Continuing Professional Development

Workshops and Online Learning

Jack Hirose and Associates

BCASW members receive a 20% discount on workshops and online learning offered by Jack Hirose and Associates. 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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Social Work Practice in Primary Care Networks


Thursday, January 21, 2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
Online, Zoom

Presenter: Cayce Laviolette, MSW, RSW
and BCASW Primary Care Committee Members

This webinar explores the role of social workers in Primary Care Networks and the support needed to develop competent practice.

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Enhancing Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals

Build Great Teams

January 29, 2021
Webinar (Zoom)

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Dixon – Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge.

Social workers, counsellors, and other mental health professionals across North America, are asking themselves, How can I practice in a more culturally competent manner? And, How do I discuss aspects of culture within this therapeutic relationship?

This session will include a lecture from the speaker, opportunities for self-reflective learning, and will be followed by a Q & A session. Participants will have a chance to submit questions in advance of the event, as well as in the live chat. This webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live event. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar and all presentation materials several days after the conclusion of the event.

Participants in this workshop will develop a greater understanding of:

Barriers and facilitators to counselling with diverse clients

Counsellors perspectives on cultural competence in counselling

Ways to become culturally competent mental health professionals

  • Ethical considerations
  • Developing an evidence-informed, culturally-informed, counselling practice

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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.

DBT Skills Training


Feb. 18 & 19, 2021
Online, Zoom

Presenter: David Renaud, MSW, RSW

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training for Social Work Professionals
DBT is an evidenced and effective treatment program for people experiencing the mental and physical sequelae of complex trauma.

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Attachment Centered Play Therapy

BC Play Therapy Association

Jan. 22-23, 2021
Online, Zoom

Presenter: Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
Attachment Centered Play Therapy (ACPT) is blends theories of attachment with the power of play therapy to create a holistic, systemic approach to working with children and families. Participants will learn how trauma, abuse, neglect, and grief impact the bonds of attachment within the family systems, ways to engage the most difficult parents into the play therapy process, and how to repair, rebuild, and create safety within the parents-child relationship.

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Cybercounselling Online Level 1 – January 8 to April 15, 2021


Online Course
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 – Complete each weeks work at your own pace
    • Course is conducted asynchronously

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    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: This is a paid professional development opportunity beginning in Jul 2021 and may be completed over six months (full-time July to December 2021 or January to June 2022) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2022). 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.
    The application process is currently open and the deadline for application is December 1st, 2020.

    More information and full application details here.

    The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)

    ONLINE TRAINING Access from Anywhere! –

    De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations – November 17 or December 1

    Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss – November 25-26

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Balancing Acceptance and Change – November 30

    Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth- Issues & Strategies – November 30-December 1

    Crisis Response Planning – December 2

    Providing Support Remotely – Strategies for Helping From a Distance – December 8

    Trauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength – December 9

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently – December 15

    Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories – December 16

Click here for more information and to Register

Call: 204.452.9199

Vancouver Basic Training in EMDR

The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology
Provider: Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R.Psych., EMDRIA Approved Instructor

The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology is offering Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Participants learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications. Such use is based on understanding the theoretical basis of EMDR, safety issues, integration with a treatment plan, and supervised practice.

The training will be provided by Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R.Psych., EMDRIA Approved Instructor. Dr. Wilensky specializes in the treatment of trauma. He has trained over 2000 clinicians and has 15,000+ hours of experience with EMDR.

Eligibility: Minimum of Masters level training in a mental health discipline and registration with a
professional organization with a code of ethics, or be a graduate student in a supervised
practicum or internship.

Format: Lecture, discussion, demonstration, video – 20 hours
Supervised practice during training weekends – 20 hours
Consultation (online or group meetings) 10 hours

Dates: Part One February 26 – 28, 2021
Part Two May 14 – 16, 2021

Times: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Consultations: April 8, May 13, June 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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