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Workshops & Courses



Up & Down the Worry Hill (online)

May 7 - June 3, 2018

Providing New Tools for Ethical Practice in an Era of Fiscal Restraint (online)

June 11 - 17, 2018

FALL 2018 


Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals (online)

Sept. 17 - Oct. 14, 2018

Counselling Skills Level 1 (online)

Oct. 15 - Nov. 25, 2018

The Heart of Helping (online)

Oct. 15 - Nov. 11, 2018
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Up & Down the Worry Hill: User-Friendly Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Children & Teens

with Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

May 7 - June 3, 2018 | Online

About the Presenter

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist, anxiety expert, and sought-after international speaker whose workshops consistently receive outstanding reviews. Dr. Wagner specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and is widely recognized for her unique “Worry Hill” approach to making CBT accessible to youngsters. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books and treatment resources including Treating of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Manual, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment, and What to do when your Child has obsessive-compulsive disorder: Strategies and Solutions.

Workshop Summary

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in children and adolescents. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help as many as 80% of these children successfully overcome anxiety. It is estimated that the majority of anxious children do not receive CBT due in part to a shortage of clinicians with expertise in CBT with youngsters.

This workshop for clinicians and school professionals provides evidence-based, child-friendly, feasible and practical CBT approaches for children and teens with worry, perfectionism, school refusal, separation, social and performance/test anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions. Strategies for building treatment-readiness to optimize motivation and compliance, empowering children to take risks, and build self-reliance will be presented.

Participants will learn to develop creative and specific exposure hierarchies. Effective collaboration with parents, helping anxious children in school, working with reluctant children, relapse prevention, and challenges in treatment will be discussed. Case vignettes, “clinical pearls”, structured exercises and discussions will be woven through the workshop.

This was an excellent workshop and I am implementing some of the information already!"~ course participant

You will learn:

•   About the fuel for anxiety: the three variables that exacerbate anxiety in youngsters

•   About the critical importance of treatment readiness, and four steps to cultivate it

•   Step-by-step CBT protocols for anxiety and difficult forms of OCD

•   How to foster self-reliance in children with anxiety and OCD

•   Effective child-management strategies and how to collaborate with parents

•   To identify red flags for anxiety in school, and practical interventions at school

I found this couse to be extremely helpful and relevant to my practice. I will be able to utilize these skills in all aspects of the work that I do. I have recommended it to my supervisor to become a core competency for any new counsellors beginning in the Mental Health field with my organization." ~ course participant

Course Format

Course materials are presented as videos, readings, and presentations within the online course site. You’ll engage with fellow participants and receive feedback from Dr. Wagner. 

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 work. Basic technical skills are required, i.e. typing messages in an online forum, watching online videos, and navigating a website.

12 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Regular registration (after March 26, 2018)


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Providing New Tools for Ethical Practice in an Era of Fiscal Restraint

with Merlinda Weinberg, PhD, MSW

June 11 - 17, 2018 | Online

About the Presenter

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. She has an MSW from Smith College in the US, and was a practising social worker for over 25 years before obtaining her PhD at OISE/University of Toronto. Research interests include ethics in social work practice, the construction of professional identity, gender and mothering, the impacts of managerialism and diversity on ethics, and the use of discourse analysis. Dr. Weinberg has published in a range of scholarly publications, and has both a website on ethics in the helping professions and a book entitled: Paradoxes in social work practice. Mitigating ethical trespass.

Dr. Weinberg is a superb and passionate educator, with students consistently rating her as the most effective teacher they have had. Her addresses are always highly regarded, and she has been the keynote speaker for both provincial and national social work organizations. For her research on ethics, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council shortlisted her as the top new researcher in Canada in 2009. She has recently been awarded a Senior Fellowship to research ethics in an international context in Durham England.

Workshop Summary

Do you experience a struggle between what you think it is right for you to do as a helping professional and what you feel able to do given fiscal constraints? Do you worry about whether you are delivering service users the best, given the intense pace of your work, extensive documentation, and pressure on efficiencies? Do you find the codes of ethics insufficient support to resolve the dilemmas that arise?

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg brings a fresh and distinctive approach that enriches and shifts students' and practitioners' notions of what constitutes ethical practice. This workshop will explain the context of these stressors and offer strategies to overcome the challenges. She explains the limitations of traditional approaches, and using case material, expands your repertoire of ways to think about the dilemmas that arise, leaving you feeling less isolated and more hopeful about the possibilities of quality practice and progressive social change. Further, she examines the use of power and how practitioners either support or resist inequities in helping relationships, with a view to helping you foster social justice for service users.

In this seminar you will:

•   Increase your understanding about why you are frustrated in the current environment.

•   Examine the codes of ethics and decision-making models to understand their utility and limitations.

•   Enrich your analytical toolbox for managing ethical issues.

•   Present practice strategies for enhancing your effectiveness as a practitioner.

•   Strengthen your sense of agency to act in ways consistent with your values. 

•   Obtain information about a new website created for ongoing dialogues on ethics for helping professionals.

•   Learn about her new book that expands on the ideas in this workshop.

Course Format

This is a one-week online seminar. Course materials are presented as a multi-part video lecture, readings, and discussion questions within an online course site. You’ll engage with other participants and have the opportunity to ask questions of -- and receive responses from -- Dr. Weinberg.

This seminar requires approximately 6 hours of online work. Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the work. Basic technical skills are required, i.e. typing messages in an online forum, watching online videos, and navigating a website.

6 Continuing Education Credit Hours 

Early registration (paid on or before April 30, 2018)


Regular registration (after April 30, 2018)


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