Continuing Professional Development

Advanced Social Work Practice with Older Adults

September 4, 2018

Certificate course offered by the Ontario Association of Social Workers beginning September 4, 2018 and delivered online in six three-hour modules over the following 12 weeks.
Social Workers understanding of systems, grounding in the social determinants of health and strengths-based approach to service delivery uniquely qualify our profession to provide services to the rapidly growing population of older adults, a demographic that currently touches on all areas of social work practice.

More information about this program
The cost to BCASW members for the complete program will be $450 + HST, the same cost as for OASW members.

Self-Care for Social Workers Webinar

July 31 at 7 pm

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

Learning Objectives
During this 1 hour webinar, participants will have the opportunity to: Learn briefly about the similarities and differences of occupational hazards including job stress, burnout, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue (awareness is prevention). Define self-care within the context and nature of social work practice. Consider self-care from the individual, team, and organizational levels. Reflect on current self-care practices (with the Whole Person Self-Care Assessment tool provided in advance of the webinar). Explore new possibilities for resilience and renewal as social workers.

For more information and to register
$5 for BCASW members and social work students & $20 for non-BCASW members

As per ISF Global International Self Care Day

“International Self-Care Day (ISD), on 24 July each year, provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world. ISD is a device developed by the International Self-Care Foundation to promote self-care as a vital foundation of health. ISD has been running since 2011. It provides a media-friendly forum and a focus for individuals and groups to (independently) promote self-care in their organisation or community. All stakeholders in health are invited to use International Self-Care Day in responsible ways that progress the cause of healthy lifestyles and wellness”.

Fall 2018 Intro to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) course

Vancouver Sep 10th, 2018
If you are interested in adding Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to your clinical practice, register for our 12-week Intro to DBT course. This course runs Mondays from 2pm 5pm at our office and will cover many aspects of DBT including individual therapy, skills training, telephone consultation, and consultation teams.
For more information and to register
Further questions contact 604-569-1156 or, email Jen Gerullis

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

Vancouver Nov 7-9, 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

Linking Animals, Social Justice and Social Work

Research project is looking for participants for focus groups and for individual interviews. The focus group meeting will last approximately two hours. No experience with animals is required. Some of the focus group participants will be contacted to set up a follow-up one hour individual interview.
Participants will receive an honorarium. More information

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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