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

Online: February 1 - 28, 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.

Workshop Summary

The law has influenced all aspects of social work and human service practice since the inception of these professions.  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. As such, it is crucial that practitioners in these fields have an understanding of the essential law for social work and human service practice.

I've worked in policy 75 work for about 20 years so this area is very well familiar to me. What I liked the most was the formalizing of aspects of the work I've been doing. Agency lawyers have tried to help me understand how the two disciplines operate together but this course made a huge difference in appreciating this dynamic." ~ course participant

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.

I recommend this course as it provides individuals with a basic yet detailed and important understanding of forensic social work and the law." ~ course participant

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.


I really enjoyed this course and have already started to apply what I have learned." ~ 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 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.

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. 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

(February 1 - 28, 2021)

 
Regular registration (paid after December 21, 2020)
$355

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The Heart of Helping: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

Online: March 1 - 28, 2021

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 http://lyndamonk.com and https://IAJW.org.

Course Description

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are common occupational hazards for social workers, counsellors, healthcare professionals, educators, and others in high-care fields.  During the COVID-19 global pandemic, front line workers and healthcare professionals are at higher risk for burnout and other mental health challenges due to the complexities of providing care during this challenging time.

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.

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.

This course has provided so much valuable information for me as I work toward incorporating self-care into my everyday practice. ~ course participant

4-Week 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.

This course requires approximately 4 hours of online study time per week for a total of 12 continuing education credit hours.

The Heart of Helping: Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

(March 1 - 28, 2021)

 
Early registration (paid on or before January 18, 2021) $255
Regular registration (paid after January 18, 2021)
$290

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