About the Session:
At Work/Au travail is a 3 year national employment project providing services to 14 communities across Canada. The presentations will include an overview of the IPS model of service, including the use of a hybrid model; discussing how the project has affected the communities we serve and sharing outcomes and future directions. The second portion of the presentation will review the IPS fidelity results from across Canada; a more in depth look at the model of service; impact of services on the homeless population and strategies being developed for the implementation of IPS on a national level and future employer engagements.
Dr. Eric Latimer, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. A health economist by training, he has a long record of involvement in research on evidence-based practices for people with severe mental illness, notably the Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment. In 2015, he was the recipient of PSR Canada’s Pioneer award – recovery research.
Dr. Dave Erickson is a clinical psychologist with the Fraser Health Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) program. He has published in the areas of early psychosis, social support, and cognitive-behaviour therapy for both psychosis and anxiety disorders. He also maintains a small private practice in Clinical Psychology in New Westminster, BC.
Andrea Ferkranus is the National Employment Program Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association overseeing 14 sites across Canada for At Work/Au travail. Andrea has over nine years professional experience in transitioning people with mental health disabilities into competitive employment.
Nitika Rewari is a manager in the area of workplace mental health at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Her role allows her to oversee programs and initiatives related advancing evidence based approaches to protect and promote mental health of workers and eliminate employment barriers for individuals who have a mental illness and are currently not in the workforce.
Stephanie Skakun has 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and community service delivery. Stephanie has worked at Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg in various direct service, supervisory, management and program development roles over the years. She is currently the Director of Operations for the organization and is involved in various community initiatives. Stephanie is a registered social worker and passionate advocate in the field of mental health.
Erin AuCoin and Yarima Gonzalez are both candidates for a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto (2017). (Bonnie Kirsh, U of T Student Supervisor)
Reid Burke is currently the Executive Director of the CMHA PEI Division. Reid was appointed to the MHCC where he served on the Service System Advisory Committee for four years. He is currently on the National Board of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada and a Board member of the provincial Disability Action Council appointed by the Minister.