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March 2019

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently [London]

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and…

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Mental Health and Substance Use Best Practice Guideline Education

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

RNAO Region 2, Middlesex-Elgin, Huron-Perth & Oxford Chapters, in conjunction with the Mental Health Nursing Interest Group, will be hosting a Best Practice Guideline (BPG) workshop highlighting 4 mental health and substance use BPG's. nullAssessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour Crisis Intervention for Adults Using a Trauma-Informed Approach Engaging Clients Who Use Substances Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints

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April 2019

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of…

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The Internal Family Systems Model of Therapy:Treating Trauma & Addictions

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Developed over the past three decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based therapy that offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS is the most comprehensive model now emerging as the dominant therapeutic modality which regards the personality as a system of subpersonalities. Schwartz’s model states that in addition to the many parts that…

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Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

April 29 @ 9:00 am - April 30 @ 4:00 pm

Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed. Protective steps for enhancing helper wellbeing are also provided. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with…

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May 2019

Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses.…

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Legal Essentials: Principles Governing Consent, Capacity, Confidentiality, Documentation, Mandatory Reporting and The Duty to Warn

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The workshop will begin with a review of the legal principles governing consent and capacity to consent to treatment, counselling and care. We will then discuss the elements of a valid consent, the role of consent forms, statutory ages of consent, the broad definition of capacity, and the general principles governing the exercise of substitute consent. The second section of the workshop will begin with a discussion of the legal importance of good documentation policies and practices. This will be…

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FASD and the Criminal Justice System: What Can We Do?

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25 – $65

Adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, yet evidence remains limited regarding the best approaches for addressing this problem. Key identified needs include further education for professionals working in criminal justice contexts, and ensuring that policy shifts are evidence-informed. Through a series of presentations, an interdisciplinary panel, and round table discussions, this interactive event will: highlight the diagnostic process for FASD and key clinical characteristics that may lead to problems with…

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Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in a helping role, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Complicating matters is that difficult dynamics in the relationship are often amplified by different styles of communicating. This workshop reviews what contributes to these challenges, including the intra-personal, inter-personal, and organizational factors. By looking at case studies, participants will learn how to alter their interactions with clients they find difficult in order to transform unhealthy relational…

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June 2019

Getting Grounded

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In direct service work we often work with clients who are stuck or trapped in complicated emotional and social situations, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, helpless and angry or scared. We may not be able to help them turn these difficulties around in the short run. Clients then face having to dig in and struggle through whatever adversity comes their way or sink under the strain. Using recent neurological research and proven stress reduction methods, this workshop will provide practical tools…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$209 – $235

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both…

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November 2019

I Don’t Wanna Talk About It: Working With Hard to Engage Children, Youth & Families

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Working with difficult to engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients in therapy can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, their feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, their lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy. The first step in working with…

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