Terms and Definitions
Talk therapy is a type of psychotherapy. Talk therapy addresses and provides greater insight into our instinctual thought processes. Common talk therapies (ex. CBT) help you to analyse and reframe thoughts that contribute to difficult emotions including anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression.
Somatic therapy focuses on the mind’s relationship with the rest of your body. Somatic therapy incorporates both psychotherapy and non-verbal methods to address and reprocess memories, emotions and/or trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches
What is Social Work?
“Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence. Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of some particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions and respect for the client’s choice and involvement” Read More
Laurier University teaches social work through a framework of social justice, equity, inclusivity and reflexivity. Read here
OCSWSSW is Ontario’s regulatory body for social workers. You must have specified requirements to register. The college provides an ethical standard of practice which registrants adhere to. Read Here
Registered social workers (RSW) can use the title and practice psychotherapy as per the new 2015 guidelines for the regulated practice of psychotherapy.
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