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/ACSS offers a supervisory training module entitled:
Becoming an Effective CASC/ACSS Supervisor-Educator
This module is available to CASC/ACSS Members on the Members Only side of the web site. (Go to left hand side bar: “Education Links for Members Only”, then click on “Education Module: Becoming an effective CASC/ACSS SE”
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
March 31, 2022 Online- Ambiguous Grief and Loss- the Myth of Closure
We would like to invite you to our upcoming workshop “Ambiguous Grief and Loss – the Myth of Closure” featuring internationally known educator and researcher Dr. Pauline Boss PhD and Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Care Provider Pamela Loughton MA, MDiv, AHCPE, PhD (cand), RP.
“ Dr. Boss is widely recognized for her ground-breaking research on what is now known as the theory of ambiguous loss. Dr. Boss’s most famous book, Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 1999), introduced the phenomenon of ambiguous loss to a more general audience and has been translated into six foreign languages.” ambiguousloss.com
In the morning portion of our workshop, Dr. Boss will be presenting materials most recently published in her new book “The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change”. Dr. Boss has applied the principals of ambiguous loss to our pandemic experiences and has developed strategies for coping that will help people put into context what has happened, and is continuing to happen to us. After her presentation, workshop participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session with Dr. Boss. To find out more about Dr. Boss and her most recent book, refer to this recent article in the New Yorker – What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure?
Pamela Loughton is a registered psychotherapist and spiritual care provider in private practice and hospital settings. Pamela’s psychotherapy practice serves those who are experiencing all manner of life transitions. Transitional change inevitably includes loss and therefore grief, mourning, bereavement and ambiguous loss – all of which are not limited to death and dying. She is also an instructor at Martin Luther University College where she teaches the course Death, Grief, Bereavement and Leonard Cohen.
Pamela will take the principles and concepts presented by Dr. Boss in the morning and then expand on them in the afternoon giving participants the opportunity to become more familiar with the material and learn how to incorporate them into their personal lives and professional practice.
Workshop attendees will earn 5 professional credit hours.
The workshop will be online via Zoom on March 31, 2022. The registration fee is $299 per person with an early bird fee of $250 if the registration is confirmed by March 21, 2022. Group registrations are accepted. For groups larger than 5 people, please contact our Administrative Office for discounted group rates. The number is 519-884-3305 and office hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm and Fridays 9 am to 4 pm.
Registration can be done online via Event Wizard ( if you are paying by credit card) or you can contact the Glebe Centre directly to register and arrange payment via etransfer, debit, cash or cheque.
To purchase tickets go to or click https://event-wizard.com/AmbiguousGrief/0/register/
Group registration – Discounts for groups of 5 or more. Please contact us for more information
Please share with whomever you think might be interested in attending this workshop!
The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre
177 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3T4
Canadian Frailty Network releases accredited frailty education module for health professionals
June 7th, 2020
(Kingston, Ontario) – The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) has released a professional development education module entitled Frailty: Assessment, Mitigation, and Prevention. The module is available on the CFN website at no cost to all Canadian physicians, allied health and social care providers and learning enthusiasts. As an accredited resource for health professionals, physicians are offered CME credits upon module completion.
The CFN Frailty Module provides an overview of the concept of frailty, the issues it presents to the people it affects, and the burden it places on the Canadian healthcare system. The learnings focus on the importance of early frailty identification and assessment across the care continuum, as well as various approaches to mitigate and prevent frailty.
“CFN is committed to training the next generation of care providers and researchers. We have trained thousands of graduate students, post-docs, and working professionals who have learned to develop, evaluate, and implement innovative healthcare models to improve care for older adults living with frailty. Our training program is the only one in Canada dedicated to frailty. We are very pleased to add CME accredited physician training to our offerings.” says Dr. John Muscedere, CEO and Scientific Director of CFN.
One in four older adults in Canada between the ages of 65-84 years, and 1 in every 2, over the age of 85 are medically frail. In the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of addressing frailty in our aging population. Frailty is a state of increased vulnerability resulting from reduced reserve and loss of function across multiple systems. Older adults living with frailty are more likely to be hospitalized, require long-term care, and die.
The Frailty Module was developed for physicians; however, CFN encourages anyone working with older adults in a health or social care setting to access the educational resource. Undoubtedly, frailty is a multidisciplinary health issue and the CFN Frailty Module will contribute to a deeper understanding of frailty in addition to supporting competency in discussing, assessing, and preventing frailty in older adults.
“While we created the module to support physician’s continuing education, we are confident that the information will be valuable and utilized by many people working with older adults in a variety of care settings.” says Carol Barrie, Executive Director and COO at Canadian Frailty Network. “Everyone can benefit from this training. Personal support workers, nurses, health and social care administrators and policy makers will all learn the importance of understanding and assessing frailty and how to help older adults avoid frailty as they age.”
CFN enlisted clinicians and frailty experts from across their pan-Canadian network to lend their expertise in the creation of the educational module. Notable contributions were made by Care of Elderly physicians Dr. Linda Lee and Dr. Chris Frank, Dr. Amanda Lorbergs, manager of research and knowledge translation at CFN, and Dr. Olga Theou, Assistant Professor in Physiotherapy and Medicine.
“Primary care is uniquely positioned to provide routine medical care and high-quality coordinated care for older adults with complex care needs. Frailty screening and assessment by primary care providers creates an opportunity for a holistic discussion about care needs, as well as support and services required to ensure that those with frailty receive appropriate resources. This training will be invaluable to family physicians”, says Dr. Linda Lee, Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept of Family Medicine, McMaster University and contributor to the module.
Frailty: Assessment, Mitigation and Prevention is now available on the CFN website at this address https://www.cfn-nce.ca/training/frailty-module/
About the Canadian Frailty Network
Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is Canada’s sole network devoted to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty and supporting their families and caregivers. We do this by increasing frailty recognition and assessment, increasing evidence for decision-making from the bedside to the policy making level, advancing evidence-based changes to care, training the next generation of care professionals and scientists, and engaging with older adults and caregivers. Canadian Frailty Network is funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. For more information, please visit www.cfn-nce.ca, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
New Videos Explaining Spiritual Care
The Spiritual Health Network of New Brunswick has created four brief videos that explain:
- The role of Spirituality in health Care
- What is Clinical Care
- What is a Clinical Spiritual Care practitioner
- How to contact a Clinical Spiritual Care Practitioner
At less than 90 seconds each, these videos use wonderful animations and graphics to make a clear and helpful message. They are also available in French. Simply click on the “Franςais” icon on the top right hand corner of the page.
Thanks to Pam Driedger, Certified Clinical Spiritual Care Practitioner and Supervisor/Educator for sharing these amazing videos with us.
CACS/ACSS Members Matthew Heyn and Doug Longstaffe have developed a new visual depiction of the typical journey a patient has with Spiritual Care while facing a crisis and illness. They note while this is not an official model of Spiritual Care and has not received formal approval, they offer it for further conversation. A description of the process can be downloaded below.
They invite your thoughts and comments to further develop and enhance this concept.
New Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics at Saint Paul University in Ottawa
The Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics is designed to meet the educational goals of individuals who are interested in understanding or who are likely to find themselves addressing contemporary bioethical issues in a manner that is consistent with ethical principles generally, and with Catholic moral theology specifically.
This program can s
erve as a stepping stone for a career shift by senior level health care professionals who aspire to becoming stronger leaders in their current organizations or elsewhere and to acquiring new skills to prepare them for future challenges surrounding bioethical issues in society.
It can also provide the theological and ethical foundations for those who are currently responsible for ethics in Catholic health care or other organizations but who lack the education appropriate for fulfilling the requirements of their positions.
200 Quotations- Interfaith Dialogue
Paul McKenna has provided this rich resource for Interfaith Dialogue
“This collection of 200 dialogue and dialogue-related quotations is gathered from a wide range of sources – ancient and modern. This anthology touches on numerous issues including diversity, pluralism, unity, global consciousness, anti-racism, justice, transformation and listening. You will find these quotations to be useful for group reflection, writing projects, workshops, conferences and as a permanent reference document.”
You can down load this document here
Sacred Art of Living
Member Christine Enfield from Edmonton sent in information on recent educational programs she has experienced and recommends. For more information, visit the Sacred Art of Living website here. Their educational programs on Spiritual Suffering may be of particular interest to CASC/ACSS Members. Here is Christine’s testimony:
I have completed the Healing the Healers series with the Sacred Art of Living Center and am currently participating in my second year of their Anamcara Apprenticeship. I have also completed one of their Enneagram workshops. All of the programs have been excellent and transformative for me personally and professionally in my work in palliative care. They are inclusive and welcoming of all as well as drawing on the world’s wisdom traditions in their content. They have been providing virtual as well as in person programs even before the pandemic, so are adept at using the Zoom format.”
Podcast on Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace From a Spiritual Perspective.
Member Ciaran McKenna shares a pod cast he did late last year for his workplace. Click here to listen to Ciaran’s interview.
A Practical Guide for Consensus-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.
Golden Rule Poster
Paul McKenna has generously given CASC/ACSS Members permission to download and use his Golden Rule resources.
Bilingual Golden Rule Poster – French & English (free online)
The Golden Rule poster is also available in dozens of other languages including German, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, etc.
Golden Rule Free Education Resources:
Principles and guidelines for interfaith dialogue:
Interfaith curriculum and educational resources:
Church and Dialogue:
This discussion starter is a handy tool for raising consciousness in the realms of diversity, pluralism and equity. It can be used for individual and group reflection or as a way of opening an interfaith event. If one is really creative, one can develop it into a full workshop. Here is the link:
International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
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 www.iccdp.net
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 www.iccdp.net
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 www.nccdp.org 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 www.nccdp.org 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.
Access to a recording library of all 12 webinars offered in 2018.Sign in for your pricing!
The Meaning In Loss Group: Addressing Complicated Grief from a Narrative-Constructive Framework…
Culturally Inclusive Strategies for Care: A Latino Examination…
Early Intervention Approaches to Bolster Resilience after Traumatic Loss…
Mine, Yours, and Ours: Exploring Organizational Ethics and Auditing in End-of-Life Care…
Grieving in the Online World: What Clinicians and Researchers Need to Know…
Habits of the Heart: Attachment Reframing in Grief Therapy…
Making Memories through Ceremony: Integrating Grief through Funerals and Memorial Services…
Non-Death Loss and Grief: Supporting People with Living Loss…
Older Adults and the Challenges of Disaster Related Grief and Mortality…
A Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach to Grief Counseling…
Sitting with Suffering: A paradigm shift…
Traumatic Grief After Violent Dying…
Working with Continuing Bonds in Grief Therapy and Counseling…
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
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.