Continuing Education and Community Engagement

Transformation Through Ethical Leadership

A certificate program designed for Executive and Middle Management Leadership

Transformation Through Ethical Leadership is designed to help non-profit sector leaders address the many ethical and values based dilemmas that they face daily. This program will help non-profit leaders to:

  • Respond effectively to ethical dilemmas
  • Handle disagreement in values with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop confidence and courage in reaching out to those who fund your organization
  • Advance public policy positions to government and community
  • develop skills as a value based leader

Transformation Through Ethical Leadership enhances participants’ understanding of how people integrate emotions and reason to make ethical decisions and lead effectively in ambiguous or uncertain situations.

Participants learn a framework for resolving the ethical and leadership problems that arise in professional, business and personal situations; engage in practices to develop self-knowledge, skills to overcome personal biases and manage implicit and explicit social power dynamics.

Participants will be able to more readily find solutions to ethical dilemmas. Activities and exercises to develop self-based and ethical knowledge to deal with current and future personal, professional ethical decisions are included.

Learn the self-knowledge that is critical to leadership and ethical decision-making in the 21st Century.

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The course is taught by Tom Culham, Ph.D. An education professional with experience researching, teaching and managing in a post-secondary business environment, Tom’s 30-year career also includes senior business leadership roles as an engineer, vice president, and manufacturing executive. He has taught Executive Management at UBC and Ethics in SFU’s MBA program and has published a book Ethics Education of Business Leaders, which has been featured in the National Post.


Family Preservation Certificate Course

For family support and counseling professionals working in Family Preservation or Family Support services

Family Preservation is a key community-based service in BC, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, in helping families struggling with child protection issues. This intensive model of family counselling primarily aims to assist parents in finding ways to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of their children, resulting in their enhanced safety and well-being. This 3 day course will help participants:

  • Build an understanding of Family Preservation as a distinct and unique professional family therapy model of service
  • Appreciate the complexity of working with families in collaboration with, and under the umbrella of, child protection
  • Gain insight into how current counselling theories of working effectively with families must be accommodated to successfully support families involved with the child welfare system
  • Learn practical applications of the model with common challenges for families involved in child protection

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The certificate course is taught by Chris Burt, MA. Chris has been working with families, youth, and children for over 25 years in a variety of settings, including community-based group homes, hospital, school and day-program settings, and family counselling and outreach programs. Over the past 14 years Chris has studied, created and supervised Family Preservation Programs, and has trained many social workers and counsellors in BC on best practice principles in Family Preservation. He is a graduate of City University, and has worked with many community-based social service and government agencies. Chris is currently the Clinical Director of Hollyburn Family Services, as well as a trainer for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership for Non-Profits

In May 2013 the first Executive Leadership Program was launched, featuring how to develop sustainable non-profit organizations in the 21st century.  The first 3 Executive Leadership sessions were met with tremendous enthusiasm and satisfaction from more than 50 participants who attended.

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