Professional Development Opportunities

Enhancing Practice in Mental Health and Human Services.

Fall 2021 Courses

Dr Katharina Manassis, MD offers a UCalgary Social Work Professional Development course in Fall 2021
Dr. Jane Matheson PhD offers UCalgary Faculty of Social Work Professional Development courses in Clinical Supervison

Assessment, Case Formulation, and Treatment in Child & Youth Mental Health

September 27 - November 5, 2021
Katharina Manassis
FSW 252 - 002, Online Synchronous

Online learning with world-renowned child 
& youth mental health expert, Dr. Katharina Manassis!

This fall we're excited to welcome acclaimed author, certified child psychiatrist Dr. Katharina Manassis, M.D., FRCP(C) for a unique professional development opportunity.

During this 30-hour course, you'll have the opportunity to learn directly from a leading expert in an intimate on-line setting. The practical course will also allow you to apply techniques of mental health assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and cognitive behavioral intervention in children and youth. 

  • You can find out more in this UToday article.  
  • Dr. Manassis also recently guested on the UCalgary Faculty of Social Work Podcast - listen here!

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Clinical Social Work Supervision

November 1 - 30, 2021
Instructor: Jane Matheson

FSW 101-004, Offered Online

Are you currently supervising clinical staff? Are you planning to become a supervisor in the near future? This practical, online, workshop is designed for professionals with substantial front-line clinical experience who currently supervise staff (or will in the future.) The workshop explores the theoretical and structural underpinnings of supervision and examines issues in the clinical social work supervision environment.

This course is taught by Jane Matheson PhD, RSW (Clinical Registry). Jane's PhD research was a qualitative study in Social Work Supervision. Throughout her career she maintained this focus through a variety of roles including 35 years with Wood's Homes, most of that time as CEO. Prior to this, she was a family therapist with Alberta Mental Health and a Supervisor at Youthdale Treatment Centre in Toronto. 

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Alisha Datoo, MSW, RSW teaches a UCalgary Faculty of Social Work Professional Development Course in The Daring Way Brené Brown
Claire O’Gorman RN, MPH, teaches a University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work online professional development course in Harm Reduction

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Daring Way™

November 5 – 12, 2021
Instructor: Alisha Datoo

FSW 114 – 002, Online Synchronous

This Daring Way™ seminar focuses on four courage-building skills. You'll learn how to deal with fear and vulnerability, live into your values, build trust and learn to be resilient as you develop to become courageous and daring clinician.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, this course is led by Certified Daring Way facilitator Alisha Datoo, RSW, MSW. Alisha is also a registered social worker who brings clinical and leadership experience to her classes. Alisha has worked with individuals, couples, and groups from diverse backgrounds through various clinical roles including the Eastside Family Centre, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, and medical social work roles. Alisha is a is  a certified Daring Way facilitator.

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Harm Reduction Principles and Practice

November 8 – 22, 2021
Claire O'Gorman
FSW 109-003, Online Synchronous

Harm reduction is an approach to program development and community care that aims to minimize risks, particularly those associated with substance use, by “meeting people where they’re at” and supporting their own self-identified health goals.

This online course examines the principles of harm reduction within the Canadian context, information about harm reduction based services, and specific strategies for engaging with people who use substances through the lens of harm reduction.

Claire O’Gorman is a Registered Nurse with a Masters’ Degree in Public Health who works at the intersection of health and justice. She has worked alongside community agencies, researchers, and individuals with lived experience to plan, implement, and evaluate harm reduction and community-led initiatives in both Vancouver and Calgary.

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All of our courses carry Continuing Education Unit credits for professionals.


If a registrant withdraws from this course 7 or more business days prior to the start date of the workshop, the registrant will receive a full refund. No refunds on withdrawals 6 business days or less.

We reserve the right to limit registration in any program, to make changes to any print or electronic material and to cancel any program offering. If it is necessary to cancel a program because of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued.

Lawrence Murphy will offer an online Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course on the foundations of cyber counselling


Lawrence Murphy:
Foundations of Cybercounselling

In 1994, Lawrence Murphy co-founded of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, with the National Board for Certified Counselors. He also authored the first ethical code for online counselling.

Further details announced soon.

1. Some of the courses seem to have a different registration?
Yes, we are transitioning to a new registration tool with the courses starting in 2020.  However, the courses that are happening in 2019 still has the old registration system.  The new system is called Destiny One.  Please click here for FAQs on the new system,  

2. What happens if I want to cancel your registration?
If a registrant withdraws from this workshop 5 or more business days prior to the start date of the workshop, the registrant will receive a full refund minus an administrative fee of $30.00. No refunds on withdrawals 4 business days or less. Substitution of an eligible candidate will be allowed up to one business day before the start date of the workshop.

3. What happens if the organizers cancel a workshop?
We reserve the right to limit registration in any program, to make changes to any print or electronic material and to cancel any program offering. If it is necessary to cancel a program because of insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued or if wanted, a credit will be given toward registration in another program (if space is available).

4. Do I get Continuing Education Unit credits if leaving early or coming late during a workshop?
The workshops carry CEU credits for professionals.  In order to receive the credits, full attendance is required at the face to face workshops and in case of online courses, the requirements are listed on the website.  The Certificate of Participation will be provided at the end of workshops. Those leaving early or coming late will forfeit the Certificates. Normally, no partial credits are available.  In exceptional circumstances, partial credits may be provided if advance approval is sought in writing

5. What happens to to my personal information collected during registration process?
University of Calgary operates under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Your information will be used towards the education program that you have signed-up for and to provide you update information on similar education offerings.  For further information, please contact us at 403 220 2160 or