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Counselling Skills Level 1 - Certificate Program (CAMPUS)

Jill Ceccolini & Debbie Van Horne June 10 - 14, 2019 

Forensic Social Work: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada (ONLINE)

Shawna Paris-Hoyte September 23 - October 20, 2019

Counselling Skills Level 1 - Certificate Program (On Campus)


Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14, 2019  

Time  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location Room 3111 Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street, Halifax [see map]

About the Presenters

Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW

Jill Ceccolini 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. Additionally, she 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, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education program.

Debbie van Horne, MSW, RSW

Debbie Van Horne has worked a social worker for over twenty years in both clinical mental health and non-profit community-based programs. She currently works as a family therapist in private practice. She also has worked as an educator on group facilitation, mediation and counselling, and is a WPATH approved provider. Her areas of expertise include couple therapy, family violence and resotrative justice practice. Her work is primarily influenced by collaborative strength-based approaches to therapy such as narrative and solution focused therapy. 

Workshop Summary

Counselling Skills Level 1 is an intensive 5-day program that blends counselling theory with practice. Learners can expect to develop skills to have intentional helpful conversations with others. The course involves a large degree of participation from learners as their experiences in working with others are woven into the curriculum. Mini lectures, audio/video presentations, discussions, reflective exercises, skill-building activities, role-play, and case studies are used to guide participants in their learning.

Feeling motivated and ready to return to work with a fresh and forward new way of serving my clients with the best me. ~ course participant


•   To familiarize learners with the history and development of counselling approaches

•   To introduce basic counselling skills used in intentional helpful conversations

•   To provide participants with learning opportunities to practice tools and techniques used in helpful conversations

•   To demonstrate the process of intentional helpful conversations: the beginning, middle and end stages

•   To introduce the importance of self-awareness and the role of self-reflection for those working in helping professions

Great workshop! Met my expectations and more! Very excited to get back to work and implement some of the content and skills! ~ course participant


An adult education learning approach is used in the delivery of this program. As such, participants assist in shaping the content and direction of the program. Learners are invited to integrate their experiences with new ideas and concepts. There are opportunities to listen, observe, practice and reflect throughout the program. 

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

30 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Light refreshments will be served (coffee/tea, water).

Registration Fee

Regular Rate (paid after April 26, 2019)  $735

Registration Policies



Forensic Social Work: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada (ONLINE)


Monday, September 23 - Sunday, October 20

Times  24/7 course site access
Location ONLINE 

About the Presenter

Shawna Paris-Hoyte, QC, MSW, RSW, PhD (stdt)

Shawna Paris-Hoyte is a private practice clinical and forensic social worker, an educator and 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 level.

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 ( 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 4-week workshop is skills-based and will increase your awareness of the law and its application and impact on practice. The workshop design takes into account the development of skills and knowledge sharing from a critical social 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, forensic social workers and legal navigators.

Learning Goals and Objectives

You will explore the Canadian legal system and the application of those laws 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 the law and its application to various areas of 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.

This workshop requires approximately 3 hours of online work per week. 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 vides, post questions and comments, and to navigate the website.

Enrollment is limited to 35 participants.

12 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Registration Fee

Early Rate (paid on or before August 12, 2019)  $255
Regular Rate (paid after August 12, 2019)  $290

Registration Policies