Continuing Professional Development

BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW)

BCASW Live Online Webinar

Adoption According to Custom
Presented by Kathleen Westergaard, MSW, RSW

Tuesday November 16, 7:00 -8:30 PM

This webinar presents the practice of Adoption According to Custom in order to assist social workers to support this Indigenous practice. Kathleen Westergaard was adopted according to the customs of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation at the memorial potlatch for Hereditary Chief Robert James Sewid in 2006. She is a member of the house of Hereditary Chief Harold Sewid and her name is Cle Lee Nuhk.

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BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW)

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday September 30, 2021

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BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW)

Annual General Meeting


Coalition Building as an Advocacy Strategy: Successes, Failures, & Ethics
Presented by Adrienne Montani, Executive Director, First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society

Friday October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (Online using Zoom)

Followed by the BCASW AGM 4:00-5:00 PM

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the presentation prior to the AGM as well as the AGM, however only members can vote.

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BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

Addiction Social Work Fellowship 2022

Application process open – September 1, 2021. Application deadline – December 1, 2021

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) 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 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 in July 2022 and may be completed over six months (full-time July to December 2022 or January to June 2023) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2023). The fellowship encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, withdrawal management, recovery-oriented systems of care, concurrent disorders, 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).

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.

More information and Application here

BC Play Therapy Association

Embracing the Healer in You & EMDR Therapy, Chronic Shame, Self & Other-Directed Aggression in Children with Complex Trauma & Dissociation

Presented by Ana Gomez, MC, LPC

October 1-2, 2021

Day 1 – This workshop will explore how our own early attachment experiences influence us as play therapists and impact our capacity to engage in co-regulation with our young children. At the end, this experience will put you in touch with the depths of your human existence as you embrace the healer in you.

Day 2 – This presentation will support the clinicians in understanding the origins of shame as well as providing a framework to conceptualize and work with self- and other-directed aggression and hostility in children within the eight phases of EMDR therapy.

Location: Online, Zoom

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training

The trainings are being offered via online experiential DBT Group Therapy and will cover the DBT skills of Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness outlined in the DBT Skills Handouts and Worksheets: Second Edition by Marsha M. Linehan.

Current sessions
Intensive DBT Skills Training – 18 sessions total
Choose from the following 2 start dates:
Mondays beginning Sept. 20 – Jan. 31, 2022, 230-430pm PDT
Thursdays beginning Sept. 23 – Jan. 27, 2022, 11-1pm PDT
*Training Includes 2hr Mindfulness Orientation: Sunday Sept. 12, 2-4pm PDT
Regular Price: $1400 ($78/session)
Student Price: $1300

Abbreviated DBT Skills Training – 11 sessions total
Choose from the following 3 start dates:
Mondays beginning Sept. 20 – Nov. 29, 2:30-4:30 pm PDT
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 21 – Nov. 23, 3-5 pm PDT
Fridays beginning Sept. 17 – Nov. 26, 9-11 am PDT
*Training Includes 2hr Mindfulness Orientation: Sunday Sept. 12, 2-4pm PDT
Regular Price: $1029 ($93.55/session)
Student Price: $929
More information and to register click HERE

Contact:; 647-490-0406

National Forum on Education Equity for Children & Youth in Care

Free Webinar Series: September – December 2021

The objective of this national forum is to bring together an inter-professional group of researchers, academics, and practicing practitioners to highlight current research and works in progress on the policy, practices, and programs related to educational experiences and outcomes of children in care of child welfare systems.
1. Succeeding Together? School Experiences of Children in Care in Canada September 22, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm (CDT)
2. Perspectives on School for Children in Care October 6, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm (CDT)
3. Post-secondary Pathways October 25, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm (CDT)
4. Supporting Transitions November 18, 2021 1:00-2:30 pm (CDT)
5. School-based Successes: Stories of Hope December 8, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm (CDT)

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For more information, please contact: Dr. Kathryn Levine, Faculty of Social Work, UM Email:


Cybercounselling Online, Level 1

Next session is Sept.10 – Dec.17, 2021

This course is for experienced counselling practitioners who want to enhance their online counselling skills.
We cover video, live text-chat, and email-style communications methods.

three x 4-week modules (14 weeks w/breaks)
completely online
most assignments are asynchronous
time commitment of 3 to 5 hours per week
Regular fees: $1287+tax. BCASW members receive 10% discount. Pay in full or in 3 installments of $386.10.

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Therapy Online is the worlds FIRST online counselling service, offering clinical services online since 1994.
Questions? Contact Lawrence Murphy (519) 831-9141 or

The Most Essential Self-Care Keys to Energize, Sustain and Guide You in Uncertain Times

Barbara Halcrow

Presented by Barbara Halcrow, MSW
Author: Ultimate Self-Care, A Holistic Guide for Strength and Balance in Changing Times

A Comprehensive 7 Module Online Mind/Body/Spirit Self-Care Course with tip-sheets, articles, exercises, references. Certificate available.

Based on the authors extensive experience as a Trainer, Counsellor, Social Worker, Health Care Leader, and energy healer; participants will receive effective practical and holistic, inspirational teachings and strategies to assist you in:
Valuing yourself more
Changing negative thinking
Managing caregiver fatigue
Transforming your day using gratitude
Asserting healthy boundaries
Quickly reducing anxiety/stress/anger
Moving away from unhealthy habits
Connecting self-care and Earths care
Assisting those with mental health/addictions issues
And much more!

Please Note: Course offered in gratitude to all Healthcare, Frontline, Essential Services

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Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training

BC Bereavement Helpline

Next session is August 11 – 25, 2021

BC Bereavement Helpline offers online training on facilitating support groups for traumatic loss due to homicide, suicide, substance use or any sudden, unexpected death. Training, over a two-week period, consists of six modules: two, three-hour live Zoom presentations and four, online study-at-home segments. A Certificate of Completion is issued upon completion of all modules and attendance at both Zoom presentations.
Who should attend? Anyone who works with traumatically bereaved individuals in a peer setting, 1-1 support or with general population bereavement groups.
Cost: $367.50, GST inclusive.

Trainings are offered quarterly.
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Reconsolidation Therapy Training

Les Consultants Alain Brunet et Associs

Presented by Dr. Alain Brunet

The training lasts 16 hours over a three-day period and is given once a month starting in September 2021 (currently online).

Based on recent discoveries in neuroscience regarding the functioning of memory, Reconsolidation Therapy is a simple, fast and effective method for treating the memories of casualties of emotional trauma. Without the use of antidepressants, the Brunet Method gradually and sustainably reduces the emotional burden of traumatic memory in just six weeks. The method developed in Canada by Dr. Alain Brunet and his team (2008) combines brief psychotherapy with a beta-blocker. This therapy has allowed patients to reclaim their lives and provides hope for millions of people around the world. The objectives of this training are to differentiate between the various stress and trauma-related disorders, understand the theory of reconsolidation, and learn about the studies supporting Reconsolidation Therapy. Trainees will learn to recognize, identify and distinguish between various stress and trauma-related disorders, understand the theory of memory reconsolidation (neuroscience), know the empirical studies that support the use of reconsolidation in the patient, and be able to practice this therapy and method in their professional practice. The training can be attended in-person or online (e-Learning). Reconsolidation Therapy can be practiced online or face to face.

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Providing New Tools for Ethical Practice in an Era of Fiscal Constraint


Presented by Dr. Merlinda Weinberg, MSW, PhD

Saturday, October 16, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Dr. Weinberg explains the limitations of traditional approaches to ethics in the field of social work, and using case material, expands the repertoire of ways to think about the ethical issues that arise. This webinar will address the context of some of the stressors facing practitioners. Further, Dr. Weinberg will examine the use of power and how practitioners either further or resist inequities in helping relationships, with a view to helping them foster social justice for service users and offering strategies to overcome organizational challenges. The workshop will leave practitioners feeling less isolated and more hopeful about the possibilities of quality practice and progressive social change.

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Integrating EMDR into Your Clinical Practice: Five-Day, in-person, Intensive in Vancouver, BC

Leading Edge Seminars

Presenter: Esta Porter PhD

August. 30th – September 3rd, 2021, 8:00 am -5:30 pm

EMDR has evolved. Originally designed as a single incident PTSD intervention, EMDR principles and protocols have undergone three generations of change to become a sophisticated and versatile form of interpersonal psychotherapy that can be applied across the lifespan of your clients. Are you harnessing the immense potential of EMDR in your practice?

Join EMDR master Esta Porter for next-generation EMDR training at an intensive live workshop hosted by Leading Edge Seminars this summer. Ideal for clinicians, this EMDRIA-approved training will provide the essentials for implementing EMDR in clinical settings and show you how to customize treatments for children, recent events, couples, grief, pain, phobias, addictions and dissociation.

This engaging multi-media learning experience will optimize skill acquisition through lecture, videos, and practicum. Listen and observe this skilled EMDR therapist to learn how to implement new concepts and skills throughout the 40-hour in-class portion; afterwards, receive support and consultation on integrating EMDR seamlessly into your practice. Dont miss your chance to learn from this senior EMDR master who trained and worked alongside EMDR training developer Roy Kiessling, for many years.

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Workshops and Online Learning

Jack Hirose and Associates

Jack Hirose & Associates (JHA) offers BCASW members a 20% discount on registration fees for webinars and a 10% discount on registration fee for live in-person workshops listed on the JHA website. Discount is based on the single rate, early bird pricing plus GST, to members in good standing. The 20% and 10% discounted rate cannot be combined with any other discounts i.e., full-time student rates, group rates or any other discounted rate. Login to the BCASW website as a member then go to the CPD page or email the office BCASW for the coupon code.

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Jack Hirose & Associates On Demand Workshop: Differential Diagnosis Using the DSM-5: Improving Clinical Outcomes through Clear Assessment & Diagnosis

Jack Hirose & Associates On Demand Workshop

Presented by Richard W. Sears, PsyD, ABPP
Proper diagnosis is essential to effective treatment. This 12-hour workshop will present a broad overview of all the major diagnostic categories as described in the DSM-5, with an emphasis on differential diagnosis, or how to distinguish between seemingly similar symptom clusters. This workshop will examine the strengths and limitations of the DSM-5 and diagnosis in general, and will discuss personal and cultural biases and how to prevent them. Evidence-based screening and assessment tools that are standardized and validated will also be covered. In addition, we will explore current process-based models that are moving beyond the DSM. Through lecture and case examples, participants will learn and practice using clear steps toward improving diagnostic accuracy.

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CPD Collegial Webinars


BCASWs Professional Development Committee seeks proposals for collegial webinars for 202l.

The webinars will be hosted by BCASW and are designed for BCASW members to share skills, knowledge, and practice strategies with their colleagues. There is specific interest in proposals that address cultural safety, working with diverse cultural groups, and ethical practice.
Please submit proposals to using the template found here.

National Webinars 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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