LGBTQ+, Mental Health and Faith Conference

Join with Generous Space Ministries and Shalem for a joint conference on LGBTQ+, Mental Health and Faith.

Luis F Goncalves, an experienced therapist who has navigated his own LGBTQ+ journey, will give the keynote presentation on LGBTQ+ and Mental Health. In the afternoon, there will  be a panel of experienced partitioners and a panel members of the LGBTQ+ community.

You can expect a day of dialogue and co-learning with LGBTQ+ individuals and practitioners, a better understanding of the complexity of mental health challenges for LGBTQ+ indviduals, a sharing of the unique challenges and opportunities for building support systems and an exploration of the distinctions between mental illness and orientation/gender realities.

For more information, view the complete flyer here.

To register, please complete the form below:

FaithCARE: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches

Join us in Ajax, ON for Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: a three day classroom training in growing restorative congregations. This training will be on April 25, 26 and 27, 2017. This training is offered in partnership with the IIRP and the Eastern Canada District, Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

For more information please view this flyer.

To register, contact Danielle VandenAkker.

Hold Me Tight – Couples Weekend Workshop

Shalem facilitates Hold Me Tight weekend workshops. We have two weekends to choose from in each year. The Hold Me Tight Workshop, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson is a weekend workshop designed for couples around seven conversations based on the new science of love and the wisdom of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). The Hold Me Tight is appropriate for couples who:

  • want to connect more deeply
  • want to get “unstuck” from their patterns
  • are in established or new relationships

March 31 – April 2, 2017 will be facilitated by Jennifer Bowen and Susan Winter Fledderus

The workshop will be held in Hamilton, Ontario.

Registration fees for the weekend are $550 and include refreshments and materials for the three days, including lunch on Saturday. Please contact us for fee options or to discuss how you could use extended health coverage or other benefits to help with the fee.

To register, please complete the form below:

For complete details view the workshop flyer. Contact us for fee options or to discuss how you could use some CAP sessions or extended health coverage to help with the registration fee.

Attachment, Trauma, and the Brain – 2016 Conference

Shalem is thrilled to host an attachment conference in November 2016! Join us on November 28 and 29 with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Janina Fisher, leading experts in the field of attachment and trauma recovery. The speakers will draw connections between attachment, trauma and the newest insights into the neurobiology of relationships, with a focus on effective clinical interventions.

For more information, view the conference flyer here.

This conference registration is now closed.

FaithCARE training in Grand Rapids

Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin will be conducting FaithCARE’s three-day Restorative Practice training from October 4 to October 6, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sponsored by the Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. For more information and to register, click here, or contact Kate Kooyman at [email protected] or 616-241-1691 ex 2120.

The Sights and Sounds of Where We Belong at the CATA Conference

Betty Brouwer and Meghan Schuurman will be leading a workshop at the 2016 OATA/CATA conference: Art Therapy & Anti-Oppressive Practice. The conference is from Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Betty and Meghan will share their Lessons Learned from the Sights and Sounds of Where We Belong Project at RE-create Outreach Art Studio.

For more information on this conference and to register, visit the CATA website here.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Study Day

Join with other DDP practitioners for this study day. This day is for those interested in learning more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Dr. Dan Hughes, Attachment Focussed Therapy model) as well as people trained in DDP. The focus of this study day will be working with parents. Betty J. B. Brouwer and Dr. Sian Phillips will be leading the conversations and presentations. Michelle Hogeterp will present “Nurturing Attachments – Parenting Group”, and Annette Kussin will present on “Adult Attachment”.  The day will consist of presentations, case studies and opportunities to practice PACE through role-play. Attendees are encouraged to come with related questions about using the model in their practice.

The study day is scheduled for Friday, November 11 in Hamilton. To register visit the Attachment Association of Canada’s website here.

Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Training: Level 1

The Attachment Association of Canada Presents Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Training: Level 1. Betty Brouwer will be leading this training on November 23 – 26, 2016 in Oakville.

This course is suitable for parents, social workers, child and youth workers, caregivers or teachers working with children with attachment issues. This training is also relevant for therapists and clinicians who want to increase their skill set of attachment focused treatment. The model is relevant for those working with children aged four through to adult years. This is phase one of certification in DDP Training and is limited to 24 participants.

To register contact the Attachment Association of Canada here.

A Dynamic Blended Family: When Restorative Practice Marries Family Therapy

Jennifer Bowen and Anne Martin are presenting at the Restoring Community 21st World Conference, hosted by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. The session is on Thursday, October 24, 2016 and is about “A Dynamic Blended Family: When Restorative Practice Marries Family Therapy”.

For more information on the World Conference, visit the IIRP here.

2016 Special Education Conference OACS

Shalem staff will be presenting at the 2016 Special Education Conference on October 3, 2016, hosted by the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools. The focus for the day will be “Learning through Relationships: Attachment, Interventions and the Developing Brain”. Mark Vander Vennen and Betty Brouwer will begin the day with the Plenary Session: Attachment and the Developing Brain. Shalem staff presenting throughout the day are Mark Vander Vennen, Betty Brouwer, Michelle DeBoer, Anne Martin, and Shawn Groen.

For more information on this event and to register, visit this page.

4th Annual Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Conference

Betty Brouwer will be co-presenting at the 4th Annual Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Conference in Stony Point, NY. The conference will be on October 31, – November 2, 2016. Betty will present with Charlie Melendez on “Nurturing Attachment Support Groups for Parents“.

For more information and to register for this conference, visit the DDPI conference page here.

WrapAround Facilitator Training

Elske de Visch Eybergen will be leading three days of Wraparound Facilitator Training. The training will take place at Stoney Creek United Church on the following three Saturdays:

April 2, April 9 and April 23, 2016.

With the completion of all sessions totalling 18 hours, plus five hours of live coaching, participants will receive a WrapAround Facilitator Certificate.

For more information, view this flyer.  To register, contact Elske.

Edifide 2015 Convention: Purpose, Power, Potential

Several of Shalem’s staff will be presenting at the 2015 Edifide Convention on Friday, October 30, 2015.  Here are the workshops offered by Shalem staff:

  1. Anne Martin will lead a workshop on “Boundaries, from a Restorative Practice Perspective.”
  2. Betty Brouwer’s workshop is on “Protecting Student’s Potential”.
  3. Shawn Groen will present “Protecting Your Potential through Mental Health”.

For more information visit Edifide’s website.

Youth, Depression and Suicide

June Zwier and Winnie Visser will be presenting a webinar on April 22, 2015, titled:  Youth Depression and Suicide. The World Health Organization has reported that globally, depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability in the 10 -19 year old age group, and suicide ranks 3rd among causes of death. For more information on this event, visit this link.

An Elephant in the Pew: Understanding Anxiety and Depression

Jennifer Bowen will be the morning key note speaker on Saturday, April 25 in Woodstock. Jennifer will speak on Understanding Anxiety and Depression, looking at both disorders—their causes, symptoms, treatments—and their impact on the individual and his or her relationships. Jennifer will also address how faith communities relate to these issues as a community, and where there is room for growth. This event is hosted by CRC Disability Concerns, to register and for more information visit this link.

WrapAround Facilitator Training

Join us this Spring for WrapAround Facilitator Training. This training is in partnership with Stoney Creek United Church, and Elske de Visch Eybergen and Jacqueline Jean-Pierre will be leading the training.  With the completion of the 18 hours of training and five hours of live coaching, the participants will receive a “Foundations” WrapAround facilitator Certificate. Visit here to view the flyer with the complete details.

To register, contact Elske de Visch Eybergen, or complete the form below.

FaithCARE: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches

Join us for a FaithCARE training: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. This training is scheduled for April 21 – 23, 2015 and offered in partnership with the Eastern Canada Christian and Missionary Alliance. This training is open to anyone.  For more information and for the complete conference brochure, visit this link.

This training can also be applied to the IIRP Masters Degree in Restorative Practice.

For more information and to register please contact Danielle VandenAkker or complete the form below.

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Just Say Know: Information on Drugs for Counsellors

Join us on October 7, 2014 for an interactive workshop: Information on Drugs for Counsellors.  This workshop will provide a base of technical drug information for those in the helping profession who do not have a background in biology and whose work would benefit from a basic understanding of psychoactive drugs and how they produce the behaviours they do.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Rick Csiernik, from King’s College at the  University of Western Ontario.  Rick has written and edited eight books, as well as co-authored three professional journal essays about Shalem’s CAP program.

For more information on this workshop, view this flyer.

To register, call 905.528.0353 or 866.347.0041 or complete the form below:

Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: September 9 – 11, 2014

FaithCARE presents a three-day training on how to nurture a relationally healthy, connected congregation.  A restorative congregation lives out the belief that every person has God-given worth, no one is disposable and conflict and harm can be most effectively addressed by attending to the healing of all persons affected. The training will be led by Rev. Bruce Schenk from the International Institute of Restorative Practices (canada.iirp.edu) and hosted by Shalem.   The conference will be at Kanata Community CRC on September 9 – 11, 2014.  Classis Eastern Canada and Safe Church Ministry endorses and recommends this training.  For more information and to register, view this flyer, or contact Shalem at 866.347.0041 or by email at [email protected].

Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Working with Varied Clients and Settings

We are pleased to offer a Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Working with Varied Clients and Settings on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Hamilton. Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed., RMFT, R.S.W., CSFT will lead the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for counsellors, social workers, and couple and family therapists who want to increase their skill in applying the Solution-Focused model in their clinical practice.

This training is part two of a two-part training, the first of which was held in the Fall of 2013. These two days of training can be used together in place of one of the modules in the University of Toronto’s Certificate program in Solution-Focused Counselling.

For more information, please view the workshop flyer here.

Attachment Conference: Cradle to Grave

Intimate and interactive conversations with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes. Early Bird Date approaching – register soon!

Join us for two exciting days of learning about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP), including two panel discussions led by Dr. Jean Clinton. Come and hear both presenters speak into each other’s model.

This conference is scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2014 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, ON.  For more information, please view the conference flyer.

To register for this conference, please submit the form below:

The National Restorative Justice Symposium 2013

On November 18, Anne Martin and Mark Vander Vennen are doing a workshop at “The National Restorative Justice Symposium 2013″, entitled “Center for Workplace Engagement: Building the Social Capital of Workplaces Using Restorative Practice“.  The conference will be in Toronto, for more information and registration information please visit this link.

Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches

FaithCARE presents: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. The conference was held in Mississauga, ON on November 5 – 7, 2013. At this conference you will explore, learn and practice what it means to be a restorative church. The conference fee also includes Individualized Field Coaching. For more information and to register, view the conference brochure.

Solution-Focused Couple Therapy: Working with Emotion, Attachment and Power

Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting the above workshop on November 8th at the 2013 Conference on Solution-Focused Practices:  “One Heart, Many Hands“. Couples seeking therapy are often caught in highly emotional and distressing negative interaction patterns.  At this workshop, we will explore how therapists can apply the basic assumptions and interventions of the SFBT model as we seek to facilitate couple solution-building and growth in the areas of emotional closeness, attachment experiences, meaning-making and power-negotiation.

For more information on this conference and workshop, please visit: the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association website.

Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop

We are pleased to offer a Solution-Focused Therapy Workshop: Assumptions and Interventions that Support Short-Term Work on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Hamilton. Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed., RMFT, R.S.W., CSFT will lead the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for counsellors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who want to increase their skill in applying the Solution-Focused model in their clinical practice.

This training is part one of a two-part training, the second of which will be held in the Spring of 2014.These two days of training can be used together in place of one of the modules in the University of Toronto’s Certificate program in Solution-Focused Counselling.

For more information, please view the workshop flyer here.

To register for this conference, please complete the form below.

Art and Healing: Incorporating Creativity and Wellness

Michelle DeBoer and Betty Brouwer will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  At this workshop, you will come and explore the basic principles of art therapy.  You will be experience how art-making gives expression to our own emotional and spiritual health, and together with prayer, can also deepen our relationship with Christ.  For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.

When Marriages Fall Apart: How Churches can Support Couples and Their Families

Susan Winter Fledderus will be presenting this workshop at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  At this workshop, you will explore how we can minister to couples dealing with relationship troubles, creating space for them to seek help and support.  We will discuss how we can journey with families who are experiencing separation or divorce, responding to the needs of each family member. For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.

Depression: Walking Alongside Without Falling In

Jennifer Bowen will be presenting at Diaconal Ministries’ Day of Encouragement on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  Jennifer will teach and discuss strategies to support loved ones who are struggling with depression.  At this workshop, gain insight into this disorder and how caregivers can position themselves in a helpful and hopeful stance, avoiding the pitfalls of helplessness, anger or despair.  For more information and to register visit www.diaconalministries.com.

Healing Conflict with Restorative Justice Workshop at the Outreach Networking Conference

Mark Vander Vennen will be presenting at the Outreach Networking Conference 2013 on October 5, 2013.  The conference theme is “Where is the Spirit Leading?”, and is put on by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. The workshop will cover how we can have difficult, challenging conversations in a safe way in our parishes and communities? How can we deal with conflict so that we repair harm, restore relationship and build stronger, more connected congregations? In this workshop, learn how faith communities are embracing restorative practices as a way of moving forward and of providing opportunities for reconciliation. Learn how restorative justice also provides a healing alternative to standard approaches to crime and punishment. For more information and to register, please visit the Anglican Diocese of Toronto website.

North American Council on Adoptable Children – 39th Annual Conference

Betty J.B. Brouwer will be presenting a workshop at the North American Council on Adopted Children’s (NACAC) annual conference in Toronto on August 8th and 9th, 2013.  Betty will co-present a workshop titled “Beyond PRIDE:  Next Steps in Pre and Post Adoption Training and Support” on August 8th.  Then on August 9th, with Lisette Heleno, Betty will present “Attachment -Focused Parenting: Connecting, Nuturing, and Restoring Hope”.  For more information and to register, please visit NACAC.

The Church and Sexual Addiction – Clergy Care Conference

Many clergy joined us on April 11, 2013 as we learned from Dr. Marta Durski about sexual addiction and the church.

Those who attended gained a better understanding of:

  • The nature and prevalence of sexual addiction
  • How sexual addictions can impact a church
  • How the church can respond when a member discloses a sexual addiction
  • How to support spouses/ family members/ congregations affected by sexual addiction
  • How to protect pastors and church members from sexual addiction

Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches – FaithCARE Conference

On February 5 – 7, 2013, Shalem hosted a conference on “Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches”.  Bruce Schenk from the International Institute for Restorative Practice (IIRP) led us through 3 days of classroom training in growing restorative congregations.  Also included in this training was individualized field coaching from FaithCARE practitioners for individualized mentoring in implementation. For more information, please download the conference brochure.

Resilience in Action with Youth and Young Parents at Risk

Shalem was thrilled to offer a one-day workshop with Dr. Linda Liebenberg of Dalhousie’s Resilience Research Centre (RRC) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. This workshop was for professionals working with youth and young parents and for researchers interested in resilience.  Dr. Liebenberg is the Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre along with Dr. Michael Ungar at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and a leading researcher in the field of youth resilience.

Caring for the Caregiver

Michelle DeBoer will present Caring for the Caregiver at the Day of Encouragement on October 20, 2012.  Knowing the roles, challenges, and supports of the caregiver helps to recognize signs of  compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. Through interactive dialogue, participants will examine various approaches to caregiving, understand limitations, and develop realistic expectations. Participants will gain practical guidance and tips for their role as caregiver.  For more information on this workshop, please contact Diaconal Ministries Canada

Understanding and Change in Parental Influence in the 21st Century

On September 28th, 2012, Mark Vander Vennen will present the workshop above at the Christian Schools Canada in Cambridge, ON.  For more information on this conference visit Christian Schools Canada.

The dynamics of parental influence in schools appear to be shifting in the 21st century.  One example is the emergence of “helicopter parents”.   These shifts seem that much more pronounced in “parent-led” Christian schools.  Are they a bane or a blessing?  How do we work with them?  In this interactive workshop we will listen to your stories and focus on strategies and approaches that seek to develop genuine collaboration between parents, students and teachers.

Conference: Restorative Congregations for Safe Churches

Mark Vander Vennen will be giving the opening keynote at the Safe Church Conference in Grand Rapids on April 27.  The theme for this conference is Restorative Congregations for Safe Churches. Anne Martin will also be presenting at this conference on Circles and other Transformative Techniques. For more information on this conference contact Safe Church Ministries.

Clergy Care conference: Spring 2013

We have unfortunately had to postpone the Clergy Care conference due to some health issues experienced by our presenter.  Given the positive feedback and interest that we received with regards to the topic of “Sexual Addiction and the Church“, we will be rescheduling this conference for the Spring of 2013.  We will be updating this information and posting a new date, as soon as we have the information confirmed.