Friday, June 27, 2014

Training: Gottman Couples Training - Vancouver & Calgary

Gottman Certification Trainings and Workshops

Vancouver & Calgary

Would you like to have a toolbox of interventions to give to couples

that couples love to use ?

Gottman Level 1 Training

Bridging the Couple Chasm

This is the 1st step in learning Gottman Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop. Level 1 training will give you new insight into couples’ struggles using research based assessments and effective interventions.

Vancouver Sept. 29 & 30, 2014
Calgary November 3 & 4, 2014

Gottman Level 2 Training
Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities
Deepen your understanding of Gottman Couples Therapy and expand your strategies & interventions in your work with couples. Practice using Gottman interventions in group role-plays while receiving personalized coaching.
Vancouver Oct. 1-3, 2014
Calgary Nov. 5-7, 2014

The Art & Science of Love - A two-day Gottman Workshop for Couples
Vancouver Oct. 25 & 26, 2014 Edmonton March 7 & 8, 2015
Calgary Nov. 8 & 9, 2014

Join us for a dynamic experience of interactive live training with Lawrence Stoyanowski and Darren Wilk who are Certified Gottman Therapists with a wealth of experience working with the Gottman couples method. They are 2 of only 13 therapists in the world trained to teach Levels 1, 2, & 3 Gottman Workshops. They are also Senior Consultants mentoring therapists in the certification process.
For more info call: 604-539-5277 or email:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Editorial: Social Workers in Child Protection

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Times Colonist (2014).

When something goes wrong with a child-welfare case, the system comes under criticism. That stings those who are on the front lines: social workers. However, the failures stem not from the work they do, but from the work they can’t do because of a lack of resources.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s children and youth representative, has released a report that says social workers failed to protect a 10-year-old boy from his mother, who struggled with addictions. The boy was put in the care of his maternal grandparents with the directive that he not be left alone with his mother. He was severely injured in a car crash on an outing with his mother and her boyfriend. Five years later, he continues to suffer from the effects of those injuries.

Turpel-Lafond said the case illustrates the child-welfare system’s flawed response to the problem of parental addictions.

“When it comes to social work, protection of the child’s best interest should trump everything else,” says her report, Children at Risk: The Case for a BetterResponse to Parental Addiction.

Social workers are keenly aware of that, says Doug Kinna, vice-president of the social information and health component of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union. “They just don’t have enough resources to do the work they are mandated to do.”

In February, Turpel-Lafond issued a report concerning the suicide of a 14-year-old girl living on a rural First Nations reserve. The girl, who had suffered abuse and lived with a violent and mentally ill mother, had repeatedly sought help, but was let down by all those who should have helped her.

One social worker in the region was doing the job of seven, Turpel-Lafond said.

And therein lies much of the problem.

“[Social workers] have an incredible load,” said Kinna. “The ministry pretty much relies on free overtime to get the work done.

“It’s frustrating. When I tell them to quit doing free overtime, they say they can’t. They just want to be sure the kids are safe. I think the ministry takes advantage of that.”

Being a social worker in the child-welfare system can be a stressful job at the best of times.

“They never know what they’re going to run into when they go out,” said Kinna. “Something that can seem fairly innocuous can turn into a horror show.”

In addition to heavy loads, MCFD social workers must make difficult choices. If they take too many children away from families, they go against the ministry’s emphasis on keep families together. Leaving children with families involves risks.

The B.C. government has the unenviable task of balancing the budget; nevertheless, every effort should be made to ensure MCFD social workers have sufficient support and resources to do their jobs.

That’s difficult to do within the ministry’s budget, but perhaps part of the solution can be found in other budgets. Is the $26 million a year spent by the minister of citizens’ services and open government on “communications and public engagement,” for example, more important than the safety of a child? Trimming 10 per cent from that ministry’s $260-million budget for “integrated workplace solutions” would hire quite a few social workers.

As with past issues, Stephanie Cadieux, minister of children and family development, said her office will work with Turpel-Lafond and is already “strengthening our efforts in this area and strengthening our practice at the front line.”

For the sake of the children, social workers need relief. They have had to be flexible, but when flexibility reaches the point of being stretched too thin, bad things happen.

© Copyright Times Colonist

Training: PTSD and DBT Treatment - Vancouver

Intro to DBT course – Fall Session

Date: Fridays from 9-12pm from September 19 through December 5, 2014

Location: DBT Centre of Vancouver - #1040-1200 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC 

We are offering a Fall Session for the Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) course. This course, offered as part of an ongoing consultation and training program at the DBT Centre, covers all aspects of DBT including individual therapy, skills training, telephone consultation, and consultation teams.

The course takes place at our downtown office on Fridays from 9-12pm from September 19 through December 5, 2014. Please note: The content is the same as our previously offered 36-week course. The schedule was changed to 3 hours per week for 12 weeks to make it easier for many to attend.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Integrating PTSD Treatment into DBT for Suicidal and Self-injuring Clients with BPD

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Location:  Italian Cultural Centre, Trattoria Hall, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver BC 

This one-day workshop, presented by Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., from the University of Washington, will describe a treatment approach developed specifically for the high-risk population of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), incorporating Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE).

For more information or to register, please visit:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Training: Continuing Studies - UBC

Brand new courses specifically focusing on health care aim to strengthen your professional practice. All courses can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Collaborative Practice or taken individually.

Cristine Urquhart, MSW, RSW

This two-day knowledge and skills-based workshop provides a foundation in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based communication style shown to enhance engagement, increase readiness, reduce discord, and guide conversations to support health and related change.
Jun 13-14, 9am-4pm, UBC Point Grey

Isabel Budke, MRM
Discover the value of constructive conflict and practice collaborative conflict management skills tailored to the healthcare context.
Jun 13-14, 9am-4pm, UBC Robson Square, plus online learning and practice

Mark Lau, PhD, RPsych
Learn the key aspects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) through didactic instruction and experiential exercises. Gain an understanding of the link between a model of cognitive vulnerability to depression and the development of MBCT to prevent recurrent depression.
Jun 20, 9am-4pm, UBC Robson Square

This evening session focuses on how neuroscience research is informing addiction practice and policy and what supports are available for individuals and families.
FREE Jul 8, 6:30-9pm, UBC Robson Square

New skills-based training focusing on gambling addiction, trauma informed practice and links to motivational interviewing, addiction and pain, pharmaceutical approaches to addiction treatment, and intercultural considerations for diagnosis and care. Learn from other leaders in the field and colleagues in these interactive three days. Single day rates available.
Jul 9-11, 9am-4pm, UBC Point Grey

A 15% group discount is available.

Find out more and register or call 604.827.4234

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Job Posting: Director, Advocacy for Children and Youth

Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
Burnaby, B.C.
Director, Advocacy for Children and Youth
Bring vision, leadership and outstanding program management to a vital provincial role
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience, but target salary range is $95,000.00plus an employee benefits package equivalent to 20% of base salary
The Representative for Children and Youth is an Independent Officer of the B.C. Legislature and works to influence positive change to the province’s child and youth serving system. The Representative’s office provides advice and advocacy support to people dealing with the service system, monitors and reviews government services to children and youth, and reviews deaths and critical injuries of children and youth who are receiving services. For more information on the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, please visit our website at
The Director leads a team of Advocacy staff and is responsible for policy and procedure development, human resources, budget and financial management. This is a high-profile role that develops, recommends and implements strategies to respond to systemic issues affecting service delivery for children and youth in B.C. and provides support for best practices and inclusive approaches to advocacy. You are a highly effective communicator and collaborator who builds and maintains productive working relationships with government, community and Aboriginal organizations.

The successful candidate has a degree or graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as advocacy, social work, community development, dispute resolution or law, significant professional experience in the field of child rights and working directly with children and youth, and demonstrated public sector experience leading a complex program. Preference may be given to applicants who are of Aboriginal descent. Relocation costs may be considered.

TO APPLY before 4:30 p.m., July 9th, 2014.

Your application package must be submitted by email to

To apply for this position you must submit a resume and cover letter. Only those applications submitted to the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth directly by email will be considered.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Training: Strengths-based CBT Training - Vancouver


A New Two-Day Workshop Presented by Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.

I am very excited to let you know about a different kind of workshop that we will be offering this fall across Canada. It is the first in a new series of "Show Me!" workshops being presented by world renowned cognitive therapist Dr. Christine A. Padesky.

We will have a chance to see inside a master clinician's mind, virtually taking the top off of Dr. Padesky’s head and having a look at how she is formulating her therapeutic interventions. The workshop is structured around clinical role-play demonstrations which Dr. Padesky will then slowly unpack, allowing us to follow her decision making as the interaction unfolds. Following each demonstration and lengthy debriefing attendees will get a chance to work on the same skills.

When I first started attending workshops given by Dr. Padesky more than 20 years ago, I and my colleagues were convinced that she had a secret stash of magic powders that made her clinical work so effective. However, I have since realized that her skill developed over time through her continual analysis of what works and what doesn’t. This workshop lets us listen in as she makes a myriad of decisions concerning what paths to follow as she does this.

Strengths-Based CBT: Show Me! will be held in Vancouver on October 7 & 8, in Ottawa on October 28 & 29, and in Toronto on November 5 & 6. It gathers together all of the various elements of strength- and resilience-focused therapy developed by Dr. Padesky over the last few years, to show how and when to integrate these skills into standard CBT.

It promises to be a really useful and refreshingly different way to hone skills and improve learning. All the details (agenda, prices, venues) are posted on our website, where you can book a place and pay on line, request an invoice be sent to your employer, or download a brochure. I do hope you will be able to join us for this excellent training this fall.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me, Lorna Tener,

Lorna Tener
Psychologist, Cognitive Workshops
Tel: 613-238-4971 or 888-379-4770,

Job Posting: Recruiting SW's for London UK

A bit far away, but thought I'd put this out there. 

Come and work in London
Interviews being held in July in Toronto

London in the United Kingdom has it all – rich history, a vibrant night life, striking architecture and wide-open green spaces. If you are interested in living and working in a city that has it all, we can help.
The London Borough of Newham has partnered with HCL Social Care to recruit several qualified social workers for fulltime permanent positions. We will be interviewing for these roles in the city centre of Toronto on 28 and 29 July. To register your interest now, click here or email
Newham is a great place to be a social worker. It’s an incredibly diverse borough with a young population and is experiencing considerable regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy. The borough is changing and so are the services we provide vulnerable children and young people. We have a permanent and stable management team in Children’s Social Care and are now recruiting experienced social workers to the remaining vacancies in our Assessment, Intervention and Looked After Children’s Teams.
Newham is looking for high performing practitioners who would like the opportunity to develop their skills in complex casework, who are committed to working well with partners across the borough and to delivering excellent outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families.
HCL Social Care and The London Borough of Newham understand that moving to the UK is a daunting and exciting prospect and will support you every step of the way by offering:
  • A clear competency and career progression path, including a workforce development programme designed to build your capacity to assess effectively, manage risk, plan in an outcome focused way and undertake effective direct work with children and young people.
  • Training in systemic approaches; social workers have access to an 18 day accredited Foundation Course.
  • Help sourcing accommodation for your arrival to the UK.
  • Assistance with travel arrangements.
  • Help collating the documentation required for your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Advice on how to do the little things, like obtaining your National Insurance number and how to set up a bank account in the UK.
In return we will require you to:
  • Be prepared to work in the UK for a minimum of two years.
  • Hold a suitable social work qualification.
  • Possess a minimum of three years applicable working experience.
  • Be prepared to register with the HCPC.
  • Hold a valid driving license.

If you are looking for a new challenge and would relish the chance to work in a dynamic environment, email your CV to or alternatively you can register your interest by clicking here and filling in the form. After reviewing your CV, HCL Social Care will arrange and conduct an initial telephone interview. If you are successful, you will then be invited for an interview in central Toronto on July 28 or 29. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Global Social Work Activism: The Orange Tide

The Orange Tide: “Best example of social work led social-action in the world right now”

Consejo General del Trabajo Social (2014). 
Rory Truell (Newly, Northern Ireland, 1966) is secretary-general of the International Federation of Social Workers. On 16 May he joined the delegates meeting for IFSW Europe that took place in Madrid. He discusses the current situation of social services and social work all over the world and defends the needing of the orange tide.
(Leer en castellano)
In a context of crisis, which are the challenges for social workers all over the world?
One of the challenges we have is to inform governments on the critical function of social work. Social workers play a very important role in supporting families and communities to be able to be productive and contribute to society. If we took away social workers, communities and families wouldn’t have the support systems that they need, this is very negative for society and the economy. Many governments don’t understand the relationship between social support and economic productivity. So, we The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and all our members need to continue to inform governments on the critical work that social workers perform.
What is the direction of social work services in the world?
There is a strong trend internationally for social work to reclaim a community development perspective. In recent years many governments have tried to push social work to a small corner where we only work with a child or an individual. But social work is much more than this. Social work helps build functioning communities and assists families to find sustainable solutions and change the dynamics that cause the problems.
Is there a way back? Would we be able to recover to previous levels of social cohesion and equality?
The trouble for Spain and the other countries affected for austerity is the systems that make an economy work are being cut. What we notice is that people who are qualified leave their countries to take up jobs in other places. People are not able participate in education and this will also negatively effect the rebuilding of society. Youth unemployment, cuts in health and other in the systems that stabilize communities all are counter productive to rebuilding your economy.
How long will it take the austerity-affected countries to recover?
I think it will take more than one generation for the systems to rebuild back up. This is a huge failure of the European Union and others bodies who have insisted on austerity. Even in the USA the government responded to the economic crisis by buying the banks and putting in place stimulus packages, which have helped their recovery. But there seems to be one set of rules for the powerful countries and another set of rules for the less powerful countries. And as social workers we see the enormous human costs, the psychological pain, the suicides, the poverty and loss of trust and hope. Tragically this will not only scar the lives of this generation, but it will also damage the lives of our children.

What would be a desirable outcome of the current meeting?
Social work internationally is very exciting at moment, because social workers all over the world are saying the same messages. No cuts, invest in people, and that social workers have answers and solutions for today’s problems. We have so much experience working with social policies that don’t work, and with policies that have worked. I see the delegates meeting as an opportunity for us to continue to express the solutions to the current crisis, especially here in Spain.

In August the International meeting in Melbourne, Australia, will take place. What do you expect from that meeting?
One of the exciting topics that will be decided at the world meeting in Melbourne is the new international definition of social work. This has a much more community development focus and it reflects the old and new voices of social work, in all the regions of the world. When the last international definition of social work was agreed 12 years ago IFSW had about 64 member countries now we have 116 member countries. Most of our new members are from Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. In these places very high quality social work is being practiced, just as it is in Europe and North America, and it is very important that all of these regions, and new members have been able to contribute fully to the way we describe the profession.

In Spain, the professional organisation is protesting in the streets with the orange tide movement. Should this movement expand to other countries?
In my job, I visit many countries around the world and I speak with social workers. One thing I always tell them is look at the Spanish social workers. I highlight Spain and the Orange Tide as the best example of social work led social-action in the world right now. I see that the work you are doing with regular colorful, non-violent protests is capturing the attention of the media and effectively sending strong messages that the government can’t ignore. I believe that because of your work, social services are not as badly cut, as they would otherwise have been. And I also see the Orange Tide giving social workers, and people you use social services hope, direction and a voice. I would like to see the orange tide spread to Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and to the rest of the world.

Job Posting: Guardianship/Child Protection Social Worker - Bella Bella, BC

The Heiltsuk Kaxla Society (HKS) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Guardianship/Child Protection Social Worker who has a strong background in First Nation practice.

Working in Bella Bella, BC, you will work collaboratively with all our Heiltsuk partners and the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD). Your main responsibility will be to oversee Child Protection and Guardianship Service to the community of Bella Bella.

Click the link for the FULL job description: