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Attachment and Families – Strategies for Engaging and Helping

Jul 19 - Jul 20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM)

Calgary, Alberta – Executive Royal Inn & Conference Centre

Trainer: Shelly Qualtieri, MA, RSW

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About the trainer

Shelly Qualtieri, MA, RSW

Shelly is a Registered Social Worker and has been an energetic practitioner and educator in the field of youth justice, child welfare, mental health, homelessness and suicide intervention for over 25 years. She believes that helping people work through difficult times requires a holistic approach to wellness and meaningful connection. In addition to training with CTRI, she is currently the Department Manager at the YW Calgary - Counselling and Personal Development and COMPASS program. Shelly is a seasoned and engaging presenter who is passionate about her work, which allows her to naturally facilitate ongoing learning for workshop participants.

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Our first experiences of forming and maintaining relationships happen within the family context. These early attachment patterns become shaping influences on how a person continues to approach other people, engage with change and learning in life, and form adult relationships. The influence of family can be both a strength to harness and a source of constraining patterns for a person – and every individual has a family background and context. Whether working with one person or the whole family, shifting perspective to consider the flow of stress as well as resilience through relationships can help expand possibilities for change. This workshop will provide information to help understand common dynamics at play within family systems. Participants will learn strategies for engaging and working with more than one person at a time and also how to match support to the level of need in a family system. This is a highly interactive and experiential workshop where participants will practice applying principles and strategies relevant for their own setting.

This workshop was formerly titled: Working with Families – Strategies for Engaging and Helping

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Overview of Family Systems
  • Understanding Process and Patterns in Relationships
  • Who is Your Client? A Relational View
  • Health in Family Systems
  • The Positive Power of Attachment
  • The Cultural Context in Systems
  • The Structure of Boundaries
  • Spoken and Unspoken Rules
  • Strengths and Resilience in Family Patterns
  • Skills for Engaging Family Systems
  • Applying Systemic Concepts with Individuals
  • Levels of Health and Need in Families
  • Skills for Helping Change Happen in Systems

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for counsellors, family support workers, mental health professionals, community workers and those supporting children and youth.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review, experiential practice and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify basic structures of family systems.
  • Describe common patterns in families that contribute to greater or less health.
  • List three main areas of family resilience.
  • Practice key interventions with individuals or families to explore process.
  • Match target interventions to level of family need for support.

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July 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am
July 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Calgary, Alberta – Executive Royal Inn & Conference Centre
2828-23rd Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8T4 Canada
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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register Early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shoppping cart, add quanitity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise throughout your interaction with the CTRI office or our workshop please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected]itute.com.

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.

The following associations have formally approved our workshops:

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)

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