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Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter

The Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, built by 65 diverse organizations working in the mental health and addictions continuum in Niagara is a collective statement based on evidence and community expert opinion, gathered through a systematic process facilitated by Niagara Connects and Health Living Niagara. The Charter aims to create a common agenda in Niagara where: Optimal mental health and wellbeing for all people is an essential element to be included in the planning as we build a stronger future; and We take an inclusive, holistic, preventive, individual and family-centred approach across the lifespan so that each community member can achieve their optimal level of wellbeing. The Charter presents 9 principles which will form the foundation of Niagara’s mental health and addictions continuum. Published By: Niagara Connects and Health Living Niagara, Publication Date: May, 2014 Related posts: May 28 2014: Launch of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter Implementing the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter: Focus Area Group Discussion Themes Summary Implementing the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter

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Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario @ Community Event
Jun 1 – Jun 6 all-day

Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario

Ontario’s Local Food Week takes place from June 1st – 6th, 2020.

It’s an important time as ever to support local! Celebrate the first week of June by making a special effort to buy local, support local businesses, and thank our hard-working producers across the province.

For more information about Ontario’s Local Food Approach Here

For a list of local businesses in Niagara in need of support visit here

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1 (Live Webinar Series) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This June 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020 training will be offered as a live webinar series

In this introductory four-day certificate program, participants will learn the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT). Tools discussed will include case formulation and conceptualization; identification and modification of thoughts; behaviour activation; behaviour experiments; exposure; role-playing; cognitive rehearsal; and problem-solving. This course is not specific to a particular client population or clinical disorder. It provides instruction on a set of tools that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback, and a focus on micro-skills development.

Agenda Day 1:
Morning Session: Case formulation and conceptualization in cognitive behaviour therapy
Afternoon Session: Working with automatic thoughts

Agenda Day 2:
Morning Session: Working with underlying assumptions and core beliefs
Afternoon Session: Problem-solving therapy

Agenda Day 3:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth, continued

Agenda Day 4:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of anxiety
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of complex disorders

This program is offered by the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

PORTicipate-Outdoor Activities and Games in Port Colborne @ Port Colborne
Jun 5 all-day

With the warmer weather here, the City is encouraging residents to enjoy some much-needed activity by getting outside to enjoy the current amenities open in Port Colborne. In celebration of recreation and parks month, throughout the month of June, the City of Port Colborne’s parks and recreation division will be providing the community with a new opportunity each week throughout the month of June, encouraging residents to PORTicipate.

“Now more than ever it’s important for our community to stay active and connected to the available recreation amenities in our city”, said Blair Holinaty, recreation coordinator. “Residents are encouraged to stay connected through social media, or the City’s website, to how they can PORTicipate each week by learning about the City’s parks, trails, and recreation opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also prizes to be won each week!”

For week one of recreation and parks month, June 1-7, 2020, residents can play ‘Name that Tree’. Parks staff planted four tree species in H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park this spring. All submissions that name all four trees correctly, photos attached, will be entered to win a PORTicipate prize pack! Winners will be selected at random and announced on Monday, June 8, 2020.

This event is brought to you by the City of Port Colborne

The 5Five5Challenge-Pathstone Foundation @ Online Fundraiser
Jun 5 all-day

We need YOU, your family, your business, your club to come together. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect affecting three of the biggest stressors on a person’s mental health. All of our community events that support the work we do have been canceled, yet we are still here, doing our best to support kids and families across Niagara who rely on our services to support their mental health. This year, we won’t come close to answering the call without your help.

Join our challenge and donate $5, invite 5 friends, and make a 5-minute video of your most fun and awesome talents and submit them.

This fundraiser is brought to you by the Pathstone Foundation

CBD & Cannabis Update: What Counsellors and Clinicians Need To Know @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to answer the questions that counsellors and clinicians have, in order to help them better educate their clients. Presented by Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, who is an internationally recognized expert on medical cannabis. He will answer questions such as…

-Who benefits from cannabis/CBD and what conditions is it known to help?
-Is it safe?
-For whom is cannabis/CBD contraindicated?
-What about children, youth, people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia?
-Who is at risk for cannabis addiction?
-Differences between CBD and THC
-Why are some people prescribed CBD on its own whereas others are prescribed a THC/CBD mix?
-What are the typical doses recommended for different conditions?
-Are there Health Canada regulated clinics dispensing cannabis/CBD?
-Where to refer clients who may benefit from cannabis/CBD treatment

This online event is hosted by Mission: Empowerment

World Environment Day Webinar @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

World Environment Day Webinar

In this webinar we’ll explore why biodiversity and ecosystems management are important components for building sustainable food systems. You’ll hear from researchers working directly with communities engaged in food production practices that are centred on biodiverse ecosystems. Drawing on community-based research in Brazil, Ecuador, and the Northwest Territories, you’ll learn about the unique challenges facing food systems actors and how communities are using agroforestry and other ecological food production principles to guide their work.

This event is hosted by UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies

Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviours @ Webinar
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

‘Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviours’ is a workshop for clinicians on Motivational Interviewing that will be presented by Dr. David Murphy. Dr. Murphy is a Physician and Medical Psychotherapist based in Leamington, Ontario.

The workshop will be provided through Zoom on June 6 2020 from 9am to 1pm EDT.

Clinicians who can benefit from this workshop include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychotherapists, addiction counsellors, psychologists, pharmacists and physiotherapists. The ‘Choices and Changes’ workshop provides clinicians with opportunities to reflect on their role as facilitators of change and practice specific skills.

Join the workshop and learn how to structure a conversation, so that a patient or client is motivated to take responsibility for implementing new, healthy behaviours.

Studies have shown that using these conversational skills will improve the health of the patient or client and improve the job satisfaction of the healthcare provider.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe two theoretical models of behaviour change that can guide conversations with patients and clients.
2. Demonstrate three motivational interviewing skills.
3. Describe the four key elements of a visit with a patient or client.
4. Put into practice two techniques to use in clinical settings to influence change.

The workshop will include videos that demonstrate motivational interviewing skills. The workshop is experiential. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice their skills in break-out groups. Handouts will be provided. Space is limited. The workshop is limited to 100 participants.
The fee for the workshop is CAD$75, incl. taxes.

To register for the workshop, please email:


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