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
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
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
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