Fundamental of Addictions
- Philosophy of addictions
- Schools of thought
- Language of addiction, willpower, free will, harmful involvement continuum.
- Substances description and impact.
- Neurobiology of addictions.
- Withdrawal Management
- Medications to manage addiction.
- Engaging with clients- change, recovery goals vs. quitting goals, MI, goal planning,
Play in our Mikmaq communities
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.
- To discuss how culture and play are interconnected
- To review how play can reflect familial experiences
The Road to Regulation: The process of professionalizing the practice of Child and Youth Care Counsellors
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.
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
- review use of games with children and adolescents
- discuss how to support adults in creating predictable play experiences with youth