Continuing Professional Development

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

Hakomi: Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

7th annual summer Hakomi retreat on Salt Spring Island

August 11-14

As social workers and therapists, our work rests in the relationships we create with our clients. Come explore what it is to create healing relationships. Discover the value of an increased focus on non-verbal communication, and the use of mindfulness in assisted self-discovery.

Through experiential exercises you will have opportunities for self-exploration as well as for assisting others to self-study.

Facilitators: International Hakomi Trainers Bob Milone and Marcia Burton

Cost: $375

To register contact Rebecca Finlay

More information and to register

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

CASW needs your help for their Child Welfare Survey

CASW is seeking input from social workers currently or previously employed in child welfare to help inform our work. Your answers are confidential and will guide CASW in developing future advocacy, responding to the media, and making recommendations for better outcomes for social workers in child welfare and for children, youth and families.
The survey will require approximately 10 minutes of your time, and will close on July 10th, 2017.

UPDATE: Interviews with social workers in child welfare

The researchers are now looking to interview social workers about the main challenges child protection workers are currently facing – and if there are any indications that the field is facing pressures toward de-professionalism of social work. The researchers are also looking for information on how child welfare authorities across the country are responding to the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Rhonda Hallberg MSW RSW, is leading the project and we have consultation support from Dr. Carrie Smith, Associate Professor at Kings University College, University of Western Ontario. Rhonda will be conducting interviews with identified experts across Canada.

If you are a social worker with experience in child welfare and would like to participate in this important research please send your contact information to BCASW and we will forward your contact information on to the research team.


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


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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