Continuing Professional Development

Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

BC School of Professional Psychology

Presenter: Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R.Psych., EMDRIA Approved Instructor

Date: Part One January 17 19, 2020
Part Two February 28 March 1, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Location: Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash St, Vancouver (near 45th and Cambie)

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BCASW Fraser River Branch

Ethics in Social Work: Moral Distress in Honouring Clients Who Live in Risk

Presenter: Allen Alvarez, PhD Ethicist, Ethics Education & Research Fraser Health Ethics & Diversity Services

Date: Monday November 4, 2019

Time: 6:00-9:00 PM

Location: Sandman Signature Langley Hotel, Willougby Room 8828 – 201 Street, Langley City, BC V2Y 0C8

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Fall & Winter 2019 – A Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Wade R. Alexander Counselling

Presenter: Marshall Wilensky, PhD, RPsych

Session 1: November 8-10, 2019
Session 2: January 24-26, 2020

Registrants must complete both Session 1 and Session 2

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 675 Tranquille Road, Kamloops

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BC Association of Social Workers BCASW


March 13-14, 2020

Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

The BC Association of Social Workers Conference brings together social work practitioners, students, and educators for two days of skill building, knowledge development, and networking. BCASW invites proposals that reflect the range of social work practice with individuals, families, and communities. The theme of roaring into the twenties points to being strongly equipped as professionals; meeting todays challenges such as environmental crises, use of communications technology, re-visiting our code of ethics with the lens of truth and reconciliation, and informing practice with innovative research and approaches to practice.

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An Invitation to Exhibit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hotel Reservations

The Conference Brochure and Registration Form will be available soon!

Addiction Social Work Fellowship

BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

The Addiction Social Work Fellowship, established in 2016, is a part of the BCCSUs Interdisciplinary Addiction Fellowship program and is the first Addiction Social Work Fellowship in North America. The current cohort of the Interdisciplinary Addiction Fellowship program includes 4 social workers, 4 nurses, 3 nurse practitioners, and 10 physicians, as well as 4 physicians in an additional research specific stream. The program strives for excellence in interdisciplinary clinical training, scholarship, research, and advocacy preparing Fellows to work clinically in the field of addictions and take leadership roles in academic and/or research settings.

This is a paid professional development opportunity beginning on July 2, 2020 and may be completed over six months (full-time July to December 2020 or January to June 2021) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2021). The fellowship encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, withdrawal management, recovery oriented systems of care, concurrent disorders, specific populations (e.g. women, youth, First Nations, HIV), innovative practice, harm reduction, and research. The program also encourages didactic learning experiences through a two-week academic block, journal clubs, study group, research and presentation skills development, leadership, clinical and research skills workshops, and lectures with interdisciplinary trainees (e.g., medicine, social work, allied health).

In order to be eligible for this training opportunity, fellows must hold a minimum of a Master of Social Work degree and be registered and in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Work.
Our application process currently open and the deadline for application is December 2nd, 2019. More information and full application details are available on the BCCSU website here.

Ethical Non-Monogamy for Therapists

Therapeutic Diversity Training

Location: Online (self-directed with a live video component)

Presenters: Cherish Dorrington, RTC, MTC & Cora Bilsker, RSW

You may have been hearing terms like polyamory, swinging and relationship anarchy, in your office or in the media, leaving you with questions about how to best assist your clients in navigating these kinds of relationship dynamics. This course will give you increased confidence and understanding to support your clients through their relationship journeys, even as you familiarize yourself with this societal shift. All this, while exploring both cultural and personal bias, so that you are in awareness throughout the process.
Whether we believe in the concept of a counsellor being an expert or not, our clients see us as knowledgeable, and the way in which we demonstrate understanding of their experience can have a massive impact on their personal self concept.

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Edgy Ethics

Karma Guindon Edgy Ethics

Webinar #1: Edgy Ethics: Thinking Critically About Professional Ethics
Part 1: October 3, 2019
Part 2: October 10, 2019

Webinar #2: Ecological Ethics And Social Work Therapy Practice
Part 1: October 17, 2019
Part 2: October 24, 2019

Presenter: Karma Guindon, PhD, MSW, RSW, CCFT

Location: Online

Edgy Ethics provides training and education in professional ethics for helping professionals. Being able to critically examine the assumption, values, and theories that inform Codes of Ethics and how we think about ethical practice is an important aspect of ethical decision-making. Context and relationship matter. Learning about complementary ethical approaches that centre relationship enriches ethical practice.

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Online Grief Literacy Training

Being Here, Human

Location: Online

Our online workshops are designed specifically to increase grief literacy and decrease loss aversion. Join us live, via video conference, as we dismantle some of the most commonly held myths and misconceptions about grief and loss. These workshops are open to bereaved individuals, professionals, and any and all humans who are interested in engaging with loss.

Special Offer for BCASW Members! 20% discount for BCASW members. Login to the BCASW website as a member to obtain the discount code.

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Wired Together: Self, Science, Society

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Pre Conference Workshop Oct. 31, 2019
Nov. 1, 2, 3, 2019

Location: Richmond, BC

The landscape of mental health and wellness is ever-evolving. emerging trends, issues and research are discussed and practical tools are provided to enhance your practice.

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Special Two-Course Offer: Essential Skills for Social Work with Groups: Theory, Leadership, and Evidence-Based Practice & Advanced Social Work with Older Adults.

Ontario Association of Social Workers

October 6 to April 12, 2019 – Advanced Social Work with Older Adults
October 14 to December 10, 2019 – Essential Skills for Social Work with Groups: Theory, Leadership, and Evidence-Based Practice
Location: Online

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Play Becomes Real: The Violet Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play and Art Therapy

BC Play Therapy Association

October 18-19, 2019
Presenter: Peter Mortola, PhD
Location: UBC Robson Square

As Oaklander describes, it is through this playful work that the self ultimately grows and develops: “I work to build the child’s sense of self, to strength the contact functions, and to renew her own contact with her senses, body, feelings and intellect.”

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90th Anniversary of School of Social Work International Symposium on Social Justice and Social Care

School of Social Work
University of British Columbia

February 24-25, 2020

Please join us to celebrate this auspicious anniversary. The School of Social Work at UBC is one the oldest schools of social work in Canada and welcomes local, national and international contributions.

Please send abstracts, indicating individual paper or round table presentation, maximum 150 words to or Daniel Lai by October 1, 2019. Round table presentations should include a statement on the theme and aims of the presentation and a list of presenters. Notification of acceptance of papers will be sent by October 15.

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Cybercounselling Online Level 1 25th Anniversary Special


Online Course
September 13 December 19, 2019

“Cybercounselling – Level 1” is a three module course designed for experienced counselling practitioners who want to offer professional, ethical online counselling to their clients. We cover video, live text-chat and email-style communications methods. Certificates are issued upon completion of the full course.

Participants will improve their online counselling skills and professionalism. The course employs a “practitioner-researcher” model and covers the three areas that are essential to the provision of professional, ethical, and effective online counselling services:

Enhancing the therapeutic alliance online
Ethical and practical issues, including a focus on video counselling
Technological knowledge and skills

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Trance and Trauma – Hypnosis skills for adaptive responses, safe relationships, co-creating resilience

Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis skills and principles provide a flexible and creative framework for assessing and treating the sequelae of trauma, which include anxiety, depression, and relational ruptures. This workshop will provide definitions of trauma, adaptation, hypnosis skills and trance within a psychobiological context. Through demonstration and practice it will illustrate the use of the therapeutic relationship between care-givers and care-receivers to create a climate for change, evoking and responding to the ingredients that lead to positive outcomes and shape resilience.

Eligibility: Open to members of regulated health professions including full time students, registered clinical counsellors, social workers, marriage & family therapists, psychologists, counsellors, therapists, physicians, nurses, naturopaths, dentists, social workers, chiropractors, etc.

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Volunteer Opportunity for RSWs in the Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Family Life Association

Cowichan Family Life in Duncan invites RSW’s to contribute to the re-vitalization of this very special family services organization. For close to half a century CFLA peer counsellors have served mainly the poor and the working poor, providing brief counselling at very low cost. Now we invite you to make a difference by bringing your expert skills to our brief counselling practice for as little as a couple of hours per week.

Successful applicants will be asked to commit to seeing at least 1 client for 8 sessions, sign a volunteer contract, be responsible to the clinical supervisor, and as a perk, if you wish, be on our roster of private practitioners to whom we make referrals.

Contact CFLA at 748-8281, Wednesday through Friday, or

Attention: Rick Stordeur, M.S.W., R.S.W., Clinical Supervisor

Vancouver Basic Training in EMDR

British Columbia School of Professional Psychology

Part One September 6-8, 2019
Part Two November 15-17, 2019

The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology is offering Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Participants learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications. Such use is based on understanding the theoretical basis of EMDR, safety issues, integration with a treatment plan, and supervised practice.

The training will be provided by Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R.Psych., EMDRIA Approved Instructor. Dr. Wilensky specializes in the treatment of trauma. He has trained over 2000 clinicians and has 15,000 hours of experience with EMDR.

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Trauma and the Body: An Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: BCASW/CASW presentation

Recording of the webinar is available if you missed it or if you want to hear it again.
FREE to BCASW members

More Educational Opportunities for Members on Ethics and access to podcasts can be found in the Members area under Continuing Professional Development.

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