Shalem offers Professional Development Opportunities

Winter 2018 < BACK Shalem offers Professional Development Opportunities

Shalem has several exciting opportunities for those who wish to develop skills in Restorative Practice and in Therapy. As part of our pursuit of excellence, Shalem Mental Health Network strives to be a leader in providing training and supervision to others in the field.

Restorative Practice
In the area of Restorative Practice, Anne Martin and Mark Vander Vennen have been active in leading workshops and training people from workplaces and churches so that they in turn can lead restorative circles and conferences and other restorative processes in their own communities and organizations. Both Mark and Anne are certified restorative practice trainers and facilitators with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).

This spring, Anne and Mark will be in Ajax, Ontario to lead a workshop entitled Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches. This is a three-day classroom training that will allow participants to help their faith communities to respond in restorative ways to conflict or division. In addition to the classroom component, participants can access three hours of individualized coaching from Shalem’s FaithCARE partners so they can receive support and supervision as they begin to implement the restorative practices in their home communities.

This training will be on April 27, 28 and May 12, 2018. This training is offered in partnership with the IIRP and the Eastern Canada District, Christian Missionary Alliance Church. For more information, check out the brochure or Shalem’s website. To register, email Danielle VandenAkker or call her at 905-528-0353.

Attachment Therapy
Also coming up this spring is a training for psychotherapists who are interested in building their skills in working with children and families. A 4-day training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 2 will be offered by Betty Brouwer in Ottawa.

This attachment-based therapy focuses on building stronger relationships between children and their caregivers. This becomes particularly important if there have been previous disruptions to the child-caregiver relationships, for example for some children who are living with foster or adoptive parents. Betty also hopes to offer a DDP Level 1 training in June. Check out our website for details as they become available.

Betty will also be facilitating a DDP Ontario study day on April 13th in partnership with George Hull Centre in Etobicoke. This is a rich day of collaboration and learning in which therapists who are working with the DDP model share their experiences, questions and successes. You can register for this study day here.

Clinical Supervision
Another area of professional development offered by Shalem is clinical supervision. Therapists new to the field or who are pursuing membership in a professional organization often need supervision of their clinical work. Shalem has several trained clinical supervisors who can help professionals complete the requirements for their registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAFMT) or other professional organizations.

Susan Winter Fledderus and Jennifer Bowen are both qualified to offer supervision to interns and to therapists practising in other professional settings, including those seeking registration with CRPO and AAMFT. Betty Brouwer offers supervision for art therapists and therapists working with the DDP model.

Solution-Focused Therapy
Susan Winter Fledderus also provides training in Solution-Focused Therapy. She has  completed several days of training in this model for another social services organization this past fall. She is also an approved supervisor for those seeking to become Certified Solution-Focused Therapists or Practitioners with CCPC Global.

Shalem Mental Health Network is pleased to be able to provide such a wide range of services, training and supervision to others and to contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Susan Winter Fledderus is a Clinical Therapist with Shalem Mental Health Network


Key Word Tags: FaithCARE, Workshops, Resilience, Community, Church, Restorative Practice, Attachment