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SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY

Online: May 31 - June 27, 2021

 

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 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 the 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.

Amazing feedback! I learned so much from the question and answer action happening in the discussion boards. The instructors replied promptly and with insightful responses to questions." ~ course participant

Objectives

Participants will:

    Understand the relationship between the philosophy and beliefs of SFT and how these are reflected in the questions and techniques utilized in sessions.

    Discuss and consider the ways in which the client/counsellor relationship is foundational to facilitating client change.

    Explore ways to develop stronger therapeutic relationships with clients in practice.

    Be familiar with the types of questions and interventions that assist people in articulating their ideas about change in their lives, and in the co-construction of their preferred futures.

    Consider how solution-focused practice can be utilized in a variety of human service delivery settings.

    Know the structure and components of first and subsequent SFT sessions.

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. 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.

Prepared me more to try SFT in my practice than I was expecting. More hands-on and practical than other online courses I have taken." ~ 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.

This course requires approximately 4 hours of online study time per week for a total of 16 continuing education credit hours.

SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY REGISTRATION  
Early Registration (paid on or before April 26, 2021) $310

Regular Registration (paid after April 26, 2021)

$355

Registration Policies

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FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK 1: FOUNDATIONAL LAW FOR SOCIAL WORK & HUMAN SERVICE PRACTICE IN CANADA

Online: September 20 - October 17, 2021

 

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.

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

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.

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 August 9, 2021) $310

Regular Registration (paid after August 9, 2021)

$355

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FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK 2: ESSENTIAL LEGAL SKILLS FOR PRACTICE

Online:  October 25 - November 21, 2021

 

Pre-requisite: Forensic Social Work 1

 

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

Social work practitioners are employed in workplaces that require familiarity with and knowledge of a variety of legal concepts. When working in the justice system, social workers must have the “hands-on” essential skills to be confident and effective practitioners to meet social work standards and ethical obligations of the social work profession. Many of the services that hire social workers in beginner generalist or specialist forensic positions in the justice system offer in-house training specific to the worker’s tasks in the workplace. Professional development intersectional training in essential practice skills for forensic social work (social-legal skills) is limited or non-existent in Canada at this time, yet exists as a vibrant area of practice in other countries. Many schools of social work education in Canada offer academic courses that are evidence and theory based in law and social work. There are no independent professional development programs that offer “hands-on” skills training that is focused on the intersection of law and social work practice (forensic social work) and the development of forensic social work as a sub-specialty of practice outside of the workshops and courses offered through Dalhousie University School of Social Work Continuing Education and the National Institute of Forensic Social Work.  

With this emerging field of practice and the demand for access to justice, social workers are taking on new roles in the justice system. The current trend in the practice of law in Canada is to resolve legal matters utilizing less adversarial methods such as settlement conferences, mediation, parenting co-ordination and restorative approaches. We are seeing an increase in the emergence of specialty courts, yet the demand and need for adversarial processes continues to increase especially in child protection, criminal law, youth justice, adult criminal law, corrections law and human rights. Social workers are usually front and center in the justice processes.  As such, in fulfilling the duties of a forensic social worker in areas such as child protection, private practice social work, probation services, corrections, or at forensic hospitals, it is imperative that social workers have an understanding of the processes of the court, and the tools used by lawyers, crowns and judges and an understanding of collaborative law practice.  Having the essential skills and knowledge of legal practice and procedures will align the work of a forensic social worker with that of the legal practitioner, the courts and the justice system.

Forensic social work practice is dynamic, demanding and an evolving sub-specialty in Canada. This engaging and interactive four-week workshop in essential skills for forensic social work practice has lecture and “hands on” skills-based components that will increase your practice skills when engaged with the legal system. The workshop is designed to develop the learner’s confidence, knowledge of legal processes, courtroom skills, writing and drafting skills of court documents, critical thinking skills and use of contemporary approaches that are grounded in core competencies for social workers such as anti-oppressive practice, cultural competence and humility, trauma informed, and professional ethical commitment. Through introductory level interactive exercises, critical reflections, thought-provoking case studies, and skills building exercises such as affidavit writing, forensic interviewing from a cultural lens, submission of expert evidence and testifying in court, you will learn to improve your forensic skills and increase your awareness of the law. Learners will gain skills that are realistic and best practice based.

The combination of theory and practice was super. ~ course participant

Target Audience

If your work is related to the justice system or you are new to social work practice and have an interest in attaining the skills and knowledge to work as a generalist in forensic social work, then this is a “must have” workshop for you.

This workshop is geared towards those who have an interest in developing a sub-specialty hands-on skill set in forensic social work.  The workshop is ideal for the generalist social work practitioner who is familiar with common legal concepts that impact social work and human service practice in the justice system. Ideally the learner in this workshop will have taken Level-1 training in Foundational Law for Social Work and Human Service Practice which is the prerequisite for this course (Forensic Social Work 1). A waiver of the prerequisite will be considered for those who have taken Social Work and the Law, SLWK 3200 at Dalhousie University School of Social Work with Ms. Paris-Hoyte.

The social work practitioners most likely to benefit from this workshop are private practice clinicians, legal system navigators, litigation support social workers, court social workers, family court assessors, parenting coordinators, hospital clinical social workers, those in corrections law, child protection services, psychiatric social work practice, mental health, youth justice, adult justice, those who do community practice with grassroots organizations and those with a general interest in forensic social work practice. 

Learning Goals & Objectives

The focus of this workshop is specific to the practice of social work in the justice system. It is a skills based interactive online workshop. As participants/learners you be introduced to the basics of forensic social work practice from a skills-based social-legal lens in keeping with the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. You will rely on your theoretical training in social work from previous academic studies and continuing education training in forensic social work practice.  As a learner you will increase your knowledge and develop essential skills for forensic social work practice based on 4 weekly 4-hour modules that include:

  1. Core Competencies for Forensic Social Work Practice focuses on building forensic skills and enhancing knowledge for workshop learners regarding cultural competence and humility, critical thinking, unconscious bias, anti-oppressive, trauma informed forensic interviewing, working with diverse populations in legal systems.
  2. Tools for the Court focuses on creating awareness and competence and developing skills in the drafting of court documents such as affidavits, custody and parenting assessments, cultural plans, Voice of the Child Reports, and the organization and readiness of the “business record”, to name a few.
  3. You the Expert will guide the learner to develop the skills and knowledge for forensic social work practice in the courts by providing information and instruction specific to courtroom etiquette, presenting expert reports, testifying in court, advocacy and other core skills.
  4. Collaborative Inter-Professional Practice will consider best practice models used in collaborative social-legal settings and other common inter-professional work places. An emphasis will be placed on standards of practice, codes of ethics and liability issues that may arise for both professions in shared workplaces to address possible conflicts such as competing ethics. Information will be shared specific to career opportunities in forensic social work practice and available resources.

At the end of the 4-week workshop you will have increased your understanding, working knowledge and legal drafting skills as a beginner generalist or specialist forensic social worker practitioner. Overall, you will have gained new skills and knowledge that enhances your confidence, competence and prepares you for new opportunities to the benefit of your career, your clients and your employer(s).

I enjoyed the opportunity to write the PSR/Workplan. It is not something I have ever done but it is great to have the exercise. ~ 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 or complete a skill building exercise.    

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.

Loved that it was well organized and easy to navigate. ~ course participant

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.

Enrolment is limited to maximum of 35 participants.

FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK 2 REGISTRATION  
Early Registration (paid on or before September 13, 2021) $310

Regular Registration (paid after September 13, 2021)

$355

Registration Policies

REGISTER NOW