Continuing Professional Development

BC Play Therapy Association

Somatic Play Therapy and Approach to Aggression
Date: Oct. 23-24, 2020 – Online, Zoom
Presenter: Candy Smith, LCPC, SEP, RPT-S

Participants will explore the neuroscience behind what is happening in Play Therapy and learn principles of Somatic Experiencing. On day two participants will learn how our Defensive responses of Flight, Fight and Freeze can help us understand Anger and Aggression and learn the importance of safety and how to build safety in the children.

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Thompson Nicola Branch of the BCASW
Online forum – 3pm, Tuesday, October 6th

(Kamloops) Thompson Rivers University social work and human services students are holding an online all-candidates forum to find out where the candidates in the upcoming BC election stand on social issues. This forum will help to inform students and other voters about important and pressing social issues the successful candidates will have to address.

The event is free, but registration is required

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Social Work and Suicide: Ethical Considerations for Practice

Thompson Nicola Branch of the BCASW

This workshop will explore ethical considerations pertinent to social work practice with people who experience or live with suicidal thoughts and behaviours, including suicide attempts and acute and chronic suicidal ideation.

Presenter – Rebecca L. Sanford, PhD, RCSW, School of Social Work and Human Service, Thompson Rivers University

Sponsored – Thompson Nicola Branch of the BCASW

5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Fee – BCASW members – $10, Non-members – $25

Email: for more info

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Ethical Dilemmas: Social Workers Providing Services to Seniors During COVID

Fraser River Branch of the BCASW

Participants will be presented with a case scenerio involving seniors at a long term care facility and how the constant changes in practices are impacting their physical and mental health.

Sponsored – Fraser River Branch of the BCASW

September 30, 2020 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom

Email: for more info

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BCASW Webinar

Advocacy and Social Work: An Essential Partnership (Part 1)

This free webinar is for BCASW members who want to build their advocacy skills and knowledge as well as for experienced advocates who can share their knowledge and support BCASW’s advocacy.

630pm 830pm, Thursday, September 24, 2020

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The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)

ONLINE TRAINING Access from Anywhere! –

Borderline Personality Disorder – Understanding and Supporting – September 10 or October 29

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience – September 17

Providing Support Remotely – Strategies for Helping From a Distance – September 22 or December 8

Addictions and Mental Illness – Working with Co-occurring Disorders – September 24 or November 4

Anxiety in Children and Youth- Practical Intervention Strategies- September 26

Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation – October 1-2

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Balancing Acceptance and Change – October 5, October 7 or November 30

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently – October 7 or December 15

Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth – October 20

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress – October 21-22

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations – October 27, November 17 or December 1

Critical Incident Group Debriefing – October 28

Brief Focused Counselling Skills – Strategies from Leading Frameworks – November 2-3

Harm Reduction – A Framework for Change, Choice, and Control – November 5

Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies – November 16

Depression – Practical Intervention Strategies – November 17

Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning, and Challenging Behaviours – November 18-19

Gender and Sexual Diversity in Youth – November 23-24

Motivational Interviewing – Strategies for Supporting Change – November 24

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

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

Crisis Response Planning – December 2

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

Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories – December 16

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Call: 204.452.9199

Cybercounselling Online Level 1 September 11 to December 17


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
    • Course is conducted asynchronously

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    Vancouver Basic Training in EMDR

    The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology

    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 November 20 to 22, 2020
Part Two January 22 to 24, 2021

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

Consultations: December 10, 2020, January 21, February 11, 2021
6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

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10-Week Online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Foundations Training

Centre For Mindfulness Canada in collaboration with the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
This program is an interactive and professional training in mindfulness. It is part of the training pathway for becoming a recognized Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher.
Dates: October 13 to December 15th, 2020
Location: Online.
Early Bird Rate (by Sept. 15): $2,300 CAD (Regular rate after is $2,600 CAD)
Presenters: Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat and Florence Meleo-Meyer.
CE: This training has been approved by Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for a total of 58.50 CE (CPD) credit hours.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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