Continuing Professional Development


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.

Conference Brochure

For Registration and Payment

An Invitation to Exhibit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hotel Reservations

Complimentary Parking Registration

Conference Sponsors

BCGEU- BC Government and Service Employees’ Union

Practice NWT Health and Social Services Careers; representing the Northwest Territories Health & Social Services Authority and others

BC College of Social Workers

Conference Exhibitors

Home Instead Senior Care
1st Trauma Scene Clean Up
Disaster Psychosocial Program HEMBC
Johnson Insurance
Philips Lifeline
BC Public Services
Skwatchays Lodge
Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon

Celebrate Social Work Week in BC March 15-21!

BC Association of Social Workers BCASW

Speakeasy logo

Location: Attend the BCASW Speakeasy to kick off Social Work Week on Friday March 13th, 7:00 PM, at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

You do not have to be registered at the conference to attend this Twenties prohibition social featuring a live band and including diverse music from then to now. The Burying Ground plays “rustic old-timey country-blues, and swinging, jazz-flecked folk music. The core duo of Devora Laye (washboard, vocals, saw) and Woody Forster (guitar, vocals) are known for songwriting that illuminates the human experience, and reflects the modern day by touching on mental health, the trauma of war, social justice…. It is todays commentary on a framework of vintage music”. Then the evening moves to jazz and chill; a perfect background for visiting with friends and networking. Come dressed for the 1920s or 2020s. Bring friends and enjoy light snacks and drinks.

Email us with speakeasy in the subject line to reserve tickets. Payment of $35.00 per person can be made by calling in credit card details to the office

British Columbia Psychological Association

Therapeutic Interventions and Daily Care for the Mistrustful Child who has experienced Developmental Trauma *IN-PERSON or WEBCAST*

Workshop presented by Dr. Daniel Hughes, Ph.D
03 Apr 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
University Golf Club 5185 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1X5 Canada

About the Workshop:
Children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect are at high risk for significant difficulties in their neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral development. The central place of therapeutic and caregiving interventions based on attachment and neurobiology will be explored. These principles of safe relationships enable an individual to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences, develop affect regulation and reflective functioning, and establish a coherent narrative. More Information and Registration

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2020
* After March 31, 2020 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.

British Columbia Psychological Association is hosting free public presentations in February for Psychology Month

Full list of free public presentations in Metro Vancouver
Full list of free public presentations in Tricities, Fraser Valley, and the Interior
Full list of free public presentations in Vancouver Island

Online Counselling Fundamentals Online Training

An introductory training course providing information about the delivery and ethical provision of eTherapy services.

eTherapy Essentials Introductory Training course was developed to support counsellors interested in expanding their clinical skills into the online world. It was also created to bridge the gap in missing information about the best practices and ethical provision of online counselling services.

The certificate program is comprised of ten modules covering topics such as: history of eTherapy, current online counselling guidelines, practical and professional ethics, personal and clinical skills required, online counselling methodologies, benefits and challenges, business considerations and more.

Course is valued at 10 Continuing Education Credits.  On average this takes approximately ten hours to complete. A Certificate of Completion is provided, Course Cost – Online (complete at your own pace) – $299 BCASW Members LIMITED TIME OFFER – 20% discount ($240).

For more information and registration

Cybercounselling Online Level 1 25th Anniversary Special


Online Course
January 10 – April 16, 2020

“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

Registration is now open!

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.

For more information and Registration

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.

For more information and Registration

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 Donna Baines 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.

For more information

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.

To register

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 email

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

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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