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Child Welfare workshops

Do you work with at-risk children and are looking for tools to support your work? Are you challenged by the decisions you have to make on the job?

Douglas College’s Child Welfare workshop series is aimed at youth workers, teachers, early childhood educators, nurses, mental health workers, community leaders and other professionals who work with children in a broad range of situations and who have a responsibility to recognize and report child abuse and support child protection.

These workshops were designed to guide professionals in their decision-making and provide clarity around their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children’s and young people’s welfare. It will also increase understanding of the roles and functions of agencies, who does what in protecting children, and best practices in working with families from a range of backgrounds.


***Public Offering: Child Welfare Professional Training***

This course has been cancelled. Please contact the Program Assistant at 604-527-5479 for more info.

This Two – Day Professional Training in Child Welfare is for Teachers, Social Workers, Nurses, Early Childhood Educators, Community Workers, Doctors, Counsellors and anyone working with children, young people and families. For more information, click here.

You will learn:

•  About the new child welfare system and how it works

•  About the signs and symptoms of different types of child abuse.

• About your legal responsibility when working with at risk children and young people.

• How to respond appropriately when reporting a child protection concern arises including issues around confidentiality and when to share information.

• How to work with difficult families including those in challenging situations and/or where mental health, addictions, poverty and/or intimate partner violence are present.

Training will include information sharing and interactive activities to help participants reflect on their work with children, young people and their families. In addition, the workshop will also provide participants with a practical tool box of techniques and strategies to assist their work with “at risk” children and young people.

There are a maximum of 25 seats available for this training. Please register early to ensure you get a seat.

To register: Call 604 527 5472 and quote CRN: 31206

Customized Training

We offer customized training for organizations in a variety of topics, including:
  • Child Maltreatment: Context, roles, legislation and duty to report.
  • Managing Risk and Complexity: Recognizing risk and complexity when working with vulnerable children and young people.
  • Specific Issues: Resistance & Aggression: Supporting children and families with ‘hard to reach’ parents.
  • Specific Issues: Mental Health & Substance Abuse: Supporting children and families with mental health, intimate partner violence and the role of fathers.
  • Inter-Professional Working: Decision making in child welfare.

 Workshops will incorporate a number of learning methods, including:

  • small and large group work
  • case studies
  • role play
  • quizzes
  • facilitator-led presentations

Workshops can be used as continuing professional development toward professional registration, such as with the British Columbia College of Social Work.

For more information, contact:

Seanna Quressette, Coordinator
604 527 5593

Gagan Bassi, Program Assistant
604 527 5479

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Workshop Leaders

Dr. Jonathon Davies is a social worker and instructor in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Douglas College. Prior to joining Douglas, Jonathon taught child welfare courses at UBC to students in the Bachelor of Social Work program and instructed Master of Social Work students. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family Care and Mental Health at the University of Greenwich, London, where he led the MA program for Safeguarding Children and Young People, and supervised PhD students.

Rhonda Comeau is a social worker with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and Coast Mental Health. She works for MCFD’s Maples Adolescent Treatment and Assessment facility (the Maples) and is an instructor at Douglas College in the Aboriginal Stream of the Child, Family and Community Services Faculty. Rhonda has worked for Coast Mental Health in their Concurrent Disorders and Forensic Cottages Residential programs for the past 14 years. Prior to working at the Maples, Rhonda worked for 10 years in MCFD’s Aboriginal Child Welfare Services and two years at a Delegated Aboriginal Child Welfare Agency.