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Counselling Skills Level 1: Certificate Program

Online: September 19 - October 30, 2022

 

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 more than 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

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 cannot say enough positive things about Jill and Barry and this course as a whole." ~ course participant

Objectives

  • To familiarize participants with the major theories of counselling
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to develop and to practice intervention tools and techniques
  • To assist participants to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the counselling process
  • To assist participants to develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling
  • To examine ethical principles and decision making in counseling situations

I found this course enlightening and beneficial. It will not only enhance my interactions with clients but also with staff that I mentor as well." ~ course participant

Format

An adult education learning approach is used in the delivery of this program. Since the course is intended to be an experiential program the methodology includes activities to engage participation. Participants are invited to practice counselling skills by participating in the various exercises and simulations. This is accomplished through 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.

Reading the letter to myself at the end brought tears to my eyes; I can't believe how much I have learned in the past 6 weeks!" ~ course participant 

There are 6 modules in the Counselling Skills Level 1 Online program. It is expected that participants will 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.

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.

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.

 

COUNSELLING SKILLS LEVEL 1 REGISTRATION

 

Early registration (paid on or before August 8, 2022)

$700
Regular registration (paid after August 8, 2022) $735

Registration Policies

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The Heart of Helping: Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

 

Online: October 3 - 30, 2022

 

About the Instructor

Lynda Monk is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Life Coach with over 20 years experience teaching in the areas of burnout prevention, vicarious trauma, change management, stress management, work-life balance, resilience, self-care and therapeutic journaling for wellness for helping professionals, healers and change agents. Lynda has worked with hundreds of individual clients and supported many client organizations within the social and human services, healthcare, government and non-profit sector in various jurisdictions in Canada.

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as co-editor of the forthcoming book, Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Counsellors and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing (Routledge, 2021).  You can learn more about Lynda’s work at lyndamonk.com and IAJW.org.

Workshop Summary

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are common occupational hazards for social workers, counsellors, healthcare professionals, educators, and others in high-care fields.  Front line workers and healthcare professionals are at risk for burnout and other mental health challenges due to the complexities of providing care.

I feel like I have a clearer understanding of vicarious trauma, chronic fatigue, and burnout as well as my where I am at with own self-care, my responsibility and my organization's responsibility. This course was wonderful. ~ course participant

This 4-week online course is designed to teach those in the helping, human service and healthcare professions about these work-related risks that can result from the very nature of the work itself.  You will gain a deeper understanding of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue: what they are, how they manifest and how to prevent and/or intervene with the negative effects that can flow from the heart of helping.  Discover how to balance caring for yourself while caring for others, in order to stay healthy while you make a difference.

It was a fantastic reminder of the importance of self care… Even completing the course was a form of self care." ~ course participant

You will have the opportunity to learn, reflect and connect with others in a caring, dynamic and respectful online learning environment.  This course uses transformative learning principles and combines video teaching, engaging reading assignments, and reflective learning activities such as journaling exercises, guided meditation, coaching tools and assessments to support participants to deepen their learning, enhance resiliency and forward their action specific to replenishing from within and reducing the risk of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in order to thrive personally and professionally.

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

Course Overview

Week 1:  The Occupational Hazards within Helping Professions

Getting started, introductions and course learning objectives

COVID-19 Global Pandemic – what does it mean for helpers and healers?

Definitions, descriptions and distinctions of the relevant occupational hazards: job stress, burnout, primary trauma, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

Motivation for entering the field/anticipated results and impact

Week 2: Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma (VT) and Compassion Fatigue (CF)

Nature of the work and risk for vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

Risk and resiliency factors for VT and CF

Signs and symptoms of VT and CF

Self-assessment

Relax and renew:  techniques for grounding and replenishing

Week 3:  Self-Care and Wellness for Helping Professionals | Walk the Talk Inspiration

What is self-care, really?

Assess your current self-care in for key dimensions of wellness – emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual with a Whole Person Self-Care Assessment

Addressing and transforming vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

Walk the Talk inspiration

Week 4:  Wellness and Resiliency in Caregiving Organizations | Self-Care to WE Care | Gifts, Joys and Hope in Practice

Vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue are not just concerns for individuals.  The impact of these costs of caring are also high in organizations in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover and conflict in the workplace.  Workplace wellness strategies can help to mitigate these risks and they are proven to offer both employees and employers greater productivity, enhanced engagement, less stress, increased quality of work, as well as contributing to a positive overall workplace culture where helping professionals can DO and BE their best.

Explore the key factors for wellness in caregiving organizations

Shifting from self-care to WE care

Taking stock and taking action

Time for you – comfort and renewal

Gifts, joys and hope in practice – connect with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in within helping work

Today, I focus on a simple truth:  To be kind to another, I need to be kind to myself." ~ Gail Straub

Format

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. There was something for everyone, taking into consideration the various ways people learn. The tools provided are ones I can use again..." ~ course participant

There are no scheduled lecture times. The course site is available 24/7.

12 continuing education credit hours.

 

THE HEART OF HELPING REGISTRATION

 

Early registration (paid on or before August 22, 2022)

$255
Regular registration (paid after August 22, 2022) $290

Registration Policies

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Treatments for Anxiety & Related Conditions

 

Online: October 17 - November 13, 2022

 

About the Presenter

Martin M. Antony, PhD, FRSC, ABPP is professor and chair in the Department of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University and provincial clinical and training lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Previously, he was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published 33 books and over 300 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behavior therapy and anxiety-related disorders. He has given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents, and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including BBC News, CBC, Chatelaine Magazine, CNN, CTV, the Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Scientific American Mind, Toronto Star, USA Today, Washington Post, and many others.

Workshop Summary

Anxiety and related disorders are among the most common conditions that negatively impact on our mental health and wellbeing. The core features of these disorders include excessive anxiety and fear, as well as avoidance of feared situations and the overuse of safety behaviours (i.e., actions designed to reduce anxiety or protect oneself from potential threats). Anxiety and related problems lead to significant impairment across a wide range of life domains, including work, school, relationships, and other important areas of functioning. They are also often associated with other problems, such as depression, excessive substance use, and problematic perfectionism, for example.

This course provides training in evidence-based strategies for treating a range of anxiety and related disorders. The course will emphasize the importance of case formulation and core treatment principles that cut across anxiety-based problems, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, health anxiety, and related problems. You will learn about the diagnostic features (based on the new DSM-5-TR) for anxiety and related disorders, factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance, and effective cognitive and behavioral methods for overcoming anxiety (e.g., cognitive strategies, exposure-based techniques, relaxation-based treatments, mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies).  Strategies for dealing with treatment resistance will also be discussed.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at those work in mental health care, including social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other professionals who work with individuals with anxiety and related conditions

Learning Goals

By the end of this 4-week course, participants will develop an understanding of

  1. core diagnostic features of anxiety and related disorders in DSM-5-TR
  2. effective cognitive approaches, such as Socratic questioning experiments, and imagery-based strategies
  3. effective behavioural approaches, such as exposure therapy and relaxation-based strategies
  4. mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches
  5. strategies for managing ambivalence and disengagement

Format

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.

 

TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY & RELATED CONDITIONS REGISTRATION

 

Early registration (paid on or before September 6, 2022)

$325
Regular registration (paid after September 6, 2022) $355

Registration Policies

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Forensic Social Work 1: Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice in Canada

 

Online: October 31 - November 27, 2022

 

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. 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.

 

FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK 1 REGISTRATION

 

Early registration (paid on or before September 19, 2022)

$325
Regular registration (paid after September 19, 2022) $355

Registration Policies

REGISTER NOW