Past Presentations

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.