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August 2021

Providing Support Remotely: Strategies for Helping From a Distance

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$119

Human beings are built to connect. Our health and resilience are strengthened by interactions with others, which is why it’s natural for us to have a preference for in-person, face-to-face support during times of struggle. However, the realities of COVID-19 and social distancing have forced helpers to adapt how we connect and offer support. This workshop explores the benefits and challenges around supporting others remotely. Practical strategies for how to intentionally engage with others when we are not able to…

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Mental Health Awareness and Support

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$119

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 lead to continued employee well-being. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses, and, most importantly, show how to be a…

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Wellness Strategies: Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Resilience

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In many organizations it is common to find employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. In the helping field, there are additional factors related to the nature of supporting people that can contribute to compassion fatigue or secondary trauma symptoms. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus, motivation, and productivity. This workshop will help participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods for successfully managing stress. Participants will have…

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Wellness Strategies: Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Resilience

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$249

In many organizations it is common to find employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. In the helping field, there are additional factors related to the nature of supporting people that can contribute to compassion fatigue or secondary trauma symptoms. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus, motivation, and productivity. This workshop will help participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods for successfully managing stress. Participants will have…

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Supporting Clients Who Drink Beyond the Recommended Limits

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, happening 3 times

Free – $99

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will enhance the skills of participants to better support clients/patients who drink beyond Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and/or experience alcohol dependency. This course will provide practical, applicable tools for helping professionals to employ in their work. Learning Objectives To become familiar with Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and its functions.To identify the helpers and clients who may benefit from use of the guidelines.To learn about the development of alcohol-use issues including signs,…

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Mindfulness Counselling Strategies: Activating Compassion and Regulation

August 11 @ 10:00 am - August 12 @ 5:00 pm
$459

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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Managing Difficult Phone Calls

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$249

Handling difficult interactions on the phone is a challenging task, especially if the caller is in a heightened state of emotion. For many, the ability to navigate difficult phone conversations with respect and professionalism is an essential workplace skill. This workshop is designed to provide practical strategies for dealing with clients and customers over the phone who are in a heightened emotional state. Participants will learn over-the-phone techniques for de-escalating anger, resolving conflict, and communicating effectively.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Strategies for Supporting

August 12 @ 10:00 am - August 13 @ 5:00 pm
$459

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD. This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support. Participants will transfer newfound knowledge about FASD into practical and meaningful…

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Supporting Clients Who Drink Beyond the Recommended Limits

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, happening 3 times

Free – $99

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will enhance the skills of participants to better support clients/patients who drink beyond Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and/or experience alcohol dependency. This course will provide practical, applicable tools for helping professionals to employ in their work. Learning Objectives To become familiar with Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and its functions.To identify the helpers and clients who may benefit from use of the guidelines.To learn about the development of alcohol-use issues including signs,…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219 – $249

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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Managing Difficult Phone Calls

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$31.99 – $41.99

Handling difficult interactions on the phone is a challenging task, especially if the caller is in a heightened state of emotion. For many, the ability to navigate difficult phone conversations with respect and professionalism is an essential workplace skill. This webinar is designed to provide practical strategies for dealing with clients and customers over the phone who are in a heightened emotional state. Participants will learn over-the-phone techniques for de-escalating anger, resolving conflict, and communicating effectively.

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Addictions and Mental Health: Strategies for Complex Issues

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219 – $249

Many people who experience mental health concerns also live with an addiction. While working with multiple issues at the same time is complicated, recovery from both of these issues is possible with an integrated, person-centred, and trauma-informed approach. This workshop provides a framework for assisting people to move forward with healthy ways of coping. Participants will explore the experience of living with an addiction and mental health concerns, be provided with an understanding of contributing and protective factors, and learn…

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Harm Reduction: A Framework for Change, Choice, and Control

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219 – $249

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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Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength

August 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$31.99 – $41.99

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 webinar explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all parts of an organization.

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Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219 – $249

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including those who engage with our organizations. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. Based on our book, A Little Book About Trauma-Informed Workplaces, this workshop explores five key principles to integrate a trauma-informed approach throughout the organization. By embracing these principles, participants can better contribute to the positive transformation of individuals and relationships affected…

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Diversity and Culture: Strategies for Working with Differences

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219 – $249

When diversity and cultural differences lead to misunderstandings or distrust, they are often viewed as challenges to manage within our work environments. However, they are better viewed as valuable assets to organizational health. This workshop examines specific elements of diversity and culture as they relate to communicating, power differentials, and experiences of discrimination. Participants will learn strategies for working with differences and promoting inclusion in the workplace.

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Countering burnout: Personally, and collectively

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$125

Burnout is a familiar state for many passionate and determined people. It feels like perpetual exhaustion. We know we’ve pushed limits a few times too many, and we feel the price of that. Constant pressure to accomplish more, and faster, with fewer resources is a common contributor in many professional environments. This training outlines what burnout is, why it's so prevalent in today's workplace, and how the pandemic has exacerbated it. We will discuss some of the dominant discourses that…

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September 2021

Psychological Safety in the Workplace

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

Given that the average person spends 60 percent of their time at work, our organizations play a pivotal role in how psychologically safe we feel. A workplace can either protect our psychological health or diminish it. A psychologically safe organization actively strives to both prevent psychological harm and actively boost psychological safety. This workshop provides an overview of the characteristics of a psychologically safe workplace and the roles of both the employee and employer in promoting psychological safety. Participants will…

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Motivational Interviewing: Strategies for Supporting Change

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

It is common for people to struggle and experience ambivalence when considering making a change or when others may be expecting them to make one. When those working in helping roles encounter this ambivalence in their clients, it is often interpreted as resistance and they may feel unable to respond in an effective way. By exploring the framework and strategies of Motivational Interviewing, this workshop will provide new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with.…

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Allyship, Anti-Racism, and White Fragility

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This two-part workshop series will examine the concepts of whiteness and white fragility, with a particular emphasis on the ways they impede our ability to have meaningful and authentic discussions about race. Armed with this knowledge, this workshop aims to help participants examine their own fragility and what they can do differently going forward. This workshop is delivered in two sessions and will involve facilitated learning, as well as large and small group discussions to deepen your understanding. Participants will…

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Youth, Drugs, and the Law

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will provide information and practical skills to anyone in a position of supporting at-risk youth. Participants will gain an understanding of strength-based, trauma-informed, and youth-centered approaches with regards to youth substance use and the law. Additionally, the second session of this workshop series will contain a short presentation and Q&A with a Community Service Officer from the Peterborough Police. Learning Objectives To learn how to assess if a youth may be at-risk of…

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Youth, Drugs, and the Law

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 3 times

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will provide information and practical skills to anyone in a position of supporting at-risk youth. Participants will gain an understanding of strength-based, trauma-informed, and youth-centered approaches with regards to youth substance use and the law. Additionally, the second session of this workshop series will contain a short presentation and Q&A with a Community Service Officer from the Peterborough Police. Learning Objectives To learn how to assess if a youth may be at-risk of…

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Youth, Drugs, and the Law

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will provide information and practical skills to anyone in a position of supporting at-risk youth. Participants will gain an understanding of strength-based, trauma-informed, and youth-centered approaches with regards to youth substance use and the law. Additionally, the second session of this workshop series will contain a short presentation and Q&A with a Community Service Officer from the Peterborough Police. Learning Objectives To learn how to assess if a youth may be at-risk of…

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Challenging Behaviours in Youth: Strategies for Intervention

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviours that interfere with development, learning, or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will review challenging behaviours related to aggression, non-compliance, and attention-seeking, and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviours. Participants will analyze the effectiveness of their current approach and develop insights into what is happening when attempts at intervention do not work. Guidelines for structuring interactions for positive outcomes will be given, and a coaching…

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Youth, Drugs, and the Law

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 3 times

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will provide information and practical skills to anyone in a position of supporting at-risk youth. Participants will gain an understanding of strength-based, trauma-informed, and youth-centered approaches with regards to youth substance use and the law. Additionally, the second session of this workshop series will contain a short presentation and Q&A with a Community Service Officer from the Peterborough Police. Learning Objectives To learn how to assess if a youth may be at-risk of…

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Adapting, Building, Changing: Rethinking Normal in a Post-Pandemic World

September 23 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

OAMHP’s 2nd Annual Conference, Adapting, Building, Changing: Rethinking Normal in a Post-Pandemic World, will be held virtually this fall from September 23 to October 2, 2021. Our conference this year will focus on the topic of the mental health implications of COVID-19. We will also showcase the latest in student psychological research.

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Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$129 – $140

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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Community Living Ontario – 68th Annual Conference “Still In This Together: Expanding Possibilities for Lasting Change”

September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
$80

Community Living Ontario is excited to host the 68th Annual Conference virtually from September 30 to October 1. The theme of this year’s conference is Still In This Together: Expanding Possibilities for Lasting Change. Throughout the past year, we have all had the opportunity to rethink and break out of the status quo. This conference aims to provide an event that will inspire innovation, collaboration and thinking outside of the box.

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Vicarious Trauma: Strategies for Resilience

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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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October 2021

NACIC2021 – 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care

October 4 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm
$250 – $475

The 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will be run as a virtual conference in partnership with the University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH from 4 – 7 October 2021. With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and…

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Motivational Interviewing: Strategies for Supporting Change

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$31.99 – $41.99

It is common for people to struggle and experience ambivalence when considering making a change or when others may be expecting them to make one. When those working in helping roles encounter this ambivalence in their clients, it is often interpreted as resistance and they may feel unable to respond in an effective way. By exploring the framework and strategies of Motivational Interviewing, this webinar will provide new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with.…

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Harm Reduction in Practice

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 3 times

$63.61 – $106.05

An in-depth look at harm reduction as a foundational model for health and social services. This interactive multimedia workshop series will invite participants to engage in several core principles that comprise harm reduction as related to substance use. Through large and small group discussions and various group and individual exercises, participants will cultivate a more concrete understanding of harm reduction and work to develop an assortment of tools and strategies to better implement harm reduction practically in their professional and…

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Harm Reduction in Practice

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 3 times

$63.61 – $106.05

An in-depth look at harm reduction as a foundational model for health and social services. This interactive multimedia workshop series will invite participants to engage in several core principles that comprise harm reduction as related to substance use. Through large and small group discussions and various group and individual exercises, participants will cultivate a more concrete understanding of harm reduction and work to develop an assortment of tools and strategies to better implement harm reduction practically in their professional and…

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Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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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Lateral Violence: Working Towards Solutions for Indigenous Communities & Organizations

October 14 @ 10:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

Lateral violence occurs when harmful behaviours we experience show up in our interactions with others. It is expressed in many forms including lack of trust, favouritism, and poor communication – these issues typically lead to conflict between individuals or within an entire group. Moving beyond the cycle of lateral violence begins with people becoming aware of its causes and impacts. This workshop explores the various dynamics of lateral violence and offers solutions for prevention. Participants will develop better personal awareness…

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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$129 – $149

Dealing with issues related to mental health in the workplace can be challenging and difficult to navigate. It is essential that organizations have the capabilities to manage mental health because early identification and support typically leads to continued productivity and retention of employees. With the right support, people with mental health concerns can thrive in the workplace. This workshop provides a roadmap to help managers participate in conversations with employees who may require support when experiencing difficulties related to mental…

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When All The Time You Have is Now: Walk-in Clinics and Single Session Therapy

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Walk-in clinics and other forms of quick access to services have become a key part of the landscape of service delivery in Ontario as outlined in the policy paper, “No More, No Less: Brief Mental Health Services for Children and Youth" (Duvall, J., Young, K.,Kays-Burden, A.,2012). Narrative therapy ideas and practices provide therapists with ways of quickly engaging people in deeply meaningful and useful conversations. These practices are a perfect fit for settings in which just a brief encounter with…

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Alternate Realities – How to support clients who experience psychosis

October 18 @ 9:00 am - October 19 @ 1:30 pm

This two part, 8 hour webinar provides participants with an experiential and reflective opportunity to learn to support clients who hear voices, or experience other types of alternate realities (visual, tactile, etc. hallucinations) using a client centred, recovery-based theoretical framework. Alternate realities will be explored and defined. Foundational concepts and skills are explored and linked directly to practice.  These are then applied to examples of clients who may experience distressing voices or alternate realities.  The workshop includes a mixture of…

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Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 5:00 pm

The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference aims to advance collaborative and integrated  practice of mental health care in Canadian primary and community care settings. Our scope includes intra-and inter-professional collaboration inclusive of collaboration with clients and caregivers. We value multiple forms of knowledge and ‘evidence’ including scientific knowledge, pragmatic knowledge of front-line healthcare providers and administrators and experiential knowledge of people using mental health services. Throughout the conference we seek to promote dialogue between these different perspectives, sharing insights and innovations that…

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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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Harm Reduction in Practice

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 3 times

$63.61 – $106.05

An in-depth look at harm reduction as a foundational model for health and social services. This interactive multimedia workshop series will invite participants to engage in several core principles that comprise harm reduction as related to substance use. Through large and small group discussions and various group and individual exercises, participants will cultivate a more concrete understanding of harm reduction and work to develop an assortment of tools and strategies to better implement harm reduction practically in their professional and…

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Suicide Intervention Skills: Promoting Life for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

October 21 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

This workshop is facilitated by an Indigenous trainer and blends a Western approach with her unique Indigenous perspective. Working with individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts or impulses is challenging, which is why a broad and diverse approach is needed to prevent and respond to the issue. This workshop explores various insights related to suicide intervention, with a key emphasis on life promotion. Participants will practice the skills needed to identify and assist those at risk of suicide and learn how to…

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Restorative Justice: Facilitating Dialogue

October 26 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
$647 – $719

A restorative justice approach works to repair harm and strengthen communities where wrong has occurred. It seeks to meet the needs of those harmed, while also considering the causes of the wrongful behaviour in order to promote accountability and growth for the one who caused harm. This highly experiential workshop utilizes a trauma-informed approach, and provides frameworks for identifying and responding to the needs of all those who were impacted by the wrong. Participants will be trained in the philosophy…

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Trauma: Counselling Strategies for Healing and Resilience

October 26 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

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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Managing Difficult Phone Calls

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

Handling difficult interactions on the phone is a challenging task, especially if the caller is in a heightened state of emotion. For many, the ability to navigate difficult phone conversations with respect and professionalism is an essential workplace skill. This workshop is designed to provide practical strategies for dealing with clients and customers over the phone who are in a heightened emotional state. Participants will learn over-the-phone techniques for de-escalating anger, resolving conflict, and communicating effectively.

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Geriatric Psychiatry in Challenging Times: Embracing Opportunities for Advocacy, Inclusion and Innovation

October 29 @ 8:00 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to: describe and integrate promising practices in mental health care for older adult populations;identify basic and applied research on the contributors to wellbeing and mental illness in older adult populations; andapply interdisciplinary strategies that promote the mental health of older adult populations.

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November 2021

Motivational Interviewing: Strategies for Supporting Change

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

It is common for people to struggle and experience ambivalence when considering making a change or when others may be expecting them to make one. When those working in helping roles encounter this ambivalence in their clients, it is often interpreted as resistance and they may feel unable to respond in an effective way. By exploring the framework and strategies of Motivational Interviewing, this workshop will provide new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with.…

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Solution-Focused Therapy: Skills for Short-Term Counselling

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

Due to limited resources or time, our role of supporting others as counsellors and helpers is often brief. That is why it is essential to have the skills to explore meaningful goals and achieve practical advancements in a short period of time. Solution-focused therapy (SFT) is a short-term, goal-oriented counselling approach that seeks to help clients by focusing on solutions rather than problems. This workshop provides an overview of the SFT framework and explores its strengths and limitations. Participants will…

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Online Counselling: Strategies to Strengthen Engagement

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$109 – $129

An increasing preference for online counselling sessions has resulted in counsellors needing to learn how to adapt their practice to the online world in an ethical and professional way. This workshop provides practical strategies to enhance engagement and connection, and reviews best practices for online video counselling. Ethical considerations specific to the online counselling experience will be reviewed. Participants will be inspired to creatively use the online medium as a tool to empower change.

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Mental Health Awareness and Support

November 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$109 – $129

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 lead to continued employee well-being. This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses, and, most importantly, show how to be a…

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Ethics of Helping: Boundaries and Relationships

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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, particularly when managing boundaries and relationships. 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…

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Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including those who engage with our organizations. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. Based on our book, A Little Book About Trauma-Informed Workplaces, this workshop explores five key principles to integrate a trauma-informed approach throughout the organization. By embracing these principles, participants can better contribute to the positive transformation of individuals and relationships affected…

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Ontario Psychiatric Association 2021 Mental Health & Addictions Conference

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - November 12 @ 4:30 pm

Conference Presenters: Mike Franklyn, BSc, HBSc, MSc, MD, CCFPWiplove Lamba, MD, FRCPC, Dip ABAM, ISAM (C)Valerie Primeau, MD, FRCPC, OPA Executive, North Bay RAAM Physician Lead Learning Objectives:Upon attending the day, attendees will be able to: Compare and describe current evidence-based pharmacotherapy options for people who use substances in both the withdrawal and maintenance phase, including opiate agonist treatment and anti-craving medicationsCompare and describe psychotherapy principles and available psychosocial treatments for people who use substancesEngage in a discussion around various…

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Certificate in Responding to Trauma and Grief for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

November 15 @ 10:00 am - November 19 @ 5:00 pm
$1299 – $1799

This is an open enrollment public 5-day certificate program for those working in Indigenous communities & organizations. This program blends both Western and Indigenous perspectives, and provides participants an opportunity to develop a set of competencies for effectively responding to people experiencing trauma and grief.

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Community Justice: Transforming Practices in a New World

November 16 @ 8:00 am - November 17 @ 5:00 pm
Free – $75

The Provincial HSJCC Conference is the network’s premiere educational event- bringing together more than 400 professionals from across the human services and justice sector to share promising practices, build cross-sector networks and engage in solutions for the people they serve.

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Addictions and Mental Health: Strategies for Complex Issues

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

Many people who experience mental health concerns also live with an addiction. While working with multiple issues at the same time is complicated, recovery from both of these issues is possible with an integrated, person-centred, and trauma-informed approach. This workshop provides a framework for assisting people to move forward with healthy ways of coping. Participants will explore the experience of living with an addiction and mental health concerns, be provided with an understanding of contributing and protective factors, and learn…

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Harm Reduction: A Framework for Change, Choice, and Control

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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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Violence Threat Assessment: Planning and Response

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

After a violent incident, it is not uncommon to find that people were aware of clues that violence was being planned. This is because most violent incidents often follow an evolutionary process where signs and indicators can be seen. Yet, without a clearly defined process to gather information and assess the situation, violence prevention is extremely difficult. This workshop provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations, and communities become more effective in their management of threats.…

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Gender and Sexual Diversity in Youth

November 23 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

Gender and sexuality are central features of identity development in adolescence. When a person’s internal experience of gender and/or sexuality does not match what would typically be expected of them based on their external appearance, it can cause great distress and difficulty. This workshop explores social and developmental experiences of gender and sexual diverse youth, and shows helpers affirming ways to support youth in these situations and within their identities. Participants will develop an awareness and understanding of the systemic…

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Mindfulness Counselling Strategies: Activating Compassion and Regulation

November 24 @ 10:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

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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Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth: Issues and Strategies

November 30 @ 10:00 am - December 1 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

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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December 2021

Diversity and Culture: Strategies for Working with Differences

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

When diversity and cultural differences lead to misunderstandings or distrust, they are often viewed as challenges to manage within our work environments. However, they are better viewed as valuable assets to organizational health. This workshop examines specific elements of diversity and culture as they relate to communicating, power differentials, and experiences of discrimination. Participants will learn strategies for working with differences and promoting inclusion in the workplace.

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De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

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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Lateral Violence: Working Towards Solutions for Indigenous Communities & Organizations

December 15 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
$429 – $479

Lateral violence occurs when harmful behaviours we experience show up in our interactions with others. It is expressed in many forms including lack of trust, favouritism, and poor communication – these issues typically lead to conflict between individuals or within an entire group. Moving beyond the cycle of lateral violence begins with people becoming aware of its causes and impacts. This workshop explores the various dynamics of lateral violence and offers solutions for prevention. Participants will develop better personal awareness…

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Peer Support: Equipping the Natural Helper

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$229 – $259

When challenges in life occur, people naturally reach out for support from those closest to them – coworkers, friends, and family. Their initial response can go a long way in terms of normalizing the challenge, planning the next steps, and exploring additional resources. Progressive workplaces and communities recognize the importance of being prepared for challenges, and are proactive in better equipping natural helpers with the skills they need to be a supportive resource to others. This workshop explores the support…

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