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How social workers can prevent compassion fatigue
Apr 5, 2018 7:00 pm EDT
Description

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • The difference between compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, vicarious trauma and burnout
  • How to assess your levels of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue
  • Why social workers go from passion to fatigue
  • Strategies you can begin using immediately to reduce and prevent compassion fatigue.

There will be ample time for audience Q&A at the conclusion of the presentation. 

Before Cannabis Becomes Legal: Social Work Practice Within a Changing Drug Culture
Mar 27, 2018 1:30 pm NDT
Description

This session will highlight considerations in preparation for legalized Cannabis in summer, 2018.  Societal and family norms will experience change, ranging from holding onto ‘what was’ to reaching for ‘what is’.  Social workers will have a first-hand perspective of these interactions. An overview regarding drug use culture, addiction, and adverse effects will be provided, compared to rationale for legalization and a harm reduction approach. Outcomes from other jurisdictions where Cannabis has been legalized will be discussed. Approaches to support/intervention will also be provided.    

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Unsettling Ourselves: Settler Engagement with Truth and Reconciliation
Mar 26, 2018 1:00 pm EDT
Description

In response to your requests, Sheri has requested that we attach a PDF copy of her piece to this archived webinar. She would like you to know that “I am trying to get this piece published – so that I can share it more widely with people. As my goal is to share it and to be a part of changing our relationships with each other, I am open to people sharing my work with others – as that is the whole point of doing this work. I would be honoured if this piece were to be a conversation starter – and if it were to inform some of how we view our role as settlers in the process of decolonization and reconciliation.”

Workshop Objectives:

  • To surface some historical truths of Canadian ‘settlement’ and the stories that obscure this truth
  • To reflect on the complexity and immensity of colonialization efforts
  • To consider the implications for the profession of social work and for each of us as social workers
  • To explore everyday strategies and steps toward decolonizing and reconciling

Description: There has been much discussion as of late about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Settlers on Turtle Island (North America) - with a particular focus on colonization, decolonization, and reconciliation. Over the past 500 or so years, under British and French then Canadian rule, and through a process of colonization, the settlers who immigrated to (what is now known as) Canada have directly and indirectly participated in the elimination and assimilation of Indigenous peoples through physical, biological, and cultural genocide. The time for decolonizing (reversing the policies, practices, and impacts of colonization) and for reconciling is long overdue.

In this workshop Sheri and Carolyn assert that, as Settlers, we need to turn our gaze inward to expose the colonial foundations of our ‘Settler Identities’. Without doing this difficult, self-reflective work there is little hope of transforming social work from a colonial project to a transformative process of reconciliation.

Resources
A SACRED STORY: Gladue Reports
Mar 21, 2018 1:00 pm EDT
Description

Learning Objectives:

  • What is a Gladue report and how does the Sacred Story fit in?

  • What are Gladue factors and what role do they play in an Individual’s life and in the courts?

  • Discuss intergenerational trauma and systemic trauma.

  • Where is Gladue now? As a professional what can I do to help my client?

First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cultures have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling. Storytelling is a traditional method used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, relationships, and ways of life. First Nations storytelling is a foundation for holistic learning, relationship building, and experiential learning.

Now story telling is brought into the westernized justice system to explain an Indigenous person’s life continuum through the Supreme Court ruling 718.2(e).

A coined phrase called a “Gladue Report.”

“Patience and trust are essential for preparing to listen to stories. Listening involves more than just using the auditory sense. Listening encompasses visualizing the characters and their actions and letting the emotions surface. Some say we should listen with three ears: two on our head and one in our heart.” (Archibald, 1997, p. 10).

Trauma and the Body: An Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Mar 13, 2018 2:00 pm EDT
Description

Learning Objectives:

-Learn how trauma is “remembered” in the body through implicit or body-based memories

-Explore the concept of the Window of Tolerance (Siegel, 1999) and how it informs working with a client’s arousal, the resolution of trauma-based symptoms and its use in psycho-education to normalize and pay attention to body-based experience

-Discover practical and specific mindfulness-based tools for working with the body

-Understand how  traumatic memories and/or developmental trauma patterns are integrated and the importance of mindfulness in this process

If you are curious about mindfulness and somatic approaches to trauma within Social Work practice I invite you to join me for this webinar.

Neuroscience research is showing us how the body holds the story of psychological trauma and traumatic attachment.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-based talk therapy that synthesizes the latest research to offer practical interventions for working gently, collaboratively and skillfully with the body to resolve trauma-based symptoms.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was developed by Pat Ogden, PhD, informed by the works of Ron Kurtz and the Rolf method, and enriched by contributions from the research on attachment, trauma, neuroscience, mindfulness and dissociation.

You will learn about how post-traumatic stress is exacerbated by implicit body-based memories and autonomic nervous system dysregulation and how trauma-related conditioned learning can be addressed with mindfulness-based techniques and physical interventions that characterize this therapeutic approach.

This presentation will be interactive and examples will be given along the way to illustrate the concepts. I look forward to meeting you online and exploring this topic together.

Honouring Jordan’s Principle: Putting Kids First
Mar 8, 2018 1:00 pm EST
Description

Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule to ensure that First Nations children have access to the services they need, when they need them. Jordan's Principle applies to all public services, including mental health care, special education, dental services, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical equipment, physiotherapy, respite for caregivers and more.

It has been more than 10 years since Jordan’s Principle passed unanimously in the House of Commons, and over a year since the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to implement Jordan’s Principle in a way that upholds substantive equality. Jennifer King will provide an overview of the Tribunal’s legal orders and discuss how community members and human service workers can ensure all First Nations children, on and off reserve, receive proper benefit from Jordan's Principle.

Is the bucket half full or half empty? Examining the mental health of children and adolescents today
Mar 6, 2018 1:30 pm NST
Description

If you cannot attend the live webinar, register now to be sent a link to the On-Demand presentation after the conclusion of the live event. 

The increased focus on the mental health needs of children and adolescents is presenting challenges to parents and to the service providers they approach.  This webinar will examine societal shifts that have contributed to current trends, assist social workers in discerning poor coping from anxiety, distinguish typical verses atypical behavior and development, and provide insight into the social workers role from a clinical perspective.

What supports are available for diverse older women who experience intimate partner violence?
Feb 27, 2018 12:00 pm EST
Navigating Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice
Feb 15, 2018 3:00 pm EST
Integrating Social Work into Medical Assistance in Dying
Feb 15, 2018 1:00 pm EST