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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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Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals

Online: September 17 - October 14, 2018

 

About the Presenter

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality in resilience, mindfulness and therapeutic journaling for self-care, personal growth, healing, stress reduction and wellness for  helping professionals and their clients.    

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source Writing™ and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD.  She has practiced mindfulness in our own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years.  Learn more about Lynda’s work at the following websites: lyndamonk.com, CreativeWellnessWorks.com and IAJW.org

Lynda is an excellent teacher -- not only in what she presents, but also in how she presents the information and the opportunities she gives for practice and student interaction. ~ course participant

Course Description

Mindfulness is both a simple and a profound practice that can support the well-being and efficacy of helping professionals, while also being a tool for integrating into work with your clients to support them to achieve greater health, healing and desired clinical outcomes.  Mindfulness is ultimately about becoming more aware of one’s inner processes and this supports helpers to feel more grounded, self-aware and balanced.  Mindfulness practices also deepen both self-compassion and compassion with others. During this 4-week online course, you will discover what mindfulness is, learn its many benefits, and experience many mindfulness practices, tools and skills to nourish yourself and enrich your work with others.

Course Overview

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Benefits of Mindfulness
  • Mindful Self-Care for Resilience & Stress Relief
  • Foundations of Well-Being:  Mindfulness Quiz
  • Finding Your Place of Refuge Within
  • Mindfulness Practices
    • Stillness & Powerful Pause (week 1)
    • Mindful Meditation (week 2)
    • Body Awareness (week 3)
    • Loving Kindness (week 4)
  • Compassion & Wisdom:  Making a Mindful Difference
  • Mindfulness for Wellness at Work
  • Introducing Mindfulness Strategies with Clients/Patients for Improved Treatment Outcomes

12 Continuing Education Credit hours. 

There were numerous practice applications for both personal and professional/therapeutic purposes. I appreciated strategies and resources for bringing mindfulness into clinical practice. ~ course participants

Early registration (paid on or before August 2, 2018)  $255
Regular registration (paid after August 2, 2018) $290
Registration deadline: August 24, 2018  
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Counselling Skills Level 1

Online: October 15 - November 25, 2018

 

About the Instructors

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 is a full time clinician, working with individuals, couples and families, at the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic and in her private practice. Jill is a co director of Halifax Brief Therapy Centre, a private training and supervision consultation service. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counseling skills at Dalhousie University, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education Program.

Debbie Van Horne, MSW, RSW has worked as a social worker for over fifteen years in both clinical mental health and non-profit community-based programs. She currently works as a family therapist in private practice and for the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic. She has also worked as an educator on group facilitation, mediation and counselling. In her commitment to addressing the health needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex community, Debbie works on an advisory council of Pride Heath, a program co-sponsored by Capital Health and IWK. Further, her areas of expertise include couple therapy, family violence and working with youth. Her work is primarily influenced by collaborative strength-based approaches to therapy such as narrative and solution-focused therapy.

I cannot thank Debbie and Jill enough. The certificate packed a punch. I learned more than I had expected in a short period of time. ~ course participant

Certificate Program 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.


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

Format

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

There will 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 will be incremental throuhgout the 6-week program.

I was so amazed by how quick, thoughtful, and elaborate the feedback was. ~ course participant

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 will 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. 

This online program is the equivalent of the 5-day on-site program. 30 Continuing Education Credit hours. 

Please read the CS1 fact sheet before registering. 

Early registration (paid on or before September 4, 2018)  $700
Regular registration (paid after September 4, 2018) $735
Registration deadline: September 21, 2018  
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The Heart of Helping: Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

Online: October 15 - November 11, 2018

 

About the Presenter

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality in resilience, mindfulness and therapeutic journaling for self-care, personal growth, healing, stress reduction and wellness for  helping professionals and their clients.    

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source Writing™ and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD.  She has practiced mindfulness in our own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years.  Learn more about Lynda’s work at the following websites: lyndamonk.com, CreativeWellnessWorks.com and IAJW.org

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

Course Description

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are common occupational hazards for social workers, counsellors, healthcare professionals, educators, and others in high-care fields.  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.

Week 1: The Occupational Hazards within Helping Professions

  • Getting started, introductions and course learning objectives
  • The power of intention setting
  • 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

VT and CF 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

12 Continuing Education Credit hours. 

I have worked in healthcare for 24 years, and... this was excellent. I only wish I had this information earlier in my career for more preventative protection. ~ course participants

Early registration (paid on or before September 4, 2018)  $255
Regular registration (paid after September 4, 2018) $290
Registration deadline: September 21, 2018  
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