Educational Events and Resources

Throughout the year, CASC/ACSS Members participate in and promote events and resources related to our profession and work in the communities we serve.

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CASC offers a supervisory training module entitled:

“Becoming an Effective CASC Supervisor-Educator”

Unfortunately this link is temporarily unavailable.  Please  check back next week or contact the

This module is part of the requirements for those pursuing  certification as a Supervisor -Educator.  For more information consult the Education manual Chapter 2, Section IV, especially sections 8.3 and 9.6.  Click here to view the manual

A Practical Guide for Consenus-Based Decision Making

Jim Madden is offering his resource “A Practical Guide for Consensus-based decision making” for the use of all CASC/ACSS Members. Click here to download.

Our thanks to Jim for sharing his work with CASC/ACSS Members. Jim has worked as a community organizer, a sociologist, in the public health system as a program evaluator and program manager, and in various roles in the mental health system. Jim is currently System Coordinator for the London-Middlesex Children and Youth Mental Health System (as part of the provincial Moving on Mental Health initiative.) For his “third act of life,” Jim finished a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Wilfrid Laurier University) in 2015, and is also a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in private practice.

Dignity Therapy Training Workshop

October 2- 4, 2019
Winnipeg, Canada

This intensive 2 ½ day workshop led by Dr. Harvey Chochinov is a dynamic blend of lectures, small-group discussions, demonstrations of Dignity Therapy (live and videotaped), and plenty of hands-on opportunities for participants to practice carrying out this novel intervention. Previous workshops have sold out, so register early to avoid disappointment. Discounted early-bird registration fees are available until June 16, 2019. Register at:


Invitation to Present at Ottawa Conference

The Centre of Excellence for Research in Psychotherapy and Spirituality is hosting a conference on Mental Health and Spirituality: Contemporary Issues and Practical Implications for Practitioners and Researchers. Given the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care’s related interests, we would love to invite CASC/ACSS members to present at our conference.

The CERPS conference is a two-day event being held at Saint-Paul University on March 20th-21st, 2020. Our goal is to explore contemporary issues in the research and integration of spirituality in mental health and provide practical tools for practitioners. A call for submissions is attached which outlines the scope, purpose, and requirements for presents. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2019.

Thank you for reading, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Monica Bridge,
Research Assistant | Assistante de recherche
Centre of Excellence for Research in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (CERPS) | Centre d’Excellence pour la Recherche en Psychothérapie et Spiritualité (CERPS)
Saint-Paul University | Université Saint-Paul
Tel. : 613-236-1393 (2304)
223 Main St, L389
Ottawa ON Canada K1S 1C4


Spiritually Speaking: Putting Spiritual Truth into Helpful Words

On behalf of CASC/ACSS Manitoba Region’s Continuing Education Committee, I want to formally invite you to join us via webinar or in person for our November 1st full day workshop Spiritually Speaking: Putting Spiritual Truth into Helpful Words.

At this event CPE Supervisor and author Gordon J. Hilsman will provide clinicians with the tools they need to effectively identify, assess, and communicate the spiritual needs of clients. Ideal for nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers, counsellors and other helping professionals.

Gordon J. Hilsman, D.Min. is author of several books including Spiritual Care in Common Terms: How Chaplains can Effectively Describe the Spiritual Needs of Patients in Medical Records. He has over forty years experience as a clinical pastoral educator and chaplain in hospital, addictions, mental health and hospice settings. He has also previously served as a Catholic parish priest and he lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Date: Friday Nov. 1st 2019, 8:30 – 4:00 CDT

Location: Deer Lodge Centre, Life and Learning Centre, 2nd Floor, Winnipeg, MB, 2109 Portage Ave, R3J 0L3

Cost (before fees)

Webinar Rates:

  • Individual: $50 +fees
  • Group: $225 +fees

In Person Rates:

  • Regular: $95 
  • Early Bird until Oct. 1st: $85
  • Student or Retiree Rate: $60

Registrations accepted until Oct. 25th, 2019

Click here for more details including full schedule & to register. Feel free to pass this notice on to other allied health colleagues in your facility that you think may be interested.

We hope you’ll join us!

Jonathan Jandavs-Hedlin, MA, CSCP
Chair, Continuing Education Committee
CASC/ACSS Manitoba Region


Waiting for Wisdom: A Pre-Advent Retreat with Rev. Dr. Anne Simmonds and Ann Mortifee

November 18- 19, 2019, Emmanuel College, Toronto

Is it possible to experience awe, mystery and wonder as we work to juggle all the demands of relationships, time, body, and pocketbook? This retreat is for women, lay and clergy, to come together and mine an old familiar story. We will invite the mysterious and universal themes to transport us to the womb of our own deepest self. As did Mary and Elizabeth, we will trust the Great Mystery, which longs to bring new life into the world through each of our own unique and imperfectly-perfect selves. We will travel together, women supporting women, through story, song, conversation, movement and ritual, into the richness inherent in this seasonal story.

Cost: $295

Details and registration:

Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction:
Creative Practices for Counselling the Bereaved

With Robert Neimeyer, PhD
March 12—13, 2020
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton

See brochure below for more into


International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

55 Main Street Suite 102
Sparta, NJ 07871 USA
1.973.729.6601 USA

We have an aging population. Actually, by the time you read this you would have aged. The number one diagnosis in the elderly is Dementia. We cannot afford to not train our staff in the area of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The ICCDP offers two globally recognized certifications.

CMDCP Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional is an online 6-hour Montessori Dementia Care Professional course and once completed certifies you as a CMDCP Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional. The course was developed by Dr. Cameron Camp founder of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. The CMDCP certification is globally recognized. To apply for certification, see

CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner is a 7- hour online Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar. Upon completion of the course awards you the credential of CDP. See

Our sister company is the NCCDP which offers many options for training.

CDSGF Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator and is a 3- hour online course. To view the course information see and certification.

CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease ad Dementia Care Trainer is a one day 12 -hour live in person class and will provide the professional with all their training materials in order to present the ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease ad Dementia Care curriculum to your staff. See and click instructor to download the application.

CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner is the credential that staff can apply for upon completing the ADDC curriculum presented by a CADDCT trainer. To see the CDP application click certification.

NCCDP just released a brand-new sexuality and intimacy video that answers all the sensitive questions your staff are ill prepared for. Nationwide staff report little training in the area of sexuality and dementia topics.



Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Library

The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) has a large library of webinar resources for purchase.  They now require users to create a user name and password to purchase webinars and recordings at their site. Visit the EDAC site.

Below is a sample of some of their informative webinars.

2018 Webinar Recording Library (12 sessions)

Access to a recording library of all 12 webinars offered in 2018.Sign in for your pricing!
Price: $480.00 

Addressing Complicated Grief (May 2019) Webinar

The Meaning In Loss Group: Addressing Complicated Grief from a Narrative-Constructive Framework…

Price: $50.00 

 Culturally Inclusive Latino Strategies for Care (May 2018) Webinar

Culturally Inclusive Strategies for Care: A Latino Examination…

Price: $50.00 

 Early Intervention Approaches (Feb 2019) Webinar

Early Intervention Approaches to Bolster Resilience after Traumatic Loss…

Price: $50.00 

 Exploring Organizational Ethics (March 2018) Webinar

Mine, Yours, and Ours: Exploring Organizational Ethics and Auditing in End-of-Life Care…

Price: $50.00 

 Grieving in the Online World (Jan 2018) Webinar

Grieving in the Online World: What Clinicians and Researchers Need to Know…

Price: $50.00 

 Habits of the Heart (Sept 2018) Webinar

Habits of the Heart: Attachment Reframing in Grief Therapy…

Price: $50.00 

 How Community Tragedies Impact Grief (Nov 2018) Webinar

Price: $50.00 

 Making Memories through Ceremony (Aug 2018) Webinar

Making Memories through Ceremony: Integrating Grief through Funerals and Memorial Services…

Price: $50.00 

 Meeting Needs Grieving College Students (July 2018) Webinar

Price: $50.00 

 Non-Death Loss and Grief: Supporting People with Living Loss…
Price: $50.00 

Older Adults & Disaster Related Grief (April 2018) Webinar

Older Adults and the Challenges of Disaster Related Grief and Mortality…

Price: $50.00 

 Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach (Oct 2018) Webinar

A Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach to Grief Counseling…

Price: $50.00 

 Sitting with Suffering: A paradigm shift (June 2018) Webinar

Sitting with Suffering: A paradigm shift…

Price: $50.00 

 Traumatic Grief After Violent Dying (Feb 2018) Webinar

Traumatic Grief After Violent Dying…

Price: $50.00 

 Working with Continuing Bonds (Mar 2019) Webinar

Working with Continuing Bonds in Grief Therapy and Counseling…

Price: $50.00 


2017 Recorded Webinars

  • July: Light on the Dark Side of the Street
  • June: Loss in the Lives of LGBTQ+ People
  • May: Practical Strategies for Helping Grieving Clients Cope
  • April: Continued Bond/Attachment Theories for Perinatal Loss Intervention
  • March: “Well, Ain’t This a Fine Howdy-do!” Helping Care-givers
  • February: Living with Life-Threatening Illness
  • January: Responding To Community Crisis

2016 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy…
  • November: Changing the Face of Bereavement…
  • October: Revisiting Loss and Restoration
  • September: Attachment Informed Grief Therapy…
  • August: Secrets in Grief Counseling and End-of-Life Care
  • July: Keeping Up in Grief: A Vital Component in Self Care
  • June: Loss Upon Loss: Caregivers, Dying Persons and the End of Life
  • May: The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Treating the Bereaved
  • April: Helping Children Grieve
  • March: Using Therapeutic Groups in Working With the Bereaved
  • February: Treating Grief As a Mental Disorder
  • January: Sustaining Capacity of Compassion…

2016 Conference Recordings

  • Addressing the Needs of Families – Planning a Family Grief Camp
  • Ambiguous Loss, Nonfinite Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief: Connections and Implications for Clinicians
  • An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy
  • The Impact of our Fear of and Fascination with Death on our Children
  • Coloring Your Grief
  • Research that Matters: Social Media and Bereavement
  • Trust-Building Among African-Americans in End of Life Care
  • The Two-Track Model of Bereavement: A Contemporary Look at Theory, Research and Practice
  • Deconstructing the Case for Complicated Grief
  • Our Work, Our Selves
  • Mindfulness & Grief: Coping Skills for Life After Loss
  • How to Start and Facilitate a Bereavement Support Group
  • Compassion for Ourselves: Rejuvenate Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Is Evidence-Based Practice Appropriate for Grief Counseling

2015 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Early Attachment Experience
  • November: Lunch with a Luminary: J. William Worden
  • October: Using Digital and Social Media in Your Work
  • August: Grief and Cognition…
  • July: Being There: Virtual Presence at the End of Life
  • June: Will You Be My ‘Friend’?…
  • March: The ABCs of Bringing Bereavement Camps To Your Community
  • January: Understanding Sibling Loss: What Every Counselor Needs…

2014 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Spirituality Unplugged: Assessing and Empowering Clients’…
  • July: Suicide Risk Assessment When Bereavement…
  • April: Secrets at the End of Life
  • January: Caring for Self While Caring for Others: Managing Stress…

2014 Recorded Conference Sessions

  • Let’s Stop “Staging” Dying and Bereaved Persons
  • Parental Experiences and Decisions Regarding Fetal Anomalies
  • Helping Bereaved Clients Identify, Develop and Utilize Resources
  • Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve
  • Motherless Daughters: A Twenty-Year Retrospective
  • Finding Resilience: Thinking Small in the Big Badness
  • The Role of Medication in Grief Therapy: Two Case Studies
  • Working with Grieving Teenagers

2015 Recorded Conference Sessions

  • A Mother’s Tears: From Grief to Activism
  • An Analysis of Research on Childhood and Adolescent Grief
  • Best Practices in Suicide Bereavement: A New National Report
  • Child-griever to First Lady: The Griefs of Lady Bird Johnson
  • Cultural Grief Factors and Access to Care: A Model of Community Support
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement: Multicultural Competence in Psychotherapy
  • Grief & Developmental Disabilities
  • How New Insights About the Brain Are Helping Us Understand Bereavement
  • Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy: Theory, Practice and Promise
  • Mindfulness and Grief: Techniques For Post-traumatic Growth
  • Old Meets New, East Meets West: The Fusion of Grief Experience and Ritualization Among Chinese
  • Teaching about Life and Living in Death and Dying Courses
  • The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives
  • The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families
  • We Don’t Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make About Dying

Live Webinars

ADEC webinars are pre-approved for credit earned towards the CT or recertification.

  • Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for completing most webinars.
  • Member price: $35  • Nonmember price: $50
  • Add the recording to your purchase for an additional $20. Your registration fee includes one connection to the webinar, one set of materials and one evaluation for continuing education credits.
  • An unlimited number of people can listen in on the webinar with you and purchase additional continuing education credits for $25 each.

ADEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6726. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ADEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Submitted by Eileen Dahl.


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