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Working With Children, Youth and Families

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Dec 8 - 9, 2016
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Challenges
Ross W. Greene PhD

The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model, which Dr Greene empirically supports in his books and teaching, has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world. It has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusion and physical, chemical and mechanical restraints. It focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior. It emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.
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Dec 15, 2016
Communicating with Youth Using Mobile Technology
Lawrence Murphy, MA

Led by Lawrence Murphy of Therapy Online, this full day workshop will provide you with a solid grounding in the various aspects of using mobile technologies in communication with youth clients. You will learn about Internet security, considerations in employing mobile devices in communicating with youth and other important aspects of the technology. The variety of smart phone-based modalities and software options will be explored and evaluated. Time will be spent reviewing policies and procedures relevant to mobile communication with clients. Attention will be given to establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text, as well as to a variety of writing techniques including Therapy Online’s Presence Techniques.

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Dec 16, 2016
Anxiety and the Gift of the Imagination: A New Clinical Model for Helping Children Understand and Manage Anxiety
Robin Alter PhD

This workshop will teach a therapeutic formulation of anxiety that has worked extremely well for hundreds of children in Dr. Alter’s private practice. She will explain how the link between imagination and anxiety can be used effectively in treatment.
This approach starts and ends with an enhancement of self-esteem and actually motivates children to use therapeutic tools and strategies. You will learn how children's anxiety and thinking are different from adults and how to be more effective with children in creating fundamental change.

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January 30, 2017
Understanding Autism in Children Under 5
Lindsay Barton MA
This workshop teaches how to work with routines and individual needs of children on the spectrum, while facilitating a thriving learning environment. You will gain an understanding and awareness about working with children who have been given a diagnosis of autism under the age of 5.

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January 31, 2017
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy With Kids
Adam Lodzinski PhD and Sheri Eggleton BA

CBT is often overlooked for kids, whose verbal and cognitive skills are still emerging and whose attention spans are more limited, but research has shown that by incorporating expressive therapies such as play and art techniques, CBT can be successfully adapted to be developmentally sensitive to kids and abstract concepts can be made concrete through the use of props and the inclusion of structured experiential learning. This innovative workshop will help you understand the special considerations of using CBT with kids and will provide specific tools, practices, guidelines and tips on how to simplify and adapt existing CBT strategies to be more hands-on and engaging, as well as how to engage caregivers in treatment.  Several play based CBT interventions will be presented "hands-on."

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February 1, 2017
Applying Solution-Focused Strategies in Schools
Eric J. King MSW, RSW
School staff are faced with multiple challenges from students, parents and the board itself at times. This one-day workshop will offer an understanding of the conceptual base of a solution-focused approach and will explore a range of applications in the school context.
This workshop will be useful for school social workers, child and youth workers, teachers, school personnel, residential school staff and other allied disciplines who work or consult to schools.

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Date to be confirmed
Adolescent Depression: Knowing the Signs - An Assessment and Treatment Workshop for Medical Professionals
Marshall Korenblum MD, FRCP(C)

Often the signs of depression in the adolescent population are complex and multifaceted, and we are not always equipped to assess these signs and/or treat them appropriately.
We will focus on the assessment of depression in adolescents including developmental phases, specific causes and impact on the family and environment. We will also explore treatment approaches and strategies for referral to specialists will also be offered.


This continuing education event has been designated as a University of Toronto Accredited event and awarded with the following credits:
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – 6.0 Section 1 credits
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – 6.0 Mainpro-M1 credits 

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February 17, 2017
Mindfulness with Families and Children: Treating Trauma, ADHD and Depression in Children and Teens
Diane Gehart PhD, LMFT

In this workshop, you will learn how mindfulness and acceptance can be used with children, adolescents, and their families. This workshop will highlight new options for the treatment of youth struggling with trauma, ADHD and depression. A wide range of possible intervention contexts will be addressed, including individual, family and group therapy as well as programs for school contexts. You will have opportunities to participate in several mindfulness practices that can be used with clients and you will also learn about how mindfulness and acceptance can be integrated with current practices. 

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February 27 - 28,
Cultivating Emotion Regulation in Children: Mindfulness Practice and Neurobiology
Sara Marlowe MSW, RSW
This experiential workshop will explore mindfulness-based practices for clinicians and educators to support children with emotion regulation. You will be engaged in a variety of age-appropriate, creative and playful ways to share mindfulness practice with children. The workshop will also explore the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience and teach you how to make this exciting and empowering information accessible to children and families. You will have the opportunity to lead mindfulness practices and inquiry in small groups to develop your skills in incorporating mindfulness into your work.

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April 10, 2017
The ABC's of Mental Health
Janine Lawford, MSW, RSW

The ABCs of Mental Health was developed by the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in response to parent and teacher requests for mental health information that would help them in their everyday interactions with children and adolescents. This mental health information is divided into relevant, easily understandable and applicable topics that are transferable in school settings or at home. Some of the topics include: the self-harmful child, the angry or aggressive child, the child with eating problems and the child with drug and alcohol problems. 
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April 20, 2017
The Adolescent Brain: Under Construction
Jean M Clinton BMus, MD, FRCP(C)

Over the past decade, neuroscience has finally been able to shed light on why teenagers do the things they do!  This workshop will explore what has been learned about brain development and how the environment and experience plays a key role in this development.  Risk taking, novelty seeking and drive for rewards are normal behaviours but there is also heightened risk for the development of mental health disorders; up to 75% of adult mental health disorders are reported to start in adolescence.

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May 15, 2017
Promoting Adaptive Anxiety in Children
Alex Russell PhD, C.Psych
In this workshop, you will examine the ways counsellors, educators and mental health professionals can help parents stay emotionally present in their children’s lives while respectfully giving them space to develop their own agendas and sense of responsibility. You will gain a healthy perspective on anxiety, in which childhood anxiety is understood as a necessary building block of adaptation and an essential gateway to a child’s creative engagement with the world. 
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May 25 - 26, 2017
High Conflict Divorce
Jerome Price, MA, LMSW, LMFT
Many divorces result in ongoing high conflict where communication between parents is non-existent or explosive, culminating in frequent court appearances, calls to the police and applications for Personal Protection Orders. Children in these families are constantly caught in the crossfire and often develop psychiatric symptoms and serious behavior problems affecting home adjustment and school achievement.
In this workshop Jerome Price uses the methods presented in his books to intervene with these families and defuse the conflict. Whether you see challenging divorce cases, want to create a niche treating these cases or want to help children you treat who are embroiled in such conflicts, this workshop will expand your repertoire and increase your success level with a wide range of clients.

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June 26- 28, 2017
Restorative Practices
Barbara Spyropoulos MSc and ICPS (International Crime Prevention Specialist)

Restorative practices are a means of resolving conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-retributive manner in which the offender is held accountable and the person harmed is given a significant voice. The most extreme end of the restorative practice spectrum is the Justice Circle that can deal with a multitude of situations from bullying to criminal matters.
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