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.

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.

Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents @ University of Manitoba
Mar 14 all day

The School Psychology Program at the U of M is pleased to announce a free all-day workshop on psychopharmacology for children and adolescents with Dr. Simon Trepel to be held March 14th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in room P412 Duff Roblin building. The workshop will be on neuroscience, psychopharmacology, psychotropic drug classes, treatment strategies and access to mental health services. The presentation will include an overview of drug types and mechanisms of action, appropriate usage, benefits and side effects and the role that non-medical clinicians can play in the referral, assessment and ongoing monitoring process as well as a brief overview of services and procedures at MATC.

Simon Trepel MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC)

Registration is open to all interested persons. Space is limited so please register as soon as you are able by email to Mindy Black at Mindy.Black@umanitoba.ca with your name and affiliation. A confirmation will be sent. School Psychology students and staff are registered automatically and then, on a priority basis, all Psychology Department members and psychologists working with our practicum students. In the event of space limitations, the adjacent lounge with a live video link will be utilized.

Parking and lunch are available on campus at your own expense. Beverages and snacks will be provided morning and afternoon.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Theule directly at Jen.Theule@umanitoba.ca.

Mar
15
Fri
The 3 Rs: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship @ Alloway Therapy Services, 468 Academy Rd.,
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop Objective:
The workshop will explore the links between children’s early attachment experiences, emotional development and social/academic success in
school. The Circle of Security model will be used as a ‘map’ to understand
behaviour and respond to each child’s emotional needs.

This workshop will address:
• Attachment Theory and Complex Trauma as a framework to understand
the social and emotional development of young children.
• Cues and miscues: Behaviour as communication.
• The Circle of Security as a framework to guide key adults to support and
co-regulate children who have disrupted attachment/trauma histories.

Who Should Attend?
• Key adults directly involved in planning for and supporting students:
this includes resource teachers, guidance counselors, teachers and
educational assistants who work one-on-one with children who receive
special-needs funding due to emotional/behavioral concerns.
• Multi-disciplinary support staff, including social workers, psychologists
and occupational therapists.

Mar
20
Wed
Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies @ Best Western Plus Airport
Mar 20 all day

This event is available as an Online Live Stream. Please see the below link for more details:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-anxiety-3-20/

Description

Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives. This workshop will explore when anxiety is adaptive and in order, compared to when it becomes disordered. Participants will learn practical and accessible strategies which can be applied to all ages, and help address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of anxiety.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Anxiety and its Natural Purpose
  • The Nature of Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
  • Understanding the Stress Response System
  • Statistics: Prevalence and Trends
  • Overview of Working with Anxiety
  • Body-Oriented Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Mind-Body Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Working to Expand Social Skills
  • Building a New Pattern: Steps Toward Change

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 anxiety.

Method of Delivery

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

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the definition and role of anxiety
  • Identify when anxiety is becoming more ‘disordered’
  • Describe how anxiety manifests in the brain and nervous system
  • Recognize signs of regulation
  • Identify an integrated plan for treating anxiety
  • Apply strategies for increasing regulation and reducing anxiety
Mar
21
Thu
Depression – Practical Intervention Strategies @ Best Western Plus Airport
Mar 21 all day

This event is also available as an Online Live Stream. Please see the below link for more information:
https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/workshops/live-stream-depression-3-21/

Description

Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. Helpers may feel unsure of where to begin when supporting those who frequently feel depleted, helpless, and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop explores a holistic understanding of the causes, impact, and treatment of depression. A strengths-based approach is explored that considers the whole person, separate from the problem. Participants will learn practical skills for building motivation and setting realistic goals for supporting those living with depression.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Understanding the Nature of Depression
  • Causes and Influences of Depression
  • Concepts and Strategies for Intervention
  • Working to Build Awareness
  • The Importance of Routine
  • Exploring Strengths and Resources
  • Changing Patterns of Thinking Influenced by Depression
  • Investigating and Highlighting Successes
  • Habit Practice and Contrasting (Old Way, New Way)
  • The Recovery Process from Depression

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 depression.

Method of Delivery

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

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the holistic effects of depression
  • Use key questions to assess the impact of depression and to engage in supportive conversation
  • List key internal and external factors that contribute to the experience of a depressed person
  • Describe healthy dynamics and boundaries in the helper-client relationship