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
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
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