Workshops & Courses

Solution Focused Therapy

February 13 - March 12, 2023

Transformational Journaling for Helpers & Healers: Self-Care, Renewal, Resilience

March 6 - April 2, 2023

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Solution Focused Therapy

 

Online: February 13 -March 12, 2023

 

About the Presenters

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 many 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.

This course met any and all expectations I had and provided a safe, supportive learning environment. ~ course participant

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.

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.

Thanks for a terrific course. I took away helpful framework and strategies for work life and personal life. I appreciate the thoughtful presentation and feedback from Jill and Barry. ~ course participant

This workshop is comprised of 4 weekly modules. Each module requires approximately 4 hours of online work.  

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. There are no required textbooks. All course materials are provided within the course site. The course site is available 24/7.

16 continuing education credit hours.

 

SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY

 

Regular registration (paid after January 6, 2023)

$355

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Transformational Journaling for Helpers & Healers: Self-Care, Renewal, Resilience

Online: March 6 - April 2, 2023

 

About the Presenter

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Life Coach, and founder of Thrive Training & Coaching. She offers training workshops, courses, and presentations with extensive experience in healthcare, emergency services, education, social and public service sectors. Lynda brings over 30 years combined clinical and facilitation experience. She teaches in the areas of self-care for caregivers, compassion fatigue, stress management, burnout prevention, vicarious trauma, resiliency, and change management. Lynda has trained thousands of professionals and worked one-to-one with hundreds of clients over the years.

Lynda is also the Director of the International Association for Journal Writing.  She is co-editor of two books including Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing (2021) and The Great Book of Journaling: How Journal Writing Can Support a Life of Wellness, Creativity, Meaning and Purpose (2022). She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014). She developed Life Source Writing: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity (2009). Lynda regularly teaches, writes, and speaks on the healing and transformational power of journaling and expressive writing. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

You can learn more about Lynda’s work at http://lyndamonk.com and http://iajw.org.

Workshop Summary

Are you looking for a creative and effective way to care for yourself and reduce the risk of burnout?  During this course, you will learn how to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and replenish from within through transformational journaling. Discover the healing power of expressive writing for reflective practice and resilience.  Learn how to make journaling a meaningful part of your self-care toolkit to mitigate the risks of burnout and compassion fatigue. You will also explore how to use journaling in your work with others including individual clients and within groups, and consider how journaling can be a tool to support employee wellness in the workplace. This course is especially for helping and healing professionals who make a difference with their caring.

During this course, you will…

·  Understand the definitions and meaning of transformational journaling and expressive writing.
·  Experience Life Source Writing – a 5-step reflective journaling method for self-care and wellness.
·  Learn how and why to create and sustain a reflective journaling practice.
·  Understand the occupational hazards relevant within helping professions including burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue and how to mitigate these risks with transformational journaling.
·  Engage in the power of storytelling and narrative for learning and growth.
·  Tap into your inspiration, resiliency, and inner wisdom through guided exercises using various journaling techniques and tools.
·  Explore how to use journaling with individual clients and within groups using the Writing Alone Together process.

Reflective journaling and expressive writing are proven techniques for increasing self-knowledge, healing stress, nourishing creativity and enhancing resiliency. Participants will gain first-hand experience with the writing and wellness connection. 

When you write in your journal, you begin the process of taking a more active role in maintaining your health.  Writing is action, very personal action.  And you’re writing about ideas that can nourish you. ~  Sheppard Kominars, PhD, Author of Write for Life:  Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing

Please note, there is no previous journaling or expressive writing experience required to benefit from this course. 

Format

The instructor uses a variety of methods to invite participant learning, including videos, reading material, and exercises. All the course materials are presented in the online course site. Participants engage with others through online discussions, and receive feedback from the instructor.

This workshop is comprised of 4 weekly modules. Each module requires approximately 3 hours of online work.  

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. There are no required textbooks. All course materials are provided within the course site. The course site is available 24/7.

12 continuing education credit hours.

 

Transformational Journaling

 

Early registration (paid on or before January 30, 2023)

$255

Regular registration (paid after January 30, 2023)

$290

Registration Policies

REGISTER NOW