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NBASW Professional Development Fund

The NBASW Professional Development Fund is awarded annually to NBASW members who present a webinar training opportunity for provincial social worker(s) in their area of knowledge, expertise and/or practice. Click here to find out more about the NBASW Professional Development Fund, including how to apply.

Additional Continuing Education Opportunities

The following are organizations that offer ongoing continuing education opportunities. Please click the links below to see what they have to offer.

- University of Toronto
- Canadian Association of Social Workers
- Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)
NADD (National Association for the Dually Diagnosed)
- ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership


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Upcoming Events

  • Life in Rural Canada: An introduction to the mental health of farmers

    Sun, Sep. 11, 2022 12:00pm — 1:00pm

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    Agriculture is an integral partnership between producers and consumers. Farmers experience significant distress as they navigate an ever-changing world that requires increased resilience. Yet, they are less likely to par5cipate in help-seeking behaviours and are at an increased risk to complete suicide (Sturgeon & MorriseIe, 2010). Join us, as we learn about the impact of agriculture on Canadian economics, the issues facing farmers and rural communi5es, and the barriers to accessing services.
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) with Dying with Dignity Canada

    Tue, Sep. 13, 2022 11:00am — 12:00pm

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    Medical Assistance in Dying has been legal in Canada since 2016 and the legislation has recently been amended. Have you wondered who is eligible and what the process entails? This presentation will provide a brief history of how MAID came into law; outline eligibility criteria as well as the application and assessment process; and describe what is next for existing legislation. A conversation with a resource person will follow; you are encouraged to send questions ahead of the presentation.

    Sep. 26 — Oct. 23, 2022 All Day

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    Week 1: Current understanding of the needs of family caregivers
    • Canadian context and international perspectives
    • Effects of Covid

    Weeks 2 & 3: Overview of types of programs and supports for family caregivers
    • Effectiveness of interventions including education and skill training, care management, counselling multimodal models of care.

    Week 4: Translating evidence-based interventions into practice
    • How to adapt best practice models to areas of practice.
    • How to develop your own evidence-based interventions.
  • Understanding Concurrent Disorders and Exploring Best-Practices

    Mon, Sep. 26, 2022 12:00pm — 1:00pm

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    Within the field of mental health and addictions it is becoming more and more apparent that concurrent disorders are the norm rather than the exception. As such, this webinar seeks to provide some general information on concurrent disorders and evidence-informed best practice interventions. Some basic concepts will be revised allowing professionals to understand and speak the same language, and have a uniform approach to move forward on these issues. Next we will look at the concurrent capable practice frameworks, which is followed by an overview of Prochaska and DiClemente's the stages of change model of behaviour change. The webinar will conclude with an exploration of best practices and some practical applications thereof.
  • Family Dynamics at The End of Life and in Grief

    Tue, Oct. 4, 2022 11:00am — 12:00pm

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    Learn about the patterns of behaviour that can challenge families during end of life care and in grief, as well as the factors that contribute to these challenges. Explore opportunities to support family members, individually and as a unit, to improve communication, identify patterns and overcome these challenges where possible, or to adjust to the reality when the challenges remain.
  • Communication - The Crucial Skills

    Tue, Nov. 1, 2022 10:00am — 5:00pm

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    This workshop focuses on the core skills for communicating with clarity in the workplace, including the use of phone, email, texts, and social media.

    Some of the Topics Included:
    · Skills for Connecting with Others
    · Strategies for Speaking Effectively
    · Tools for Persuading Others
    · Phone Etiquette
    · Making Email Work for You and Your Recipients
  • A structural approach to trauma-informed social work practice

    Thu, Nov. 3, 2022 12:00pm — 1:00pm

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    Trauma is a major public health issue affecting the health of individuals, families, and communities across New Brunswick. Social workers frequently work with service users with a history of trauma. The exposure to trauma may have occurred in the distant or recent past, be generationally transferred, and create pervasive symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, hyperarousal, emotional dysregulation and unhealthful coping strategies. The literature suggests that social workers often feel ill-equipped to be helpful to the trauma related needs of these individuals, leading to chronic conditions, poor treatment outcomes, and substantial health and mental health care costs (Knight, 2015; Levenson, 2017). Part of the difficulty may be in how trauma is understood. Trauma is often defined with an emphasis on the event and the traumatizing and pathological effects it has on individuals, negating the social, cultural, and economic contexts that contribute to and maintain trauma. Recent conceptualizations recognize that trauma is experienced differently based on social, cultural, and individual factors (Knight, 2014). Integrating structural considerations in trauma-informed approaches can help individuals understand the context of trauma and provide additional strategies for addressing trauma. This webinar will provide an alternative approach that integrates existing trauma informed approaches with a structural social work lens.
  • End-of-Life Interventions for Palliative Individuals and their Families

    Nov. 7 — Dec. 4, 2022 All Day

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    Course Objectives:
    • Exploring our thoughts, beliefs, assumptions about dying and death and creating an awareness of how these can impact the work we
    do with people at end of life.
    • Becoming familiar and comfortable with end of life therapies, such as legacy therapy, and developing an understanding of how to
    engage clients and their families in these supportive approaches.
    • Examine potential impact on clients and caregivers that controlling the end of life process enables.
    • Building an understanding of the importance of complementary and wellness therapies.
  • Children's Grief Symposium

    Nov. 15 — 16, 2022 All Day

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    The Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children & Youth (CAGCY) along with three lead organizations (Lighthouse for Grieving Children and Families, Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society, and Seasons Centre for Grieving Children) are pleased to introduce you to the Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium - Canada’s second virtual conference designed specifically for those who support grieving children and youth.

    Workshops will be delivered by experienced grief practitioners and educators from regions all across Canada. The Symposium offers learning and networking opportunities for those who work with children and youth in a variety of sectors, including health care, education, social services and more. Interactive sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including foundational children's grief concepts, advanced practice ideas, types of loss, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (focus of the symposium), as well as innovative program ideas and tools. There will be multiple opportunities for participants to connect and engage with one another and with the presenters. Students are especially encouraged to attend and there is a discounted rate available.

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  • Mental Health Awareness and Support

    Mon, Nov. 28, 2022 11:00am — 2:00pm

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    In this workshop participants will learn how to be a support and discover strategies for creating more inclusive environments that reduce stigma surrounding mental health.
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