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March 2019

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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Domestic Sex Trafficking of Youth: Trauma Informed Intervention and Prevention

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

At the end of the presentation, participants will: • Have an increased awareness of the misconceptions of domestic sex trafficking • Have an increased knowledge and awareness of domestic sex trafficking

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April 2019

Breakfast with the Chiefs: Helen Angus, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

April 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast with the Chiefs is an educational session that provides invited “Chief Executives” the opportunity to share new ideas, policies and/or best practices with colleagues. Our speakers are CEOs, notable researchers, cabinet ministers, deputies, or leaders from the academic community. The briefings are 60 minutes long, concise and to the point. A full web version may be made available on after the live presentation.

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Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Schools and Communities

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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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations [Toronto]

April 9 @ 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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The 2019 Legal Guide to Privacy & Information Management in Healthcare

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

Privacy breaches can result in significant reputational risk, regulatory investigations, and costly litigation. Recent high-profile cases dealing with personal health information highlight how critical this issue has become for healthcare professionals and organizations. If you are a healthcare risk manager, privacy officer, director of care/professional practice, a lawyer advising on privacy and information management issues, nurse or nurse educator, you must have a current understanding of the key issues and how to deal with them.

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7th National Conference on Indigenous Criminal Justice Post Gladue

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

April 23, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Gladue. Join an experienced, multi-disciplinary faculty from across Canada to discuss what’s working, what isn’t working and what the priorities should be moving forward. If you work with Indigenous people involved in the justice system, this is an important event that you should not miss. Where is the Canadian justice system 20 years post the Gladue SCC decision? Gladue and parole ;…

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Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

April 24 @ 9:00 am - April 25 @ 4:00 pm

Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed. Protective steps for enhancing helper wellbeing are also provided. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with…

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Drug Treatment Court: Essentials for Lawyers and Treatment Providers

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

As one of the therapeutic courts in Canada's criminal justice system, Drug treatment Courts aim to help reduce crime and substance abuse. Whether you are Crown Attorney, defence counsel or treatment provider, this new program will give you the insight you need to fully appreciate the potential value of this problem-solving court. In this new program, you’ll hear from all parties involved in the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) process and gain a comprehensive understanding of the intersection between justice and…

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Mental Health Awareness and Support

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

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. It is essential that organizations build capacity to support those with mental health concerns because early identification and support typically leads to continued employee wellbeing. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and, most importantly, how to be a support.…

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May 2019

AdvantAge Ontario Annual General Meeting and Convention

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 8 @ 5:00 pm

Advancing Senior Care Join us to celebrate 100 years of advancing senior care! Our annual convention is the largest gathering of senior staff from not-for-profit long term care homes, seniors’ housing and community service organizations across Ontario.

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Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses.…

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Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care Workshop: When the Well is Dry

May 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

To celebrate Mental Health week (May 6-12), CMHA Toronto will be presenting a workshop on "When the Well is Dry: Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care: " In this lively and interactive workshop we will: -define compassion fatigue and discuss how it looks and feels -explore risk factors for compassion fatigue -utilize an individual self-assessment tool to reflect on our own compassion satisfaction, stress and fatigue -explore some of the challenges to self-care -share and discuss a variety of self-care strategies -consider…

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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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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 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

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 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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July 2019

Brief Focused Counselling Skills – Strategies from Leading Frameworks

July 16 @ 9:00 am - July 17 @ 4:00 pm
$399 – $445

Due to limited resources and time, brief counselling interventions that are effective and efficient are becoming more in demand. This workshop is designed to move beyond general counselling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base and current skill set. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of Cognitive Behavioural, Strengths-Based, Narrative, and Solution-Focused counselling frameworks. Practical strategies and techniques from each of these frameworks will be explored, accompanied with experiential opportunities to…

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September 2019

Mental Health For All – Connection Interrupted: Restoring Mental Health in a Fractured World

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 25 @ 5:00 pm

The Mental Health for All (MH4A) Conference plays a unique role in uniting the people and ideas that exemplify mental health in Canada. Now in its fourth year, the MH4A Conference is an important place of convergence, where service providers, front-line workers, researchers, funders, policy makers and people with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses come together to set the agenda. The theme of this year’s conference is Connection Interrupted: Restoring Mental Health in a Fractured World. Together…

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Recovery Capital Conference

September 26 @ 8:00 am - September 27 @ 5:00 pm

After a highly successful first year, Recovery Capital (RC-TO) is returning September 26th – 27th with the most innovative two-day event designed to provide accessible, accredited, and multi-disciplinary professional education on the latest innovations in the fields of addiction and recovery with a focus on Recovery Capital. Recovery Capital is defined as the breadth and depth of internal and external resources that can be drawn upon to initiate and sustain recovery from alcohol and other drug problems. The second annual…

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November 2019

EPION Conference 2019: Partners in Practice and Progress

November 19 @ 8:00 am - November 20 @ 5:00 pm

The EPION conference will highlight and explore innovative and promising practices in early psychosis intervention. We will also recognize and honour the clinical, research and peer initiatives of our EPI programs as well as the ongoing work of EPION itself.

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Canadian Violence Link Conference

November 21 @ 8:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm

Humane Canada's Canadian Violence Link Conference is an innovative, ground-breaking conference that examines the link between violence against human beings and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intersect. In 2017, we brought together 203 professionals from 10 key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of violence. This was the first time a national conference of this kind happened in…

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