You don't need to enrol in a certificate course to take advantage of the engaging professional development opportunities available through the Faculty of Social Work. We offer a wide range of workshops to suit a variety of fields and interests.
Interested in a topic not covered by one of our workshops? Customized training is also available.
The latest research and understanding of the adolescent brain indicates that adolescence is an opportune time to help adolescents with insecure attachments make significant progress in developing secure attachments. Although by adolescence attachment styles are imbedded in personality and the brain, changes in the brains of adolescents allow for the adolescent to become cognizant of their attachment styles and the impact on their relationships. They are able to examine their relationships with parents, to reflect on their patterns in relationships with peers and other adults, to leave behind the harmful patterns of relating they learned from their families and to risk creating new patterns in their relationships.
This workshop will explore attachment in adolescents and examine the categories of attachment as they develop in adolescence. The workshop will present the latest information on brain development in adolescence and its implications for adolescent therapy. A model of treatment will be presented that focuses on helping adolescents have awareness of their early history and its influence on their present sense of self and patterns in relationships. The relationship with the therapist is the crucial vehicle for change. The model will incorporate helping the adolescent make changes in their present relationships so that they can enter adulthood with the capacity for secure adult attachments.
The workshop will include:
Case examples, videos and exercises will be presented to demonstrate interventions.
This workshop is required training for all National Service Dog (NSD) Facility dog handlers.
Have you ever thought about incorporating your love for animals with your passion for the work that you do? Have you ever thought about involving a co-therapist with four legs? Join us for an experiential two days that will include case studies, video clips, group work, discussion, movement and cuddle time with Holly and Uley, facility dogs from National Service Dogs.
Upon completion of this workshop participants will:
Brief services have emerged as a core component of an agency's modern diverse service menu. As such single session therapy, often provided through walk-in clinic services, provides a viable alternative to long wait lists, offering a venue for people to address various life problems at their time of need. This two-day workshop will immerse participants in the thinking and skill set of brief single session therapeutic practice.
Drawing from contemporary 'brief therapies' we will explore concepts and practices that support a collaborative, competency-based, person-centred approach that builds pathways forward drawing from people’s lived experience. You will learn to hear several 'entry points' to possibility that foreground people’s preferences for life and the many skills of living they bring with them to these conversations. A structure for conceptualizing the single session conversation will be provided.
The application of brief therapies theory will be grounded in practical skills that you can use the very next day. Ideas will be explored through didactic presentation, group discussion, skills exercise and video review of conversations with children, and adults. This workshop is well suited to all service providers, beginning and experienced, working in time-constrained contexts with people describing various problems.
Together we will explore:
Do you work in a role where counselling is not your primary focus, but where you are often required to assist, advise or counsel? This workshop is designed for people like you who find themselves assisting clients, students, patients, the public etc. with brief counselling and referral. The focus is on general counselling principles and skills and the integration of these into practice. The workshop will use lecture, role play and case studies as a way of engaging participants in the acquisition of practical skills. Participants can expect to actively participate in this course.
Throughout the day participants will:
Specific aspects of the program include:
This workshop will be of interest to those working in a variety of human services including healthcare providers, educators, social workers, social service workers, police and law enforcement personnel, residential staff and those considering careers in the helping professions.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment approach for chronically suicidal clients. However, in the last decade DBT has received empirical support to treat other populations including eating disorders, addiction, anger problems and other mood disorders. Additionally, it has been adapted for adolescent mental health populations, inpatient, residential and forensic settings. A core mode of intervention within DBT is the DBT Skills Group whereby clients are taught more skillful ways to regulate their emotions, effectively manage the distressing situations in their lives, and improve and maintain relationships with the people around them. These skills are taught in a weekly skills group for adults and in a multi-family skills group for the adolescent population. There is currently evidence that supports decreases in problematic behaviour and increase in adaptive coping by implementing skills group as a stand alone intervention; this has resulted even in the application of DBT skills within the education system.
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
Adolescence is a time where impulsivity can lead to risky behaviours in the average teen. When impulsivity is added to mental health issues and/or troubling familial, peer, academic or cultural environments, the stage can be set for the increase of additional risk in the form of either suicidal thinking or behaviours, or self-harming behaviours that are not intended to be fatal. In spite of that, these behaviours frequently raise alarm bells in those associated or working with these youth, be they family members or friends, school personnel, counsellors or social service staff, as examples.
This workshop will focus on how to:
You can take any of the courses associated with our certificates without working towards the full program. Learn more about our Addictions certificate, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) certificate, Management and Leadership certificate, Trauma certificate and Therapeutic Models of Mindfulness certificate.
We also provide customized training solutions delivered right to you, saving your organization time and money. We will work with your agency, organization or association to provide your staff or members with a professional development program that meets your unique needs.
Contact Lynne Jordan in the Professional Development office.
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