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WJS Canada Partnership

Sprott-Shaw Community College is excited to announce a new partnership with WJS Canada. WJS’s Training Division will be working collaboratively with SSCC to deliver specialized certificate programs to build the professional development of the persons working in social services. This training will also enhance the services that WJS provides. This includes services to persons with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury.

WJS offers a wide range of services including: Home Living Options, Outreach Skills and Career Exploration. Sprott-Shaw has been offering career training since 1903, in addition to WJS’s Social Services since 1986 totals 130 years of training and education!

To register for any of the courses below please visit the WJS’s Training Division web site.


An Introduction to Substance Abuse
Course length: 1 day

This is an introductory workshop that deals with the basic medical, social and psychological considerations related to the use of therapeutic and non-therapeutic (recreational) drugs. This course is ideal for people working with individuals who are currently involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the use of substances. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of substance use, misuse, and abuse. Participants will receive an introduction to the physical, psychological and social effects of chemicals of abuse. This course will define addiction and why people use addictive substances. Participants will be introduced to the Bio-Psycho-Social theory and the DSM-IV. The goal of this workshop is to understand what addiction is and the effects of substances on the body and relationships.

Medication Basics-A workshop on Medication Administration
Course length: 1 day

Medications may range from being taken daily to being taken at the onset of certain symptoms (e.g., medications taken for an asthma attack). It is important to know the purpose and the effects of the medication to ensure that it is administered correctly.
Support workers are the primary caregivers in a variety of settings. As their role continues to evolve an increased knowledge is required to “safely administer” medications.

This workshop will prepare Support Workers to safely and effectively assist with medications while learning the basics of why medication is prescribed, side effects, PRN safety and the most common medication errors that put both the client and the staff at risk.

Learn the “right’s” of medication administration, identify and incorporate best practice procedures for giving/assisting with medications. To learn the common errors associated with giving medications, and to correctly describe the “one hour” window. PRN medications-learn how to ensure the safety of the clients who require them. To be able to discuss methods of storing, recording practices, labels and regulations relating to medications.

Conflict Resolution
Course length: 1 day

This workshop will prepare participants to understand and effectively manage conflict situations. The skills learned in this session will enable individuals to work through conflict, contribute to team cohesiveness, and maintain workplace morale. At the same time, they will contribute to their own personal and professional growth.

To learn: What Conflict Is, Why Conflict Happens, Preventative Strategies, Steps to Resolution, Communication Tools

Mental Health Issues that Affect Youth in Care
Course length: 1 day

Participants of this workshop will develop a basic understanding of a variety of illnesses and disorders that impact the lives of children and youth in care. This workshop will focus on some of the most common mental health issues in children and adolescents-Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD), Conduct Disorders and Anxiety, and the best practices for intervention.

Diversity Awareness in the Workplace
Course length: 1 day

The cultural makeup of our society has changed dramatically over the years, and it will continue to change. Working and living in our society requires that we become more aware of the challenges related to cultural change. Culturally diverse workforces are a direct result of our changing society.

Aging in Place
Course length: 1 day

Gain an understanding of: the needs of the aging population in care, the normal aging process, identifying ways to support aging in place, and the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This is a workshop that will focus on the aging population in care. Participants will work in groups using problem solving to bring ideas/strategies to take back to their work teams to approach aging issues.

Understanding and Caring for Adolescents and Adults with PDD/ASD
Course length: 1 day

Gain understanding of the conditions included under the PDD spectrum, and the relationship between PDD and developmental disability. This workshop will also help participants identify some psychiatric and psychological support strategies, and to identify behavioural support strategies.

Understanding and Caring for Adolescents and Adults Living with FASD
Course length: 1 day

Gain understanding of the conditions included under the FASD umbrella. This includes understanding FASD as a spectrum and identifying the relationship between FASD and developmental disability. Learn how to understand the importance of early detection, intervention, along with psychiatric support strategies and behaviours.

Suicide Risk Factors and Screening
Course length: 1 day

Workshop participants will become familiar with the major risk factors of suicide. Gain an understanding of: which symptoms require aggressive intervention, the role of the care person in suicide screening, the risk factors associated with special populations, and identifying steps to keep the person safe.