Professional Development Opportunities

Enhancing Practice in Mental Health and Human Services.

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Upcoming Professional Development Courses


Harm Reduction Principles and Practice FSW 109-002

May 3 - 21, 2021
Instructor: Claire O'Gorman

FSW 109-002, Offered Online

Overview:

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 provides 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.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the historical and policy context of harm reduction based services in Canada.
  • Identify how the principles of harm reduction intersect with our own personal values.
  • Recognize the role of harm reduction within the continuum of care.
  • Identify when engagement through a harm reduction approach provides therapeutic benefit to individuals/clients.
  • Describe harm reduction based services including naloxone kits, safer smoking/injection/sex supplies, and supervised consumption services, including how to utilize, access, or refer clients to these services.

Instructor:
Claire O’Gorman is a Registered Nurse with a Masters’ Degree in Public Health and an interest in working 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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Parenting Capacity Assessments in Child Protection Matters

May 3 - 31, 2021
Instructor: Peter Choate

FSW 102-002, Offered Online

The Parenting Capacity Assessments (PCA) are an integral part of good case management as a vital method for determining the ability of a parent to meet the emotional, physical and developmental needs of their children. These assessments are complex examinations of the parenting environment and the fit between parent and child. They are different in scope and practice from assessments done for divorce and custody matters. They consider the safety of the child as paramount. Return to parental care is not always an option but other options may be open that involve the parent. The issues include, but are not limited to, matters of physical and emotional safety, the ability to provide for a nurturing attachment; the capacity of the parent to change; the ability of the parent to meet the standard of good enough parenting as well as the ability of the parent to overcome many serious obstacles such as addictions, mental health, their own histories of trauma, poverty and serious deficits in parenting skills. This online course will focus upon practical processes for these assessments along with appropriate theory.

This course addresses how Indigenous families and communities can be addressed in an anti-oppressive fashion. Inter-generational trauma, colonization and assimilation will factor into an assessment. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for Social Work and the results of the Report of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls will also form part of the considerations for assessment.

Racialized populations that have their own community approaches to effective parenting will be included in the course considerations.

The course will also address how and to what extent psycho-metric evaluation can be useful and in what ways it may lead to affirming systemic bias; how collateral data sources fit into the assessment and how to present the report and conclusions in ways that are useful to the diverse audiences of child protection workers, parents, lawyers and the courts. Best practice for report writing is considered as is representing the assessment and findings in court.

Course Details

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course successful participants will be able to:

  • Understand the appropriate scope of the child protection assessment including the differences between these and child custody assessments in divorce/separation matters;
  • Have a working knowledge of how to apply the “Good enough parenting” standard;
  • Understand the implications of the intersections betwee child protection and Indigenous and Racialized populations;
  • Understand how to ensure the referral is framed appropriately;
  • Have a working knowledge of an interview protocol;
  • Understand the severe limitations of the use of psycho-metric tools in these assessments;
  • Review how collateral data sources fit into an assessment;
  • Have an understanding of a layout for presenting findings in preparation for court testimony; and
  • Present conclusions and recommendations to court.

Following this program, practitioners will have a framework with which to begin working in this area or expand their assessment practice.

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Clinical Social Work Supervision

May 25 - June 28, 2021
Instructor: Jane Matheson

FSW 101-003, Offered Online

This practical online workshop in Clinical Social Work Supervision is geared for the professional who is currently supervising 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 will examine a variety of issues that occur within the clinical social work supervision environment.

Supervision is a contact experience – usually face to face – however it may also occur on the telephone, online or by videoconference or webcam so the HOW of interaction is important. To address this issue, two Zoom sessions are included in this course. Please check the times and dates of these sessions under the course section details. You will be able to access the course materials at your own convenience within the course duration.

 
Course Details

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of supervision from a social work perspective (such as definitions, the importance of context, differences between therapy and consultation, types, etc.)
  • Distinguish between practical examples of administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Apply clinical and administrative techniques of clinical supervision.
  • Define supervisory types – group, peer, supervision of supervision, etc. and consider how to use these and when.
  • Identify supervisory accountabilities including  contracting, documentation, legal issues, joint responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee, reporting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in supervision.
  • Identify one’s own supervisory style and how it is developed.
  • Identify supervisory interactions and apply these in role plays and practical applications.
  • Determine solutions to thorny issues in supervision that include building trust, complicated relationships, shame, honesty and forgiveness and power and authority.

Instructor:

Jane Matheson PhD, RSW (Clinical Registry) is the instructor for this workshop. Jane has an MSW from the University of Toronto and completed her PhD in 1999, undertaking a qualitative research thesis in Social Work Supervision: Women’s Process. She has been interested in and performing supervision since 1974. Jane has been working at Wood’s Homes for 34 years – she is presently the CEO. Prior to this, she was a family therapist with Alberta Mental Health and a Supervisor at Youthdale Treatment Centre in Toronto. Jane is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor and has been associated with the Association of Social Work Boards out of Washington, DC on the Examination Committee and a Task Force on Supervision.
 

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Daring Way™

June 4 – 11, 2021
Instructor: Alisha Datoo

FSW 114 – 001, Online Synchronous

Overview:

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, this Daring Way™ seminar focuses on four courage-building skills. Led by a Certified Daring Way facilitator, learn how to deal with fear and vulnerability, live into your values, build trust and learn to be resilient as a way to develop as a courageous and daring clinician.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify how self-awareness plays a critical role in social work
  • Explore and recognize the importance of your values and your story, drawing on parallels with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy
  • Recognize the research behind shame and vulnerability as the foundational skill set of courage
  • Apply four measurable and teachable resilience skills
  • Describe how armour (as oppose to fear) is the biggest barrier for wholehearted living, leading and supporting clients.

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Clinical Social Work Supervision

November 1 - 30, 2021
Instructor: Jane Matheson

FSW 101-004, Offered Online

This practical online workshop in Clinical Social Work Supervision is geared for the professional who is currently supervising 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 will examine a variety of issues that occur within the clinical social work supervision environment.

Supervision is a contact experience – usually face to face – however it may also occur on the telephone, online or by videoconference or webcam so the HOW of interaction is important. To address this issue, two Zoom sessions are included in this course. Please check the times and dates of these sessions under the course section details. You will be able to access the course materials at your own convenience within the course duration.

 
Course Details

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of supervision from a social work perspective (such as definitions, the importance of context, differences between therapy and consultation, types, etc.)
  • Distinguish between practical examples of administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Apply clinical and administrative techniques of clinical supervision.
  • Define supervisory types – group, peer, supervision of supervision, etc. and consider how to use these and when.
  • Identify supervisory accountabilities including  contracting, documentation, legal issues, joint responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee, reporting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in supervision.
  • Identify one’s own supervisory style and how it is developed.
  • Identify supervisory interactions and apply these in role plays and practical applications.
  • Determine solutions to thorny issues in supervision that include building trust, complicated relationships, shame, honesty and forgiveness and power and authority.

Instructor:

Jane Matheson PhD, RSW (Clinical Registry) is the instructor for this workshop. Jane has an MSW from the University of Toronto and completed her PhD in 1999, undertaking a qualitative research thesis in Social Work Supervision: Women’s Process. She has been interested in and performing supervision since 1974. Jane has been working at Wood’s Homes for 34 years – she is presently the CEO. Prior to this, she was a family therapist with Alberta Mental Health and a Supervisor at Youthdale Treatment Centre in Toronto. Jane is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor and has been associated with the Association of Social Work Boards out of Washington, DC on the Examination Committee and a Task Force on Supervision.

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Daring Way™

November 5 – 12, 2021
Instructor: Alisha Datoo

FSW 114 – 002, Online Synchronous

Overview:

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, this Daring Way™ seminar focuses on four courage-building skills. Led by a Certified Daring Way facilitator, learn how to deal with fear and vulnerability, live into your values, build trust and learn to be resilient as a way to develop as a courageous and daring clinician.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify how self-awareness plays a critical role in social work
  • Explore and recognize the importance of your values and your story, drawing on parallels with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy
  • Recognize the research behind shame and vulnerability as the foundational skill set of courage
  • Apply four measurable and teachable resilience skills
  • Describe how armour (as oppose to fear) is the biggest barrier for wholehearted living, leading and supporting clients.

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WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
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. 


PROGRAM CANCELLATION:
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.

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