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.
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Wednesday, November 21- Friday, November 23
Human resilience is remarkable. It is the ultimate good news story – that stress in itself is not the enemy and that we need not be brought down by the circumstances in our lives. After years of mistaken focus on the stress part of the equation, the focus is now on uncovering the keys that can unlock the amazing human potential to grow through adversity, to thrive under duress, and to bounce back from trauma.
Resilience is probably the most important topic of our time. It holds the answers to emotional health and well-being, to mental illness, to healing and recovery, to prevention, to addiction, and much more. Resilience is not only the best overall prevention but also the best focus for intervention. Resilience should be everyone’s concern, not only the medical and helping professionals, but also educators, parents, and society at large. Resilience is about ourselves and those we are responsible for.
This conference is a fundraiser for the Neufeld Institute and the offspring of a collaborative effort between Jack Hirose of Jack Hirose and Associates and Dr. Gordon Neufeld of the Neufeld Institute – a worldwide charitable organization delivering developmental science to those responsible for our children. Most of the speakers have generously donated their time and forfeited their usual speaker fees to support this fundraiser. The Neufeld Institute is deeply grateful for all who have extended themselves in this way.
Although participants may choose to enroll in one day, two days or three days, the conference itself will be continuous in nature, building on the model and theoretical foundations that Dr. Neufeld will present on Day One, Two and Three in the mornings. Seven of the senior Neufeld Institute Faculty will flesh out this model of resilience with special applications in mind. Dr. Martin Brokenleg and will add his wealth of experience and perspectives on this subject. On Day Three, the two doctors will be in Maria LeRose’s most capable hands as she facilitates some dialogue and discussion between them. It is rare for ‘experts’ to have the opportunity to interact with each other, never mind in the context of a live audience of informed participants.
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.
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.