Latest Event Updates
Trust this email finds you well. It is once again time to think about honouring the great work of our colleagues through the annual OCC/CCCO awards. I personally love the opportunity OCC provides to recognize the good work we all do in in the Ontario College system. In my first year at Sheridan, I really appreciated the opportunity to recognize and nominate my colleague and mentor, Sandra Hornby, for her hard work and dedication to the lives of the students and staff alike here at Sheridan College and hope you will consider doing the same.
The “OCC/CCCO Award of Excellence for Counselling Practice” honours counsellors who demonstrate excellence and innovation in the provision of counselling services, and who have significantly contributed to student success at their college.
The “OCC/CCCO Leadership Award” recognizes the outstanding contribution and/or leadership of an individual or individuals working within the Ontario Community College system.
We know there are many counsellors doing great work in our college system, and celebrating our successes is a key part of job satisfaction. It is so important for counsellors to be recognized for their efforts and your nomination may be just the boost that a colleague needs. Celebrating our work is one of the rewarding parts of our jobs!
Please consider taking the time to nominate someone who is doing outstanding work at your college and deserving of one of these awards. This year the awards will be presented at our OCC/CCCO AGM on May 13th at Mohawk College.
Below please find the award descriptions and nomination process. The OCC/CCCO website link for this information is below:
The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26, 2019.
Please send nominations to your Regional Rep:
Darryl MacNeil, Confederation College
Phone: (807) 475-6438
Audrey Rosa, Algonquin College
Phone: 613.727.4723 ext. 5432
Maheen Sayal, Sheridan College
Phone: 905.459.7533 ext. 2891
Candice Lawrence, Fanshawe College
Phone: 519.452.4430 ext. 4307
Jamie Warren, Niagara College
Phone: 905-735-2211 x 6438
Thanks for your contributions! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or your regional rep.
Maheen Sayal, MSW, RSW
Counsellor, Student Services
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
7899 McLaughlin Rd., Brampton
Our next Toronto Forum is coming up on March 21, 2019 at Centennial College.
This is a great opportunity for you to connect with local campuses and community organizations working with post-secondary students. If you are interested in learning more or presenting, please contact Mahreen at firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration information:
Uncovering Resilience in Students with Mental Health Concerns: A Case Study
Learn how to create an aspirational resilience program for students with mental health concerns.
In today’s higher education landscape, a growing number of students are struggling with decreasing resilience, which frequently harms their academic performance and collegiate experience. As this trend continues to prevail, there is a growing realization that student resilience must be discussed holistically, with special focus on mental health. Well-being and resilience should be considered as critical components of a student’s academic and vocational success.
In response to this issue, a handful of institutions are leading the way in creating and implementing innovative programs that address the relationship between mental health and resilience—by helping students improve skills related to emotional fortitude, grit, and social support.
Join us for this webcast to learn how UMass Amherst has developed a new evidence and strengths-based healthcare program to enhance students’ resilience skills and help them flourish even in the face of mental illness. Participants will learn both short and long-term ways to implement a similar program on their respective campuses.
I am writing to announce that Dr. Jill Rathus will be conducting a 2-day clinical workshop at Ryerson University entitled Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Dr. Rathus (Professor of Psychology, Long Island University/CW Post Campus) is a leading expert on DBT for adolescents (she co-developed the treatment, and has published a number of books on related topics).
The workshop will be held on Monday April 29 and Tuesday April 30, 2019.
As usual, we are using a secure online registration site. Proceeds from this workshop go to support our graduate students’ travel to present their research at conferences.
For the brochure (with a complete description) for this workshop, you can find it HERE.
The link to the online registration site is provided in the brochure, or you can find it HERE
Thanks to PhD students Victoria Ingram and Bailee Malivoire for their work in planning this event, and to the Jackman Foundation for their generous support. If you have any questions or challenges related to the registration process, please contact Tori and Bailee through our workshops email address, email@example.com.
Finally, please forward to anyone who might be interested.
Martin M. Antony, PhD, FRSC, ABPP
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Psychology, Ryerson University
President-Elect, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Department of Psychology, Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 Canada
Tel: 416-979-5000, ext. 2631 (after pressing “1”)
The Centre for Innovation for Campus Mental Health will be hosting a full day Evaluation Capacity Training Session featuring Dr. Debbie Chiodo from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program on March 5th, 2019. The session will be geared toward front-line staff and managers who are currently or in the near future embarking in an evaluation project of their programs, services or mental health strategy.
Please note this FREE event is for college and university campuses only. Registration is found https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cicmh-evaluation-day-tickets-54664844020.
To help us make this event as helpful as possible. Please take a few minutes to fill in this survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CICMHEvaluation101
Please contact Marija if you have any questions.
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
Follow us on Twitter @CMHInnovation
Hello OCC-CCCO Community!
Registration is now open for the OCC Joint Regional Meeting
- Date: Monday December 3rd
- Time: 9am – 4pm
- Location: Colleges Ontario, 20 Bay Street, Suite 1600 (Toronto)
- Registration: fee is $30.00 and includes lunch too!
The JRM will be a great opportunity to meet other counsellors and learn from an amazing PD. Please click on the link below to register for this great event!
Registration will be open until Wednesday November 28th!
Request for Interest (RFI): The Mental Health Commission of Canada invites organizations and groups to express interest in helping to inform a new Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (CSA Z2003 Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students)
Deadline: January 31, 2019
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
Canada Career Month (CCM) is almost here!
The 2018 CCM theme for November 2018 is “I Know I Can Because” which focuses on building resiliency and identifying personal strengths and resources within ourselves which can help build success! Throughout the month, Canadians will be invited to share their skills on social media using the hashtag #iknowicanbecause. You can learn more about how to get involved in CCM at careermonth.ca.
When you tweet your message, please you these hashtags #IKNOWICANBECAUSE and #CareerMonth as much as possible to spread the word!
In addition to the social media campaign, perhaps you are already planning a campus outreach that lends itself to the theme of building resiliency. If so, please feel free to use the resources which are attached. (including posters and social media logos.)
Finally, we can post your event on the national career month web site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Many thanks everyone, have a great weekend, and Happy Canada Career Month!
Judith E. MacKinnon, M.A., M.Ed., C.C.C.
Counsellor, Student Services Career Education
Davis Campus, B230
7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton, Ontario
905-459-7533, x 5191
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Career Month Resources: