Continuing Professional Development

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.

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Jan Spilman Education & Counselling Services

Caring On Empty: Creative Tools for Compassion Fatigue Resilience

Friday June 2, 2017
Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver
Registration Deadline – May 25

– Explore Compassion Fatigue (CF) in a rich multidisciplinary environment
– Learn the difference between CF, vicarious trauma & burnout
– Discover your CF risk & identify personal early warning signs
– Practice positive, practical strategies for reducing CF risk & strengthening resilience
– Create a personalized CF resilience plan

Facilitated by Jan Spilman MEd, RCC – a CF Specialist & former RN and trauma therapist who helps people-who-help-people to live well with the stress of their professional care-giving.

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The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)Annual Conference

Vancouver, Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
May 18 – 21, 2017

Conference includes:

  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Thursday evening official conference opening with the Ansbacher Plenary session featuring Alyson Schafer
  • 60+ presentations on Friday and Saturday on Adlerian Psychologyincluding sessions by Alyson Schafer, Jeffrey Kottler, and others
  • Poster presentation
  • Closing social banquet
  • Post-Conference Workshops on Sunday morning.

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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – One Day Workshop with Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis

Adler University, Vancouver
May 17th, 2017

Dr Ellis will present the basics of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), its history, development, techniques, and methods, the similarities and differences between the approaches of Albert Ellis and Alfred Adler, speak about its application to trauma, conduct live demonstrations, and exercises.

Dr Ellis is an adjunct professor at Columbia University of NYC,
teaching and demonstrating the application of REBT and of its striking and beneficial results. In addition to creating warm rapport with audience members, Dr. Ellis communicates thoroughly the philosophy, methods and techniques of REBT, teaching clearly the differences between healthy and unhealthy thinking and emotions.

To register, Telephone Jennifer Lee at 778 9893956 or email

Access to Justice for Children Conference: Child Rights in Action

Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2017; 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
or attend via live webinar

At this innovative, multi-disciplinary Conference, presenters will share the latest law, knowledge and practice tips to help you better support children affected by justice and administrative decision-making.

50% non-lawyer pricing available.
More information
Or telephone 604 893 2121

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.

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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 Samrah at 1-877-345-9777 (toll-free) or

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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