Continuing Professional Development

Health Practice Education Day: Inequities of Care: Health and Marginalized Populations

Friday October 20th at 9.00am 4.30pm
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
3644 Slocan Street, Vancouver BC, V5M 3HL

Keynote presentation by Adrienne Montani, Provincial Co-ordinator of First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

Presentation also by Dawn Slykhuis, who is Team Leader of the Integrated Case Management team in Maple Ridge, working with the homeless.

In the afternoon there will be a panel presentation and round table discussions.

Lunch and refreshments provided
Registration fee: $35


Deadline for registrations is October 13, 2017

(Sunny Hill is accessible by public transit and just over 10 mins walk from 29th Avenue Skytrain station)

Courses from Jack Hirose & Associates Inc

*Working with Hard-to-Engage Children and Adolescents: I Dont Want to Talk About It

Presented by Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

*Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatized Children & Adolescents
Presented by Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW
Friday, October 27, 2017 | Vancouver, BC *Special 2 day rate available

Yoga Skills for Therapists
Presented by Amy Weintraub, MFA and Ocean Lum, MA, RYT-500, LFYP
Thursday, November 2 Friday November 3, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

Couples Therapy in the 21st Century: On Target, Effective and Revolutionary
Presented by Sue Johnson, Ed.D.
Thursday, November 7 Friday, November 8, 2017 | Langley, BC

The Neuropsychology of Reading & Written Language Disorders
Presented by Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Victoria, BC

Exceptional Healing Techniques in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Conditions: From Surviving to Thriving
Presented by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 30 Friday, December 1, 2017 | Vancouver, BC


The British Columbia School-Focused Mental Health Conference
Monday, November 20 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Langley, BC

A Neufeld Institute Conference | Resilience, Recovery, & Relationship: Towards Flourishing Children & Youth
Wednesday, November 15 Friday, November 17, 2017 | Calgary, AB

Healing & Treating Trauma, Addictions, and Related Disorders
Monday, November 27 Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Calgary, AB


Building Resilience and Enhancing Treatment Outcomes: Keys to Well-Being Even During Very Difficult Times
Presented by John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP
Now Available ON DEMAND | Online

Managing Anxiety at School and Home: An Active Approach to Interrupt the Worry Cycle
Presented by Lynn Lyons, MSW
Now Available ON DEMAND | Online

Failure to Launch: Counselling Strategies to Support, Motivate and Transition Adolescents and Young Adults
Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.
October 3 17, 2017 | Online

Private Practice Made Simple: Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business
Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.
October 4 November 8, 2017 | Online

The Opiate Crisis: Heroin and Fentanyl and its Analogues: Understanding and Treating the Emerging Epidemic
Presented by Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D.
October 4 18, 2017 | Online

Dealing With Anxiety Disorders In School Age Children: Worries and Woes
Presented by Lynn Miller, Ph.D., R.Psych.
October 12 November 16, 2017 | Online

Treating Self-Destructive Behaviours in Trauma Survivors: Strategies and Intervention Techniques for Clinicians
Presented by Lisa Ferentz, LCSW, DAPA
October 13 November 17, 2017 | Online

The Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities: Developing Evidenced-Based Reading, Writing, and Math Interventions
Presented by Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed.
October 19 November 24, 2017 | Online

EMDR Basic Training – Kamloops

Part 1: September 8, 9, 10, 2017
Part 2: November 17, 18, 19, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Marshall Wilensky

Participants receive 50 hours of training (lecture, practica and consultation) in the use of EMDR; its theoretical basis, safety issues and integration into treatment in a variety of applications.

Participants must have a minimum of Masters level training in a mental health discipline and be members in good standing in a professional organization with a code of ethics or be a Graduate student in practicum/internship with appropriate supervision.

More information and to register

Or contact Jann Derrick PhD
Telephone 250 374 7709

EMDR with Children and Youth

Featuring Ricky Greenwald
Sponsored by Dr. Barbara Harris and the Trauma Institute
OCT 27, 28 and 29, 2017

Objectives of the course
Participants will be able to:
– Develop a systematic and comprehensive trauma-informed treatment for a variety of presenting problems.
– Explain to clients how trauma/loss relates to presenting issues/symptoms
– Problem-solve their own (or their supervisees’) challenging cases using the trauma-informed treatment perspective.
– Implement the practical technical skills needed to adapt EMDR for use with children and adolescents.
– Adjust the EMDR protocol to accommodate the age of the child.
– Engage resistant teen clients in treatment.
– Teach self-management skills.
– Help clients with low affect tolerance to work through their trauma/loss memories.

For more information, email or  Telephone: 604-728-4535
Early registration until August 31, 2017


Action-Packed CBT: More Walk, Less Talk
A Two-Day “Show Me” Workshop presented by Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D
Nov. 8-9, 2017
Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, BC

We know from educational research that lasting learning and change are more likely to result from active experience and doing than from book knowledge alone. “Action-packed CBT” describes a therapeutic approach that combines talk with active learning experiences to make therapy more effective and to promote faster client change.

This action-packed workshop by Christine A. Padesky PhD, a global leader in CBT training, demonstrates a variety of action methods that can enhance CBT and other forms of psychotherapy. Like her other “Show Me” workshops, she structures her teaching around clinical demonstrations rather than lectures. She demonstrates particular methods for participating therapists t0 see exactly how “action-packed” CBT is conducted. The structured exercises help therapists learn through experience how to implement action-oriented approaches, thus, “More walk and less talk.”

More information and to register 

British Columbia School of Professional Psychology

EMDR Basic Training Course in Vancouver
Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver
October 13 – 15, 2017 (session one)
December 8 – 10, 2017 (session two)
Consultation times: November 6, December 7, 2017, January 8, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Participants will learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications. In addition to the Instructional and Supervised Practica portions during the training weekends, there will also be a Consultation component to the training.

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of Masters level training in a mental health discipline and must belong to a professional organization with a code of ethics, or be a Graduate student in practicum/internship with appropriate supervision.

More information


Free Leadership Training for Anti-poverty Advocacy
Community Action Network/BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Information Session on Saturday, September 16th, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street, Vancouver

More information and RSVP

The Community Gatekeeper Project (BC Division, Canadian Mental Health Association, funding from the Ministry of Health)

Suicide Prevention Training for 20,000 British Columbians by December 2018 has begun with the planning and delivery of safeTALK and ASIST Workshops in communities throughout the province to support them in becoming suicide safer. Learn how to provide life-assisting first aid while connecting with others wishing to strengthen the safety net in your community. CMHA has five Project Coordinators, one in each provincial health region, as well as a cadre of skilled facilitators, who along with trainers from BC Crisis Centres and the First Nations Health Authority are offering local and focused suicide prevention training.

Learn more

Training seminars from Small Business BC

Small Business BC is holding seminars on topics that may be of interest to independent business owners/private practice operators (many courses are affordable, available as online webinars and some are free). Subjects include: taxes, info for startups and marketing your business.

Login as a BCASW member and go to the members’ continuing professional development page to receive a 15% discount.

Introducing the online Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon with Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC

Are you looking for a creative and effective way to nourish your self-care as a social worker, as a helping professional?

Join this innovative online 6 week group coaching program and discover how to use expressive writing and journaling for self-care, enhanced well-being and health in mind, body, heart and spirit.

Learn more and register for this program

Training for volunteer facilitators by Parent Support Services of BC

PSS is offering intensive training programs and professional development. For more information, contact 1-877-345-9777 (toll-free) or

Next training event on August 11 to 13th, 2017

The BC Council for Families has training and workshops for both parents and professionals to gain knowledge, build skills and make connections. From Nobody’s Perfect Parenting facilitator training to the annual conference for professionals working with young parents to workshops for service providers working with LGTBQ families, there are a number of events scheduled for the fall. For more information, please visit their website.

Towards a New Relationship: Toolkit for Reconciliation/Decolonization of Social Work Practice at the Individual, Workplace, and Community Level

Nidus holds free webinars each month on specific aspects of personal planning. More info at

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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