Continuing Professional Development

Cybercounselling Online Level 1

Therapy Online

April 5- June 27, 2019

Certificates issued upon completion of the full course, personal clinical feedback provided after each Module, ongoing forum for practicing online skills
Three 4-week modules with 2 weeks off (14 weeks total)
Completely online
Course is conducted asynchronously
Complete each weeks work at your own pace

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Play Therapy training

Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT)

March 22-24, 2019

Need Play Therapy training in your career? Check out the Certificate training offered by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy.

Title: Responding to Trauma using Play Therapy
Presenters: Betty Bedard Bidwell PhD CPT-S and Margot Sippel RP CPT-S
Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22-24, 2019
Location: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, BC

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Play Therapy with Groups and Families

BC Play Therapy Association (BCPTA)

March 1-2, 2019

Working with families or groups can be challenging yet rewarding. Greg will share his practical interventions, activities, tools and strategies for working with these two special populations.

Title: Play Therapy with Groups and Families
Presenters: Greg Lubimiv, MSW, CPT-S
Date: Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, 2019
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

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Worldwide Therapy Online

January 11 April 18, 2019

For experienced clinicians who want to offer professional, ethical
counselling to their clients.
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 with 2 weeks off (14 weeks total) Completely online
Course is conducted asynchronously
Complete each weeks work at your own pace

Topic sampler:
Enhancing the therapeutic alliance online
Ethical and practical considerations in video counselling
Text-based communication and counselling skills

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Addiction Social Work Fellowship

BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

This is a paid professional development opportunity beginning on July 2, 2019 and may be completed over six months (full-time July to December 2019 or January to June 2020) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2020). 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 program runs one year part-time from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, or may be completed over six months full-time.

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

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Professional Ethics

Corporate Trainers

Various locations and dates

This one-day workshop is aimed for working professionals: Topics covered are: Moral Reasoning, Privacy & Confidentiality, Responsibility as a Professional, & Understanding our Unconscious Bias.

Drew Fockler, M.Ed, EdD (candidate) is the Founder of Corporate Trainers. Drew has over 12 years of experience working within the private and public sector and conducting regular in-house training workshops on ethics with a passion about understanding our unconscious bias.

BCASW members may attend at the rate of $250.00 for any full day workshop by including the promo code BCASW plus membership number. Workshops may be held in Prince George, Prince Albert, and Kootenay areas upon request.

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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.

February 1-3, 2019 for Part Two.

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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 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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Volunteer Opportunity

Registered clinical social workers (RCSWs) needed for part time, pro bono work. Since 2016 the Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees has provided mental health services to promote the well-being of refugees and immigrants, assist them on their healing journey, and promote integration into our multicultural communities. VICCIR is the only provider of psychological assistance to immigrants and refugees on Vancouver Island who suffer from the effects of trauma to the extent that daily living is compromised. Interpreters available when the client does not speak English. All VICCIR counsellors, interpreters, and supervisors offer their skills and expertise pro bono. Regular individual and group supervision is provided as well as additional training in intercultural trauma treatment. Volunteer RCSWs must have their own liability insurance. Most clients are seen at the VICCIR centre in Victoria.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Carter, VICCIR Director of Services

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

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. 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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