Latest Event Updates
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
On behalf of Hike Ontario, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, Conservation Ontario, and the Ontario Council of Agencies Service Immigrants, the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario Division is excited to announce that Mood Walks for Campus Mental is now accepting applications from interested Ontario Colleges and Universities.
Funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mood Walks for Campus Mental will help post secondary institutions across Ontario to plan, implement, and evaluate walking/hiking groups to support the physical and mental health of students, including newcomer students who may experiencing additional stress due to settlement challenges, and those at risk of or experiencing mental illness.
Mood Walks offers a significant opportunity to enhance your mental health strategies with an evidence-based low, low barrier physical activity program. Hiking is a fun and low cost activity, research evidence shows that being physically active in nature has significant positive effects on both physical and mental health, and for students supports academic performance.
More detailed information on the program and how to apply can be found at http://www.moodwalks.ca/ or to learn more you may sign up for our webinar at https://campusmentalhealth.ca/webinars/physical-wellness/
If you have any questions please feel free to connect.
Jim Harris MPA
Director of Operations
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z
Tel: 416-977-5580 Ext. 4100 or Toll Free: 1-800-875-6213
Direct Line: 416-642-1903
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)
Learn how to provide STAIR to your patients. STAIR a promising intervention with evidence suggesting that it helps reduce PTSD symptoms, and problems in emotion regulation and social and relationship functioning.
Using STAIR will allow you to teach your patients skills in:
- emotion regulation
- interpersonal functioning
This online STAIR training consists of 8 modules covering several core treatment components. STAIR can be provided as a standalone therapy or as a complement to trauma-focused therapies.
Goals and Objectives
- To become informed about the impact of trauma on emotion regulation and social (interpersonal) functioning
- To be able to identify at least one strategy that increases emotional awareness
- To be able to identify at least three strategies that improve emotion regulation in PTSD patients
- To be able to formulate interpersonal schemas related to problematic social and interpersonal functioning
- To be able to develop and test alternative interpersonal schemas with client
- To learn at least two strategies for effective assertiveness behaviors
- To learn at least one strategy for improving flexibility in interpersonal expectations and behaviors
May 30, 2018 4-5pm PM EST
Professor, Substance Abuse Expert, Criminologist and Behavioural Scientist Geri Bemister joins MindWell-U for a one hour Q & A on how mindfulness helps addicts and their families on their journey to recovery by:
- Teaching them how to stay in the moment without judgement, one day at a time
- Lowering stress which is critical to a drug addict in recovery who is much more sensitive to stress (obvious benefits for the family too)
- Hardwiring happiness so everyone can notice, savour and enjoy the happy moments which can be few and far between
- Boosting the immune system which is compromised by stress and drug & alcohol abuse
May 8, 2018 1 to 2 pm ET
Lyne Moussa joins MindWell-U for a first-hand conversation on how mindfulness benefits organizations and workplace mental health.
Lyne will discuss:
- Journey of integrating mindfulness as a mental health initiative at Coast Capital
- Busting myth: the quest to understand by asking, reading, testing and believing: Courage and Conviction
- Empowering an inherent human ability- recognize the change that is happening to us- unstoppable; sedentary is the new reality, so we need to be deliberate in our own salvation with both physical and mental fitness.
Overseeing all health related inquiries, issues and remedies for productive and happy employees balanced with preventive and fun health initiatives is a daily goal for Lyne Moussa, Manager Wellness, Safety and Disability. With a successful roll-out of a one-day Mental Health workshop for leaders and a 3 hour version for all staff, Lyne Moussa continues to help normalize the conversation empowering employees to lean on support and access resources sooner than later. With a BSc, in Biology, Diploma in Human Resources Management, CPHR, Diploma in Disability and Rehabilitation Management, Certificate in Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace and Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Lyne’s purpose is to enable self-care in others so they can realize the benefits to themselves and all those around them.