Please note: speakers, content and order of the sessions are subject to change without notice.
BP1: The Multicolored Elephant in the Room
Presenters: Iftu Hargaaya, Priscilla Cherry, and Jace Laing-Schroeder, CMHA Calgary
As much as we all have in common, the reality is there are multiple layers to who we all are as individuals. The intersections of mental illness, addiction, culture, race, and gender will be discussed as we explore how these complex and multi-dimensional identities influence and inform one another. In this session we will explore topics related to recovery, empowerment, as well as building bridges between communities.
BP2: Improving Joy and Meaning in Our Work
Presenter: Evangeline Danseco, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
This presentation describes a literature review on promising approaches, and a research protocol for improving the joy and meaning in the work of staff in community-based mental health agencies. Opportunities and aspirations for holistic and multi-pronged approaches for future workplaces that are healthy, life-giving, compassionate places will be explored.
BP3: Could I Have Survived That? - Shared Narratives of Humanity
Presenters: Samiyah Zawawi, Wala'a Farahat
With the surge of immigrants and refugees entering Canada, conversations about effective practices with this population are at the forefront. This presentation highlights the power of storytelling and our shared narratives, allowing us to connect on a human level. We aim to facilitate conversations about this population’s experiences, and the challenges faced by clinicians.
BP4: What about Families Affected by Incarceration?
Presenter: Louise Leonardi, Canadian Families and Corrections Network
Families and children of those in our prisons across Canada are not often spoken of yet have high needs and few supports. Canadian Families and Corrections Network's research on their mental health shows challenging results and some surprises. Join us for an interactive session on what we've learned, what you need to know to work with this innocent target population, and what we can all do to help!
BP5: It Takes a Community; Supporting Seniors with Complex Addiction/ Mental Health
Presenters: Marilyn White-Campbell , Audrey Devitt, St Josephs Health Care, Cathy Sturdy, Smith Tiffany, SymesJane McKinnon WIlson, Bonnie Purcel, Simone Powel, Debbie Hewlitt Colborne, Jillian McConnel
The session will focus on how “it takes a community” and through the ‘voice of the seniors and their families’ and health care providers, there was an identified need to support the diverse population of seniors living with complex medical, mental health needs in addition to often an unrecognized addiction. An ‘organic’ innovative engaging collaborative approach was developed in Waterloo Wellington inclusive of; the health care sector including primary care, geriatric medicine and mental health, addictions and social services, EMS, community supports, seniors and subject matter experts which created quality evidenced informed practices. The local work moved to a provincial collaborative with Behavioural Supports Ontario and the scope of practice was shared provincially leading to participation in National Initiatives with world renowned experts to initiate/develop/implement: Tools specific for the seniors including the SAMI; Four best practices guidelines including: Alcohol; Benziodiazepine; Opiods; and Marijuana. How does submission relate to your selected stream: This presentation will focus on how recognizing seniors as a diverse population allows for services to be developed, knowledge transfer and training to be implemented that specifically address the needs while encouraging the strengths of seniors who through their complex life experiences are very resilient. It is important to recognize the approach with seniors including best practice drinking guidelines are based on a holistic approach and responsive to the aging process.
SP1: « When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be A... » Imagining Future Career Paths In Mental Health Promotion
Presenter: Dr. Josée Labrosse, The River House, ARC Health Promotion, Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada
Game on. Unique, invented and imagined job/professional titles, career paths, and work-organizations or settings will be presented. Participants working alone or in teams will be challenged to write job descriptions, ways of training, functioning, and getting paid. There will be a round of inventing new titles as well. Judges will vote on the results of each round, and the overall ‘best’ solution. An atmosphere of ‘safe, challenging play will be promoted.
SP2: Sounds Good
Presenter: Sophie Beauchamp
Sounds good! We know the effect of music on our life, but it goes further than that. Vibrations and sounds Can positively affect our well-being. If vibrations can make water move, they can make us move inside. Comp experiment with sound meditation, feel the vibrations and the benefits.
BP3: Emerging Issues Forum, Breakfast Session
Presenters: Bill Pringle, Ken Reddig, Alicia Raimundo, Leora Simon, Theresa Claxton, Margaret Rugg, Glenn Roil, Mark Wade, CMHA National