Hello OCC Community!
Our OCC-CCCO executive would like to encourage you to SAVE THE DATE of Monday December 3rd for this year’s Joint Regional Meeting. This fall our JRM will be held at Colleges Ontario in Toronto (20 Bay Street, Suite 1600, Toronto)
Further registration details will be forthcoming, but we are looking forward to connecting with colleagues at our annual JRM.
We are also very pleased to share with you that
Jamie Warren and Laraine Halewill be facilitating the PD on
“Adjusting Our Cultural Lens:
Practicing Indigenous Cultural Safety”
at the Joint Regional Meeting
(Elder Elaine Berwald – White Northern Lights Woman, Aniishnaabe, Mi’Kmaq, Métis)
This workshop aims to support counsellors to increase their individual self-awareness for the purposes of creating culturally safe spaces for First Nations, Métis, & Inuit post-secondary students. Facilitators will introduce basic concepts of cultural safety and take a trauma-informed approach to highlighting the ongoing impacts of historical and contemporary colonization on Turtle Island (North America). Embedded with Indigenous ways of knowing, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as healthcare professionals and as Canadians in the reconciliation process.
The JRM will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other counsellors and learn from an amazing PD.
Further information and registration details are to follow and registration will open at the end of OCTOBER, in the meanwhile the OCC Executive hopes that you will be able to join us, so please SAVE THE DATE!
Lavlet Forde, MA. RP.
Counsellor / OCC PD Liaison
George Brown College, St. James Campus
416.415.5000 ext. 3770
Cannabis on Campus: Now What?
George Brown College Financial Services Building
290 Adelaide St. East, Toronto, Ontario
Friday, June 29th, 2018
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Doors open at 8:00 am
Cannabis on Campus: What Now?
Annual Mental Health Conference presented by the Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies and Student Success of George Brown College, with sponsorship from the RBC Foundation.
On June 29, join us for a day of knowledge sharing and dialogue.
Learn more about cannabis use and how the upcoming legislation may impact our campuses and our communities.
You’ll hear from a range of speakers sharing their expertise on supporting students for maximum mental health and well-being.
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health will be launching their Cannabis Guidelines and Recommendations for Ontario’s Campuses Toolkit.
Resources, lunch, prizes, and more!
Full conference details available at www.georgebrown.ca/mental-health-conference.
*Early Bird Registration until June 12th 5:00 p.m.*
Early Bird General Registration Fee: $90.00 +HST per ticket
Early Bird Student Registration Fee: $40.00 + HST per ticket
After June 12th, 2018 fees are as follows:
General Registration Fee: $120.00 + HST
Student Registration Fee: $60.00 + HST
Morning refreshments, lunch, door prizes, community resources, and a chance to network with colleagues are included!
Deadline for all registrations is June 25th at 5 p.m.
Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space permits.
All registration fees are non-refundable.
For payments by cheque, please contact Erika Ortegon at 416.415.5000, ext.2548 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit only one registration form per person.
59 years of Personal and Professional Development
July 8-12, 2018
The Annual Institute on Addiction Studies offers professional development and learning opportunities to those working and involved in substance use and related fields. All workshops and presentations attended at the Annual Institute on Addiction Studies conference are preapproved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF).
This year’s annual Institute features the following presentations:
- “Adult Attachment and Addiction” Annette Kussin MSW, RSW
- “PTSD & Substance Use: Medicine or Menace?”: Wendi Woo MA, C.Psych. Associate Harry Vedelago MSc, MD, FCFP, ABAM
- “The Counter-Transference ‘Trap’ within the Therapeutic Process of Addictions and Mental Health” Ian Robertson MSW, RSW
- “Addiction Treatment: What Do We Know and What We Can Do With it” Gabriela Novotna MSW, PhD
- “Managing Clients with Borderline Personality”: Beth Reade MD, FRCPC
- “Substance Use during the Life Cycle of Sexual Violence” Leah Marshall, MSW, RSW, Lauren Bloom, MSW, LGSW
- “Drugs and the Brain:An Introduction on How Psychoactive Substances Actually Change You” Rick Csiernik PhD, RSW, CCAC
- Workshops on Supporting the Bereaved, the challenges faced by Trans identified people accessing services, family and addictions, yoga for recovery and wellness, stages of change and many more.
- Keynote Speaker: Frank O’Dea O.C. LLD, “The Power of Hope, Vision and Action”
- Plenary Session Speaker: Chris D. Lewis: “Only the Resilient Will Survive”.
Ivey Spencer leadership Centre, London, ON
It seems we’re always in a dance between the uneventful day, the comfortable and supposedly safe choices and the inner longing for change, newness and all the discomfort that can bring. Each day is an opportunity to make that choice. We thrive when we have a good balance of both. Consistency and the ability to just hang in, to persevere, is important, but when it becomes our only mode, we get antsy. The pull to shake things up arises. Creating balance between these two states is the ticket to a satisfying life.
Pleasure is associated with the pull to shake things up. I have spoken before about the how pleasure often involves some form of risk taking. In fact, the more I work with pleasure I see that making pleasure a significant focus for your life is a radical act. This week’s blog post speaks to this. Along with a poem from my pleasure collection. Words to inspire you to pleasure.
If you work supporting others to develop and change, whither in organizations, or in private practice, I’d like to show you how to use a pleasure lens to both ground and inspire your client’s. Pleasure is a medicine that can bring healing and resiliency. Join me Saturday, May 26th for an Unlock Pleasure professional development day.
Spring blessings, Madeline
Unlock Pleasure – Why We Need Pleasure to Heal and Find Wholeness – For Professionals
Saturday May 26th, 2018.
From 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This day workshop is an introduction to the teaching of Unlock Pleasure for professionals. The presentation will focus on a treatment approach and skill development. In this workshop you will learn:
- How to use pleasure to support clients to an increased orientation to positivity and why this matters
- Understand the relevance of using positive resources through a somatic approach
- How pleasure can be used in application to the treatment of trauma
- Learning how a focus on pleasure can build neuropaths ways for emotional well-being, increased relational capacity and creativity
For more information, please click here.
Join me next winter for an 8-day retreat to meet and experience the ancient healing traditions of the indigenous medicine women of Oaxaca Province, Mexico. We’ll spend time in the mountains and then travel on to the coast in this 8-day excursion, in beautiful, diverse, Oaxaca Mexico. A consciousness altering experience, where you step outside your familiar ways, to be immersed in the elements of the land, the people, to travel back to a time to where everything is sacred. Details to follow in May.
The World Within: Hummingbirds and the Inner Journey
Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Presented by Laurene Winkler, H.B. Mus.B.Ed, SEP, OACCPP, this workshop will be an exploration of external and internal landscapes of human experience, inviting awareness of non-conscious messages in the body that are expressed through feelings, thoughts, motivations, choices – an integrative approach for a deeper and enriched experience of being alive. Lunch included. Payment in advance is required to reserve a spot: $55. For more information and to register, please email: email@example.com.
Invitation for stories
Will you share your stories about pleasure with me? You can send your stories directly to me. Or email and we can chat about any questions or concerns you may have about anonymity or the hows of writing a short offering. Don’t worry about it being polished – I can edit and send it back to you for final approval. Just get that pen to paper!
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people in Canada and beyond (Kutcher & Szumilas, 2008). Many youth suicide prevention programs have been developed in response to this concerning trend, ranging in focus from school-based curriculum and awareness campaigns for all youth, to those that focus specifically on high-risk groups. Many of these programs are intended to strengthen protective factors, which are those that reduce the risk of suicide, such as social connectedness, self-esteem, ability to adapt to changing environments, and problem-solving skills, to name but a few (Suicide Prevention Resource Centre [SPRC], 2011).However, the majority of these programs to date have been developed and delivered to youth, rather than by youth (Lindquist-Grantz, 2018).
Wisdom to Action brought together youth, researchers, service providers, government officials, Elders and health care providers from coast to coast to coast in February 2018 in Vancouver to start sharing what works in youth-led suicide prevention and to consider issues related to programs and projects. This webinar will provide an overview of emergent research on youth-led suicide prevention and results from the W2A event. Participants will also learn about the work of the Embrace Life Council and We Matter.