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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


You don't need to enrol in a certificate course to take advantage of the engaging professional development opportunities available through the Faculty of Social Work. We offer a wide range of workshops to suit a variety of fields and interests.

Interested in a topic not covered by one of our workshops? Customized training is also available.

Dare to Lead™ Workshops

Dare to Lead™

Changes Due to COVID-19

In-person workshops from Sept. to Dec. 2020 will be live streamed through Zoom. In-person workshops from Jan. to July 2021 are scheduled for on campus in either Kitchener or Milton. If we are unable to hold in-person events at the time of the training, the workshop will be changed to the live stream option. Registrations will be automatically switched to the live stream workshop and our usual cancellation policy will apply. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office at fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca prior to registering.

A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for people or processes.” — Brené Brown

What’s keeping you small? Professionals in today's modern workplace are working in unprecedented climates of change, innovation and demand. To meet these demands, we must be ready and able to work from a place of courage rather than fear, and learn to stand with our arms wide open in times of uncertainty. Thankfully, courage is something that everyone can learn. Based on the work of researcher Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building skills program. Together, we’ll explore the four skills of courageous leadership:

  • Tolerating vulnerability
  • Living from deeply defined values
  • Brave trust
  • Learning to rise when we fall

Join this group of diverse but like-minded professionals from across industries for two days on a topic that will both challenge and encourage you! Further information is available at Dare to Lead.

Dare to Lead™ programs are not eligible for any discounts.

Virtual Group Work in a Practice Setting: Considerations for Therapeutic Groups, Support Groups, Decision Making-Meetings with Family Members and Services Providers, and Case Conferences

Dates: October 13 and 27, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 + HST
Location: Live Stream (Zoom)
Instructor: Marilee Sherry, MSW, RSW
Hours: 3

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, social work services that used to be provided in-person have rapidly transitioned to a virtual format. Providing virtual group work services in a practice setting requires the practitioner to consider many aspects about the intersection of group work and the virtual platform.

This two-part workshop will assist group work practitioners in learning about providing services in a virtual format. The workshop will be applicable to those offering many kinds of groups in a wide variety of settings. During the two sessions, there will be a combination of information being shared, opportunities to ask questions and group dialogue.

The information that will be shared during the workshop includes the following:

  • Ethical responsibilities.
  • Technology.
  • Practice considerations, including:
    • group work practitioner competence in a virtual setting
    • privacy
    • informed consent and confidentiality
  • Pre-group preparation for all participants.
  • Group work practitioner responsibilities during group.
  • Navigating potential challenges in a virtual setting.

Customized Training

We also provide customized training solutions delivered right to you, saving your organization time and money. We will work with your agency, organization or association to provide your staff or members with a professional development program that meets your unique needs.

Contact Lynne Jordan in the Professional Development office.

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Manager, FSW Professional Development

E: ljordan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5265

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