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!
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 Beauchemin
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.
SP3: Emerging Issues Forum, Breakfast Session
Presenters: Bill Pringle, Ken Reddig, Alicia Raimundo, Leora Simon, Theresa Claxton, Margaret Rugg, Glenn Roil, Mark Wade, CMHA National
If you are a Person with Lived Experience of mental health issues (PWLE), please join the National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE) for the Emerging Issues Forum in the Breakfast Session on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
The purpose of the forum is to hear from people with lived experience from across the country about the current issues impacting your mental health e.g. access to appropriate and desired supports, difficulties with societal or policy issues, and if you have been able to see a positive impact in your personal circumstances. We would like to hear what is working and what may not be working so well in your locales. This is a rare opportunity for persons with lived experience to gather to network and learn from each other nationally. We hope to see you there!