Past Presentations

April 20, 2017 - Webinar #14 - Recovery-oriented Practice and Immigrant and Refugee Populations

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Description: Immigrants and refugees make up a large part of Canada’s population, yet too many people from these communities face significant barriers to seeking or obtaining mental health services. People from diverse backgrounds can have different values and traditions that inform approaches to mental health, for some, the importance placed on promoting autonomy and self-direction within recovery-oriented practice may appear to be in tension with their own emphasis on family and community connections. Responsiveness to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities requires capacity-building at all levels – systems, organizations and practice. Join Dr. Robert Whitley from McGill University along with Janet McAllister from the Seeds of Change project to learn more about research and programs helping to address gaps in knowledge and service delivery for these populations.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Robert Whitley, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor,
McGill University, Department of Transcultural Psychiatry

Janet McAllister, Equity and Engagement Lead,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 

April 6, 2017 - Webinar #13 - Introduction to the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice (French only)

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Description: In collaboration with the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) this webinar will discuss recovery in mental health and introduce the MHCC’s Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. 

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Howard Chodos
Former MHCC Director, Mental Health Strategy and lead author to the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

Sylvain d’Auteuil
Mental Health Advocate and co-author of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice


February 16, 2017 – Webinar #12 – Incorporating the Family Voice into Recovery-Oriented Care

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Incorporating the Family Voice into Recovery-Oriented Care

Description: There is growing recognition that family caregivers – whether relatives or people chosen from a larger circle of support – can provide emotional, social and material support critical to quality of life and recovery.   Join the St.Joesph’s Family Advisory Council and AMI-Québec to discuss how they have integrated the family voice into the development and implementation of their recovery-oriented services.   

Guest Speakers:

Ella Amir,
Executive Director
Ami Québec

Laurel Lamarre
Family Council Liaison
St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Family Representatives
Family Advisory Council
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
 

Januray 19, 2017 – Webinar #11 - Integrating Peer Support With Integrity

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Integrating Peer Support With Integrity

Description: There is a growing body of evidence for the effectiveness of peer support in recovery. Peers bring experiential expertise that can help shape the mental health system and provide a valued, recovery-oriented, community based approach to services and supports. Join the Ontario Peer Development Initiative to learn more about the crucial role peer support plays in the continuum of recovery, and how programs can incorporate it with integrity.

Guest Speakers:

Deb Sherman
Executive Director
Ontario Peer Development Initiative

Allan Strong SSW, RSSW
Team Lead, Skills For Safer Living
Self Help
CMHA Waterloo Wellington 
 

November 17, 2016 – Webinar #10 - A New Way of Measuring Recovery: Personal Recovery Outcome Measure

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A New Way of Measuring Recovery: Personal Recovery Outcome Measure

Description: Consistent measurement and evaluation of recovery practices remains a common challenge within the mental health field.  Join Dr. Skye Barbic in a discussion on the use and implementation of the Personal Recovery Outcome Measure (PROM) how measurement can inform evidence-based meaningful care.    Hear from Mimi Rennie about how the PROM has been implemented at CMHA Vancouver – Fraser Branch.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Skye Barbic,
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy,
Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Mimi Rennie,
Peer Services Program Manager,
CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch 

 

October 20, 2016 - Webinar #9 - An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning

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An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning

Description: Join Dr. Janis Tondora to learn about person-centered planning and its importance in recovery-oriented practice. As an emerging practice in mental health systems, person-centered planning has presented some administrative and practical challenges, while emerging as a core and essential component of recovery-oriented care. Dr. Tondora will probe some of the common concerns and provide practical guidance regarding both the process and documentation of person-centered plans.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Janis Tondora,
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Yale University School of Medicine

 

September 15, 2016 - Webinar #8 - Recovery Education Centres – STAR Learning Centre

 

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Recovery Education Centres – STAR Learning Centre

Description: Join staff and members from the STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto to learn about recovery education centres. The program at STAR is designed to help people transition from homelessness to housing, while helping members to (re)discover activities that are meaningful to them and provide them with the skills they need to maintain stable housing.

Guest Speaker:

Brian Nichol, Team Leader
STAR Learning Centre

Samuel Gruszecki
Peer Support Specialist, STAR Learning Centre

David Nolting
STAR member/student

 

July 21, 2016 - Webinar #7 - Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis: Spotlight on First Nations

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Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis: Spotlight on First Nations

Description: There is common ground between recovery principles and shared Indigenous understandings of wellness that provides a rich opportunity for learning and for strengthening mental health policy and practice. Hear about the development of this guideline and how Bill Hill is incorporating key learnings with First Nations through his work as an ACT team member in London, ON. Future webinars will spotlight on Inuit and Métis.

Guest Speaker:

Mary Bartram
PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University

Bill Hill
Aboriginal Clinical Practice Advisor Social Worker, London ACT II

Donna Lyons
Indigenous Health Specialist, Champlain Local Health Integration Network

 

June 16, 2016 - Webinar #6 - Responding to the Diverse Needs of Everyone Living in Canada

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Responding to the Diverse Needs of Everyone Living in Canada

Description: This webinar will discuss how recovery-oriented practice is about appreciating the rich diversity of Canada’s population in order to better respect the choices people make throughout their recovery process and determine how best to adapt services to meet their needs.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Howard Chodos, PhD
Former Director, Mental Health Strategy
Lead Author of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

 

May 27, 2016 - Webinar #5 - Recovery Occurs in the Context of One’s Life

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Recovery Occurs in the Context of One’s Life

Description: This webinar will explore the Guidelines required for recovery-oriented practice to address the multiple factors that contribute to mental health problems and illnesses. Even though recovery is a personal journey, it happens in the context of a person’s life, intersecting with family, friends, communities and social responsibilities.  Join our guest speakers Katherine Stewart and Regina Casey to learn more about advancing recovery-oriented practice.

Guest Speakers:

Katherine Stewart, OT Reg. (Ont.) is the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Coordinator for St. Joseph’s Care Group, Thunder Bay. As the PSR Coordinator she provides training and development in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery models of practice across the spectrum of mental health services.  She is a PSR/RPS Canada Board Member and a senior editor for the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.

Regina Casey, manages a Graduate Diploma in Recovery-oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) and the British Columbia PSR Advance practice at Douglas College, BC. She is also clinical assistant faculty in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC.

Currently, Regina has the privilege of being a post-doctoral student with the Africa Mental Health Foundation in Kenya, helping to develop a social business and health and employee wellness toolkit with and for persons with mental illness. 

 

April 21, 2016 - Webinar #4 - Recovery is Personal

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Recovery is Personal

Description: This webinar will discuss the importance of strong working alliances between providers and people with lived experience, holistic approaches to recovery, affirming autonomy and focusing on strengths and personal responsibility. 

Guest Speaker:

Fiona Wilson is the Professional Practice Lead for Peer Support and the Manager of Patient and Family Collaborative Support Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She trains and consults on recovery-oriented care, peer support, trauma-informed care and stigma. As a person with lived experience, Fiona has been a strong advocate and educator within the mental health system for over two decades.

Brian McKinnon is the Community Development Coordinator with Alternatives, a counselling service in Toronto. He is a family member of a psychiatric intervention survivor and a long-time ally of the psychiatric survivor movement. Brian works with survivors, families and professionals to initiate and coordinate events to explain and promote the recovery approach, exploring alternatives to the medical model.


March 17, 2016 - Webinar #3 - Transforming Services and Systems

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Transforming Services & Systems

Description: This webinar will discuss the importance of transforming services and systems.

Guest Speaker: The guest speaker for this webinar is Dr. Ian Dawe, Physician-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.


February 18, 2016 - Webinar #2 - Conveying a Culture of Hope and Empowerment

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Conveying a Culture of Hope and Empowerment

Description: This webinar will discuss how to build respectful, person-centered relationships and convey a culture of hope and empowerment.

Guest Speaker: Guest speakers are Neasa Martin, Mental Health and Recovery Consultant and co-author of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice, and Tyrone Gamble, a mental health and addictions recovery specialist with education and experience as a consumer, peer supporter and a mental health worker.


January 25, 2016 - Webinar #1 - Introduction to the guidelines for recovery oriented practice

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Introduction to the guidelines for recovery oriented practice

Description: Introduction to the guidelines for recovery oriented practice: Getting Started. This webinar will discuss recovery in mental health broadly and introduce the MHCC’s Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Howard Chodos, former Director of Mental Health Strategy at the MHCC and lead author of the Guidelines.