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April 2018

Working with Family Members of Substance Abusers: The CRAFT Approach

April 23 @ 9:00 am - April 25 @ 12:00 pm
Kitchener

In this rare opportunity to learn from the founder of CRAFT himself, participants will learn how to implement Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT): a highly-effective, evidence-based approach for helping family members living with a loved one (i.e. partner, son/daughter, parent, sibling) who is using alcohol or drugs problematically but who refuses to enter treatment. CRAFT provides families with practical and highly effective strategies to move their loved one toward treatment, while simultaneously improving their own lives. Studies show that…

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Accessing ABI Services in the GTA – Brain Injury Associations

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar

Brain Injury Association of Toronto (BIST) Brain Injury Association of Durham Region (BIAD)

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Forensic Aspects of Suggestibility – Webinar

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar

Suggestibility can be defined as the proneness of an individual to accept and adopt the views of another person as truth. For example, when confronted by someone else’s explanation of an event, an individual prone to suggestibility may adopt this alternate explanation as their own memory of the event. Although the behavioral and environmental etiological origins of vulnerability to suggestibility are dynamic and complex, suggestions can be inspired by a range of stimuli from verbal and non-verbal communication with another…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience (Toronto)

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toronto

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experience and become aware of the signs of both…

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Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic

April 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
London

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it is crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It is not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down — can trigger one’s sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this workshop, Dr. Straus will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of trauma treatment. Participants will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that help teens feel more…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience (London)

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
London

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experience and become aware of the signs of both…

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May 2018

9th Annual Law of Policing Conference

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 5:00 pm
Toronto

Doing good police work means finding the balance between building community relationships and staying one-step ahead of the bad guys. Getting ahead of new crime trends and understanding how the average citizen uses and misuses technology means understanding the next-generation equipment used in Canada and internationally.

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Decriminalizing Opioids and Other Drugs in Canada

May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Toronto

Supervised injection services are critical, evidence-based public health interventions that save lives daily, but are Toronto's four sites enough? Should Canada join countries like Portugal in decriminalizing drug use to help overcome the stigma associated with addiction and improve community health?

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National Conference on Peer Support

May 7 @ 8:00 am - May 8 @ 5:00 pm
Calgary AB

For two days in May, peer supporters, non-profit leaders, health care providers, health system leaders, thinkers and innovators will connect and share ideas, research, promising practices, successful programs, and tools to grow and strengthen peer support. Above all, we will leave the conference energized to grow peer support across Canada.

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Working with Survivors of Complex and Developmental Trauma: Effective Strategies for Front-Line Workers

May 7 @ 9:00 am - May 8 @ 4:00 pm
Stratford

Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their adult lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically…

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Accessing ABI Services in the GTA – Behavioural Supports

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar

Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS) Cota Mackenzie Health - York Simcoe Brain Injury Services Behavioural Mind Forward (previously PHDABIS) Behavioural

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Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Culture – Webinar

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar

Culture influences violence in many ways. For example, there are substantial cross-cultural differences in the nature and prevalence of violence, in the presence and relevance of major risk factors for violence, and in social responses to violence. But what exactly is culture? How does it exert an influence on violence risk? And how should professionals assess a person’s culture and consider its potential significance in a given case? In this webinar, Dr. Hart will begin by reviewing critical research and…

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Security vs Recovery: Finding a Safe Balance

May 10 @ 8:30 am - May 11 @ 4:30 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

The focus of this conference will be on the challenges of reconciling the dialectical tension between the often competing needs of public safety and security needs versus patient autonomy and recovery. Topics include Correctional Mental Health, Sexual Behaviours, First Nations, Security - Stay Safe, Stigma, Trauma Informed Care, Tele-Health, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management

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Mindful Movement & Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training

May 12 @ 9:00 am - May 13 @ 4:00 pm
London

This weekend workshop is for clinicians and mental health professionals who would like to incorporate yoga into their practice or yoga teachers who would like to learn how to teach a trauma sensitive style of yoga. Developing a client’s capacity to self-regulate is an integral part of supporting their recovery from a trauma or stress related condition. Increasingly, mindful yoga is being recognized as an effective technique for learning how to regulate mood. What may not be as evident, however,…

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Waypoint Research Institute Conference – Momentum: Research Realized

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm
Barrie
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Mental Health Awareness and Support (London)

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
London

Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness or be a “counsellor”, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone…

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Mental Health Awareness and Support (Toronto)

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toronto

Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness or be a “counsellor”, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone…

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Accessing ABI Services in the GTA – Behavioural and Mental Health Supports

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences - Inpatient & Outpatient West Park Healthcare Centre - Behaviour Inpatient & Outreach Program

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Engaging & Working with Hard-to-Reach Clients

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Stratford

As helping professionals we all encounter clients who are “harder-to-reach” and who present with challenges that make it more difficult for us to do good therapeutic work with them. These may include mandated clients; clients in the pre-contemplative stage of change; clients who seem to just want to “visit” rather than do any therapeutic “work”; clients who don’t follow through on assigned tasks; clients with personal histories that have resulted in difficulties with trust; and clients with multiple barriers/challenges. In…

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Mental Health Awareness and Support (Ottawa)

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. This workshop is designed for any person who knows someone who has mental health concerns. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness or be a “counsellor”, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate whether someone…

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