Professional Development

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Workshop - Medical: Rights-Based Approaches to Disability in CYC
by Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Saturday, February 24, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Ryerson University
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health
Room SHE-676, 99 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2M2 

Child and Youth Care Practitioners (CYCPs) work with disabled young people in schools, hospitals, residential care, communities and family homes. However, practitioners rarely engage in discussions about disability rights or how they can be incorporated into CYC practice.

This interactive three-hour workshop introduces the topic of a rights-based approach to CYC work with disabled young people. Incorporating a social justice framework, this session will cover issues surrounding language, power, relationship and consent to care. This will be accomplished through the introduction of 1) the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); 2) the social model of disability; and 3) neurodiversity.

Nancy (a non-disabled CYCP) and Falon (a disabled young CYCP in-training) will engage the participants in reflective pair-work, open discussion and activity-based exercises that deepen an awareness into how these critical disability issues can intersect with the characteristics of CYC practice.

CYC Competency: Cultural and Human Diversity

Nancy Marshall (M.A., B.A. CYC) has been working as a classroom-based CYCP for over ten years supporting young people with diverse disabilities. As an ally, Nancy is dedicated to adhering to the disability philosophy, “Nothing About Us, Without Us”.
Falon Wilton is a proudly autistic CYC-in-training. Her relationships with children and youth have taken many shapes, including childcare and mentoring roles. With her added background in the arts, personal research, and emotional labour, Falon is innovating spaces that nurture the lives of neurodivergent young people.

Introduction to Restorative Practice and Using Restorative and Peacemaking Circles Effectively
Two-day training
by Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018  |  9
:00 am
Thursday, March 22, 2018      |  4:30 pm 

London, Ontario TBA

This training is extremely relevant for child/youth serving organizations, education and workplaces.

Presenter - Rick Kelly
This two-day training will provide hands-on learning and skill development that is a deep dive into the underlying concepts and principles that distinguish the restorative approach. This includes Introduction to Restorative Practices (Day 1) andUsing Restorative and Peacemaking Circles Effectively (Day 2). Concepts covered include:

  1. Power and the impacts of ‘power over’ vs. ‘sharing power’
  2. The relational foundation for working with others
  3. The role of emotional intelligence
  4. Engagement through “fair process”
  5. The consequences of shame and shaming

Embracing the concepts as a foundation for explicit practice increases effectiveness in one’s work.

The use of circles has traditions that go back far into the history of man/womankind. Traditional and indigenous communities use circles as a cornerstone of their way of life. Circles can be used for program and workshop implementation, as a way to facilitate child/and youth development, for healing from trauma and within the work place to develop effective teams. This workshop demonstrates, through interactive processes, the power of circles to harness the energy of groups and teams.

Participants will receive:

  • Certificate of participation through the IIRP (
  • Book with each session
  • Credit to Masters degree/Certificate. Completion of all three workshops constitutes the face-to-face portion of the 500 level Introductory course. The second half is completed online (IIRP Grad School).
  • Linked to e-forum with IIRP
  • A Train the trainer track for capacity development

Presenter Rick Kelly has dedicated his 40 plus years as a child and youth worker to themes that include thinking outside of the box, innovation, creativity, prevention, health promotion, advocacy and system change.

As a child and youth worker (now CYCP) he has had a variety of roles which run the gamut from street worker, psychiatric crisis worker, residential worker, play therapist, parent/family coach/counsellor (, mental health consultant and program supervisor and manager.

For 17 years he taught full time at George Brown College. It was there that he caught the restorative bug. After being introduced to the model through an indigenous lens, he readily took hold of the relevance and opportunities for the program, students, and College and field partners. He continues to honour and respect the gift of this knowledge from our First Nations brothers and sisters.

He conducted research, developed a separate advanced skills training program, supported a host of student-led projects and conference presentations, partnered with sister programs to set up the Social Innovation Hub as an alternative field placement and developed an international placement in Jamaica. During this time, he was certified as restorative conferences facilitator for youth justice and as a trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP/ He worked with many school boards in Ontario who were early adopters of the model and were engaged in system-wide implementation.

He deepened his understanding of Restorative Practices by completing his Master’s in Restorative Practices at IIRP, the only graduate school dedicated to Restorative Practices, and through studies at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding/CMU in Peacemaking Circles (

He set up his own training organization 4 years ago (Just Us: A Centre for Restorative Practices). Throughout he has adapted the model to address the realities of youth work while challenging conventional thinking in the model. He incorporates our growing understanding and need to utilize a neuro-developmental perspective as well as to be trauma-informed. He encourages creative practices such as art, spoken word and music to facilitate the development of youth voice. He uses restorative practices as a foundation for knowledge mobilization, program transformation and systems change.

He is also working with York University’s, Dept. of Social Work, YouthRex ( knowledge mobilization initiative as a lecturer and workshop presenter.

Aspects of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice

A day with Thom Garfat

Relational Child and Youth Care Practice involves seeing, and engaging with, young people beyond the identified and presenting behaviours.  When we instead pay attention to and engage with “the self” of the young person, magic can happen! In this presentation, we will together explore ways of seeing beyond the behaviour and engaging and “being with” young people relationally, “on the other side of their behaviour”.

Presenters:      Thom Garfat, PH.D., Director of Transformation International
Date:                 March 2, 2018

Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre
930 Burnham Street
Cobourg, ON K9A 2X9
Tel: 905-372-2105

Additional Parking at the rear of the building

Registration:   Meet & Greet 9 - 9:30 AM
Hours:              9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (lunch on your own)
Cost:                $55.00 per person    $30.00 per student

Sponsored by:  Broken Arrow Residential Treatment Services
                           Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

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Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) presents 
Responding to Trauma using Play Therapy

Friday, May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls 
6039 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V6

Certificate Overview
New information on trauma enables us to understand its implications in a way that was not possible a decade ago. Both short term and longer treatment require an innovative approach. Play Therapy’s innate flexibility makes it an excellent resource for many developmental levels. In this Certificate program we will examine creative and neuroscientific methods for understanding and responding to trauma. Recent research also reminds us that the risk of vicarious trauma is very real and as therapists we need to be proactive about our own wellbeing.

Register by March 31st and save! Check out the Early Bird pricing now!”

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ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Two-day Training
by the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018       |  8
:30 am
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018  |  4:30 pm 

LOCATION:  Suiteworks Business Centre
                      92 Caplan Avenue
                      Barrie, ON L4N 9J2
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ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches the Suicide Intervention Model, a practical guide to doing suicide interventions.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  • seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed amount of time
  • follow up on safety commitments, accessing further help as needed
  • ASIST caregivers complete the process that safeTALK helper’s start, providing life-saving suicide first aid interventions.

Presenter Bio
Sonia McDonald is a qualified Child & Youth Worker; she is a Cambrian College graduate with experience working with youth of all ages and is a professional, certified member of the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care (OACYC).  With over twenty years experience in the field, Sonia contributes a wide range of skills and experiences to her facilitation.  She has an exceptional ability to engage children, youth and parents in a positive way and offer them a different perspective during presentations.

Sonia became an ASIST Trainer with Living works in 2007 within her role as a youth project facilitator at the Canadian Mental Health Association.  In addition, she is also a certified SafeTalk Trainer and ASK Trainer.  She has worked with a community training team as well as facilitated much training at colleges and high schools over the past few years.  She has recently upgraded her ASIST certification to become a Consultant Trainer.


Tuesday, July 2 to Saturday, August 10, 2018   |   Toronto Ontario

The Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) is Canada’s national play therapy association.  The Play Therapy Certificate Program is the only play therapy training program of its kind in Canada.  The purpose of the program is to provide training in the theory and practice of play therapy.  The training offered through the Play Therapy Certificate Program provides the academic requirements as defined by CAPT’s Certification Process.  

Instructors are skilled play therapists who bring expertise on a wide variety of topics.  Instructors are certified play therapists with CAPT or have received approval from the CAPT certification committee because of their particular area of expertise.  


Location: CPA Professional Development Institute, 25 York Street, Toronto, Ontario

Program Format:  Each ten-day level can be taken one year at a time or an application can be made to “Fast Track” in order to complete level 2 or 3 concurrently.  Each level requires one written assignment.  

Any of the individual courses can be taken as individual workshops.

The cost of each ten-day level of the Play Therapy Certificate Program is $2,000.00 plus HST ($2,260.00) per level. Any workshops can be taken for $248.60 for members and $282.50 for non-members. Both these include the HST. 

The Program Covers

Theory and Approaches:  Play Therapy Process, Theoretical Models, Assessment, Family Play Therapy, Group Work, Brain Research, Filial Therapy.
Techniques:  Sandtray, Puppets, Storytelling, Games, Art, Theraplay.
Populations:  Trauma, Abuse, Grief & Loss, Attachment, Learning Disabilities, ODD, Anxiety.

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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