and multi-disciplinary practitioner and consultant makes her a sought-after speaker in law and social work practice in Canada. She also conducts workshops and has presented on aspects of forensic social work in the United States. Shawna is committed to developing the intersection of law and social work (forensic social work) as a sub-specialty of social work practice in Canada. In 2016, Shawna founded the National Institute of Forensic Social Work (nifsw.com) which focuses on social/legal professional development for practitioners in Canada.

I really recommend this course as it provides individuals with a basic yet detailed and important understanding of forensic social work and the law." ~ course participant, 2019

Workshop Summary

The law has influenced all aspects of social work and human service practice since the inception of these professions. As such, it is crucial that practitioners in these fields have an understanding of the essential law for social work and human service practice. Unfortunately, many practitioners commence their careers without an awareness or understanding of how the law will impact their professional practice and their work with clients.

Many social work and human service practitioners work in the public sector, and the clients often are representative of the marginalized and disadvantaged in our society (such as Indigenous people, persons with mental health challenges and addictions, newcomers to Canada, etc.). The number of people facing social and economic challenges continues to increase. As a result, there is a formidable demand on social and human services. As social workers and human service practitioners continue to emphasize access to justice, the rights of the individual and social justice for all, it is imperative they have an understanding of how law and policy impact their work.

This engaging and interactive entry level 4-week workshop has a skills-based component and will increase your awareness of the law and its application and impact on practice. The workshop design takes into account the development of critical thinking skills and knowledge sharing from a social justice lens and applies approaches and perspectives that are grounded in anti-oppressive, cultural awareness and trauma-informed practice. Through interactive exercises, critical reflection and thought-provoking case studies, you will learn to improve your professional skills and increase your awareness of the law.

Target Audience

This workshop is geared toward those working in social work, healthcare, human service, and helping professions in the justice system including community legal workers, generalist forensic social workers and legal navigators.

Great foundational program!" ~ course participant, 2019

Learning Goals and Objectives

You will explore the Canadian legal system and the application of law relevant to social work and human service practice. You will develop an awareness and understanding of how law and social work intersect (forensic social work) and the impact on clients. By the end of the 4-week workshop, you will have developed a solid foundation and working knowledge of several areas of the law and its application to social work and human service practice, including new strategies and best practices to develop skills that will enhance your current practice and build confidence and competence in your understanding of the law.

I really enjoyed this course and have already started to apply what I have learned." ~ course participant, 2019

Format

This workshop is comprised of 4 weekly modules. Each module requires approximately 4 hours of online work. Participants are required to complete all 4 modules and pass a short quiz at the end of each module.

Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the course exercises. Basic technical and computer skills are required to watch online videos, post questions and comments, and navigate the website.

There are no scheduled lecture times. The course site is available 24/7.

This course requires approximately 4 hours of online study time per week for a total of 16 continuing education credit hours.

Enrolment is limited to 40 participants.

Early Registration (paid on or before January 13, 2019) $315
Regular Registration (paid after January 13, 2019)
$355
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Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals

Online: March 2 - 29, 2020

About the Instructor

Lynda Monk is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a specialty in resilience, mindfulness and therapeutic journaling for self-care, personal growth, healing, stress reduction and wellness for helping professionals and their clients. 

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source WritingTM and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD. Lynda has practiced mindfulness in her own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years. Learn more about Lynda’s work at lyndamonk.com, creativewellnessworks.com, and IAJW.org.

When I started the course, I had preconceived ideas about mindfulness and did not realize the scope of this practice and its many benefits and applications." ~ course participant, 2018

Workshop Summary

Mindfulness is both a simple and a profound practice that can support the well-being and efficacy of helping professionals while also being a tool for integrating into work with your clients to support them in achieving greater health, healing and desired clinical outcomes. Mindfulness is ultimately about becoming more aware of one’s inner processes. It supports helpers to feel more grounded, self-aware and balanced. Mindfulness practices deepen both self-compassion and compassion with others.

During this 4-week online course, you will discover what mindfulness is, learn its many benefits, and experience many mindfulness practice tools and skills to nourish yourself and enrich your work with others. 

You helped me get back on track and now I have my own goals for my mindfulness practice. I feel more confident in using the tools of mindfulness with clients and learned better ways to approach mindfulness when teaching it." ~ course participant, 2018

Course Overview

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What is Mindfulness?
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Benefits of Mindfulness
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Mindful Self-Care for Resilience and Stress Relief
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Mindfulness Practices – Stillness & Powerful Pause (week 1), Mindful Meditation (week 2), Body Awareness (week 3), Loving Kindness (week 4)
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Compassion and Wisdom: Making a Mindful Difference
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Mindfulness for Wellness at Work
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Introducing Mindfulness Strategies for Clients/Patients for Improved Treatment Outcomes

Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the course exercises. Basic technical and computer skills are required to watch online videos, post questions and comments, and navigate the website.

There are no scheduled lecture times. The course site is available 24/7.

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 January 20, 2020) $255
Regular Registration (paid after January 20, 2020)
$290
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