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Detailed eCourse Descriptions

The Power of Gratitude: The Research and Practice
- Begins November 6, 2013

The ability to notice, appreciate and savor the elements of life is an essential determinant of well-being. Research has shown that those of us who are grateful are happier, more hopeful and more helpful to others. We report higher levels of well-being. But, we are not born being grateful. It is something that we learn and develop throughout our lives.

In The Power of Gratitude you will be introduced to gratitude and the research behind it: what it is, the benefits, and how to cultivate it. We will also explore gratitude at work.

This course is for people who aspire to understand, experience, and cultivate gratitude, personally and professionally. In this interactive and experiential, 12 hour 4-week eCourse, you will:

  1. Identify the psychological, social, and physical health benefits of gratitude.
  2. Describe research-tested methods for boosting gratitude in everyday life.
  3. Experience and assess at least two gratitude practices.
  4. Explore how to incorporate gratitude strategies into your practice and at work.

Need CEUs? Upon successful completion, Social Workers will receive 12 Category "A" credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact you regulatory board to determine course approval.

How it Works: On a weekly basis, you'll be listening to meditations, reviewing videos, completing self-assessments, reading articles, adopting a gratitude practice, participating in e-discussions and, if you are interested in earning CEUs, taking a post-test. You can expect to put in an average of three hours per week.

This course is divided into four parts. You will complete one part per week. Each week will begin on a Saturday and ends the following Saturday. For those of you collecting CEUs, you will have an additional week to complete the post test.

Part A: Introduction to Gratitude
Part B: The Benefits of Gratitude
Part C: Cultivating Gratitude
Part D: Gratitude at Work
Post test & Evaluation

Note:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and fax to 780.459.8867 or email to info@kaizensolutions.org

Instructor: Val Kinjerski, MSW, PhD, RSW is a leading authority on the topic of Spirit at Work. Prior to dedicating herself to the creation of spirit at work, Val held social work positions ranging from front-line to program development to senior management. She is the author of Rethinking your Work.

You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started.

Download course description.

Regular Fee:$299. Early Bird: $239 Registration fee includes all course materials. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Certificates will be emailed within 30 days after successful completion of the post test.

Register today and begin to cultivate gratitude tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2012 - August 8, 2015.

(re)Constructing Well-Being - Begins March 14, 2013

How do we nurture well-being in ourselves, and those we serve? How do we nurture the meaning that brought us to this work, and the positive emotions that give us energy to show up every day?

This eCourse examines possibilities, based on scientific findings, for tilting life paths toward meaning and connection, and upward spirals of hope and well-being. It is based on the book, Positivity, by Barbara L. Fredrickson and introduces the science of wellbeing and applications that lead to greater satisfaction and meaning in life. Fredrickson's research focuses on how positive emotions broaden minds and build resources in a manner that leads toward flourishing.

Upon completion of this interactive and experiential, 8-week eCourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the broaden and build theory of positive emotions.
  2. Explain the positivity ratio and its relation to well-being.
  3. Identify two methods, and use one, to assess one's positivity ratio.
  4. Identify research-based activities to decrease negativity and increase positivity with oneself and others.

Positivity is available in paperback and as a Kindle ebook. Please note: You do not need to own a Kindle to purchase the ebook; you can download Kindle software to your computer at no cost.

CE Credit: This eCourse qualifies for 16 Category A credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact your regulatory board to determine course approval. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the discussion questions, post-test and course evaluation.

How it Works: This 16-hour, 8-week eCourse is presented in eight parts, one each week. It includes videos, self-assessments, readings, facilitated e-discussions, a post-test and evaluation. You can expect to put in an average of two hours per week.

Regular Fee: $399. Special Early bird: $299. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and email to info@kaizensolutions.org or fax to 780.459.8867. You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started. Contact us if you require special assistance.

Instructor: Joy L. Salmon, PhD has worked in public, nonprofit and private sectors in a variety of roles, from direct services to administration; she has also created and taught online courses at universities. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology & Human Systems and is a licensed psychologist.

Register today and begin to (re)construct well-being tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2012 - August 8, 2015.


An Introduction to Mindfulness
- Begins April 18, 2013

How do we shift from running on autopilot and feeling stressed to being present, focused and calm? How do we cultivate mindfulness for ourselves and those we serve? Mindfulness is about being fully present with non-judgment, openness and acceptance. A mindfulness practice is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to help us to deal with the personal challenges of living in an ever-changing, uncertain world.

This eCourse, based on scientific findings, will introduce you to mindfulness: what it is, how and who it benefits, and the practice. Through readings, videos, participatory exercises, and eDiscussions, you will learn how mindfulness can enrich lives: yours and others.

This course is for people who aspire to understand, experience, and cultivate mindfulness, personally and professionally. In this interactive and experiential, 6-week, 12-hour eCourse, you will:

  1. Define mindfulness and identify its three core elements
  2. Use the Mindful Awareness Attention Scale to assess one's mindfulness
  3. Describe the benefits of being present
  4. Experience and be able to explain five mindfulness techniques
  5. Identify how to integrate mindfulness into your personal and professional practice

CE Credit: This eCourse qualifies for 12 Category A credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact your regulatory board to determine course approval. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the discussion questions, post-test and course evaluation.

How it Works: This 12-hour, 6-week eCourse is presented in six parts, one each week. It includes videos, self-assessments, readings, participatory exercises, facilitated e-discussions, a post-test and evaluation. You can expect to put in an average of two hours per week.

Introductory Fee: $239 (regularly $299). Early bird: $189. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Registration: Fill in the form below and email to info@kaizensolutions.org or fax to 780.459.8867. You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started. Contact us if you require special assistance.

Instructor: Val Kinjerski, MSW, PhD, RSW is a leading authority on employee engagement and the topic of Spirit at Work. She is at her best when she engages in a mindful practice. Prior to dedicating herself to the creation of spirit at work, Val held social work positions ranging from front-line to program development to senior management. She is the author of Rethinking your Work.

Post test & Evaluation:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. A 70% grade is required to pass. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and fax to 780.459.8867 or email to info@kaizensolutions.org

Upon receipt of your registration, you will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Download course description.

Register today and begin to cultivate mindfulness tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2009 - August 8, 2012.


* NEW* The Art of Facilitation
- Begins February 7, 2013

Perhaps you've recognized a shift in the nature of your work and roles, where bringing people together for meaningful conversation, effective and efficient meetings, and powerful collaboration are the now the means for identifying and addressing many of our current issues and needs. It's been said that whatever the problem, community is the answer.

This course is for people who know that community, that feeling of being and belonging, doesn't just happen. When intention and the skillful application of knowledge and methods in group facilitation are combined with people who deeply care and are committed to bringing their best for the world, community is made and change happens.

Through readings, videos, personal reflection, exercises, and eDiscussions,this eCourse will help you develop your understanding and refine your facilitation skills to cultivate this artistry in convening groups. In this interactive and experiential, 5-week, 12-hour eCourse, you will:

  1. Compare traditional and contemporary orientations to facilitation;
  2. Explain your personal facilitation "stance" grounded in your values, beliefs, and assumptions;
  3. Identify your current and "growing edge" facilitation competencies;
  4. Differentiate from among a range of suitable facilitator interventions and protocols for several group dynamics;
  5. Apply ideas and insights to your current practice, describing the implications and impacts.

CE Credit: This eCourse qualifies for 12 Category A credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact your regulatory board to determine course approval. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the discussion questions, post-test and course evaluation.

How it Works: This 12-hour, 5-week eCourse is presented in five parts, one each week. Throughout, you'll be reading, viewing the weekly "Core Lesson" videos, engaging in personal reflection and online focused conversation, and discussing the implications for this program for your practice. You can expect make a 2-3 hour commitment per week.

Introductory Fee: $239 (regularly $299). Early bird: $189. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Registration: Fill in the form below and email to info@kaizensolutions.org or fax to 780.459.8867. You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started. Contact us if you require special assistance.

Instructor: Katharine Weinmann, MSW, RSW has a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation with the International Association of Facilitators, the global, standard-setting and accreditation body. With three decades of experience in process design and group facilitation, and trained in the Art of Hosting, she now brings her skills and talents into multiple sector contexts to help people creatively work together to address complex issues.

Post test & Evaluation:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. A 70% grade is required to pass. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and fax to 780.459.8867 or email to info@kaizensolutions.org

Upon receipt of your registration, you will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Download course description.

Register today and begin to enhance your facilitation skills tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2012 - August 8, 2015.


The Ethical Imperative of Helper Self-Care
- Begins February 21, 2013

This 3-week eCourse examines the ethical imperative of helper self-care and its relation to competent service delivery. In Week 1, we reflect on the personal and occupational hazards of being a professional helper, and professional responsibilities in regard to competence, impairment and self-care. In Week 2, we examine compassion's role in helper well-being and quality of care, and review a model for creating compassion satisfaction. In Week 3, we reflect on how we might create personal and organizational cultures of self-care, and explore some current trends and pioneering research in the study of compassion.

This course is for mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Upon completion of this interactive eCourse, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the ethical requirements for helper well-being and self-care.
  2. Identify personal predispositions and occupational risks that can lead to helper distress and potential impairment.
  3. Explain how helper well-being and self-care contributes to competent service delivery.
  4. Identify ways individuals and organizations can support a culture of self-care.

Need CEUs? Upon successful completion, Social Workers will receive 10 Category "A" credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact you regulatory board to determine course approval.

How it Works: On a weekly basis, you'll listen to meditations, review videos, complete self-assessments, read articles and participate in e-discussions. You can expect to put in an average of 3 hours per week. If you are interested in earning CEUs, you will take a post-test at the end of the eCourse.

Here is the Course Outline:

This course is divided into three parts. You will complete one part per week. Each week will begin on a Saturday and ends the following Saturday, providing a one-day overlap. For those of you collecting CEUs, you will have an additional week to complete the post test.

Part A: Personal and Occupational Hazards of being a Professional Helper
Part B: The Role of Compassion in Helper Well-being and Quality of Care
Part C: Creating Personal and Organizational Cultures of Self-Care
Post test & Evaluation

Note:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and fax to 780.459.8867 or email to info@kaizensolutions.org

Instructor: Joy L. Salmon, PhD has worked in public, nonprofit and private sectors in a variety of roles, from direct services to administration; she has also created and taught online courses at universities. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology & Human Systems and is a licensed psychologist.

You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started.

Download course description.

Regular Fee: $249. Early Bird: $199 Registration fee includes all course materials. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Certificates will be emailed within 30 days after successful completion of the post test.

Register today and start planning for self-care tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2012 - August 8, 2015.


Flourishing: How to Create Spirit at Work - February 28, 2013

What is it that allows you or your clients to flourish at work? To be fully engaged, energized and excited about work? Find fulfillment through work and know that you are making a difference? This is spirit at work and the power is within each of us to create it, simply by rethinking our work.

Spirit at work is about being fully engaged in and finding meaning and fulfillment through work. It involves profound feelings of well-being, a belief that one's work makes a contribution, and a sense of connection to others and common purpose.

This evidence-based eCourse draws upon the book, Rethinking Your Work: Getting to the Heart of What Matters, by Val Kinjerski, PhD and the latest findings in the field of positive psychology. The research shows that spirit at work is available to everyone and can and should be fostered.

This eCourse examines what spirit at work is, how it develops, and proven ways to foster it.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe spirit at work, including the four dimensions that comprise spirit at work.
  2. Examine how defining moments impact one's world view and career choice.
  3. Explain the four paths to spirit at work.
  4. Identify and experience four key actions to foster spirit at work.
  5. Create a personal plan to enhance your spirit at work.

CE Credit: This eCourse qualifies for 18 Category A credits. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the discussion questions, post-test and course evaluation.

How it Works: This 18-hour, 6-week eCourse is presented in six parts, one each week. It includes videos, self-assessments, readings, facilitated e-discussions, a post-test and evaluation. You can expect to put in an average of three hours per week.

Regular Fee: $449. Early Bird: $359. Book included. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Registration: Complete the registration form (pdf) and fax to 780.459.8867 or email to info@kaizensolutions.org

You will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to sign in and get started. Contact us if you require special assistance.

Instructor: Val Kinjerski, MSW, PhD, RSW is a leading authority on the topic of Spirit at Work. Prior to dedicating herself to the creation of spirit at work, Val held social work positions ranging from front-line to program development to senior management. She is the author of Rethinking your Work.

Post test & Evaluation:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Download course description.

Register today and begin to cultivate well-being tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2012 - August 8, 2015.




 

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What Others Say About:
"The Power of Gratitude"

"I really enjoyed the format and flexibility of the online environment. The pace was a great balance of time for reflection (and life) and keeping the content fresh and moving forward. Hearing from others in the online forum gave the course material new life and added considerable value to an already rich course curriculum. "

Robert Wiles
Issue Strategist
City of Calgary
Animal and Bylaw Services

"This is the first time that I have participated in an e-learning course of this nature and I am quite amazed by the degree to which it has created a true sense of community and shared learning amongst people who did not know each other. There was a depth of commitment to the course material and the other learners and a real sense of co-creating this learning circle. My assumption is that this course has had and will continue to have a profound impact on the way in which I show up, particularly in the workplace."

Mary Jefferies, CHRP Strategic Leadership Advisor Strategy Division,
Alberta Environment

"I find myself living with more attention and intention and it makes such a difference. I have used some of the strategies with my clients and they have experienced themselves and their lives differently. The course was such a gift and I thank you so much for this opportunity."

Suzanne Rosebrugh, Clinical Social Worker Counsellor, Counselling and Career Centre, Red Deer College

"The course challenged my paradigm and offered an opportunity to really look into my heart to elevate my gratitude, and to take risks and show gratitude to others in a meaningful ways."

Leann Meronek, MSW, RSW Senior Strategic Planner Strategic & Integrated Service Planning, Alberta Health Services

"The course was excellent and I totally enjoyed it. It re-energized me all over again, got me back on track with myself and reconnected me with my surroundings."

Debbie Gauchier, BSW, RSW Metis Settlements CFSA, Region 10

"Thank you Val for your support and guidance during the gratitude course. I will use this powerful information to further enhance my life and others. Many blessings to you."

Mary Lou Johnston
Casework Supervisor
Child & Family Services

"This has been a very valuable learning experience for me. Although I am not a clinical practitioner, I was able to apply all the concepts and tools to my workplace as well as my personal life, and will continue to do my own reading and self-discovery work in this important area."

Cindy Millar, CEC Human Resources Manager,
Horizon Credit Union

 

What Others Say About:
"The Ethical Imperative of Helper Self-Care"

"The course was great. I was a bit concerned that an online course in the human services would be too sterile; that I would miss the face-to-face connection and interaction with my fellow students. It was exactly the opposite. I felt very connected to the other students through the online discussions and, in fact, I was more inclined to share personal experiences in this non-threatening environment. The instructor responded thoughtfully to posts and provided many extra resources based on the discussions that arose as a result of the course material. I will not hesitate to take another online course."

Kim McLaren
Social Worker
Royal Alex Hospital

What Others Say About:
"(re)Constructing Well-being"

I really enjoyed taking the course (Re) discovering Wellbeing, particularly the flexibility of the online format and learning from others' experiences. Taking the time to examine your life, asking yourself and others about what contributes to positivity and negativity creates an awareness of how balanced (or not) your life really is and how to appreciate what you have. It has been one month since the course concluded and I still use the tools that I learned in the course to help me manage life's up's and down's and how to create balance. The instructor was pivotal in asking the right questions, providing informed and intelligent comments on postings and overall contributed to everyone's learning and growth. The online e-course was user friendly, economical, easy to navigate and provided flexibility on when to post. I would definitely take another e-course in the future and recommend to anyone who wants more balance in their life.

Deborah Jesso
Patient Concerns Consultant
Alberta Health Services
Grande Prairie, AB

 

 
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