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.

Call for Proposals The deadline is August 15, 2019

An Invitation to Exhibit

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Conference Brochure and Registration Form will be available September 2019.

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

To Register:

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 online:

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.

More information

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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