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Workshops & Courses


Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals

Online: January 15 - February 11, 2018

Instructor:  Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC

About the Instructor

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality 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: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source Writing™ and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD. Lynda has practiced mindfulness in our own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years. Learn more about Lynda’s work lyndamonk.com, CreativeWellnessWorks.com, and IAJW.org

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 practices, tools and skills to nourish yourself and enrich your work with others. 

Course Overview

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

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 4, 2017) $255
Regular registration (paid after December 4, 2017) $290
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Solution Focused Therapy

Online: February 12 - March 11, 2018

Instructors:  Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW and Barry McClatchey, MSW, RSW

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 has been utilizing a collaborative, strength based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a trainer of counselors and therapists for seventeen years. She is a full-time clinician, working with individuals, couples, and families. Jill holds a Master of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

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 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.


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.

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 29, 2018) $290
Regular registration (paid after December 29, 2018) $325
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