Continuing Professional Development

Creating Change for Children with Complex Trauma Histories: The Falcon Program Approach

Thompson Nicola Branch

Webinar via Zoom Hosted by the Thompson Nicola Branch
Thursday & Friday, May 13 & 14, 9:00 AM3:00 PM

Presenters: Katherine Gulley M.Ed., CCC, RCC, Rebecca L. Sanford, PhD, RCSW, & Kerry Woehle B.A.

One of the most polarizing topics with regards to working with children who have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences and who demonstrate challenging behaviours is the debate between those who advocate for behavioural interventions and those who advocate for relationship-focussed intervention. The divide between these camps can be vast with both finding much to criticize about the other. In fact, our work with children with trauma histories in the Falcon Program has taught us that neither approach (as they are typically defined) is sufficient to garner success with children and youth with complex needs. Positive behavioural support and trauma-informed relational approaches are, in fact, not mutually exclusive and must be integrated if children and youth with histories of adversity are to heal and develop the capacity to be successful in multiple environments. In this two-day workshop, we will share the history and evolution of the Falcon Program, the theory behind the model, and the step-by-step integrative approach to take to successfully work with children with trauma-based behaviours.

$100 Early bird (before April 19) BC Association of Social Workers members
$125 Early bird (before April 19) Non-members
$125 Late registration BC Association of Social Workers members
$150 Late registration Non-members

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Trauma Informed Approaches to Understanding Aggression and Revolutionize Therapeutic Practice with Children and Young People


BCASW Webinar via Zoom
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 25 & 26, 9:00 AM Noon

Presenter: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute.

During this online workshop, Lisa will weave together insights from interpersonal neurobiology and nervous system activation allowing therapists to understand how to co-regulate through the intensity, providing a level of insight which supports the transformation of aggression into ways of connecting and mutual trust.

$150 Early bird (before April 27) BC Association of Social Workers members
$200 Early bird (before April 27) Non-members
$200 Late registration BC Association of Social Workers members
$250 Late registration Non-members

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BC Play Therapy Association

May 1st, 2021
Presenter: Kadesha Adelakun, LCSW, RPT-S

This workshop presents effective ways to implement ethical and culturally informed case conceptualization and intervention in the playroom. We will discuss ways in which multicultural aspects can be infused in play therapy. Second part of the workshop will assist play therapists in moving from ally to accomplice in the playroom. Participants will learn to be aware of social issues that may come into the play and impact the therapeutic process.

Location: Online, Zoom

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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

Integrating Structural Theory and Social Work Practice


Presented by Heather Peters, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UNBC

630pm 830pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021
$10 BCASW members
$30 Non-members

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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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Differential Diagnosis Using the DSM-5: Improving Clinical Outcomes through Clear Assessment & Diagnosis

Presented by Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., MBA, ABPP

Live Streaming on April 14 – 15, 2021
Approved by the BC College of Social Workers to meet the criterion for course work in Assessment and Diagnosis (DSM) for RCSW applicants.
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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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