Sunday, April 26, 2015

Employment: Social Worker - South Vancouver Island

The Huntington Society of Canada is recruiting a Social Worker for the South Vancouver Island serving Victoria and Area (part-time, 25 hours per month). His/her role will be to facilitate a process whereby people living with HD, their caregivers, and family members (including those at risk) understand and adjust to the changes and losses brought about by Huntington disease.

Complete details of the position are available at

Resumes emailed to will be accepted until Monday, May 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM (ET). 

Professional Development: Palliative Care, Counselling Skills

Faculty Seminar Series

Navigating the Seven Cs of
Palliative Social Work:
Equipping Your Vessel

Online Seminar with Linda Turner, PhD

The field of Palliative Care offers social workers a wide range of experiences, opportunities, and responsibilities. In Navigating the Seven Cs of Palliative Social Work: Equipping Your Vessel, participants will consider the significance of seven essential aspects and be provided with suggestions and resources to pursue each further on their own. This session will be of interest whether you are an experienced Palliative Care social worker, or are considering Palliative Care as your next "career harbour domain."

June 8 - 14, 2015 | Online
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Counselling Skills Level 2:

Certificate Program On Campus with Jill Ceccolini and Debbie Van Horne

This course is designed to build on the counselling skills obtained in Counselling Skills Level 1. Mini lectures, discussions, reflective exercise, skill building activities, role play, and case studies will be used to guide participants in their learning. Since this is an experiential class, active participation will be invited during the program.

June 1 - 5, 2015 | 1459 LeMarchant Street, Halifax
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Counselling Skills Level 1:

Certificate Program On Campus with Jill Ceccolini and Debbie Van Horne

Counselling Skills Level 1 is designed to blend counselling theory with practice in order to develop counselling skills for individuals working in a helping profession. Mini lectures, discussions, reflective exercises, skill building activities, role-play, and case studies will be used as methods to guide participants in their learning. Since this is an experiential class, participants will be invited to share their experiences from their workplaces and to actively participate in the program.

July 6 - 10, 2015 | 1459 LeMarchant Street, Halifax

Register by May 25 for the discounted course fee.
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Professional Development: Personal Leadership: Discovering Energy, Balance and Courage - Surrey

Helping People Change Worshop Series

Personal Leadership: Discovering Energy, Balance and Courage

with Angie Dairou, MA

When: May 22, 23, 2015 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Cost: $300.00 per person (SIP Member and Early Bird Rates Available)
(Payment accepted via PayPal, Credit Card or Cheque)
Location: Phoenix Center, 13686-94A Avenue, Surrey, BC

"Angie has a great energy and inspiration. Her workshop totally opened a new door for my ways of being as a leader and as a human being", Samar Shata, Psychotherapist, Vancouver, BC

"Angie's workshop was absolutely transformational for me! She intuitively knew that I was READY to break free from long-standing inhibitions and facilitated a process that allowed me to energetically fling off some deep rooted coping stances. Thank you Angie for boldly encouraging me to stand in my true self.", Sharon J. Workshop Participant

"Angie's leadership workshop was inspiring, informative and fun! She deftly wielded her infectious enthusiasm, knowledge, and grit to engage me, facilitate transformative experiences, and reignite my energy for growth. I highly recommend her workshop.", Rick Miners, PhD, R.Psych

About the Program

Too often leaders are exhausted and out of balance.

This workshop will focus on Leading Self and wil include:
  • Finding energy: How you can lead with vitality without stress and exhaustion
  • Creating Balance: How to balance being congruent and peaceful with getting things done. Managing your energy so that external factors don't manage you.
  • Your personal team: The importance of creating support systems for both technical and human support and accountability.
  • Dealing with Stuckness and Distraction: Why being stuck is normal and why getting unstuck usually requires us to do less and be more.
  • Somatic Strategies: Using Somato-Respiratory Integration along with Satir questions to uncoer the anchors of old coping and unleash energy.
This workshop will incorporate lecturettes, film, discussion, experiential exercises, small group work and somato-respiratory integration activities as part of the program. This module focuses on Personal Leadership (rather than interpersonal leadership). Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel for the SRI exercises.

For more information see the attached brochure or contact:

Cindi Mueller, Administrator
Satir Institute of the Pacific
13686-94A Avenue
Surrey, BC V3V 1N1

Charity Reg. #858851082
Society #S-38709

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Professional Development: Interview with Dr. Yalom

If you’re a psychotherapist or training to become one, it’s likely you know the name Irvin D. Yalom.
Dr Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University with over 50 years clinical experience as well as an accomplished author. He has inspired generations of therapists with his text books Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, as well as his ‘teaching tales’ that contain psychotherapy themes central to his fiction and non-fiction books.
Dr Yalom’s latest book Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy is a collection of poignant and moving tales from psychotherapy. In these stories his patients grapple with life’s two greatest challenges: that we must all die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living.
I have admired Dr Yalom's teaching and writing for many years now, so was thrilled when he agreed to be interviewed by me for the Australia Counselling Podcast. In this interview we discuss:
  • Writing and psychotherapy: How he came to write this book and how his creative writing sits with his practice of psychotherapy.
  • Therapist disclosure: Throughout this book Dr Yalom makes honest disclosures in the here-and-now with his patients. He talks about how important therapist disclosure is in psychotherapy.
  • Facing the death of a client: What he learned about death from his patient Ellie, who called herself “a pioneer of dying”.
  • Not predicting where the therapy will go: The important ingredients that make for effective therapy and how he is sometimes completely surprised by the therapeutic journeys of his patients.
  • Taking a detailed history of a recent, 24 hour period: This strategy seems to uncover some surprising information about his patients, such as his patient Alvin, who he discovered through asking this question had so little intimacy in his life. Dr Yalom describes how he uses this intervention.
  • Brief therapy: With symptom focused, quick fix and short-term therapies becoming increasingly popular with governments, therapists and clients, Dr Yalom shares his view on whether in-depth psychotherapy is still relevant.
  • Giving up hope for a better past: How we can help our clients with the idea that change may come from actually giving up hope for a better past.
  • On being creative in therapy: How he worked creatively with some of his patients to bring about change and transformation in unexpected ways.
  • Effective psychotherapy: How much of his writing is part of his mission to educate and inspire young therapists about what effective psychotherapy looks like.
  • Group psychotherapy: His views on the importance of this type of therapy and positive changes he’s noticing with psychiatric resident group training.
Click the link below to listen to the podcast.

075: The Yalom Interview: Creatures of a Day and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

I hope you enjoy this episode!

To your success,

Clinton Power
Founder, Australia Counselling

Friday, April 3, 2015

Professional Development: Positive Outcomes for working with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Positive Outcomes for working with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Using the Satir Model

with Corrinna Douglas, MA, RCC

Why would we need to know how to work with families who have a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) disorder? Most of us have worked with families dealing with this disorder, whether we are aware of it or not. The symptoms can be subtle, but they are certainly impactful. FAS may occur when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. 

The impact on fetal development can cause central nervous system abnormalities resulting in learning disabilities, problems with language acquisition, hyperactivity, motor skill problems, social deficiencies and other problems. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. FAS is a lifetime syndrome; there is no cure. Families affected by this disorder come from every socioeconomic level and walk of life. Early intervention and ongoing treatment and support can help families and individuals learn to cope with and manage this syndrome with, often, very good results.

In her workshop, Positive Outcome for Working With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, a part of the Helping People Heal series, Corrinna Douglas will share her vast knowledge and experience of working with FAS with professionals who work with families. This workshop is open to counsellors and therapists, medical personnel, teachers and school counsellors, social workers, family lawyers, clergy and other professionals who help families affected by this disorder.

With positive interventions, much can be done to help families move in a positive direction. This may begin with recognizing that their child has FAS, ofttimes a devastating diagnosis for parents fraught with guilt, shame and hopelessness. Helping families to understand what they are dealing with and empowering them to help their children grow, while transforming the painful impacts does much to create hopeful and positive futures.

I recommend that every helping professional learn what they can about this important subject and treatment options. This 2 day workshop is open to all helping professionals. Please join Corrinna on April 24th and 25th, 2015 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Phoenix Center in Surrey, BC.

Call Cindi at 604-634-0572 or go to for more information or see the attached brochure

Satir Institute of the Pacific
13686-94A Avenue
Surrey, BC V3V 1N1

Charity Reg. #858851082
Society #S-38709

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Professional Development: Basic Training in EMDR - Vancouver

Vancouver Basic Training in EMDR
The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology is presenting Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Participants learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications. Such use is based on understanding the theoretical basis of EMDR, safety issues, integration with a treatment plan, and supervised practice.

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of Masters level training in a mental health discipline and must belong to a professional organization with a code of ethics, or be a graduate student in a supervised practicum or internship.

Instructor: Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R.Psych. EMDRIA Approved Instructor

Format: Lecture, discussion, demonstration, video - 20 hours
Supervised practice - 20 hours
Consultation (online or group meetings) - 10 hours


Part One September 11 - 13, 2015

Part Two November 27 - 29, 2015

Times: Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (3:30 on Sept 13)

Consultations: Mondays, October 19, November 16, 2015, January 18, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Location: Peretz Centre (6184 Ash St., Vancouver)

Tuition: $1,850 before July 29, 2015; $1,950 after
Previously trained EMDR clinicians updated for half price

Registration: (Basic Training, Vancouver page)

Contact: Alivia Maric, Ph.D., R.Psych. 604 251-7275