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Fall 2018 Academic Calendar: September to December 31st

Training at Hincks Dellcrest (HD) Institute

The HD Institute is a research and training facility with a focus on outreach and capacity building within the mental health sector. We continue to respond to the challenges of improving mental health care by providing research, education and advanced training to support your professional development needs. Each year we train over 2500 professionals through our certificate programs, one and two-day workshops, along with our evening parent seminars.

For your convenience, Phase 1 our Fall 2018 Academic Calendar outlined below is divided into 4 key learning areas. Each category below is a quick link within our Academic Calendar. For more information, or to register for a specific workshop simply click the More link at the end of the workshop description.


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Fall 2018 Academic Calendar: September to December 31st


Fall 2018 Certificate Programs


Counselling Skills Certificate:
Gain Creative, Concrete and Easy to use Tools and Strategies

Date: September 17, 18, October 22, 23, November 12 & 13, 2018
Bonnie Miller, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Educators, mental health, medical professionals and direct service workers.
Description: This six day training, is strategically structured so each session builds practical, easy to apply skills to move from passive listening to active helping. Participants will learn the essentials of client-centered capacity building conversations; the type of conversations that allow one to feel effective without feeling overwhelmed. The activities in this training will provide creative, concrete and easy to use tools and strategies that will add to the participants existing skills.  More

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1:
Practical Solutions to Real World Problems

Dates: September 27, October 25, November 22 & December 20, 2018
 Nili R. Benazon, PhD.
This training is suitable For: Mental health professionals and direct service workers.
Description: In this certificate program, participants will learn cognitive and behavioural strategies, including case formulation and conceptualization in CBT, identifying and modifying thoughts, behaviour activation and experiments, exposure, stress reduction strategies, and problem-solving therapy. This course is not focused on a specific client population or clinical disorder. Rather, it provides instruction on a set of tools that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback and a focus on micro-skill development.  More

Narrative Therapy Certificate:
A 5-Day Program Conducted Over 5 Months

Dates: October 13, November 10, December 8, 2018 & January 12, February 9, 2019
 Bonnie Miller, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Those interested in Narrative Therapy as a beginner, or who have taken Narrative workshops, but would like a refresher on how to apply it.
Description: This certificate program breaks down the theory of Narrative Therapy into skills that can be practiced - each skill builds on the one before.  After each session, participants will leave with a clear set of steps to incorporate this therapeutic model into best practices.  More

Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals: Level 1 Trauma Certificate
Dates: November 5, 6, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2018
 Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Experienced front-line workers (nurses, clergy, social workers, residential workers), counselors and psychotherapists who provide services to vulnerable populations.
Description: In this 6-day certificate program, participants will be given the most current information on the biopsychosocial phenomenon of trauma, and training in how to assess, and respond ethically, and appropriately to clients, given the parameters of the workplace.  More
Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 2:
Dates: October 12, November 16, December 7, 2018, January 18, February 15, 2019
Facilitators: Noah Lazar, Ph.D.,C.Psych. and Vivien Lee, Ph.D., C.Psych.
This training is suitable for: Mental health professionals, medical professionals and direct service workers

Pre-requisite: Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1: Practical Solutions to Real World Problems
Description: The Advanced Certificate Program emphasizes the conceptualization and application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles to specific clinical populations. You will learn how to conceptualize and apply CBT treatment strategies to anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder and ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder, trauma-related disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and severe mental health disorders, including Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder. This certificate is designed to draw on and advance the skills and strategies learned in the Introductory CBT Certificate, to help expand scope of practice and competency in treating these conditions. More



Fall 2018 Workshops:
Working with Children, Youth & Families


Applying Solution-Focused Strategies in Schools:
Understanding of the Theoretical Base of a Solution-Focused Approach, and Applications

Date: October 4, 2018
 Eric J. King, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: School social workers, child and youth workers, teachers, school personnel, residential school staff, and other allied disciplines who work or consult to schools.
Description: This workshop will offer an understanding of the theoretical base of a solution-focused approach, and will explore a range of applications in the school context. Participants will gain tools for questioning practices when engaging marginalized youth, working with change behaviour and meaning frames, learn skills to manage parent meetings and how to successfully introduce solution-focused concepts in a school system.  More 

Helping Families Heal:
Addressing and Treating Trauma in Children, Youth and Families

Date: October 15, 2018
Janine Lawford, MSW, RSW and Erica Watson, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Child and youth workers, nurses, early childhood educators, child protection workers and other social service counsellors who provide counselling and support to children and adolescents in community-based settings.
Description: In this workshop, participants will explore the background of how trauma impacts children and families, as well as how to best work with these clients to identify myriad traumatic responses and encourage healing in the family system.  More
Promoting Adaptive Anxiety in Children:
Confronting the Rising Anxiety Disorders in Children and Youth

Date: October 26, 2018
Alex Russell, PhD, C.Psych.
This training is suitable for: Counsellors, educators, early childhood educators, school counsellors, mental health professionals, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers.
Description: This workshop will provide participants with a healthy perspective on anxiety, in which childhood anxiety is understood as a necessary building block of adaptation, and an essential gateway to a child’s creative engagement with the world. Participants will learn how to work with parents caught between protecting their children and supporting their independence. Understanding and working with children and youth who have developed maladaptive forms of anxiety and tools for working with this group will be covered in detail.  More

Anxiety and the Gift of the Imagination:
A Clinical Model for Helping Children Understand and Manage Anxiety

Date: December 14, 2018
Robin Alter, PhD.
This training is suitable for: Mental health professionals currently working with and/or interested in working with children.
Description: This workshop will teach a successful therapeutic formulation of anxiety. Dr. Alter will explain how the link between imagination and anxiety can be used effectively in treatment. This approach starts and ends with an enhancement of self-esteem to motivate children to use therapeutic tools and strategies. Learn how children's anxiety and thinking are different from adults, and how to be more effective with children in creating fundamental change in anxiety management.  More




Fall 2018 Workshops:
Working with Adults


Motivational Interviewing:
Date: September 21, 2018
Adam Lodzinski, PhD.
This training Is suitable for: Mental health and medical professionals, as well as direct service workers of all experience levels.
Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a client's motivation and commitment to change. This workshop teaches the guiding principles, strategies and skills for incorporating Miller and Rollnik’s MI techniques into practice.  More

Becoming an Adult Attachment Focused Therapist:
Shifting Framework in Therapeutic Work

Date: October 1, 2018
Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: All educators, mental health care professionals, direct service workers, and medical professionals.
Description: This workshop will present a model of therapy that will shift participant’s theoretical framework to that of Attachment Focused therapy. This model will help assess adult attachment categories, recognize the impact of early childhood attachment experiences, guide clients through the process of mourning their losses, and longings, and use one’s self in the reparative process of therapy. Participants will develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in therapeutic work.  More

Brief Therapy Approaches with Time-Sensitive Groups
Date: October 5, 2018
Eric J. King, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Agency employees developing coordinated strategies for front end services, hospital staff, addiction counsellors, child welfare employees, social workers, psychotherapists and child & youth workers who wish to expand their skills in group leading with both youth and/or adult/parent groups.
Description: This workshop will explore the use of brief therapy practices with a wide variety of time-limited groups such as parent-teen conflict resolution groups, anti-anxiety groups, multi family groups and family adventure weekends.  Specific tools and group leader practices and will be examined for the different stages of group development from pre-screening to endings and booster groups.  More

Brief Narrative Single Session Therapy:
Date: November 1, 2018
Scot Cooper, RP.
This training is suitable for: All service providers, both beginner and experienced, working with all ages in time constrained contexts.
Description: This 1-day workshop will demonstrate how the application of brief narrative is grounded in practical skills that can be utilized in practice immediately. Learn to recognize a structure for brief narrative therapy sessions that brings focus, guidance and directs attention to necessary micro-skills, then how to implement co-development practices with clients for "take-homes, and next steps".  More
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:
Components of Group and Individual Treatment

Date: November 9, 23, 2018
Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW.
This training is suitable for: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and direct service workers.
Description: This 2-day workshop is designed for clinicians who are interested in utilizing DBT in either group or individual settings with clients via interactive lecture and experiential exercises. Participants will learn the components of standard DBT, how to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours, as well as how to balance validation and change strategies. The facilitator will provide insight into skills for clients, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  More




Fall 2018 Leadership Training

Mindfulness in the Workplace:
Date: September 28, 2018
Marion Langford M.Ed.
This training is suitable for: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, direct service workers, and anyone interested in adapting a mindfulness practice into their lives.
Description: This workshop is designed for those interested in developing mindfulness practice at work. Participants will walk away from this program with tools and techniques to develop a mindfulness practice, as well as strategies to manage the barriers that get in the way of developing and maintaining a mindfulness practice.  More

Increasing Team Effectiveness:
For Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders
Date: October 31, 2018
 Susan Geary, PhD and Faye Marcotte.
This training is suitable for: Managers, supervisors, team leads, and those looking to move into a leadership role.
Description: This workshop will teach the skills needed to become a team leader including how to mitigate group conflict, how to move the team towards peak performance, how to adapt to different types of team structures, as well as different stages of group development.  More
Essential Skills for the New Supervisor:
Making the Transition to Supervisor

Date: November 28, 2018
Susan Geary, PhD.
This training is suitable for: First time supervisors, team leaders with supervisory responsibilities, and new managers.
Description: This workshop will focus on the making the transition to the multi-faceted role of the supervisor. Learn current and relevant leadership strategies to delegate, motivate, coach, hire and build a team through effective and easy to implement supervisory tools.  More



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