Sunday, May 31, 2015

Private Practice: Marketing and Business Advice and Tools

Dear therapist colleague

As the saying goes, “time flies when you are having fun”.
And I’ve sure been having fun doing The Ask Juliet & Clinton Show with my co-host, Vancouver copywriter and marketing coach Juliet Austin. I can’t believe we’ve already published 14 episodes!
All 14 episodes are now published on Australia Counselling Members - Or, you can also listen or watch them on The Ask Juliet & Clinton Show website.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the marketing questions we have answered already:
Hope you can listen or watch a few episodes.
Thanks again for those of you who have given us feedback on the show --and keep sending in your questions! - We love answering them.
To your success,

Clinton Power
Founder, Australia Counselling

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Advocacy: BCASW: Security and Safety for All Children in BC

May 27, 2015
BCASW Speaks to the Responsibility to Secure Safety for All Children
VANCOUVER, BC - The British Columbia Association of Social Workers remains deeply concerned that children suffer as a result of multi-system failure to protect them. The report, Paige's Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young Life Discarded, released by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth on May 14 describes one such story in bleak detail.
We all must accept responsibility for the well-being of children. We must also accept responsibility for the impact of our judgments of parents who struggle with addictions and of the front line social workers involved in the lives of families. Indifference is not a word that can describe what the vast majority of social workers feel. Frustration, anger, exhaustion, sadness, and helplessness are far more common states of mind.
Social workers, teachers, and health professionals cannot prevent child abuse without the involvement and commitment of all citizens. Government policy and practice that demonstrates full parenting responsibility for children in care requires adequate staff levels; adequate resources; commitment to addressing poverty, addictions, and discrimination; and a commitment to finding secure, loving homes and connections for children well beyond the age of 19 years. We all want people in our lives who will be there for the long haul.
Child protection workers need adequate supports to do their jobs. Their positions must be designed to sustain high morale in order to attract and retain social workers who choose to do the difficult work of safeguarding children. Only with a healthy system can success for children in need be achieved.
BCASW calls for services to be extended to children in care beyond the age of 19 years. Paige’s need for help did not end the day she turned nineteen.
For further information:
Dianne Heath MSW RSW, Executive Director
Carol Ross MSW, BCASW Lead on Child Protection
402 - 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6J 4S5
T 604 730.9111
Toll free in BC 1 800 665.4747

Global: Botswana: Social Workers Agents of Change

Botswana: Social Workers Agents of Change


The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane says social workers are integral in the development of the country and as such they must take themselves seriously.

He said tracing the history of social work, it indicates that it has always intended to promote human dignity.
Officiating at the Botswana National Social Workers Association (BONASWA )conference held under the theme Dignity and Worth of a Person: Implications on Children, Mr Tsogwane challenged social workers to believe in themselves as they were leaders who play a key role in promoting dignity and worth of a person in everything that they do.

Mr Tsogwane said they promote social change, social justice, end discrimination, social injustice, oppression and poverty in the society.

The minister expressed happiness that as they celebrate their profession, they found it important to do so by recognising the lives of children that they provide assistance to on their daily line of work.

He said their primary role is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet human basic needs with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.
Mr Tsogwane said the President always emphasises on the dignity of citizens as he wants to see all Botswana having respect and dignity and hoped the social workers would help to achieve that.
“You will recall that the President’s number one priority is job creation which plays a pivotal role in improving livelihoods of our communities.

Furthermore his other focus is ownership of land and housing by Batswana,” he added.

Mr Tsogwane said that was an indication that the government was committed to improving the livelihoods of Batswana.

He said the theme goes on to touch on lives of children noting that what the child experiences today would influence how that child turns out to be in future.

The minister said if the child grows up without dignity it might result in low self-esteem and praised the association for discussing such issues in their conference as their responsibility to give hope to the hopeless.
 He said his ministry was proud to have been tasked with the protection of children and the community they live in.

Mr Tsogwane emphasised the need for all those in the helping professions to be able to work together for promoting the well-being of the nation.

He said concerted efforts and synergy were needed to ensure the battle against poverty eradication was won.

For her part, BONASWA president, Ms Felistus Motimedi called on the government to recognise their association and take social workers as part of solution to challenges faced by the communities.

She said their association was not a labour movement but a professional movement with a role to promote social change, development, social cohesion and also promote empowerment and liberation of people.
Ms Motimedi said in their profession they do all sort of things such as counseling, advocate, develop and also administrate.

In addition she explained that dignity and worth of a person is one of the core values of social work, however she mentioned some of the barriers experienced with this value, in relation to children as: enforcement of the Children’s Act as well as the Births and Deaths Registration Act; substantive national resources allocated to children related initiatives and activities.

She also noted that children living with disabilities are still discriminated against and often considered “an embarrassment.” Social workers are relevant people to tackle such challenges hence the need to take them as part of the solution.

Ms Motimedi also advocated for social workers in schools to focus on children who come from poverty stricken families.

Originally published in AllAfrica Dailynews

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Global: Social work in Greece 'I haven't been paid for nine months'

Social work in Greece: 'I haven't been paid for nine months' 

Grassroots groups are supporting people abandoned by the welfare state, but six years of austerity have stretched them to breaking point 

Yiannis greeted me at the entrance of the drop-in centre for homeless people in Athens, Greece. You could sense that there was a time when he would have been considered a good-looking man, but now his hair hung in unkept strands and his clothes, while clean, were ill-fitting and crumpled. He spoke English reluctantly but thoughtfully, pausing while he searched for the right word.

Yiannis acted as my guide, showing me around the centre. “Anyone can come here. All you need is a need. No papers – it’s okay, no ID,” he explained. “We have only one rule in this building.” He raised his thumb and two fingers to his nose. “It must smell like a home.”

We walked from one room to the next, meeting other members of the community and applying the sniff test as he told me his story. A lifetime ago he was a construction worker in Athens, but in 2009 everything stopped. “One minute you went to work, and then ... nothing.”

Before the financial crisis, which saw unemployment rise to 28%, Yiannis dreamed of sending his two daughters to university. They lived in an apartment that he had refurbished. His wife worked part-time in a cafĂ© and together they nearly earned €900 (£652) a month, enough to live on.

The first sign of trouble was having the electricity cut off when they could not pay the €200 the company wanted. Later, when they were evicted from their apartment, they moved to the home of his wife’s parents in another province. His family of four slept in the lounge, but not being able to provide for them was too much. “I thought everyday I will have a heart attack, no sleep, I wasn’t so nice to be around,” he said.

Yiannis left his family and went back to the capital in search of work. He slept next to a bookshop because there was lighting that made him feel safe, and looked through rubbish bins for food. “An old friend walked past and looked right at me but didn’t recognise [me],” he said. “Thank God. I would rather be dead.”

After saying that he would be delighted to show me around the centre any time, Yiannis introduced me to one of the social workers, Christina, a woman in her late 30s, with perhaps 15 years of post-graduation practice behind her. She told me that she had worked in both the public and NGO sectors and liked this agency. “I can just be a social worker,” she said. “I don’t have to justify social work to my managers because they understand it.”

I asked for an example of what that meant. “This is a community of people, not a day centre for the homeless,”she replied. “Everybody’s dignity and humanity is safe in here.”

The centre runs entirely on donations from those less aversely affected by the financial crash. There is a community pharmacy, where they collect medications that people don’t need anymore, and a small examination room staffed by a volunteer doctor.

Greeks and migrants that have no papers or fixed address cannot access healthcare. Since government austerity began, the poorest people in Greece have lost 86% of their income, causing widespread social insecurity. There has been a sharp rise in men carrying out suicide, often because there is no work and they cannot provide for their families. Social spending has been dramatically reduced in both the private and public sectors.

As a result, grassroots organisations made up of social workers, neighbourhood committees, students and social movements have created organic networks of social solidarity that support people who do not have access to the shrinking welfare services. In addition to projects like the centre, social workers and community members voice their concerns by peaceful protest and have created an environment of solidarity and hope for the future.

As I was leaving the centre, I asked Christina if her pay had been cut. Her expression changed. “I haven’t been paid for nine months,” she said. I tried to reconcile how she had conducted herself with such professionalism and commitment in an agency that had not paid her wages. I asked how she had survived. “My husband and two children, we are all staying with relatives and our food comes from the Red Cross,” she said.

I asked what it was like working in a centre for the homeless without a permanent home herself. “It’s not always easy. I have to keep my family’s needs out of here so that I can stay focused on my social work role,” she said.

The most worrying thing is that Yannis and Christina’s experiences are normal. Christina has helped Yannis to re-establish contact with his family and they are again living together in an over-crowded house without electricity. He is now helping many others who have found themselves homeless and without food. Many middle class professionals like Christina have tumbled into poverty and insecurity. Their bonds and informal networks have kept them alive but these are wearing thinner, and after six years of austerity everyone is wondering how much longer they can continue.

At the upcoming IFSW European social work conference practitioners from austerity-affected countries have been invited to discuss their experiences. IFSW invites all interested social workers, service users and members of the community to attend.

Professional Development: Dalhousie University Online

A few spaces remain in this limited enrolment course.

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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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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Professional Development: Courses from the Justice Institute of BC

Featured Courses/Programs:

May 29-30Motivational Interviewing in Practice – Level 2 – Couns205: This course will provide you with a deeper level of understanding of the relational and technical components of motivational interviewing practices, and its relation to other change models. The course is for experienced practitioners who expect to regularly participate in sessions with clients ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. Learners will participate in activities and exercises, within the style of Motivational Interviewing, to strengthen skills related to engagement (alliance), resistance, ambivalence, as well as recognizing and responding to change talk. Prerequisite: AD204. For exceptions email program manager, $297.66.

Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention: We are now accepting applications for September 2015. This 30-day (15 credit) program takes an integrative approach to the assessment and treatment of complex trauma and child sexual abuse, drawing on the most current clinical and evidence-based material on effective complex trauma intervention, as well as the most recent research on attachment, neurobiology, memory and dissociation.

Substance Use Certificate: We are now accepting applications for September 2015. This 20-day (10 credit) program is grounded in a harm-reduction approach. Sessions are led by experienced professionals with a focus on understanding substance use within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework; the application of current research and knowledge about interventions; and the exploration of social justice issues such as race, class, gender, poverty, and violence.

Upcoming Courses:

May 29-30
June 8-10
July 13-14
July 15-16
Sep 14 – Dec 4
Sep 25-26
Oct 19-20
Oct 20-21
Oct 23-24
Oct 26-27
Oct 28-29
Nov 2-3
Nov 12-13
Nov 20-21
Dec 11-12
We also offer courses in Aboriginal Trauma, Critical Incident Stress Management, Complex Trauma & Bylaw. Learn more at

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Advocacy: Social Work Advocacy Day: Ensuring the Future of the Social Work Profession

Imagine if social workers and students all over the world did this annually with our civic, provincial, state and national politicians? At the very least we could speak up about social and social justice issues in our communities to our local governments. 

Tracey Young, MSW, RSW
Editor & publisher

Social Work Advocacy Day: Ensuring the Future of the Social Work Profession 

Washington, DC- On March 17, social work students and social workers will attend the first Social Work Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill  launched by Social Work Members of Congress.

With the support of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW) and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP), Howard University (Jenna Simpson), and Amanda Benjamin (University of Maryland) have organized a late-morning advocacy training for students and emerging professionals, to complement the Congressional Social Work Caucus “Social Work Day on the Hill”.

The day’s events will provide an opportunity for students to learn how policy is shaped and how pertinent issues are addressed the affect the profession as a whole. A major focus will be the Social Work Reinvestment Act (SWRA), a groundbreaking initiative created to address the challenges faced by social workers and recommend strategies to maximize the services social workers provide, with recommendations spanning recruitment, research funding, educational debt, salary inequalities, and more.

In-person training will provide an opportunity for millennials to voice ideas and concerns to legislators and congressional staff, to speak up about the need for support for professional growth and innovation in the field, and to experience the power of getting involved in direct advocacy.


The social work profession can be viewed as the back­bone of health care and social services with more than 650,000 individuals with social work degrees employed in the field.  It is also one of the fastest growing careers in the United States: the Bureau of Labaor Statistics (2012) anticipates that the percentage of Americans who are employed in a variety of social work settings is expected to increase by more than 100,000 jobs by 2022.

A 2013 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Survey of Social Work reported that 46% of Master’s degrees were awarded to individ­uals aged 25–34 years, 86.4% were women, and 31.2% were from under-represented groups.  By field placements, 22.9% of master’s students were placed in mental health, compared to 1.8% in administration and 0.8% in social policy.

Why are millennials entering into the profession and how can this profes­sion adapt along with society to the millennial culture? Through the use of social media, our advocacy project will provide each social work student an opportunity to share their narrative of what led them to join the profession of social work.

Since the beginning of the year, it has been an utmost honor to be able to organize such a meaningful event where social workers can gather together and cele­brate the profession. Our project will continue, after Student Advocacy Day. We want students to realize that they do not need to wait to be licensed to get involved or to be politicians to make policy changes. They can visit Capitol Hill and have a voice at the policy making table on our future professional careers. There will be more opportunities to learn, to advocate, and to participate in social media campaigns supporting social work as we begin Social Work Month in March.

I pledge to uphold social work values and engage in generativity with those who train after me. I invite you to join me in paving the way for younger generations to ensure the future of the social work profession.

Professional Development: The Development of the Self through Life Stages - Richmond, BC

Satir Institute of the Pacific Proudly Presents....

A Special Event

The Development of the Self through Life Stages

Using Family Reconstruction, Internal Resources, and the Iceberg Metaphor

with Maria Gomori, MSW, Ph.D., RMFT
and John Banmen, R.Psych, RMFT

June 13, 14, 2015 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

Special room rate of $129.00 plus taxes quote "Satir Training"

Program Cost: SIP Members $250.00 Non-Members $300.00

**Bonus if this workshop is booked with either the Level I or II 2015 Summer Intensives on Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, cost for this program is only $200.00

For more information, or to register:

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


Monday, May 18, 2015

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

Helping People Change Workshop 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 excepted via PayPal, Credit Card or Cheque)
Location: Phoenix Center, 13686-94A Avenue, Surrey, BC

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 about the course:

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

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Clinical: Getting Comfortable with Discomfort When Helping Clients

Getting Comfortable with Discomfort When Helping Clients

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a social worker is that, in order to excel, you must absolutely get comfortable being present in situations that make your skin crawl. You will encounter people, places, things, and circumstances that will test the limits of your ability to maintain a modicum of objectivity, but how do you become comfortable with discomfort. From my experience, three things will help you learn how to do this:
  1. Time on the job. Repeated exposure over a long period of time will familiarize you with the unpleasant particulars you will face. I always say that, while nothing surprises me, some things do shock me.
  2. Having a strong sense of yourself and your values. This will help you notice whether your discomfort is more about you then your client’s presenting issues.
  3. An understanding that the process of learning this skill will never be over. You can refine this skill, but you will never perfect it.
For instance, my very first client at my first “big boy job” was a 15 year-old boy with significant anger issues to whom I would be making home visits. When I pulled up to his family’s trailer, he was sitting on the front steps smoking cigarettes with his family. By family I mean his mother, 12 year-old sister, and 10 year-old brother, all of whom were smoking. His home was infested with fleas from the seven dogs that crowded the living room in which only a few of the dogs were his. The others were strays that had simply wandered in and were being tolerated by the family.

He had lit fire to a neighbor’s car because he was unhappy with the relationship between the man and his mother. While my own values and the way I conducted  myself in my personal life were completely at odds with much of what I was experiencing, I quickly learned this kid was a person with very real and alarming concerns that deserved a shot at help as much as anyone. I had to put my judgment on the shelf and realize it wasn’t about the life to which I was accustomed. The fact that I included this story from so early in my career, about 13 years ago, shows how deeply it affected me, and how so many years later, I am still conflicted about the way I handled the situation.

I could fill a book with stories of clients/patients that led me to places that challenged my ability to stay present while feeling extremely uncomfortable. Some of these situations involved people I was tasked to help in which I found very little about them to like or admire. However, I have made it a lifelong goal to practice Carl Rogers’ idea of “Unconditional Positive Regard” which states we must treat people as human beings regardless of things they have done. It is not always easy and it would be dishonest of me to say that I always succeed, but it is a work in progress. Remember, the things that make you the most uncomfortable are also your greatest potential learning opportunities. Do not shy away from them.

Most importantly, it is crucial to have a support person whether it be your own therapist or a colleague with whom you can process such events. This will help you more clearly see what it is in you that causes your discomfort. Your continued effectiveness as a social worker depends upon your dedication to ongoing personal growth. If you do not have a support person, please seek out someone with whom you feel comfortable. It will make all the difference!

Clinical: Elder Alcohol and Prescription Drug Use

Alcohol and Prescription Drug Use in Older Adulthood

Substance abuse, specifically alcohol and prescription drug use, is one of the most rapidly growing healthcare problem for older adults, 60 years of age and older in Canada and the United States. Researchers project a 3-fold increase in substance abuse in adults aged 50 and older by 2020. Consequently, an estimated 5 million older adults will require treatment for substance abuse problems in the near future. Researchers are only beginning to recognize the prevalence of substance abuse among people age 60 years of age and older as alcohol and prescription drug use in older adults was seldom discussed until recently.

Substance use and misuse place older adults at risk for a variety of possible clinical dangers, contributing to increased use of healthcare resources and a need for age-specific interventions with the increased proportion of older adults living in North American society. Presently, the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications is recognized as a problem.

However, baby boomers are expected to have had more contact with illicit substances (ie. marijuana, hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens, heroin and prescription-type drugs used non-medically) than past and present cohorts of older adults. Illicit drugs may also be increasing in a small percentage of older adults.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that illicit drug use by adults 55 to 59 has increased from 1.9% in 2002 to 5.0% in 2008, which depicts the potential for growth in illicit drug use in the baby boomer cohort. However, illicit drug use in older adults is typically linked to individuals who are lifelong drug users.

In addition, approximately 15% of individuals 65 years of age and older living in the community are at risk for alcohol abuse or dependence and 50% of individuals living in personal care homes drink moderately or are dependent on alcohol. However, only 90% of individuals who are at risk for alcohol abuse or dependence do not receive alcohol treatment services.

Therefore substance abuse services in the future will need to anticipate and acknowledge problems with the use and misuse of both licit and illicit substances in older adulthood. However, due to insufficient knowledge, limited research data, and limited and rushed healthcare visits and appointments, healthcare providers often overlook substance abuse and misuse among older adults. Therefore, despite the number of older adults experiencing problems related to substance use, the situation remains underestimated, underidentified, underdiagnosed and undertreated.

The reasons for the inability to acknowledge substance use problems in older adults are due to many factors. First, healthcare providers often overlook substance abuse and misuse among older individuals, as their symptoms are often mistaken for depression, dementia and health problems common to old age such as falling, infections or digestive difficulties. Second, older adults may also hide their substance use and are less likely to seek help for their problems with substance use. Third, many family members of older adults with substance use, particularly adult children, are often embarrassed of their family members’ problems which often results in their inability to seek treatment.

As a result, thousands of older adults who need treatment never go, and the number of substance abusers among older adults continue to rise. Healthcare professionals must acknowledge that older adults’ struggles with substance abuse are becoming a prevalent issue and the stigma associated with these issues must be addressed as well.

Healthcare professionals must acknowledge that older adults’ struggles with substance abuse are becoming a prevalent issue and the stigma associated with these issues must be addressed as well. Mental health practitioners should also receive specific training and education to develop sensitivity towards these issues.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Employment: Residential Care Social Worker


Kinsmen Lodge in is looking for a Social Worker to provide clinical assessments, financial assistance, attend care conferences, coordinate admissions, discharges and transfers, provide counselling to Elders and their families and work collaboratively with their interdisciplinary care team.


· Current registration with the BC College of Social Workers.
· Possess a Bachelors or Masters degree in Social Work.
· Minimum 3 -5 years working experience with the elderly, case management experience preferred.
· Computer literate with working knowledge of data bases, social media, Word and Excel software.
· Ability to provide/conduct training sessions, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
· Adhere to the Society Mission, Vision and Eden Philosophy of CareTM.
· Ability to work independently.

Detailed job description and further information:

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Closing date: May 20, 2015.

Global: Social Workers in Nepal

Nepal: Social Workers at Frontline – Update


IFSW (2015). Retrieved from:

Since the Nepal earthquake struck on the 25th April social workers have been responding and engaging fully in the rescue and recovery efforts. Mr Om Krishna Shrestha, Secretary General of the Social Workers’ Association Nepal (SWAN) has been in regular contact with IFSW throughout this period providing updates on the challenges the social workers face and their responses.

IFSW Secretary General, Dr Rory Truell has congratulated SWAN on behalf of the international community:  Nepalese social workers have also suffered trauma and homelessness and find themselves in a very chaotic and uncoordinated environment where at times, the multiple agencies attempts to provide aid have caused more harm than good. But the social workers have organised to provide social work assessment services that guide the aid agencies and government to provide the right aid to the right people. The SWAN social workers along with the social work educators and students are demonstrating the power and significant contributions of the social work profession. IFSW stands in support and solidarity with Nepalese social workers in this challenging time. We honour their skills and contributions and wish them the greatest strength’, he said.

To see the first update from Mr Om Krishna Shrestha and Ms Pradipta Kadambari of the Nepal Schools of Social WorkUpdate, see this link

Read all of the updates here:

Employment: Guardianship/Child Protection Social Worker - Bella Bella, BC

Guardianship/Child Protection Social Worker
Bella Bella, BC
Heiltsuk Kaxla Society (HKS) is seeking a Guardianship/Child Protection Worker with a strong background in First Nation practice.
Working collaboratively with Heiltsuk partners and the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD), you will be responsible for the provision of Child Protection and Guardianship Services to the community of Bella Bella.
The ideal candidate will have a MSW, BSW, or BA in Child and Youth Care. Alternatively, you will have a M.Ed. Counselling/MA, Clinical Psychology with a practicum in family/child welfare or child and youth mental health. Equivalencies will also be considered.
A minimum C4 delegation is essential for success in this role, as is three to four years of recent experience in child protection and/or protective family services.
This role is well suited to an organized individual who has the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. With outstanding problem solving and communication skills, you will be an aspiring leader who can inspire and motivate others through the provision of training and guidance.
As travel may be required, the successful candidate must have a valid BC Driver’s License and pass a criminal record check.
Candidates of First Nations descent will be held in high regard.

For more information and to apply online go to

Clinical: Motivational Work versus Motivational Interviewing

                                 Motivational Work: Values and Theory

Motivational Work versus Motivational Interviewing

Motivational work is an approach designed to help people who are considered to be unmotivated and hopeless. Most therapeutic contacts are based on the client/patient being motivated to some degree, i.e. that he or she wants to cooperate constructively and accept help.

Nobody is a hopeless case. This is the idea which I have fervently believed in during the whole of my professional career. Time after time, I have seen that it is possible to motivate all clients within psychiatry, criminal care and social services.

When you expect constructive cooperation from clients/patients, you only reach the group that is relatively functional.

This leads to the motivation paradox: the clients/patients who have the greatest need of support receive the least. Motivational work tries to resolve this paradox, so that those who are most in need actually receive help.

Motivational Work (MW) is a method that has evolved from my work in cooperation with different groups, and it differs from Motivational Interviewing (MI) by being more comprehensive and general.

MI is more specific and originates from a non-confrontational psychotherapeutic method (Roger’s client-centred therapy), which is then applied to unmotivated clients.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling style based on the following assumptions:
  • Ambivalence about substance use (and change) is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle in recovery.
  • Ambivalence can be resolved by working with your client’s intrinsic motivations and values.
  • The alliance between you and your client is a collaborative partnership to which you each bring important expertise.
  • An empathic, supportive, yet directive, counseling style provides conditions under which change can occur. (Direct argument and aggressive confrontation may tend to increase client defensiveness and reduce the likelihood of behavioral change.) Read More
One advantage of Motivational Work is due to it being aimed at all types of clients even those with most destructive behaviour. There is no preconceived technique to which the client must be adapted, but instead the method is adapted to the client’s behaviour. Working in this way, one has a different paradigm from other methods which are based on psychotherapeutic thinking.

For this reason, Motivational Work is built on a developed theory of the psyche, setting goals, defense and the process of change, which differs from the psychotherapeutic approach. At the same time, the theory is a support for personnel, who are able to remain emotionally involved since the risk of being burned out increases as clients are less motivated and act destructively.

Even though many of the ideas are new, some of the basic premises behind Motivational Work come from the Therapeutic community and Moreno’s psycho­drama. Both emphasize feelings and actions. The method was also inspired by Carl Rogers, but from his later development of “per­son-centred therapy” in which he worked using confrontation in encounter groups.

Part one of Motivational Work deals with the attitudes and approaches the motivational worker must bring with him to his meetings with the client. The contents of this section are not only of general interest, but they are also of profound significance to the motivational worker as regards the prevention of burnout and the maintenance of commitment.

Motivational Work is suitable for social workers, correctional workers, treatment personnel in psychiatry, hospital staff and police. In other words, for all categories of people who meet unmotivated clients in their work.

Professional: Social Work Registration Exam Mandatory by Sept. 1 2015 in BC

New rules take effect September, 1, 2015. Find out how to get registered.

Vancouver Observer, (2015). Retrieved from:

Starting September 1, 2015, all social workers applying to the BC College of Social Workers must pass a comprehensive exam to be registered with the College. The exam will formalize a core set of competencies required for new social workers entering the field. An exam will ensure that when social workers become registered, they have the minimum level of knowledge and abilities to work with clients without causing harm. The changes will dramatically improve the social work landscape in this province.

Of 26 regulated health professions in B.C., social work is the only one without a competency-based examination as a requirement for registration. Nurses, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, pharmacists and 20 other health professionals must pass an exam to practice.  
Presently, many B.C. social workers voluntarily apply to be registered with the B.C. College of Social Workers. The College is required to set standards of practice and determine if applicants are qualified to enter the field. If someone has an academic credential, such as a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate in Social work or a degree in a related field combined with social work knowledge and experience as approved by the College, they may become registered and subject to the standards and code of conduct of the profession.

While social work has a long history in BC, not all people performing that role have been trained as social workers. Even if someone’s education has exposed them to the broad spectrum of human development and anti-oppression theories, they may be unprepared to apply that theory to your practice with clients. 
Governments in every state and province and around the world have said there is a risk of harm to the public from poor social work practice and therefore should be regulated. 

For those who are working in the field or are preparing to graduate with a degree in social work, registration with the College is not currently mandatory, but it is in a social worker's best interests.  Registration gives professional credibility and provides clients with the confidence that their social worker will conduct themselves professionally. When dealing with a registered social worker, clients know that the credentials are valid and that registrants have proven to a regulatory body that they are competent and knowledgeable. Clients will also know that if there is a problem, someone will get involved to make sure that standards of practice and care are maintained. 

While people doing social work for a government agency or First Nation are not required to register, it is mandatory for all other social work positions.

In preparing for this exam, the College has been working with educational institutions to alert them to the coming changes and some are adapting their curricula so that students are prepared for this type of exam. Learning never really stops for social workers. 

The College’s legal mandate is to protect the public. The exam is an entry-to-practice, competency-based examination that covers the spectrum of practice in which there is a risk of harm to the public. It’s in everyone’s best interest.

Find out more on the college website

Monday, May 4, 2015

Professional Development: Narrative Therapy Foundations (Level 1) Intensive - Abbotsford BC

Narrative Therapy Foundations (Level 1) Intensive 
Eterna Counselling Group hosts Dr. Stephen Madigan

Date: June 4 - 6, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Cost: $575+GST regular / $420+GST student rate
Location: Abbotsford, BC for the 3-Day Intensive Certificate Training.
Sandman Hotel and Conference Centre - Abbotsford BC

Canadian Therapist and educator in the field of Narrative Therapy, Stephen brings participants into an up-close and exciting investigation of Narrative Therapy practice. This training provides a ‘hands-on’ opportunity for clinicians and students to learn foundational skills and provides a step by step guide on how to therapeutically engage in a wide variety of conversations with diverse people and problems. 

Learn the practice of re-authoring conversations, counter-storying, therapeutic letter writing, double listening, externalizing conversations, crafting unique outcomes, relative influence, and many other categories of questions.

Stephen provides an engaging and interactive training that leaves clinicians from all areas of practice re-energized and excited about their work. Using takes from his recent DVD session examples (working with trauma, youth, couples, bulimia, depression and anxiety), and interactive instruction, Stephen assists participants in their own areas of practice to support their clients in addressing problems in a powerful and effective way.

For more information, please contact Eterna Counselling Group.

Phone: 604-746-2025