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November 2018

Addictions and Mental Illness – Working with Co-Occurring Disorders [London]

2018-11-28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore…

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Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know

2018-11-28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario, along with alcohol and tobacco. The legalization of cannabis has been scheduled for Oct 17th, when it will become legal for adults over 19 to use cannabis without a prescription. This webinar will introduce the rationale for legalization as a public health approach to minimizing the harms associated with cannabis use. It will also provide an overview of cannabis use patterns in Ontario across the life span. In…

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Harm Reduction – A Framework for Change, Choice and Control [London]

2018-11-29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviours. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment. This workshop explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works, and to whom it may apply. Participants will…

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Weaving together Mindfulness & Culture: Mindfulness Moose Yoga

2018-11-29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar inspires to weave together the healing and restorative benefits of yoga, mindfulness and the presenters own Indigenous knowledge of wellness and connectedness to land and story. Both an educational and experiential workshop which aims to discuss practical ways that mindfulness, yoga and culture can be integrated into the classroom or therapeutic counselling setting through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and through sharing stories or teaching of the students/clients own cultural background. Yoga has been proven to improve students’…

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December 2018

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations [Toronto]

2018-12-03 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of…

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Somatic & Expressive Methods for Healing Complexly Traumatised Youth

2018-12-03 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Young clients with complex trauma histories often display a myriad of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Traditional (talk) therapies such as CBT, though well-supported through research, can be challenging while working with clients who lack the neurodevelopmental capacity and life experiences of adult clients. Additionally, trauma manifests in affect dysregulation and habitual responses that are best accessed through body-based and creative approaches. Therapists serve as models and interactive co-regulators with youth and their caregivers, teaching them to mindfully observe and…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations [Ottawa]

2018-12-04 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of…

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Dementia Care: Current Challenges, Future Opportunities

2018-12-05 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Dr. Sudip Saha, Senior Medical Director for Long Term Care, Region of Peel. Dr. Saha is a British trained Consultant in Geriatrics and Gerontology. He has previously worked as a Consultant Geriatrician at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Scotland with affiliations to the University of Aberdeen. He is currently the Senior Medical Director for Long Term Care for the Region of Peel. He also has a leadership role as Chief and Medical Director of the Seniors Health System at William Osler. His…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations [Thunder Bay]

2018-12-05 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations [London]

2018-12-06 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of…

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Single Session Therapy with Challenging Cases: Making the Most Difference in the Least Time

2018-12-06 @ 9:30 am - 2018-12-07 @ 4:00 pm

As walk-in clinics and single session consultations grow in popularity for people seeking quick access to mental health supports, clinicians who provide these services must learn to maximize their time to effectively work with clients. Visitors to walk-in mental health clinics and single sessions often have significant challenges and present with complex and high-risk issues including, but not limited to, trauma, abuse, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and grief. While there is a significant body of research that supports the effectiveness of…

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Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation [London]

2018-12-10 @ 9:00 am - 2018-12-11 @ 4:00 pm

The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought, and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to first teach participants to develop these skills for themselves. From this base, the application of mindfulness-based strategies in counselling work is explored. In this highly experiential training, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation, and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance. The skills learned are relevant and applicable for working…

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Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation [Ottawa]

2018-12-10 @ 9:00 am - 2018-12-11 @ 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada

The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought, and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to first teach participants to develop these skills for themselves. From this base, the application of mindfulness-based strategies in counselling work is explored. In this highly experiential training, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation, and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance. The skills learned are relevant and applicable for working…

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Supervising Staff with a Trauma-Informed View

2018-12-10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The realization that the majority, if not all of the clients’ we serve have experienced Trauma has led to a significant shift in our system. Organizations are being tasked with ensuring that their policies, interventions, practices and procedures are trauma informed to prevent retraumatization. The challenge to supervisors is that not only do they have to be proficient in their understanding of Trauma, Attachment Theory, Brain and Human/Child Development research and theory; they also need to ensure that the workers…

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Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation [Toronto]

2018-12-12 @ 9:00 am - 2018-12-13 @ 4:00 pm

The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought, and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to first teach participants to develop these skills for themselves. From this base, the application of mindfulness-based strategies in counselling work is explored. In this highly experiential training, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation, and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance. The skills learned are relevant and applicable for working…

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Assessing for Antisocial/Violent Potential and Clinical Risk Management in Elementary School-Aged Children: A Prevention and Intervention Assessment Framework

2018-12-12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The importance of preventing and intervening in antisocial behavior and other forms of verbal and physical violence has been well established. We know from the scientific literature that certain childhood indicators of risk are strongly linked to subsequent antisocial behavior/violence that result in negative life course trajectories. How many times have we heard (after a tragedy) "we knew since elementary school he/she was a problem." There is a need for reliable and valid screening/assessment devices that help assess level of…

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Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care

2018-12-13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hamilton Hamilton,

~ What is Trauma Yoga? ~ Is there evidence based connection to the body and trauma? ~ How do the 16 warning signs of trauma exposure response pertain to you in your work? Do you have any experiences in which these symptoms began to arise? ~ What are 5 ways that you currently self-care in your professional life, and how? ~ Why is visceral afferent information an important concept when working with embodied healing or vicarious trauma? Facilitator: Nicole Brown…

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January 2019

Ask the experts: Cannabis and psychosis, who is at risk?

January 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Co-hosted by Evidence Exchange Network at Provincial System Support Program, CAMH and Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) Cannabis use carries certain health and social risks, particularly for the developing brain of youth, for individuals with a personal or family history of mental illness, and for those who use it frequently. Estimates indicate that people who use cannabis have a 40% higher risk of psychosis than those who do not use this substance. But who is at risk?

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Psychosocial interventions for people with dementia: past, present and future

January 14 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This presentation will broadly cover the spectrum of psychosocial research in dementia - past, present and future. Dr. Brodaty will summarise the evidence and provide examples of success as well discuss therapies aimed at the person with dementia, the effects of dementia on and interventions for family carers as well as interventions for behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Overall this webinar aims to demonstrate that psychosocial research in dementia has increased in breadth, innovation, quantity, quality and rigour.

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Integrative Medicine and Psychiatry: Does Improving Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep and Stress Management Actually Improve Mental Health?

January 16 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine as “healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies”. This approach to health can lead to greater job satisfaction for mental health professionals and can result in care which is has less potential for harm and is more efficacious and cost effective. This workshop will…

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