Workshops & Courses


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Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals

Online: March 7 - April 3, 2022

 

About the Instructor

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with 30 years combined clinical and teaching experience in the areas of burnout prevention, resilience, self-care for caregivers, mindfulness, and therapeutic journaling for wellness.

She is the co-editor of Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing (Routledge, 2021), 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. 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 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

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

Course Overview

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

Format

This workshop is comprised of 4 weekly modules. Each module requires approximately 3 hours of online work. Course materials are presented as videos, readings, and presentations within the online course site. You’ll engage with fellow participants and receive feedback from Lynda Monk. 

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. While many or all course components may work on most mobile devices, we cannot guarantee our courses will be compatible with all mobile devices. Therefore, we recommend you have access to a computer (Mac or Windows) during this course.

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.

MINDFULNESS STRATEGIES REGISTRATION
 
Early Registration (paid on or before January 24, 2022) $255
Regular Registration (paid after January 24, 2022) $290

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Up and Down the Worry Hill: User-Friendly Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Children and Teens

Online: February 28 - March 27, 2022

 

About the Presenter

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist, anxiety expert, and sought-after international speaker whose workshops consistently receive outstanding reviews. Dr. Wagner specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and is widely recognized for her unique “Worry Hill” approach to making CBT accessible to youngsters. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books and treatment resources including Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Manual, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment, and What to do when your Child has obsessive- compulsive disorder: Strategies and Solutions.

Workshop Summary

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and adolescents. Cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) can help as many as 80% of these children and teens successfully manage anxiety. It is estimated that the majority of anxious children do not receive CBT, due in part to a shortage of clinicians with expertise in CBT with youth.

This was an excellent workshop and I am implementing some of the information already!" ~ course participant

This workshop for clinicians and school professionals will provide evidence-based, child- friendly, feasible and practical CBT approaches for children and teens with worry, perfectionism, school refusal, separation, social and performance/test anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions. Strategies for cultivating treatment-readiness to optimize motivation and compliance, empowering children to take risks, and building self-reliance will be presented.

I found this course to be extremely helpful and relevant to my practice. I will be able to utilize these skills in all aspects of the work that I do. I have recommended it to my supervisor to become a core competency for any new counsellors beginning in the Mental Health field with my organization." ~ course participant

Participants will learn to develop creative and specific exposure hierarchies. Effective collaboration with parents, helping anxious children in school, working with reluctant children, relapse prevention, and challenges in treatment will be discussed. Case vignettes, “clinical pearls,” structured exercises and discussions will be interspersed through the workshop.

Dr. Wagner’s course was great, and I plan on recommending it to colleagues… I thoroughly enjoyed her personal touch in providing examples of her own work.” ~ course participant

You will learn:

  • About the fuel for anxiety: the three variables that exacerbate anxiety
  • About the critical importance of treatment readiness, and four steps to cultivate it
  • Step-by-step CBT protocols for anxiety and difficult forms of OCD
  • How to foster self-reliance in children with anxiety and OCD
  • Effective child-management strategies and how to collaborate with parents
  • To identify red flags for anxiety in school, and practical interventions at school

Format

This workshop is comprised of 4 weekly modules. Each module requires approximately 3 hours of online work. Course materials are presented as videos, readings, and presentations within the online course site. You’ll engage with fellow participants and receive feedback from Dr. Wagner. 

Dr. Wagner very clearly addressed the relationship between OCD and sensory concerns; helped me to think about this in a new way." ~ course participant

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. While many or all course components may work on most mobile devices, we cannot guarantee our courses will be compatible with all mobile devices. Therefore, we recommend you have access to a computer (Mac or Windows) during this course.

I enjoyed learning about structured protocols, and hands-on information I can take into my sessions." ~ course participant

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.

UP AND DOWN THE WORRY HILL REGISTRATION  
Regular Registration (paid after January 17, 2022) $290

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Forensic Social Work 1: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada

Online: April 19 - May 16, 2022

 

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.

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.

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

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

Learning Goals & 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

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.

FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK 1 REGISTRATION  
Early Registration (paid on or before March 8, 2022) $310
Regular Registration (paid after March 8, 2022) $355

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Counselling Skills Level 1: Certificate Program

Online: May 2 - June 12, 2022

 

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 more than 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

The certificate program, Counselling Skills Level 1, has been adapted for online delivery. Counselling Skills Level 1 is designed to blend counseling 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.

I cannot say enough positive things about Jill and Barry and this course as a whole." ~ course participant

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 counseling situations

I found this course enlightening and beneficial. It will not only enhance my interactions with clients but also with staff that I mentor as well." ~ course participant

Format

An adult education learning approach is used in the delivery of this program. Since the course is intended to be an experiential program the methodology includes activities to engage participation. Participants are invited to practice counselling skills by participating in the various exercises and simulations. This is accomplished through online group discussions, posting in a discussion form, viewing and discussing of videos, participating in and recording role plays, assigned reading materials and creative reflective exercises.

Reading the letter to myself at the end brought tears to my eyes; I can't believe how much I have learned in the past 6 weeks!" ~ course participant 

There are 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 is 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 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.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

30 continuing education credit hours.

COUNSELLING SKILLS LEVEL 1 REGISTRATION  
Early Registration (paid on or before March 21, 2022) $700
Regular Registration (paid after March 21, 2022) $735

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