Professional Development Opportunities

Enhancing Practice in Mental Health and Human Services.

Upcoming Workshops

Starting Dates for upcoming workshops. Details below. 

Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2020 Courses - NEW


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals Certificate

Sept 17 - Nov 10, 2020, Calgary and Online

Presented by Deborah Dobson, PhD, RPsych

The 30-hour practice and skills-based Certificate program will focus on the fundamentals of CBT’s core competencies and will include assessment, case conceptualization, practical tools and techniques. 

EB General = $945; Regular = $1,045 SOLD OUT
EB FSW Field Instructor = $845; Regular = $945 SOLD OUT
EB Student = $845; Regular = $945 SOLD OUT
Early Bird ends Sept 2, 2020

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Harm Reduction Principles and Practices

Nov 16-29, 2020; Online Revised Dates

Presented by Claire O'Gorman, RN, BScN, MPH

This online course will provide an overview of the history and 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.

EB General = $175 + GST; Regular = $195.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $115 + GST; Regular = $135 + GST
EB Student = $115 +GST; Regular = $135 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 25, 2020 Revised Date

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Clinical Social Work Supervision

November 2 - 30, 2020; Online

Presented by Jane Matheson, PhD, RCSW

This online workshop in Clinical Social Work Supervision is intended to be practical and geared for the professional who is already doing supervision, or is on the cusp of a supervisory position and has substantial front-line clinical experience. The workshop will explore the theoretical and structural underpinnings of supervision and then examine a variety of issues from the supervisor’s point of view.

EB General = $315 + GST; Regular = $345.00 + GST SOLD OUT
EB FSW Field Instructor = $225 + GST; Regular = $245 + GST SOLD OUT
EB Student = $225 +GST; Regular = $245 + GST SOLD OUT
Early Bird rate ends Oct 11, 2020

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Understanding and Intervening with Substance Abuse

November 2 - 30, 2020; Online

Presented by Peter Choate, PhD, RCSW

Substance Abuse is a widespread issue within our society affecting individuals, families and the community at large. The course will provide students with a theoretical and skills foundation for working with individuals and families.

EB General = $315 + GST; Regular = $345.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $225 + GST; Regular = $245 + GST
EB Student = $225 +GST; Regular = $245 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 11, 2020

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Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

3:00 - 6:00 pm MST, Nov 5 and 6, 2020; Online

Presented by Martin Antony, PhD

This workshop will provide step-by-step cognitive and behavioural strategies for treating OCD. Participants will learn about the theoretical foundations and practical application of well-established behavioural approaches (e.g., exposure and response prevention) and cognitive approaches (e.g., experiments, cognitive restructuring), as well as emerging acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches.

EB General = $175 + GST; Regular = $195.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $115 + GST; Regular = $135 + GST
EB Student = $115 +GST; Regular = $135 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 14, 2020

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Using the DSM-5 in Mental Health Care: From Diagnosis to Treatment Planning

Nov 9 - Dec 7, 2020; Online

Presented by Michael Lee Zwiers, Ph.D., R. Psych

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the primary diagnostic system used in North America. The DSM system is used to identify mental health conditions in individuals, to communicate with clients and other professionals, and to inform treatment. This interactive course supports participants to become familiar with the DSM-5 and apply its framework to work with clients in treatment, while improving communication with other professionals.

EB General = $315 + GST; Regular = $345.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $225 + GST; Regular = $245 + GST
EB Student = $225 +GST; Regular = $245 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 18, 2020

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Writing through Bereavement: Reconstructing Meaning in Loss

3:00 - 6:00 pm MST, Nov 19 and 20, 2020; Online

Presented by Robert Neimeyer, PhD and Reinekke Lengelle, PhD

In this workshop we explore the possible role of a sample of creative life writing techniques in which stories of loss can be written and re-written, metaphorically expressed, therapeutically deepened and used to prompt further work with others in support groups or in the client’s personal journal.

EB General = $175 + GST; Regular = $195.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $115 + GST; Regular = $135 + GST
EB Student = $115 +GST; Regular = $135 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 28, 2020

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Traumatic Dissociation, Emotion Dysregulation, and the Loss of Self: Toward a Pathway of Recovery

3:00 - 6:00 pm MST, Nov 26 and 27 AND Dec 3 and 4; Online

Presented by Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

This workshop will discuss treatment challenges frequently encountered in trauma treatment from a clinical and neurobiological perspective. Practical strategies on how to deal with these difficulties will also be outlined throughout the seminar. The importance of the therapeutic alliance and the effect of traumatic re-enactments on the part of both the therapist and the client will be discussed.

EB General = $315 + GST; Regular = $345.00 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $225 + GST; Regular = $245 + GST
EB Student = $225 +GST; Regular = $245 + GST
Early Bird rate ends Oct 11, 2020

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Upcoming Workshops

Summer 2021 Courses - NEW


Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery

June 10 - 11, 2021; Calgary

Presented by Anna Baranowsky, PhD, CPsych

In addition to presenting a didactic foundational understanding of the theoretical tenants of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this course will provide experiential training in effective approaches inspired by CBT, Neuroplasticity, and the Psychophysiology of trauma.

EB General = $330 + GST; Regular = $360.00 + GST
EB AHS = $240 + GST; Regular = $260 + GST
EB FSW Field Instructor = $240 + GST; Regular = $260 + GST
EB Student = $240 +GST; Regular = $260 + GST
Early Bird ends May 19, 2021.

Co-hosted with AHS Calgary Zone Social Work Professional Practice Council.

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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 fswcrc@ucalgary.ca.

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 fswcrd@ucalgary.ca