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You Must Remember This: A Musical Journey in Support of The Hope Centre 7:00 pm
You Must Remember This: A Musical Journey in Support of The Hope Centre @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is the second annual musical benefit concert taking you on a musical journey you don’t want to miss! There is some incredible talent performing that evening: Roger Wyatt, Peter Shea, Juliete Dunn, and Melissa-Marie Shriner. They will be playing some of music’s greatest hits from some of music’s greats themselves; The Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Damone, Barbara Streisand and many more. All proceeds from this event will go to support The Hope Centre’s free in-house trauma counselling service “Return 2 Hope Counselling”. In 2016, this program assisted 235 individuals from our community work through past and present traumas that have and are affecting their lives and working towards the root cause of what is causing their individual struggles with poverty and homelessness. This event is hosted by The Hope Centre.
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Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre @ Brock University
Oct 15 all-day
This fun Run|Walk features 10 exciting activity stations! Help save justice using your Spiderman spidey sense, your Wonder Woman lasso or capture villains with the Justice League. Help Batman, Captain America and their friends save the day at fully accessible stations! By donating and participating in the Superhero Run, you are ensuring that the 3,300 children and their families who rely on support from Niagara Children’s Centre are helped when they need it most. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Centre.
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Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session 4:00 pm
Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Community Psychiatry Clinic, Group Room 2
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Do you have a working knowledge of Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles and would like more hands-on practice? Join Holly Raymond (Clinical Director, General Psychiatry & Addiction Service) for a two-part training session that focuses on MI application. Participants will receive a training certificate of attendance. Part 1: Tuesday October 17, 4-8 p.m. Part 2: Wednesday October 25, 5-8 p.m. Contact Alyssa DeAngelis (email address above) to register. This training session is hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
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Comprehensive Trauma Assessment 9:00 am
Comprehensive Trauma Assessment @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This training will provide an overview of various formal and non formal trauma assessment tools, review of administration, assessment strategies, and report writing will be reviewed. Standardized and non-standardized measures will be reviewed. Several experiential and applied components are included to ensure comprehension. This session is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
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Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field 12:00 pm
Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field @ Online
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This 90-minute webinar will focus on substance use responses that integrate Indigenous wellness, strength based, gender informed and trauma informed approaches. The presenters will share wisdom from initiatives that have brought trauma and gender informed practice into work with Indigenous participants. Presented by: Carol Hopkins, Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation Renee Linklater, Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement, CAMH Brenda Restoule, Clinical Consultant, Nipissing First Nation Health Services Dawn Lavand, Outreach Worker, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe Tammy Rowan, Program Director, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe This webinar is for people working in or planning substance use, health and wellness and social services. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health.
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Prison 101 Workshop 9:00 am
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated. You will: Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery Hear from a peer speaker … and more! This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines 2:00 pm
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use. The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM). This webinar will: Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.
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Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness 12:00 pm
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense. The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages. Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness. In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income). In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the...
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health 1:00 pm
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students. Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies. Key learnings: Overview of Ontario’s current situation Overdose prevention Harm reduction strategies Useful resources related to overdose prevention Developing policies and protocols This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector. This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies. Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development: Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment Mental Health Awareness Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills Accessible Mental Health Services Crisis Management This conference is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Oct
24
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Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students.

Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies.

Key learnings:

  • Overview of Ontario’s current situation
  • Overdose prevention
  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Useful resources related to overdose prevention
  • Developing policies and protocols

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

Oct
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Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.

This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies.

Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development:

  • Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy
  • Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern
  • Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills
  • Accessible Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Management

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

Nov
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Strides2Wellness @ Pathstone Mental Health
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Did you know that there is growing research that being active, or increasing your activity levels can decrease anxiety and depression? Statistics show an alarming increase in childhood obesity due to lack of exercise and poor diet, increasing children’s risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Physical fitness, through a healthy and active lifestyle is why Strides2Wellness began.

This run/walk/roll (wheelchair) is aimed to engage the community in being active and outdoors. Choose from 1km, 5km and 10km options where you will cross the finish line earning a commemorative medal and limited edition swag that gives you bragging rights for your accomplishment. Proceeds support Pathstone Mental Health.

This event is hosted by Strides2Wellness and Pathstone Mental Health.

Nov
6
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Screening of Film “Us & Them” @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - The Film House
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm

Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. Krista Loughton, filmmaker, befriends four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.

These four charismatic people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories.

You are invited to a free screening of the film followed by a discussion on poverty and homelessness in Niagara.

RSVP only to Shoneez Munshi (see contact information above).

This screening is hosted by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.

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