PD Calendar

A main objective of the Manitoba Association of School Psychologists (MASP) is to encourage and provide for professional growth and continuing education among members of the Association. Professional development, called PD or Pro-D in other settings, is a critical component to maintaining and enhancing our competencies as School Psychologists. Below you will find a listing of school related professional development opportunities in Manitoba. You can search for growth ideas by category, location, or date.

You can submit a calendar listing by clicking here. The professional development events must be occurring in Manitoba.

Jan
11
Fri
Dyadic Developmental Therapy Training- Level 1 @ Canadian Mennonite University Campus
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – Jan 14 @ 4:30 pm

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is based on the principles of Attachment Theory and Intersubjectivity Theory. DDP uses interpersonal neurobiology to support children to feel secure in their parent-child relationship and to resolve early traumatic experiences. Participants will learn how to create the necessary emotional safety to assist the child to establish a congruent narrative while guiding the caregiver to co-regulate the child’s traumatic experiences.

This four-day training is primarily formatted for experienced child and family therapists. The model is relevant for those working with children aged four to adult years. The principles of DDP are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotapes of treatment sessions, role-play, and handouts. This is phase one of certification in DDP. Certification is optional and not a requirement to take the training. Training is limited to 22 participants.

Jan
17
Thu
Addictions and Youth – Substances, Technology, Porn @ Best Western Plus Airport
Jan 17 all day

Youth who are struggling with an addiction often resist attempts at intervention. While some youth are merely experimenting, others may have larger unmet needs that can lead to a negative pattern of use. This workshop provides a framework for responding to a variety of addictions, including those related to substances, gaming, internet, and pornography. Participants will examine the needs underlying the choice to participate in a potentially addictive activity, and will consider issues that are unique to working with youth. Both short-term and longer-term intervention strategies are provided.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Continuum of Addiction
  • Why Youth Use
  • Adolescent Development 101
  • When Use Becomes Abuse
  • Identifying Youth at Risk
  • Assessing Underlying Needs
  • The Role of Attachment
  • Impact of Addictions on Families
  • Strategies and Best Practice Approaches
  • Harm Reduction Strategies
  • Tips for Handling Cravings and Triggers
  • Working to Create Longer-Term Outcomes

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, and anyone working with youth who have addiction issues.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of addictions in youth
  • Learn how to assess and differentiate between experimentation and addiction
  • Identify the underlying needs of youth struggling with addiction
  • List new strategies for supporting youth and families
Jan
31
Thu
Trauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength @ Best Western Plus Airport
Jan 31 all day

This event is also available as a Live Stream. Please see below link for more details:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-trauma-informed-care-1-31/

Description

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all parts of an organization. Becoming trauma informed creates a sustainable foundation in any work setting to promote strength, engagement, and recovery.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Respectful Awareness
    • Definitions of Trauma for Individual, Relationship, and Public Health
    • Prevalence of Trauma, from Single Incident to Complex
    • Understanding the Impact of Trauma Across the Lifespan
    • Contexts of Impact – Cultural, Intergenerational, and Societal Factors
  • Collaborative Health
    • Principles of Trauma-Informed Care
    • Core Competencies – Putting Principles into Action
    • Choice, Trust, and Connection
    • Recognizing Innate Strengths and Resilience
  • Building a Trauma-Informed Culture
    • The Continuum of Trauma-Informed Care and Practices
    • A Systemic View of Healing Trauma
    • Building Trauma Informed Principles into Policy and Processes
    • Attending to Staff Safety and Secondary Trauma

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for anyone interested in learning more about the value of trauma-informed workplaces.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence and impact of trauma on individuals, communities and organizations
  • List guiding principles for incorporating a trauma-informed approach across roles
  • Describe steps for creating safer work settings for both service providers and clients
  • Design an action plan for trauma-informed goals in service delivery and program planning
Feb
12
Tue
Live Stream: Emotional Intelligence @ Online Live Stream
Feb 12 all day

Why do some people have trouble being effective in their roles or working well with others? It is usually not because they lack skills; rather, it is often because they lack emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has a far greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others, and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others. This workshop reviews how to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through self-assessment and skill development exercises. Participants will learn strategies that will increase their ability to engage with others and expand their influence.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Key Aspects of Emotional Intelligence
  • Why Emotional Intelligence Matters
  • The Emotional Culture of Your Workplace
  • Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment
  • Knowing and Mastering Your Emotions
  • Recognizing Others’ Emotions
  • Influencing Others’ Emotions

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Feb
13
Wed
Addictions and Mental Illness – Working with Co-occurring Disorders @ Best Western Plus Airport
Feb 13 all day

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see the following link for more details:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-addictions-and-mental-illness-2-13/

Description

Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore the impact of both addiction and mental illness, be provided with an overview of the theoretical frameworks for working with both issues, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Links Between Mental Illness and Addiction
  • Statistics: Impact and Nature of the Problem
  • The Impact of Helper Beliefs and Assumptions
  • Barriers to Assessment and Treatment
  • Getting to Know the Person Outside of the Problem
  • Assessing for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Intervention Strategies for Co-occurring Disorders
  • Safety and Harm Reduction Planning
  • Emotional Regulation Strategies
  • Goal Setting and Collaborative Intervention

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with those who struggle with both addictions and mental illness.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe theories of change from both a mental illness and addictions perspective
  • Assess client needs from a unified perspective
  • Describe steps for working collaboratively with both mental illness and addictions
  • Integrate treatment approaches from both fields
Feb
14
Thu
Harm Reduction – A Framework for Change, Choice and Control @ Best Western Plus Airport
Feb 14 all day

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see below link for more details:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-harm-reduction-2-14/

Description

Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviours. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment. This workshop explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works, and to whom it may apply. Participants will learn practical strategies for working with individuals, families, and communities within a harm reduction framework. This training will also explore how these concepts can be used in policy, procedure, and practice.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • What is Harm Reduction?
  • Guiding Principles of Harm Reduction
  • The Impact of Our Beliefs and Assumptions
  • The Importance of a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • An Integrated Approach to Health
  • A Relational Approach to Harm Reduction
  • Exploring What Needs Are Being Met
  • Working with People Where They are At
  • Measuring Motivation, Readiness, and Confidence
  • Strategies to Reduce Harm
  • Planning for Change
  • Rethinking Success
  • Working with Family and Friends

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone seeking a better understanding of the harm reduction framework.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between traditional approaches to “addictions” and a harm reduction approach
  • List qualities and values needed to practice within a harm reduction model
  • Describe a relational framework for working with a person’s use of substances and behaviours
  • Apply a variety of practical strategies to reduce harm
Feb
25
Mon
Eating Disorders – From Image to Illness @ Best Western Plus Airport
Feb 25 all day

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see the below link for more details:

https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-eating-disorders-2-25/

Description

Eating disorders can range from problematic tendencies like excessive dieting to a mental health diagnosis such as anorexia or bulimia. Helpers may struggle with knowing how to best respond to this complex issue and may react with frustration, fear, or helplessness. This workshop examines the symptoms, contributing factors, and the experience of living with an eating disorder. Participants will be challenged to check their assumptions and to fully address the function disordered eating plays in a person’s life. The focus of the training then shifts to possible treatment options and practical strategies for supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Eating and Body Image Continuum
  • When is Eating Disordered?
  • Understanding Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Considerations Around Compulsive Exercise
  • Eating Disorders Among Specific Populations
  • What Causes an Eating Disorder?
  • The Problem with Diets
  • Warning Signs of Disordered Eating
  • The Process of Recovery
  • Eating Disorder Treatment Settings
  • Individual, Group, and Family Counselling
  • Mindfulness Strategies
  • Working to Normalize Eating
  • Coping and Cognitive Strategies
  • Managing Setbacks
  • How Families Can Help

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, parents, and anyone seeking a better understanding of disordered eating and how to help those who are struggling.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define common eating disorders, their symptoms, and consequences
  • Recognize the factors that may contribute to disordered eating
  • Identify preventative strategies and treatment options for disordered eating
  • List a variety of strategies for working with individuals with disordered eating
  • Describe the impact of an eating disorder on the family and their role in the process of change
Mar
7
Thu
The Culture Question – The Secret to Employee Engagement @ Best Western Plus Airport
Mar 7 all day

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see below link for more information:

https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-the-culture-question3-7/

Description

Offered through ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance

Based on the book, The Culture Question, this workshop provides a guide for how every organization can increase employee engagement and become a great place to work. Unfortunately, far too many people don’t like where they work. Some organizations are unhealthy and full of disrespectful behaviour. Other workplaces are simply uninspiring. For various reasons, countless people feel trapped, indifferent, or bored at work. The secret to employee engagement and creating workplaces where people like to work is culture.By exploring six key elements that make up a healthy workplace culture, participants will learn the answers to two fundamental questions: “How does your organization’s culture impact how much people like where they work?” and “What can you do to make it better?”

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Case for Caring About Culture
  • Culture’s Impact on Employee Engagement
  • How to Define Purpose and Values
  • Communicating Your Purpose and Values
  • Providing Meaningful Work
  • Practical Ways to Make Work More Meaningful
  • Focusing Your Leadership Team on People
  • Directive Versus Empowering Leadership
  • Why Meaningful Relationships Matter
  • How to Foster Meaningful Relationships
  • Creating Peak Performing Teams
  • Foster Identification and Facilitate Interdependence
  • Practicing Constructive Conflict Management
  • Key’s to Transforming Conflict
  • How to Change Culture
  • Cultural Health Assessment Questionnaire

Target Audience

This is an intermediate-advanced level workshop for leaders, managers, supervisors, human resource personnel, and anyone who influences culture in the workplace.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study examples, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Mar
12
Tue
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting @ Best Western Plus Airport
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm

Mar 12 - Mar 13, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see below link for more information:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-winnipeg3-12/

Description

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD. This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support. Participants will transfer newfound knowledge about FASD into practical and meaningful ways to try differently, not harder in their support of individuals, families, and communities affected by FASD.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Primary Characteristics of FASD
  • Stigma and Prevention – Myths and Realities
  • Focussing on Strengths
  • The Importance of Healthy Relationships
  • Promoting Self Awareness
  • Chronological Age vs. Developmental Age Considerations
  • Strategies for Working with Impulsivity
  • Team-Based Support Planning
  • Adaptations Strategies Related to:
    • Processing Information
    • Abstract Thought
    • Senses and the Body/Brain Link
    • Change
    • Understanding Cause and Effect
    • Impulsivity

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, parents, and anyone seeking a better understanding of FASD.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of brain differences of FASD
  • Recognize defensive behaviour clues that are symptoms of a brain injury
  • Identify best approaches to fostering self-awareness and resiliency for people affected by FASD
  • Understand multiple practical adaptation strategies to achieve successful outcomes
  • Develop individualized support plans that incorporate strengths and team-based supports
Mar
14
Thu
Live Stream: Dealing with Difficult People @ Online Live Stream
Mar 14 all day

We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling frustrated, stressed, angry, or tired. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be explored, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results. Participants will learn how to create the right conditions for a conversation with a person they find difficult. They will also be provided with a variety of practical strategies for engaging with people they find difficult.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Who is a Difficult Person?
  • Shift Judgment to Curiosity
  • The Cycle of Escalating Difficult Behaviour
  • Approaches for Dealing with Difficult People
  • Strategies for Dealing with Bullying Behaviour
  • Skills for Dealing with the Passive Aggressive Person
  • How to Defuse the Angry Person
  • Strategies for Dealing with the Resistant Person

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.