Continuing Professional Development

Understanding Suicide to Prevent Suicide

Presented by Dr David Klonsky, Ph.D.

Fri, June 25, 2021, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Via Zoom CE credits: 3

Suicide, suicide attempts, and suicide ideation are difficult to predict and prevent. A practical, evidence-based explanation for suicide would not only empower us to understand and reduce our clients suicide risk but help our clients build lives worth living.
This presentation and workshop will teach participants to:
Identify the most common motivations for suicide.
Identify factors that facilitate progression from suicide ideation to suicide attempts.
Utilize current suicide theory to better understand and treat their clients suicide risk.

Dr David Klonsky, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and an expert on suicide and self-injury.

Lear More and Register here

Clinical Registration for RSWs


Presented by Alana Prashad RSW, Mark Hillenbrand RCSW, & Dianne Heath RSW

Wednesday, June 30, 5:00 PM

Why seek the Registered Clinical Social Worker designation? What resources are available to support your practice? How can you strengthen your application package? Do you have questions about the ASWB exam?
Hear more from the BCCSW and the BCASW and take the opportunity to ask your questions about professional regulation categories.

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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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Parenting Assessment Training Opportunity

BC College of Psychologists

Presenter: Dr. Peter Jaffe

June 23, 2021, 1:00-4:00 pm

Parenting Assessments in the Context of Domestic Violence Allegations: From Research to Clinical Practice.

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Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care A Way Forward

BCASW Seniors Community of Practice and the Health Advocacy Committee

Presented by Dr. Penny MacCourt, PhD, MSW

Thursday, June 17, 6:30-8:30 PM

Dr. MacCourt will present a summary of ARRCs report, Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care – A Way Forward and discuss ways in which social workers can assist in building support for the recommendations in the report.

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Counselling in a Changing World: A BCACC Virtual Conference

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

June 17-19. 2021
The wait is over and registration for BCACC’s first virtual conference, Counselling in a Changing World, is now open!

We’re pleased to bring you three days of inspiration, connection, and transformative learning. Our lineup of speakers have been featured on the world stage (hello, Oprah and TED Talks!), includes internationally influential therapists, and best-selling authors. Now, these renowned professionals bring their cutting-edge research and insights to conference attendees in interactive presentations and Q+A sessions. Bust the boredom of working in isolation over the past year and connect with your peers at this one-of-a-kind event.

Your all-access ticket includes:
Two pre-conference workshops: The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Child: Implications for Working with Indigenous Populations presented by Dr. Bruce Perry & Facing Lifes Challenges: A Meaningful Reply presented by Dr. Alfried Langle & Derrick Klaassen, Ph.D., R. Psych

Ten presentations that overlap conference themes: watch the pre-recorded presentations when it suits your schedule then attend the live Q+A’s designed for connection

Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Geri Bemister

Power Hour: A lightning round of 10 buzzworthy topics in 5-minute intervals

Dedicated networking and connection opportunities

20 Professional Development/CE hours

Certificate of Attendance

Wondering what else to expect? Check out the conference program and meet our speakers. Ready to register? Get your tickets now!

Three-Part Online Workshop Series: Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy

Presented by The Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health

Workshop 1: June 25th and 26th Working with Emotions in Depression and Anxiety
Workshop 2: July 9th and July 10th Assess, Regulate, Activate, and Transform Emotions in Psychotherapy
Workshop 3: July 23rd and 24th Working with Self-Interruptive Processes, Emotional Blocks and Avoidance of Emotions in Psychotherapy

Workshop Times: 11AM 2:15PM (EST)
Format: Live Broadcast via Zoom

This three-part series is designed by Dr. Leslie Greenberg and Dr. Serine Warwar, leaders in the field of psychology, and aimed at mental health professionals from various training backgrounds who wish to acquire specialized skills in working with emotions in psychotherapy. The Workshops will teach specific skills in working with emotional processes in clients struggling with various mental health issues. Video records of real therapy sessions will be used to illustrate client process and interventions.

Each workshop stands alone and registration in all workshops is not required. An early bird fee will be offered to those who register before May 30th, 2021. Please note, a discount is offered to participants who register for more than work workshop. We are also offering a discount to students.

For those who are not able to attend the broadcast, recordings of the workshops will be available for a period.

Registration & more information


Level 1 Cybercounselling course April 16 – July 15, 2021

Registration is now open!
Online counsellor training 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
Completely online, conducted asynchronously
Complete each weeks work at your own pace

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

BCASW members receive a 10% discount.

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BC Hear the Child Society

Non-evaluative Child Interview Training

This popular training was developed specifically for professionals who meet with children and believe children should have a voice in family justice matters that affect them. This program offers participants opportunities to develop or enhance skills in conducting non-evaluative child interviews and writing non-evaluative reports, and is presented by a team of multidisciplinary presenters and guest speakers from both legal and mental health professional backgrounds. As a participant, you will have hands-on experience over this 2-day interactive workshop to learn and discuss both the legal and procedural aspects of completing Hear the Child Reports.

When: June 3 and 4, 2021

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Where: Via online platform: involves participant interaction; computer
or other device with a camera and microphone will be required

Leaders: The training program will be led by Bev Churchill and a team of multidisciplinary trainers from the HTC Board and Roster.

More information and Register here

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.

View the courses here

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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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

7 Module Online Course with additional lessons for tip-sheets, articles, exercises, references

From a compassionate approach, this course offers a unique integration of practical, holistic insights and strategies addressing: resistance to self-care; shifting negative thinking; caregiver fatigue, self-care and ethics, utilizing the power of gratitude; setting healthy boundaries; managing anxiety/stress/anger; our healing power; changing unwanted habits, and much more! Certificate available.

Please Note: Course offered In gratitude to all Healthcare, Frontline, Essential Services at a time-limited special rate: $49 (Cad). (Regular $149Cad).

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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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