Professional Development


January 2, 3, 4, & 5

Workshops are FREE and open to all individuals who have been impacted by addiction in some way.

Supporting Youth: Nurturing Relationships while Navigating Boundaries

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) presents a 3-day Certificate in Working with Adoptive/Foster Children in Play Therapy

InstructorTheresa Fraser CCW, CYC-P, M.A., CPT-S, R.P.

Dates: Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 11th. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Toronto, ON

This three-day CAPT Certificate will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss, share and learn about the various systems that Play Therapists engage in when working with children in the child welfare system.

Learning Objectives 
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Program Attendees:
This training will be of interest to those who are new to play therapy who work with children in foster/kin and foster care. Attendees will engage in dyadic and group activities that will be playful and sometimes triggering. These will be integrated into curriculum delivery. At the end of this training Play Therapists will have additional ideas/ activities and resources to use with this population.

For Further Information and Registration Forms:
For complete information or registering click on this link:
Contact Kip Sharpe at or call 519-827-1506, ext. 2

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is pleased to once again be collaborating with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres to offer Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Workshops (Cycles 1, 2, and 3) in the New Year. These workshops are offered with the financial support of the Central LHIN.

Registrations for Cycle 1 are currently open. For more information Cycle 1 and/or to register, please read on, and click REGISTER for one of the two dates provided. If you know of someone who may be interested in attending Cycle 1, please feel free to share this e-mail with them.

More details about Cycles 2 and 3 will be forthcoming in the near future. To be eligible to attend Cycle 2, you must have completed Cycle 1 in the last 4 years. To be eligible to attend Cycle 3, you must have completed Cycles 1 & 2 in the last 4 years.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact us at:

Cycle 1
The first cycle focuses on the early relationship in Canada with Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma and an introduction of the OFIFC’s relationship framework. OFIFC facilitators will guide participants through a series of four questions: Who are Indigenous Peoples?”, “Where have they been?”, “Where are they going?” Learning can then focus on answering, “What are our responsibilities?” These questions offer a critical pathway to action that strengthens cultural awareness, informs relationship building and begins to enhance organizational programs and policies. 

Learning Outcomes:      

  • Examine how Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships have been impacted by historical events and how the relationship can be reframed today;
  • Introduced to policies and legislations that have impacted Indigenous communities; and
  • Introduced to a framework that enhances the relationship development with Indigenous people.

Choose one:

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 9am – 4pm
Nobleton Community Hall
19 Old King Road, Nobleton

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 9am – 4pm
Victoria Hall
27 Mosley St., Aurora, ON

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress
Ottawa: February 12-13, 2018;  London: February 13-14, 2018;  Toronto: February 14-15, 2018

Understanding Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth
Toronto: March 5, 2018;  Ottawa: March 5, 2018; London: March 6, 2018;  Thunder Bay: March 7, 2018

Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours
Ottawa: April 9-10, 2018;  Mississauga: April 11-12, 2018

Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss
London: May 7-8, 2018;   Toronto: May 9-10, 2018;   Ottawa: May 14-15, 2018