Workshops & Courses

If you would like to receive email updates about our workshops, please contact or "Like" us on Facebook.  


Counselling Skills Level 1 - Certificate Program (ONLINE)


 Monday, October 21 - Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time  course site is available 24/7
Location  online

About the Presenter

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.

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 was so amazed by how quick, thoughtful, and elaborate the feedback was. ~ 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

The certificate packed a punch. I learned more than I had expected in a short period of time. ~ course participant


An adult education learning approach is 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 are invited to practice counselling skills by participating in various exercises and simulations. These include 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.

There are 6 modules in the Counselling Skills Level 1 Online program. Participants are expected to 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.

Registration Fee

Regular Rate (paid after September 9, 2019)  $735


Registration Policies





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

Forensic Social Work is full. If you would like to be added to the cancellation list, please email


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.