About the Session:
“Passion Programming” was implemented by Eskasoni Mental Health Services three years ago to encourage staff to initiate programs and activities that they are passionate about to counterbalance heavy caseloads, and potential compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, while simultaneously benefitting the mental wellness of staff, clients and the community at large._Passion Programs all have an educational and/or therapeutic component while simultaneous offering: teaching a skill; providing a social and fun-filled, interactive non-judgmental environment; cultural knowledge exchanges regarding cultural practices/activities/teachings; reducing the stigma associated with interacting with Mental Health practitioners.This presentation will discuss several diverse “Passion Programs” that are currently underway within Eskasoni, including: Gamer Night, Craft Nights, Community/Traditional Medicine gardens and SPCA/Community Pilot project.
Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, MA, is a Registered Psychologist and the Director of Eskasoni Mental Health Services in Eskasoni First Nation, Nova Scotia. She has been involved with a wide variety of research projects with academics and other service providers nationally and internationally, on topics such as youth resilience, child pain, transforming youth mental health services and sexual violence. Research experiences are utilized to guide, inform and evaluate community planning.
Matthew Ryan Gould has a Diploma in Mental Health Addictions Counseling from Nova Scotia Community College, is of Mi’kmaq decent and lives in Eskasoni First Nation. He is currently employed with Eskasoni Mental Health Services as a Youth Clinical Support Worker. He has been involved with a number of research initiatives and has been involved with several of the Passion programs.