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.

Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator Training @ Canadinns Fort Garry
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

Learning Objectives of the Training:

  • Understanding the theoretical background of the Circle of Security
  • Shift caregiver focus from behaviour management to enhancing the quality of relationship
  • understand specific steps to build self-reflection in caregivers
  • use video examples to support increased empathy in caregivers
  • identify new options to help caregivers manage emotions
  • learn step-by-step approaches for promoting secure attachment in children
Attachment Informed Art Therapy- Level 1 @ The Gates, Roblin Blvd
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm

Who Should Attend:
• Licensed or Credentialed Professionals who are interested
in and practice in the area Attachment throughout the life
• Mental Health Professionals in the areas of: Psychology, Art
Therapy, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Play
Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Counselling, Social
Work, Guidance Counselling
• Early, Middle and Senior Years Educators, Art Teachers,
Teaching Assistants
• Students training in the fields of: Art, Drama and the
Expressive Arts Therapies, Marriage and Family Therapy,
Counselling, Child Development, Guidance Counselling,
Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work and Education

In this dynamic experiential training you will receive:
• A solid theoretical base in Attachment
• Learning and practice in a variety of therapeutic art
activities that can be used immediately with clients
and students of all ages
• Level 1 Certification acknowledged by CiiAT for entry
in the Level 2 online course

Seeing the Invisible Wounds of Developmental Trauma With Dr. Bruce Perry @ Victoria Inn & Conference Centre
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm

Seeing The Invisible Wounds Of Developmental Trauma


Resilient children are MADE not born.

Internationally renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence.

His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.
His work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).

Join us for an enlightening day where he shares their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain’s astonishing capacity for healing. Dr. Perry will explain what happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress-and reveals what can be done to ease a child’s pain and help him heal and thrive.

See Brochure Below:

Seeing The Invisible Wounds Of Developmental Trauma Brochure

Event Information

Day 1 Conference - October 10th, 2018 - Cost: $225

  • 8:00am - 9:00am
    • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    • Morning Session
  • 10:30am - 10:45am
    • Refreshment Break
  • 10:45am - 12:00pm
    • Mid-Morning Session + Q&A
  • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
    • Lunch, Book Signing, & Networking
  • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
    • Afternoon Session
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm
    • Refreshment Break
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Late Afternoon Session + Q&A

Day 2 Clinical Case Discussion - October 11th, 2018 - Cost: $275 (Both Days)

Geared towards clinicians, therapists, psychologists and clinical case managers wishing to further explore the NMT (therapeutics)/NNE (Education), though is open to everyone. Discussion will focus on actual brain maps and the implications for individualized therapeutic plans specific to trauma history and brain development. Spaces are very limited. Registration is first-come first-served.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma and attachment- what happens in the brain when someone has had traumatic experiences.
  • Understand how traumatic experiences change the biology of the brain.
  • Learn the six core strengths for the healthy development of children.
  • Learn the six R’s of healing trauma in children.
  • Learn about the the Neurosequential Model (NM) as a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children.
  • Learn about the similarities and differences between the NMT (Therapeutics), NME (Education), and NMC (Caregivers).

About Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, a not for-profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC, Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozens of international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Additional Video Resources

Treating Childhood Trauma:

Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development: An Overview

The Repair of Early Trauma: A Bottom Up Approach

How To Register

Mail Registration Form (Cash, Cheque, Credit Card or Invoice)

Online Registration Form via Website


The 3 Rs: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship @ Alloway Therapy Services, 468 Academy Rd.,
Oct 19 @ 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.

Action-Packed CBT: More Walk, Less Talk @ Canad Inns Destination Centre, Polo Park (1405 St Matthews Ave)
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – Oct 23 @ 4:30 pm

October 22nd and 23rd from 9am-4:30pm

We know from educational research that lasting learning and change are more likely to result from active experience and doing than from talking alone. If we apply this idea to psychotherapy, we need to consider that talk therapy by itself is not always best therapy. The phrase, "action-packed CBT" describes a therapeutic approach that combines talk with active learning experiences embedded into each session. It is designed to make therapy more effective and to promote faster client change.

Similarly, this is an action-packed workshop. Christine A. Padesky, PhD demonstrates a variety of action methods that can enhance cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other forms of psychotherapy. Like her other "Show Me" workshops, she structures her teaching around clinical demonstrations rather than lectures. For each segment of the workshop, she demonstrates particular methods so participating therapists can see exactly how Padesky conducts "action-packed" CBT. Structured exercises help therapists learn through experience how to implement action-oriented approaches. Thus, "More walk and less talk". Even so, there is ample time for questions, answers, and discussion to promote a more complete understanding of how to apply these approaches with diverse clients in a variety of settings.

Action methods demonstrated in this workshop include:

  • interactive writing/drawing
  • imagery
  • role playing
  • behavioral experiments conducted both in and outside the office to test out beliefs and try new behaviors

A brainstorming section in the afternoon of the second day helps therapists discover how a variety of creative methods can be derived from these basic actions. Padesky guides workshop participants to develop a model over the course of the two days to help decide when to employ action approaches, when listening and talk are the best interventions, and what types of action are best suited to particular therapy purposes and goals. By the end of the workshop, each participant has an opportunity to construct an individualized action plan for one of their own clients whose progress in therapy has stalled.


  • Describe two benefits of action-packed therapy
  • Recognize action opportunities within clinical interchanges
  • Plan three actions appropriate to use with current clients
  • Name two action methods that foster client engagement
  • Demonstrate one action approach that is likely to enhance learning
  • Identify two action methods that help promote change
  • Devise in and out of office behavioral experiments
  • Experience how collaborative writing increases client engagement
  • Link imagery with in vivo change efforts


  • Mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health fields
  • Non-CBT therapists will learn ways to incorporate action-oriented CBT practices into therapy
  • Beginning and intermediate CBT therapists will discover ways to transform treatment protocols into live action therapy
  • More advanced CBT therapists are encouraged to identify one or two clients with whom progress is slow and keep these clients in mind throughout the workshop.
2018 SISLER INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY @ University of Manitoba
Oct 22 @ 5:26 pm – Oct 23 @ 6:26 pm

Dr. Jon Hunter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the
University of Toronto, where he heads the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Topics include: “Attachment & its Core Role in Psychiatry”; “Attachment in the
Psychotherapeutic Process”, "Interactive Case Vignette” Workshop, and “Optimizing Effectiveness of Psychotherapy”

edical Practitioners (Including Department of Psychiatry Staff): $200.00
Clinical Psychologists: $200.00
NPs, PAs, Social Workers, WRHA Mental Health, CMHWs: $150.00
Rady FHS Undergraduate learners: No Cost
Rady FHS Postgraduate/Graduate Learners & Residents: $50.00
[Fee waived for DOP Residents]
Monday Evening ONLY- Interactive Case Vignette Workshop $50.00

Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism @ Winnipeg Manitoba
Oct 30 @ 7:56 pm – Oct 31 @ 8:56 pm

Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism is an annual gathering intended to bring together a range of people committed to enhancing quality of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and autism. For more information click here.

2 Day Advanced Mindfulness Training @ Viscount Gort Hotel
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm


  1. Describe and define mindfulness in a broader way for the client
  2. Summarize the basics lessons of Interpersonal Neurobiology and how mindfulness can rewire the brain
  3. Explain the effects of stress and cortisol, and how diaphragmatic breathing turns on the parasympathetic nervous system
  4. Demonstrate how to use stories as a way to shift awareness, enhance relationships, and recognize strengths
  5. Use key mindful body practices that lead to better self-care and cognitive brain function
  6. Describe multiple evidence-based methods for shifting attention that produce greater positive emotions moment by moment
  7. Discuss the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress, and the 4-methods for reducing stress
Creative Art Interventions for School Clinicians @ Manitoba Teachers’ Society
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm

The WSD Department of Social Work presents Betty Bedard-Bidwell and Margo Sippel

A workshop that provides basic tools to offer creative ways for students to express themselves for self-regulation, emotional intelligence, building self-esteem and resiliency.

$225 for 2 days.  For more information click here.

Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Classroom: Bi-Annual Provincial Educators’ Consortium @ Viscount Gort Hotel
Nov 16 all day
• How do I adopt an LGBT2Q+ inclusive approach to my curricula and classroom climate?
• What resources are available to support education and classroom delivery?

• How do I respond and facilitate discussions while preserving the dignity and human rights of LGBT2Q+ students and their families?
This full-day consortium invites early, middle and high school teachers, education assistants and resource teachers to acquire and share pedagogical approaches and practical strategies to create a classroom of inclusiveness that centres the diverse lives of LGBT2Q+ youth. 
At the end of the consortium, participants will learn:
• Pedagogical approaches and curricular connections
• Critical adaptations on gender in the classroom

• Responses to difficult conversations among students, colleagues and caregivers
pre-consortium event: LET’S MIX, MINGLE AND REVIEW! 
In addition, a pre-consortium education and networking mixer will be held on November 15th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at the Manitoba Teachers’ Society,191 Harcourt St. in Winnipeg. 

A refresher on current terminology, syntax and use-of language will be reviewed. This is a FREE event for registered participants. Light refreshments and beverages will be served