Continuing Professional Development

Using video in counselling and communication


Online Webinar
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, April 2, 2020
Presenter: Lawrence Murphy

This half-day webinar will introduce participants to critical ethical, practical and clinical aspects of using video in communicating with clients.



BC Association of Social Workers BCASW


BCASW Conference deferred until Oct 2-3, 2020 due to the evolving situation with the outbreak of COVID-19. More information to follow soon.

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.

Conference Brochure

An Invitation to Exhibit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hotel Reservations

Complimentary Parking Registration

Conference Sponsors

Health Sciences Association of BC

BCGEU- BC Government and Service Employees’ Union

Practice NWT Health and Social Services Careers; representing the Northwest Territories Health & Social Services Authority and others

BC College of Social Workers

Conference Exhibitors

Home Instead Senior Care
1st Trauma Scene Clean Up
Disaster Psychosocial Program HEMBC
Johnson Insurance
Philips Lifeline
BC Public Services
Skwatchays Lodge
Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon
Odin Books

CASW Invitation: Focus Group for Indigenous peoples including registered social workers, social work students and peoples holding a B.S.W., a M.S.W. or PhD in social work who are not registered,

CANCELLED-Further Info to Follow
March 14, 4:15pm to 6:15pm at Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond B.C. following the BCASW conference.

Click here for full details

CASW would also like to invite participation in an in-person or online (1-to-1) interview with respect to the CASW Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice National Consultation and Revisions

link here to the interview request letter

Cybercounselling Online Level 1 25th Anniversary Special


Online Course
April 16 – June 25, 2020
For experienced clinicians who want to offer professional, ethical counselling to their clients. Therapy Online is the worlds leader in online counsellor training.

  • Certificates issued upon completion of the full course
  • Personal clinical feedback provided after each Module
  • Ongoing forum for practicing online skills
    • Fits into your schedule:

    • Three 4-week modules
    • Completely online
    • Course is conducted asynchronously
      • Tuition

      • Full 12-week course: $1287.00
      • BCASW members 10% discount: $1158.30 plus taxes
      • Fees may be paid in full or in 3 installments of $386.10

      Registration opens March 10!

      British Columbia Psychological Association

      Therapeutic Interventions and Daily Care for the Mistrustful Child who has experienced Developmental Trauma *IN-PERSON or WEBCAST*

      Workshop presented by Dr. Daniel Hughes, Ph.D
      03 Apr 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
      University Golf Club 5185 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1X5 Canada

      About the Workshop:
      Children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect are at high risk for significant difficulties in their neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral development. The central place of therapeutic and caregiving interventions based on attachment and neurobiology will be explored. These principles of safe relationships enable an individual to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences, develop affect regulation and reflective functioning, and establish a coherent narrative. More Information and Registration

      Registration Deadline: March 31, 2020
      * After March 31, 2020 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.

      British Columbia Psychological Association is hosting free public presentations in February for Psychology Month

    Full list of free public presentations in Metro Vancouver
    Full list of free public presentations in Tricities, Fraser Valley, and the Interior
    Full list of free public presentations in Vancouver Island

    Online Counselling Fundamentals Online Training

    An introductory training course providing information about the delivery and ethical provision of eTherapy services.

    eTherapy Essentials Introductory Training course was developed to support counsellors interested in expanding their clinical skills into the online world. It was also created to bridge the gap in missing information about the best practices and ethical provision of online counselling services.

    The certificate program is comprised of ten modules covering topics such as: history of eTherapy, current online counselling guidelines, practical and professional ethics, personal and clinical skills required, online counselling methodologies, benefits and challenges, business considerations and more.

    Course is valued at 10 Continuing Education Credits.  On average this takes approximately ten hours to complete. A Certificate of Completion is provided, Course Cost – Online (complete at your own pace) – $299 BCASW Members LIMITED TIME OFFER – 20% discount ($240).

For more information and registration

Addiction Social Work Fellowship

BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

The Addiction Social Work Fellowship, established in 2016, is a part of the BCCSUs Interdisciplinary Addiction Fellowship program and is the first Addiction Social Work Fellowship in North America. The current cohort of the Interdisciplinary Addiction Fellowship program includes 4 social workers, 4 nurses, 3 nurse practitioners, and 10 physicians, as well as 4 physicians in an additional research specific stream. The program strives for excellence in interdisciplinary clinical training, scholarship, research, and advocacy preparing Fellows to work clinically in the field of addictions and take leadership roles in academic and/or research settings.

This is a paid professional development opportunity beginning on July 2, 2020 and may be completed over six months (full-time July to December 2020 or January to June 2021) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2021). The fellowship encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, withdrawal management, recovery oriented systems of care, concurrent disorders, specific populations (e.g. women, youth, First Nations, HIV), innovative practice, harm reduction, and research. The program also encourages didactic learning experiences through a two-week academic block, journal clubs, study group, research and presentation skills development, leadership, clinical and research skills workshops, and lectures with interdisciplinary trainees (e.g., medicine, social work, allied health).

In order to be eligible for this training opportunity, fellows must hold a minimum of a Master of Social Work degree and be registered and in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Work.
Our application process currently open and the deadline for application is December 2nd, 2019. More information and full application details are available on the BCCSU website here.

Ethical Non-Monogamy for Therapists

Therapeutic Diversity Training

Location: Online (self-directed with a live video component)

Presenters: Cherish Dorrington, RTC, MTC & Cora Bilsker, RSW

You may have been hearing terms like polyamory, swinging and relationship anarchy, in your office or in the media, leaving you with questions about how to best assist your clients in navigating these kinds of relationship dynamics. This course will give you increased confidence and understanding to support your clients through their relationship journeys, even as you familiarize yourself with this societal shift. All this, while exploring both cultural and personal bias, so that you are in awareness throughout the process.
Whether we believe in the concept of a counsellor being an expert or not, our clients see us as knowledgeable, and the way in which we demonstrate understanding of their experience can have a massive impact on their personal self concept.

For more information and Registration

Online Grief Literacy Training

Being Here, Human

Location: Online

Our online workshops are designed specifically to increase grief literacy and decrease loss aversion. Join us live, via video conference, as we dismantle some of the most commonly held myths and misconceptions about grief and loss. These workshops are open to bereaved individuals, professionals, and any and all humans who are interested in engaging with loss.

Special Offer for BCASW Members! 20% discount for BCASW members. Login to the BCASW website as a member to obtain the discount code.

For more information and Registration

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

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 email

Attention: Rick Stordeur, M.S.W., R.S.W., Clinical Supervisor

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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