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May 2019

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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