Continuing Professional Development

BCASW Networking and Education Afternoon


New Westminster, BC

Begin your CPD new year on Friday November 2, 2:00-5:00 PM and attend the BCASW Networking and Education Afternoon: Passionate About Social Work. Meet social workers nominated for the Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and hear them discuss what keeps them passionate about social work. Moderated by Cayce Laviolette, our guest panellists are:
Sital Kaur
Brendan Munden
Parminder Nizher
Lillian Wong
Veena Birring Hayer
Ayesha Sackey
Melanie Abbott

The afternoon is hosted at the HSA Training Centre, Health Sciences Association of BC, 180 E Columbia St., New Westminster. (Sapperton skytrain station).

The BCASW AGM will follow. All are welcome to attend but only members present may vote. We will be streaming to Youtube beginning at 2:30 PM.

Please RSVP before October 22 to to specify attendance in person or online viewing.

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Self-Care Webinar

Richmond Delta Burnaby Branch

Online webinar
October 23, 2018, 7pm

Richmond Delta Burnaby Branch is organizing a webinar on Self-care for social workers. Soothing Self-Care for Social Workers with Lynda Monk.

Social work can be both rewarding and demanding. With caring and serving the needs of others often at the occupational core, the well-being, stress resilience and burnout prevention needs of social workers is essential to ensuring both personal and professional well-being, as well as quality client care. This Self-Care for Social Workers webinar is intended to support professionals who make a difference to balance caring for themselves while caring for others. Webinar includes component on ethics!

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is considered an expert in the field of Self-care for Social Workers.

Register at Eventbrite

EMDR Training

Four Winds Wellness

Kamloops, BC

EMDR Basic Training is being held in Kamloops this fall and winter.

This powerful and highly researched protocol for the treatment of trauma, anxiety and stress is endorsed by the World Health Organization. The trainer is Dr. Marshall Wilensky and it will be held at Thompson Rivers University, Summit Room.

The dates are November 2-4, 2018 for Part One, and February 1-3, 2019 for Part Two.

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BC Play Therapy Association


October 19-20, 2018, Vancouver

Presented by Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC
Children that have experienced trauma and adversity come with extensive deficits and deprivations. Providing effective EMDR treatment may require incorporating elements from other approaches such as play therapy. Day One of this workshop will provide advanced strategies for case conceptualization utilizing the AIP model, affective neuroscience, the polyvagal theory and the structural dissociation theory with children with developmentally impaired regulatory systems. Play therapy strategies designed to enhance capacities to tolerate positive and negative affect will be demonstrated. Day One of this workshop is open to all therapists currently working with children using play therapy.

Day Two includes strategies that utilize play and Sandtray therapy within the eight phases of EMDR therapy. This includes games to promote cognitive, emotional, and somatic literacy as well as interweaves that includes stories, analogies, and metaphors. Day Two is open to those with EMDR training and must be taken with Day One.

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Presented by the Continuing Education Department, online CBT for
Practitioners is an on-line, self-directed platform for learning the skills
of CBT. Designed with a broad range of practice types in mind, students may
take up to six months to complete 24 hours per course of study at their own
speed. A complimentary toolkit of worksheets is included with tuition.
The course begins Sep 17, 2018.

LEVEL 1: Beginning Practice: Cognitive Behavioural Foundations ($695)

LEVEL 2: Intermediate Practice: CBT Applications ($695)

– Application A: CBT with Mental Health and Addiction

– Application B: CBT Advanced Skills with Complex Mental Health

– Application C: CBT with Families: Couples, Kids & Youth

LEVEL 3: Advanced Practice: Clinical Supervisor Training ($750)

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Therapy Online

Cybercounselling Online, Level 1

September 14th – December 20th, 2018

This course is 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. You will engage in hands-on text-based work with both asynchronous (secure email)
and synchronous (chat) approaches.

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Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (B.C. Div.)

Two days of training at B.C. Childrens Hospital, Room KO-155

Part 1: October 20th, 2018 (Saturday)

Part 2: January 19th, 2019 (Saturday)
This workshop will teach how to utilize pediatric hypnosis to address common distressing hospital procedures and situations and enable children to cope, co-operate and feel better. It is specifically designed to strengthen clinical practice skills.

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Clinical Training Workshop for Health Professionals

October 13, 2018

9:00 am 4:30 pm
This workshop is designed to introduce the key features that make clinical hypnosis effective. Through demonstrations, and group and individual practice experiences, you’ll gain and refine your abilities to apply this broad-based clinical approach.

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Lights Camera Action! CBT for Anxiety: A new Show Me workshop presented by Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.

Vancouver Nov 7-8, 2018 (Ottawa Oct 25-26 | Toronto Oct 29-30)

Lights: This workshop teaches you how to light up your therapy for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and social anxiety so you and your client are collaboratively engaged in viewing the central components of anxiety throughout therapy sessions.

Camera: Learn how to collaboratively develop models for clearly understanding client experiences in GAD, panic disorder and social anxiety. See how a good case conceptualization helps guide intervention choices.

Action!: Over the course of the workshop, participants will observe, experience, practice, and analyze principles for employing action methods throughout CBT for anxiety.

Directors Commentary: This new Show Me! Workshop is produced and directed by Christine A. Padesky, PhD, renowned for her clinical creativity. Participants are invited to practice and model these methods in role plays with time for questions and feedback.

For more information and to register
Further questions, email Dr. Lorna Tener

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 Webinars from the CASW – Free for BCASW members

A SACRED STORY: Gladue Reports
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 RECORDING available on demand
Unsettling Ourselves: Settler Engagement with Truth and Reconciliation
Monday, March 26, 2018 RECORDING available on demand
Before Cannabis Becomes Legal: Social Work Practice Within a Changing Drug Culture
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:00 RECORDING available on demand
How social workers can prevent compassion fatigue
Thursday, April 05, 2018at 7:00 pm RECORDING available on demand

Canadian Child Abuse Association

Advanced Practice in Forensic Interviewing of Children

A series of online training for the community professional

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.

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.

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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