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2021 Provincial Conference - COVID Style

Schedule

9:00am to11:00am Fundamentals of Addictions
11:00am to 11:30am Break
11:30am to 12:30pm The importance of Play in Mikmaq culture
12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm to 3:30pm The Road to Regulation: The process of professionalizing the practice of Child and Youth Care Counsellors
3:30pm to 4:00pm Break
4:00pm to 5:00pm Gaming As Part of the Therapeutic Process
5:00pm - 7:00pm Annual General Meeting

Ticket sales

Please note this provincial conference will be virtual. Upon purchasing a ticket you will be given an access code.

AGM is free for all members of NSCYCWA.


Learn about the presenters

Shawn Wood MSW, RSW, CYC-P
Shawn Wood MSW, RSW, CYC-PPresident of the NSCYCWA
Shawn has worked for over a decade with children, youth, and families struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Shawn has trained in multiple treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trauma approaches, including the Connect Attachment Program, the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) framework, and the Collaborative Problem Solving model. He is also trained to provide readiness hormone and surgical assessments through for World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

He is a dynamic speaker and presenter in large and small groups. His presentation skills foster interactive child and youth workshops to education and training events using an adult learning model to achieve the best outcomes. Shawn has had the pleasure of traveling throughout the Atlantic Provinces to provide professional development in a variety of settings and topics.

Shawn practices in a non-judgmental way, fostering a safe and secure environment for others to explore goals and self-advocacy. Through supportive educational interventions, Shawn works with clients to reach self-identified goals and positive outcomes.

Shawn is also turning his attention to various research opportunities and plans to begin work

Fundamental of Addictions

Learning Objectives

  1. Philosophy of addictions
  2. Schools of thought
  3. Language of addiction, willpower, free will, harmful involvement continuum.
  4. Substances description and impact.
  5. Neurobiology of addictions.
  6. Withdrawal Management
  7. Medications to manage addiction.
  8. Engaging with clients- change, recovery goals vs. quitting goals, MI, goal planning,
  9. Resources

Play in our Mikmaq communities

Marlene Francis
Marlene Francis Title
I am a Mikmaq woman from Sipeknekatik (Indian brook) Nova Scotia. Currently, I work at Little Eagles Daycare in Indian Brook for the past 6 years. I love to work with children and watch how their little minds work. I also have my paramedicine level 1 and worked for EHS NS as a paramedic and a dispatcher. So I went from crawling out of ditches to crawling around children. I am also a CYC student at Mount St. Vincent University.

The importance of Play in Mikmaq culture

All CYC’s recognize that play is important for children. However, one thing many do not realize, is that play can be displayed differently for cultures. In some cultures, play is not typical: “let us play with dolls or play with cars”. First nation children can use hunting, fishing, trapping, crafts, as well as helping an elder as play experiences. Much of the play is from the natural element. Come join Marlene to learn about Play in our Mikmaq communities. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To discuss how culture and play are interconnected 
  • To review how play can reflect familial experiences 
Michelle Briegel
Michelle BriegelPresident of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA)
Michelle is the current President of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA). She also is on the working board of the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA), soon to be the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA). Michelle is a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor, an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work teaching in the Bachelor of Child Studies: Child and Youth Care Counsellor Major, and recently completed a certificate in Relational Therapeutic Play.

Areas of research interests for Michelle include: Child and Youth Care professional practice, professional development, and well-being in the context of child/family/practitioner. Michelle has co-edited and authored a practice textbook titled Collected Wisdom for New Practitioners, as well as contributed to several book chapters and journal articles pertaining to the practice of Child and Youth Care Counsellors.

The Road to Regulation: The process of professionalizing the practice of Child and Youth Care Counsellors

Learning Outcomes:

In this keynote participants will:

  • Learn about the process of regulating Child and Youth Care Counsellors in Alberta.
  • Understand the role of professional regulation.
  • Learn about the upcoming work that the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta is doing to further the professionalization of Child and Youth Care in Canada.

In this keynote, Michelle will discuss the regulation of Child and Youth Care Counsellors in Alberta. She will take participants through the successes and challenges the CYCAA has faced along the way, how the CYCAA was finally able to get legislation passed, and how the CYCAA is planning on continuing to lead the direction of professionalizing Child and Youth Care Counselling.

This will be a lively discussion with time for questions.

Crystal Crossan-Zak
Crystal Crossan-ZakVice President of the NSCYCWA - CYC-P
Humans have been playing games since the dawn of time. Games create a generally safe space where players can explore philosophical concepts, social behaviour, and life skills. Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking that games are simply "time-fillers", but with some preparation and careful thought, we can incorporate games into our practice as part of the therapeutic process.
We'll explore how to set up a "game night" that is both meaningful and fun while avoiding common mistakes that can lead to a miserable experience for everyone involved. We'll also touch on the philosophy of games and the pros and cons of some popular games.

Gaming As Part of the Therapeutic Process

Humans have been playing games since the dawn of time. Games create a generally safe space where players can explore philosophical concepts, social behaviour, and life skills. Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking that games are simply "time-fillers", but with some preparation and careful thought, we can incorporate games into our practice as part of the therapeutic process. 

We'll explore how to set up a "game night" that is both meaningful and fun while avoiding common mistakes that can lead to a miserable experience for everyone involved.  We'll also touch on the philosophy of games and the pros and cons of some popular games. 

Two Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • review use of games with children and adolescents
  • discuss how to support adults in creating predictable play experiences with youth

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