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May 21 all-day
New Terrain: Integrating Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy @ Online
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of integrating an understanding of trauma, gender, and sex into all aspects of the work on substance use issues.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of trauma, gender, and sex informed (TGS) approaches to substance use and addiction;
  • Provide examples where trauma, gender, and sex informed approaches are being integrated in Canadian substance use programming; and
  • Review tools for program and policy development to support the integration of TGS approaches into our work in the substance use field.

The webinar will be based on a new resource New Terrain: Integrating Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy developed by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health.

Novel Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating @ Online
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will document recent progress in research pertaining to the characterization of diet quality and novel approaches to promote healthy eating. Specifically, this session will discuss the (1) relationship between the best markers of diet quality such as dairy products (i.e. yogurt), fruits and vegetables and metabolic health in youth and adults and (2) implementation of web-based nutrition interventions as a strategy to help youth and families adopt healthy eating habits and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in these populations.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which foods/food groups, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, may play a role in the control of body weight and metabolic health;
  • Understand the role of factors such as genetic susceptibility to obesity in the relationship between foods/food groups and body weight and metabolic health;
  • Learn about an innovative school and/or family-based nutrition program that has positively impacted the consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in youth and adults and their effect on various eating behaviour traits;
  • Describe how using web-based or technological platforms may help youth adopt healthy eating habits that will have implications later in adulthood.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Strengthening Partnerships Focused on Serving People of Indigenous Heritage in Niagara @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who Should Attend: People working with individuals of Indigenous heritage in Niagara, who want to strengthen partnerships to ensure clients are receiving the services they require.

9:00 am – Registration and coffee
9:15 am – Welcome
9:20 am – Evidence provided by Indigenous people in Niagara – Living in Niagara-2017 report highlights
9:35 am – Using Data to Strengthen Partnerships

  • June, 2018 Construction of the Indigenous Service Providers in Niagara Network Map – how you can help to build a tool to describe existing partnerships; illuminate opportunities to build new ones; and ultimately strengthen planning for ensuring Indigenous people in Niagara are receiving the services they require
  • What’s Ahead – Sharing Data to Measure Impact of Partnerships

10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Partnerships in Action – Panel Discussion

  • NRNC Literacy Corrections Initiative – a partnership with Niagara Youth Detention Centre
  • Niagara Youth Court Screening Initiative (NYCSI)
  • Homeward Bound program in Niagara

11:40 am – Wrap-up and Next Steps

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Regional Native Centre.

Campus Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Part II @ Online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar is a follow-up to March webinar where presenters looked at high-level guidelines for handling suicide postvention on campus.

This session will offer specific examples of policies from campuses that have established prevention and postvention strategies.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Older Adults Living with Cancer – Psychosocial Considerations and Interventions @ Online
May 28 all-day

Approximately 60% of cancer incidence occurs in adults 65 years and older. And it is notable that older adults experience the majority of cancer deaths but also make up the majority of cancer survivors (Hurria et al, JCO, 2015).

This workshop will focus on the ways that older adults and their families may have different needs than younger adults and children. When it comes to older adults with cancer, many factors can be influencing how well any individual manages practical concerns, coping with the emotional challenges and navigating the system.

This four-week workshop will examine topics including:

  • Special consideration related to older adults with cancer
  • Understanding needs of family caregivers
  • Principles of palliative care and its importance to understanding psychosocial needs
  • Cancer survivorship

This workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Using a Montessori Approach for Managing Dementia @ Online
May 28 all-day

This is an online workshop for healthcare and other professionals.

Course objectives:

  • To provide an overview and enhance existing knowledge about the Montessori-based Dementia Program principles in the context of an aging population
  • To gain an understanding of the various types of dementia and their causes
  • To gain an understanding of responsive behaviours and their triggers
  • To provide an overview of the Montessori Prepared environment, and the application of the principles of the Montessori pedagogy to everyday contexts of care for older adults
  • To gain an understanding of specific Montessori-based activities and their benefits to people living with dementia
  • To gain an understanding of ways to promote a social environment based on the Montessori principles

Week 1: An overview of dementia and an introduction to Montessori principles

Week 2: An overview of types of memory and responsive behaviours

Week 3: An overview of Cultural, Sensorial and creativity-based activities

Week 4: An overview of Cognitive and Communication-based activities

This online workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.


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