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Workshops

Staff in the Counselling and Member Services (CMS) department at the OECTA Provincial Office deliver these workshops locally, upon request from unit presidents.

If you are interested in any of the workshops listed below, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

The Assertive Professional

Professionals at all levels need to project their thoughts and ideas with an assertive communication style. The skill of expressing opinions confidently and clearly is critical. In this workshop, participants gain the knowledge and skills to proactively and effectively apply appropriate levels of assertiveness in a professional manner.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Bullying in the Workplace

This workshop identifies the various types of workplace violence and bullying within the school/education setting, and the impact they have on the workplace. We will also examine rights and responsibilities in the prevention and management of bullying practices.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Conflict Management

Colleagues, students, parents, and administrators regularly challenge teachers. Poorly managed conflict causes frustration. Well-managed conflict can be productive. This workshop will help teachers enhance their conflict management skills.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Dealing with Difficult People

This workshop reviews how to identify difficult behaviours and how best to manage people with these difficult behaviours. We will focus on conflict management strategies and intervention.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

The Duty to Report

This workshop reviews a teacher’s legal obligations to report under the:

The Ontario College of Teachers professional advisories on Safety in Learning Environments and Duty to Report are considered.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Exploring the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession

This workshop ensures that members who have been investigated by the OCT and directed to take an Ethical Standards Course as part of the discipline understand the concepts of ethical practice.

Members will review the College of Teachers Ethical Standards and Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession, as well as other relevant legal references.

They will reflect upon the principles and values that guide their thinking and actions in professional practice, and deepen their understanding of the significance of the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession and professional boundaries.

The course will examine ethical knowledge that guides educators through a process of making judgments, discerning why they made those judgments, and analyzing rationales along with the implications of those choices.

The workshop will review the laws and their guiding principles for teachers with respect to their professional obligations to students, parents, colleagues, and administrators, and develop an understanding of their responsibilities when using electronic communication or social media.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Electronic Communications: Appropriate and Professional

This workshop addresses the various pitfalls of inappropriate use of electronic communications by teachers. Emphasis is on awareness, prevention of misuse, and possible ramifications of inappropriate use.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Fostering Positive Parent Teacher Relationships

This workshop focuses on effective communication tools that teachers can use to keep parents informed. The workshop discusses the communication practices that promote a partnership with parents and enhance students’ school success. Teachers will learn strategies to address difficulties that may arise in communicating with parents.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Teachers today are facing structural and curriculum changes that can result in high levels of stress and burnout. This workshop will explore the sources of stress and provide practical suggestions for effective stress management. This workshop is accompanied by the booklet:

If you are interested in this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Maternity/Parental Leave Workshop

This workshop is designed for members who are or are planning on having children. It reviews Employment Insurance, the Employment Standards Act, and the central and local collective agreements with respect to pregnancy, parental, and extended leaves. It also reviews buy-back for pension credit.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

New Hire-In-service

This workshop is designed for new hires and provides a brief overview of the following topics:

  • The Assertive Professional
  • Maternity/Parental Leaves
  • Professional Boundaries
  • The Teachers’ Pension Plan

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

On Thin Ice – Maintaining Professional Boundaries

This workshop addresses the various complaints made against teachers by parents, the Children’s Aid Society, police, and the Ontario College of Teachers.

Emphasis is on prevention and early assistance to minimize negative impact on members. The workshop includes presentation of a DVD with an accompanying booklet that explains what teachers can do to avoid false allegations, what to do if they find themselves under investigation, and how to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Professional Boundaries / Relationships Appropriate and Professional

This workshop ensures that members who have been investigated by the OCT and directed to take a Professional Boundaries Course as part of the discipline understand the concepts of ethical practice and professional boundaries, current legislation and case law related to professional boundaries, and the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations. Members review various case studies and scenarios.

They also review a comprehensive list of prevention strategies, situations of differential power relationships and dual relationships, and the College of Teachers Ethical Standards and Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession, as well as other relevant legal references.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Progressive Discipline: A New Era in Safe Schools

What is the Safe Schools Act, and what affect does it have on health and safety in schools? How can teachers use the legislation to ensure a safe work environment? Participants will examine the Act and its application within the school system in detail. Emphasis will be placed on the implementation of the latest safe schools legislation.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Relationships Appropriate and Professional

This workshop focuses on how to build positive and professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and administration. It addresses boundary issues and ethics within relationships.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

Teacher Liability Issues

An increasing number of teachers become involved in civil litigation as a result of their work as a teacher inside and outside of the classroom. This workshop examines various liability issues that teachers encounter in the classroom, and during supervision and extra-curricular duties. The emphasis is on preventative strategies.

If you are interested this workshop, speak to your unit president. Requests for workshops should be sent to staff in OECTA’s CMS department.

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