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Workshops

wm+a believes in a continuum of learning and development. Our partnership with clinicians, professors and highly regarded professionals from within the community enable us to develop and deliver frequent workshops and training opportunities. We are able to quickly translate developments in the field into practical training, supporting our associates in harnessing clinical progress to continually improve the services we provide.

Workshops are open to associates, parents, organizations working with wm+a and the community. To register for a workshop, please call 416 367 5968 stating the workshop that you would like to attend.

Please Note: CPI Full and Re-certification and UMAB Full and Re-certification are available only for current associates affiliated with our organization.

Our broad range of workshop and training topics includes:

Aspergers and Sexuality

  • This is a 3 hour workshop designed to show the relationship between the characteristics of the disorder and the resulting significant impact on sexuality for this population. An introduction to a comprehensive approach to teaching sexuality is offered, as well as trouble-shooting around difficult or embarrassing moments. Q & A are encouraged throughout the session.

    Presenter: Darla Perron - Perron Behavioural Services

    Darla Perron has worked in the field of autism for 20 years as a Behaviour Consultant, Intake Consultant, and Family Support Consultant. She currently works with the ASD School Support Program through McMaster Children's Hospital as an Autism Consultant, and runs her own business offering training and consultation to community agencies and families living with autism.

Aspergers Workshop

  • This is a 3 hour workshop that reviews the neurological deficits and the resulting social deficits experienced by persons with this disorder. The impact of anxiety and depression within the disorder is significant, and the importance of teaching social skills is highlighted. General strategies for reducing anxiety and teaching social skills are provided. Q & A are encouraged throughout the session.

    Presenter: Darla Perron - Perron Behavioural Services

An Introduction to Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • This workshop discusses the current issues and relevant facts with respect to the diagnosis of Autism. The workshop focuses on common characteristics of individuals diagnosed with autism, looking at deficits and excesses commonly displayed by people with autism, the increasing prevalence of autism and additional behaviours often found in this population.

    The second part of the workshop focuses on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), including defining ABA, explaining some of the founding ideas and concepts that form ABA and discussing why the function of behavior is such an important part of ABA. Topics include positive and negative reinforcement, functional assessment and increasing adaptive behaviour.

Behaviour Disorders: ADD, ODD, CD

  • This workshop will focus on the three primary behavioural disorders identified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-R. These include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder, covering the symptoms and behaviour often exhibited by children with these disorders. Causes and risk factors for the disorders will be discussed with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. Suggestions and outlines for treatment approaches that are user-friendly for associates and based on evidence in relevant literature will be provided.

    Finally the workshop will touch on treatment and awareness of co-morbid or co-existing issues such as anxiety and depression.

Next Date: May 10th/11th,3:00pm - 10:00pm
CPI Full Certification

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention certification from the Crisis Prevention Institute is mandatory for all our associates. The program focuses on the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behaviour. Training will provide attendees with the techniques and confidence necessary to handle crisis situations with minimal anxiety and maximum security and the program covers the care, welfare, safety and security of everyone involved. We provide this training program in-house at wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Future Date: May 30th/31th,3:00pm - 10:00pm
CPI Full Certification

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention certification from the Crisis Prevention Institute is mandatory for all our associates. The program focuses on the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behaviour. Training will provide attendees with the techniques and confidence necessary to handle crisis situations with minimal anxiety and maximum security and the program covers the care, welfare, safety and security of everyone involved. We provide this training program in-house at wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Next Date: May 7th,10:00am - 5:00pm
CPI Re-certification

  • Annual recertification for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program from the Crisis Prevention Institute is mandatory for all associates working with wm+a. We provide this re-certification program in-house at wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Future Date: May 17th,3:00pm - 10:00pm
CPI Re-certification

  • Annual recertification for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program from the Crisis Prevention Institute is mandatory for all associates working with wm+a. We provide this re-certification program in-house at wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Future Date: May 25th,3:00pm - 10:00pm
CPI Re-certification

  • Annual recertification for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program from the Crisis Prevention Institute is mandatory for all associates working with wm+a. We provide this re-certification program in-house at wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Dual Diagnosis and Disabilities other than Autism

  • Dual Diagnosis is a major area of research and treatment, especially for adults with developmental disabilities. The Dual Diagnosis workshop will focus on common psychiatric disorders found in people diagnosed with a developmental disability. Depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and other disorders will be explored. Common causes and risk factors will be introduced, as well as some common explanations with respect to the high rate of psychiatric disorders in people with developmental disabilities.

    Treatment, programming and support of these disorders is often multi-faceted. This workshop will touch on the collaborative efforts of medicine, behaviour and service coordination with regards to treatment and support.

Next Date: May 26th 3:30pm - 11pm; 27th/28th,10:00am - 6:00pm
UMAB Full Certification

  • Annual renewal of Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour Certification is available in-house for all associates working with wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Next Date: May 27th/28th,10:00am - 6:00pm
UMAB Re-certification

  • Annual renewal of Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour Certification is available in-house for all associates working with wm+a. Please note that CPI/UMAB will only be offered to current associates within the network.

Next Date: May 13th/14th,10:00am - 6:00pm
Safe Management Training