MASSW - Dr. Jody Carrington: Relationships and Connections in the Time of COVID-19

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Manitoba Association of School Social Workers (MASSW)

Conference Title: Dr. Jody Carrington: Relationships and Connections in the Time of COVID-19: Why our Students Need Us Now more than Ever

Location: Virtual Microsoft TEAMS link will be provided with registration at a later date.

Date: October 23rd, 2020

08:45 - 09:00 - Opening Remarks
09:00 - 11:30 - Dr. Jody Carrington
11:30 - 01:00 - "Door Prizes" and Lunch
01:00 - 03:15 - Guided Book Study: Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with Those We Teach, Lead, and Love.
(Book and study guide incl. with registration cost)
03:15 - 03:30 - Final Remarks

Registration Fees and Membership Fees:
Membership + Conference Fee: $60 (MASSW 2020-2021 membership with conference and book)
Conference Fee (conference and book only/not including membership): $70
Membership Fee (membership only/not attending conference, no book): $25
Student Conference Fee: $60 (MASSW 2020-2021 membership with conference and book)

Online registration will begin September 1, 2020 and will remain open until Friday, October 21, 2020. Online payment is through PayPal account, credit card or Visa debit.

*Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 2, 2020. Registration by this date guarantees delivery of your book to your employer and enters your name for early bird prize draw.

Cancellation policy: $35 refund if cancelled by October 2, 2020. After that date, refunds will not be provided due to costs incurred by MASSW.

Keynote - Dr. Jody Carrington - Relationships and Connection in the Time of COVID: Why Our Students Need Us Now More Than Ever
We are wired to do hard things. Even navigate a global pandemic. The necessary component to surviving hard things is to remember this: We are wired for connection. It is the disconnection between those two things - the hard stuff and getting reconnected - that often requires a supportive adult. When hard things come our way, the first instinct is to armor up and disconnect - indeed, the very thing needed is the thing we avoid. In the new age of physical distancing, now more than ever, we need school social workers and educators who understand the importance of relationship and connection. Those who understand that altering behaviour isn't nearly as important as identifying the emotion that underlies all that behaviour, if we ever hope to shift things. We will jump into all of it - mostly the necessity to stay connected in this time of distancing that will make all the difference for us, and those we are helping to navigate these most difficult times.

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. It was during those 10 years that she learned the most about kids, families, relationships, and the vital importance of connection. Today, she is back living in a rural setting, managing a private practice, raising a family, speaking around the country about relationships, connection, and her new book, “Kids These Days”. Jody passionately believes in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach. Her favourite thing on the planet to do is to speak with educators – they have the power to change the trajectory of a life every single day. It’s time, she believes, that we need to start focusing less on kids these days, and more on those of you who hold them every day. The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: we are wired to do hard things. We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.
Dr. Carrington is an engaging, funny, heartwarming, and enthusiastic speaker who has a large following through her live Facebook sessions, her book studies, and her popular webinars. Please take this opportunity to join us as we learn from her!
*DISCLAIMER: Dr. Carrington uses colorful language which may not be suitable for all audiences. Her presentation contains mature content, engaging examples and lots of laughs!

The afternoon session will be a guided book study of Dr. Carrington’s Kids These Days, a copy of which will be provided upon paid registration. Participants can participate virtually in the afternoon book study, as individuals or as small groups. Additional information will be provided with registration.

If you have any CONFERENCE questions, please contact Kim Mackey, Vice President,

If you have any REGISTRATION questions, please contact Lyana Hoydalo, Treasurer,