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February 2019

Animal-Assisted Interventions – More Than Pet Visits

February 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Trenton Trenton, ON Canada + Google Map

Studies have shown that Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) have a positive effect on physical, emotional and social development (Friesen, 2009). AAI is used in therapeutic settings for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder or pervasive developmental disorder and for emotional or behavioural disorders. Interactions with animals promote outward focus, inner calm, multi-sensory learning and social bonding. Animals offer non-judgement and acceptance — essential for people with unique needs. Practitioners and therapists may be curious about the clinical applications of using…

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Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues and Strategies [Ottawa]

February 25 @ 9:00 am - March 1 @ 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage such as cutting or burning. Self-injury has reached alarming proportions among our youth; studies show that 14-24% of adolescents and young adults have engaged in this behaviour at least once, with a quarter of these reporting current, chronic self-injury. Helpers are increasingly encountering young people who are involved with self-injury. This workshop will assist participants in understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. In addition, practical strategies for working…

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Ontario Shores Mental Health Conference

February 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Research and Innovation in Mental Health across the Lifespan: Empower, Engage, Educate Conference Themes: Recovery Co-Design Technology Clinical Care Measurement Workplace and Wellness Developmental Psychology System Change

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Trauma Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength [Thunder Bay]

February 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional…

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Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues and Strategies [Toronto]

February 27 @ 9:00 am - March 3 @ 4:00 pm

Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage such as cutting or burning. Self-injury has reached alarming proportions among our youth; studies show that 14-24% of adolescents and young adults have engaged in this behaviour at least once, with a quarter of these reporting current, chronic self-injury. Helpers are increasingly encountering young people who are involved with self-injury. This workshop will assist participants in understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. In addition, practical strategies for working…

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The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships [Thunder Bay]

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is very common for anyone working in the helping profession to encounter ethical dilemmas. Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of…

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March 2019

The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships [Ottawa]

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

It is very common for anyone working in the helping profession to encounter ethical dilemmas. Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of…

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The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships [Toronto]

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is very common for anyone working in the helping profession to encounter ethical dilemmas. Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of…

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The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships [London]

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is very common for anyone working in the helping profession to encounter ethical dilemmas. Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of…

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Ontario Housing First Forum on Evidence-based Practices

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) is excited to host our second Housing First (HF) forum! Forum objectives: Bring together stakeholders who are implementing HF to share knowledge of their programs, resources and network; Share evidence-based practices and promote high quality implementation of the HF model; and, Link sectors involved, including mental health and housing, and other sectors. Keynote speaker, Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos, Clinician Scientist and Physician-in-Chief at CAMH, will talk about the long-term follow-up of…

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Reducing Cannabis-Related Harms

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

This interactive session will explore Canada's Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines as a harm reduction tool for encouraging safer cannabis use. Participants will learn how to use the guidelines to support their clients in making informed choices around non-medical cannabis use.

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World Congress on Brain Injury

March 13 @ 8:00 am - March 19 @ 5:00 pm

The International Brain Injury Association’s World Congress on Brain Injury is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury (traumatic and acquired, including stroke). The next World Congress will take place March 13 – March 16, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. Over 1400 international delegates attended the World Congress when it was last held in the United States in 2017 in New Orleans.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently [Toronto]

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently [London]

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently [Ottawa]

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently [Thunder Bay]

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and…

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Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours [Toronto]

March 27 @ 9:00 am - March 31 @ 4:00 pm

Working with individuals who have autism can be a very meaningful experience, but it is not without its challenges. With recent reports indicating that an increasing number of individuals are on the autism spectrum, a greater number of care providers are encountering individuals with autism as part of their work and life. While every person with autism is unique, many face similar challenges. The primary focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies for working with high-need individuals around…

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April 2019

The Moment You Walk Through the Door: Improving Services for Marginalized Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Intersex People

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

This course provides information for service providers to feel more confident, competent and comfortable providing services to diverse gender identities and expressions or whose sexual orientation may be different than the majority. Stigma and marginalization impact an individual’s health and well-being in many ways and affects if that person will access services when they are in need of them. We want to help agencies to become more accessible, places of welcome for the communities we serve.

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Mental Health in the Capital 2019

April 8 @ 8:00 am - April 9 @ 5:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

Mental Health in the Capital 2018 conference brought together public and private sector experts for one day to explore the challenges and best practices in workplace mental health. Building on the discussions from last year, we are lengthening the program and offering more opportunities to engage in the conversation at Mental Health in the Capital 2019 #MHC2019.

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Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Schools and Communities [Toronto]

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do we respond meaningfully to harmful or criminal actions? Based on the principles of restorative justice, this workshop offers a framework for answering this question in your own context. The philosophy of restorative justice invites people to look beyond a merely punitive view of justice and discipline. Instead, it focuses on the needs of everyone involved, emphasizing direct accountability, reparation, prevention, dialogue, and in some cases, renewed relationship. If you work in a school, community, government, or other organizational…

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