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Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (New Standard)

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Public Review!

You have from September 6, 2019 to November 6, 2019 to share your insights, opinions, suggestions and guidance.


We NEED a Post-secondary Counsellor Voice!

Counsellors, this is our chance to shape post-secondary student mental health. You can provide feedback as a group or as individuals.

Click Here for Access to the Standard

Please share this link with your colleagues and other stakeholders across Canada.

This is our chance to make a difference!


Check out THIS TAB

on the OCC-CCCO Website for even more information!


Research Participation Request: Post-Secondary Counsellors

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Hello Colleagues!

There is an incredible and passionate student member on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) committee (post-secondary mental health) that I am on, who is conducting research for his PhD and would like counsellors from post-secondary institutions from across Canada to participate.

Please consider participating and supporting his research. This is a great opportunity to share our experience and have an influence on the future directions in our field.

Click Here for More Information About the Study

Email invitation:


We are writing to inform you of a study our team is conducting, involving the development of a mental health self-screening tool for University students, called HEARTSMAP-U. Dr. Quynh Doan, a clinician-scientist at the BC Children’s Hospital, and her team are working with students and clinicians to develop a self-assessment and guidance tool to help students better identify and address their mental health needs. Our aim is for this tool to be relevant and meaningful to students, and safe and comfortable for them to use.

If you are a clinician who provides mental health support to post-secondary students in Canada, we welcome your participation in this study. Your participation would provide feedback on the clinical content validity of the tool and ensure it captures the range and severity of psychosocial stressors young adults experience in post-secondary education.

If you choose to participate, you will first review and complete an online consent form. Then, you will receive an email with a participation link, where you will watch a short 4-minute instructional video and then complete your review of the tool. This is expected to take less than one hour, and you will receive a $60.00 gift card as a token of appreciation for your time and support. If you choose to complete the optional component (additional 15-20-minutes), you will receive an additional $20.00 gift card for your generous contribution.  

For more information or to arrange to participate, please contact our team at 



Gender Based Violence Work in Context: Addressing Structural Violence and Promoting Agency

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Save the Date

Bringing together diverse perspectives from leading researchers, community justice activists, and front-line service providers.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, London, Ontario

Registration opens August, 2019


You’re invited to the 20th Annual Mental Health Conference!

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George Brown College’s Student Success Division and the Center for Preparatory and Liberal Studies are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Mental Health Conference that will discuss Mental Health & Technology: Exploring Possibilities for our Well-being.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
9 am – 4 pm
St. James Campus – 290 Adelaide St. East

Join us for an inspiring and engaging day of learning!


OCC AGM 2019: There’s Still Time to Register!

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What Will Be Happening at the AGM:

Knowledge Exchange

As a part of the AGM we will be facilitating a Knowledge Exchange
We are looking for presenters who would be interested in providing a brief presentation on the following topics:

  • Counselling Innovations at your College
  • Stepped-Care Model
  • Supervision and Peer Supervision
  • Sabbatical

If you are interested in providing a brief presentation at the AGM, please contact the OCC PD Liaisons: Lavlet Forde or Maheen Sayal by Monday May 6th   ​

Registration Details

To register and for more information about the AGM, click on the link below.

OCC Annual General Meeting


Monday May 13th from 9 – 2:30pm

at the

CCVPS Conference @ Mohawk College

Room i126, i-Wing, Fennell Campus, 135 Fennell Ave. W, Hamilton, ON


There is NO COST to attend the AGM and LUNCH will be included

To register and for more information about the AGM, please click on the link: 

To Register




Survey: Request for Participation

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Dear Colleagues

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) is implementing an exciting project that aims to support mental health programs and services being offered on Ontario public college and university campuses to evaluate their efforts.  Over the last couple of years, we have developed a suite of evaluation resources that are targeted to the PSE environment, including a toolkit, webinars and resource sheets.

Last year, three campuses also participated in our coaching project. We are now looking for 3 more  mental health programs/services on campuses that are willing looking to enhance their evaluation capacity.  Piloting will involve using the toolkit and other resources to develop and/or implement an evaluation plan.  This evaluation plan will help programs/services learn more about their strengths and areas for growth, and also how their work makes a difference in the lives of students and others.  The project also offers the support of a coach; an evaluation expert in the PSE world that will offer direct, tailored support to programs/services to use the tools and learn about evaluation!

CICMH is hoping for a balance of:

  • Public College and university settings (Ontario only)
  • Urban and rural/remote settings
  • At least one program that involves a collaboration with a community partner.
  • Different types of programs/services (i.e., accessibility offices, student wellness centres, counselling centres)

They also want to consider programs and services that are newer in their journey with evaluation – (i.e.. those that would really benefit from tools/resources and the dedicated support of a champion in order to build their basic capacity). CICMH wants to begin this work by July.

If your college or university is interested in this exciting work please fill out this survey   by May 20, 2019.

Marija Padjen, MSW


Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association — Ontario Division

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8