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May 2019

Roadmaps to Resiliency: Investing in Mental Wellness for Ontario’s Workplaces

May 13 @ 8:00 am - May 17 @ 5:00 pm

Looking for practical skills to bring into your workplace to address mental health? Want to hear from experts about building on-the-job resiliency? Are you a CEO, supervisor or front-line worker trying to support employee mental health? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then save the date and attend Roadmaps to Resiliency: Investing in Mental Wellness for Ontario’s Workplaces on May 13-14, 2019 in downtown Toronto. Hosted by Mental Health Works in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association,…

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Legal Essentials: Principles Governing Consent, Capacity, Confidentiality, Documentation, Mandatory Reporting and The Duty to Warn

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

The workshop will begin with a review of the legal principles governing consent and capacity to consent to treatment, counselling and care. We will then discuss the elements of a valid consent, the role of consent forms, statutory ages of consent, the broad definition of capacity, and the general principles governing the exercise of substitute consent. The second section of the workshop will begin with a discussion of the legal importance of good documentation policies and practices. This will be…

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Grounded in Experience: ​Rebuilding After Trauma and Strategies for Recovery

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada + Google Map

Trauma gives many of us the most explicit possible experience of our humanity. Whether we're working with our own, or that of somebody else, how we listen to and talk about stories of trauma can hold us back or build us anew. Join us with Mark Henick for a very special day long workshop as he explores life after trauma, how he got there, and what he has learned along the way. Mark's TEDx talk on suicide is one of…

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Suggestibility among Individuals with Neurobehavioral and Neurocognitive Disorders: Clinical and Forensic Considerations

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$100

This webinar on Suggestibility among Individuals with Neurobehavioral and Neurocognitive Disorders: Clinical and Forensic Considerations is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Neurobehavioral and neurocognitive disorders may result from brain diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis and dementia), injury (e.g., traumatic brain injuries), or other genetic and environmental causes. These disorders are often characterized by impairments in executive function, memory, behavioral control, and social and adaptive functioning. As a result of these ranging symptoms, neurobehavioral and neurocognitive disorders may predispose an individual to…

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Justice Served Conference – Addictions & the Justice System: “Hope & Recovery”

May 16 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$75 – $90

Learn practical information about supporting individuals involved in the criminal justice system: Learn about leading practices Interactive Workshops Great Networking Opportunity This event will be of interest to mental health and addiction workers, developmental service providers, police, probation officers, social workers, educators, therapists, criminal justice system personnel, consumers, families and municipal/provincial political representatives in Simcoe County and District of Muskoka.

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FASD and the Criminal Justice System: What Can We Do?

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25 – $65

Adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, yet evidence remains limited regarding the best approaches for addressing this problem. Key identified needs include further education for professionals working in criminal justice contexts, and ensuring that policy shifts are evidence-informed. Through a series of presentations, an interdisciplinary panel, and round table discussions, this interactive event will: highlight the diagnostic process for FASD and key clinical characteristics that may lead to problems with…

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Trauma in the Mind’s Eye: Mitigating and Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks and Nightmares

May 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$199 – $219

This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers who provide short-term counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings. Traumatic experiences that are frozen, stuck and unprocessed have the potential to exacerbate and generalize stress reactions. We will learn what causes certain memories to become traumatic. We will review the neurobiology of stress on memory systems and cognitive distortions that sear trauma responses in the nervous system. Some memories are based on fear, helplessness and horror, and others memories are…

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7th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference

May 26 @ 8:30 am - May 28 @ 4:30 pm

The Addictions and Mental Health Conference is the province’s largest annual gathering of addiction and mental health workers, researchers, policy makers and knowledge brokers. The 7th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference is taking place May 26, 27 and 28 at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto (1 Harbour Castle).

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Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For those who work in a helping role, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Complicating matters is that difficult dynamics in the relationship are often amplified by different styles of communicating. This workshop reviews what contributes to these challenges, including the intra-personal, inter-personal, and organizational factors. By looking at case studies, participants will learn how to alter their interactions with clients they find difficult in order to transform unhealthy relational…

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Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada + Google Map

For those who work in a helping role, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Complicating matters is that difficult dynamics in the relationship are often amplified by different styles of communicating. This workshop reviews what contributes to these challenges, including the intra-personal, inter-personal, and organizational factors. By looking at case studies, participants will learn how to alter their interactions with clients they find difficult in order to transform unhealthy relational…

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Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

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

For those who work in a helping role, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Complicating matters is that difficult dynamics in the relationship are often amplified by different styles of communicating. This workshop reviews what contributes to these challenges, including the intra-personal, inter-personal, and organizational factors. By looking at case studies, participants will learn how to alter their interactions with clients they find difficult in order to transform unhealthy relational…

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June 2019

Getting Grounded

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In direct service work we often work with clients who are stuck or trapped in complicated emotional and social situations, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, helpless and angry or scared. We may not be able to help them turn these difficulties around in the short run. Clients then face having to dig in and struggle through whatever adversity comes their way or sink under the strain. Using recent neurological research and proven stress reduction methods, this workshop will provide practical tools…

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The Teenage Brain Under Construction

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University Over the past decade neuroscience has finally been able to shed light on why teenagers do the things they do! This presentation will explore what has been learned about brain development and how the environment and experience plays a key role in this development. The rise of mental illness among our Canadian youth, risk taking, novelty seeking, and risk of substance abuse will be explored. This…

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Suggestibility and Confabulation: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Forensic Mental Health and Legal Professionals

June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$100

This webinar on Suggestibility and Confabulation: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Forensic Mental Health and Legal Professionals is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Two distinct distortions are suggestibility and confabulation. Suggestibility is defined as the acceptance of inaccurate information from an external source as truth, which is subsequently integrated into memory. In contrast, confabulation is the generation of a new memory to fill an existing gap in memory. Both types of memory distortions can be minor or major in…

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Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice: Understanding & Treating Insecure Adult Attachment

June 6 @ 9:00 am - June 7 @ 4:00 pm
$349 – $379

Relationships with caregivers in the early years have a profound influence on an adult’s self-perceptions, perception of others and his/her capacity for healthy intimate relationships. Adults with secure attachments and healthy adult relationships usually had early experiences of consistent nurturing and care from parents or caregivers. Adults with insecure attachments and unhealthy relationships, on the other hand, usually had early experiences of inconsistent nurturing, rejection or even severe neglect and abuse. The good news is that adults with insecure attachments…

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North American Refugee Health Conference

June 14 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm

The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest refugee health conference of its kind globally, and offers access to recent research, best practices in refugee health, and a great opportunity for networking. The 2019 conference will be held in Toronto from June 14-16. While mass migration has been present since the beginning of mankind, the world is witnessing unprecedented migration of populations to countries throughout Europe and to the southern borders of Canada and the United States. As…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada + Google Map
$209 – $235

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 experiences and become aware of the signs of both…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$209 – $235

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 experiences and become aware of the signs of both…

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Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$209 – $235

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 experiences and become aware of the signs of both…

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Justice and Mental Health Workshop

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop will help you learn tips to better navigate the mental health and criminal justice systems. Learn how to help a loved one with mental illness to avoid conflict with the criminal justice system and how to help them if they have been arrested for a crime. Presenters: Kaelen Boyd (Schizophrenia Society of Ontario), Rhona Zitney and Jorge Zelaya (Fred Victor). Register now. Space is limited. To learn more about this event or register, please visit EVENTS at www.schizophrenia.on.ca…

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