OAMHP

Diversity in Action: Mental Health for the Underserved

SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 10

This year, our Annual Conference will focus on helping meet the mental health needs of those often underserved within our communities. With over 50 CECs worth of workshops to attend and sessions including on-demand learning materials and interactive live events, this year’s virtual conference has something for everyone.

When you register for the conference, not only do you gain access to incredible professional development, but you will also have access to informative and relevant keynote speakers and to an online community built by OAMHP for conference attendees to gather, share ideas, network, and get to know each other – like our previous OACCPP/OAPA conferences.

Workshops will run online from September 24 to October 10, over weekends and evening for easier access. We hope to see you (virtually) there!

2-Day Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training

September 25-26

9AM-4PM

Speakers: Ron Frey and Cindy Stulberg

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a highly collaborative model that posits that by developing good, meaningful, constructive relationships, you will reduce depressive symptoms. IPT is recommended as a first line of treatment in depression guidelines in Canada, the USA, UK and many countries around the world. The model has also been adapted for clients experiencing PTSD – without exposure, Eating Disorders, depression concurrent with medical illnesses, etc.

This workshop will provide a thorough training of IPT, using video case examples, practice of IPT strategies with feedback from instructors, and personal clinical case examples. This session will provide attendees with the ability to implement IPT practices with various client populations.

At the end of the two-day workshop, attendees can proceed to become certified IPT therapists.

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Intended for:
Everyone

Learning Level:
Everyone

Qualifies for:
12 CECs

Become a Certified
IPT Therapist

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Everyone

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Learning Level:
Introductory

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Qualifies for:
12 CECs

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IPT Therapist

Internal Family Systems: The Vulnerable (parts of the) Mental Health Professional

September 26

10AM-5PM

Speaker: Derek Scott, RSW, Certified IFS Therapist

This session will provide an introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. Attendees will learn about shifting the mental health paradigm from one that is rooted in the biomedical model of disease to one that acknowledges that we are all, at our core, compassionate human beings, with some parts in extreme places as a response to distressing life events.

Through a variety of teaching modalities including experiential exercises, guided meditations, didactic teaching and an annotated video of a complete IFS session by founder Richard Schwartz PhD., attendees will have the opportunity to experience their own parts as well as understand how the IFS model may be applied in their work. There will be a live demonstration of an IFS session and ongoing Q&A throughout the day.

In keeping with the conference theme, various “parts” of the therapist that contribute to our work with vulnerable populations will be explored. Participants will be taught several techniques for both accessing their own Self – in and out of session - and facilitating client’s access to their Self.

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Intended for:
Everyone

Learning Level:
Introductory

Qualifies for:
6 CECs

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Everyone

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Learning Level:
Introductory

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Qualifies for:
6 CECs

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students in the Education System: Assessment to Intervention

September 30

7-9PM

Speaker: Dr. Todd Cunningham

The session will set a foundation for culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) children and adolescents by reviewing research regarding assessments and interventions. A new hypothesis drive assessment model to identify students learning profiles and lead to clinical conceptualization will then be presented.

Attendees will learn about specific methods for administration and interpretation of several informal tasks, checklists, and interview protocols designed to assess oral language, executive functioning, culture and acculturation, and social and emotional development. Attendees will also learn to communicate the results of an assessment to formulate diagnoses.

Once a learning profile has been developed from the assessment, attendees will learn about the link for the outcomes of the assessment to the empirical validate interventions that can be used with CLD children and adolescents. Tools such as ATSelect.org will be showcased to familiarize attendees with their value in generating recommendations.

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Intended for:
School Psychologists and Psychology Associates

Learning Level:
Advanced

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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School Psychologists and Psychology Associates

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Learning Level:
Advanced

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

Towards Intersectional Practice

October 1

7PM-9PM

Speaker: Deborah Headley

This workshop will guide participants through an exploration of core concepts, competencies and ethical lens necessary to build an equitable practice and egalitarian therapeutic relationship. Working from an intersectional framework, participants will review definitions and concepts necessary to accurately understand how theory and methodology influence the attitudes, knowledge and skills that may lead to client harm and increased vulnerability or contribute to their healing and resilience.

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Intended for:
Everyone

Learning Level:
Intermediate

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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Everyone

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Learning Level:
Intermediate

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Care

October 3

9AM-2PM

Speakers: Jennifer Thomson and Michelle Bridgman

This session is intended to introduce therapists to mental healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community, so that they may provide non-judgemental, informed support. Attendees will learn important terminology used in the LGBTQ+ community, including when and how to ask questions.

Psychoeducation around the science behind different genders and sexual identities, including the implication of a lack of community support, will be provided. Further, examples of ‘standard’ therapy types (such as CBT) will be used to showcase the application to many LGBTQ+ related issues. There will be a focus on theories of self and how they impact our understanding of gender identity, as well as the evolvement of trans identities.

The session will also provide therapists with information on the discovery process for LGBTQ+ individuals, and how they can help clients navigate the coming out process. More in-depth issues, such as trans care and access to gender-affirming surgery, will also be discussed. Attendees will also learn about legal and employment issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

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Intended for:
Everyone

Learning Level:
Introductory to Intermediate

Qualifies for:
6 CECs

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Everyone

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Learning Level:
Introductory to Intermediate

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Qualifies for:
6 CECs

Developing a Stance of Informed Curiosity: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice with a Culturally-Informed Approach to Mental Health

October 3

10AM-12PM

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Dere

In this session, attendees will engage with an approach to working with cultural factors in clinical practice that emphasizes the integration of evidence from both a cultural and clinical psychology lens. The session will be divided into four parts. Firstly, empirical examples from the cultural psychology literature will be used to illustrate fundamental ways in which culture shapes human experience and behaviour, with direct implications for psychological distress and suffering. Next, ways to incorporate knowledge of cultural variations into clinical assessment will be discussed.

The third part will discuss the evidence for and against culturally-adapted treatments. This part will highlight the challenges and disadvantages that can stem from group-based approached to addressing culture in clinical care. Finally, ways in which the literature on treatment non-specifics (e.g., therapeutic alliance) can be productively integrated with findings from cultural competency literature will be examined. Both culturally-informed and evidence-based clinical practices will be used.

Information in this workshop will emphasize clinical work with adults, from a psychological viewpoint, but the workshop content should be relevant to all client populations and be translatable to therapeutic practice.

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Intended for:
Everyone

Learning Level:
All Levels of Experience

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

From a cultural and clinical psychology lens 

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Everyone

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All Levels of Experience

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3 CECs

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From a cultural and clinical psychology lens 

Using a Trauma Lens to Support Vulnerable People to Live Beyond the Trauma

October 3

1PM-3PM

Speaker: Gail Clarke, RP

This session offers relevant and practice information and strategies for professionals that are supporting people with an intellectual disability (ID) or mental health unwellness to deal with an unacknowledged trauma that is continuing to impact their life negatively.

The session will examine trauma signs and symptoms that can look very different in people with an ID. Practical ways to teach people how to cope and change the trajectory of the past will be highlighted. In addition, the session will detail a success story of one woman that was heard in her struggle to become more than a statistic of an abusive past that was leading to a meaningless life.

This session will emphasize the importance of working with the most vulnerable populations in order to impact all of society.

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals

Learning Level:
Everyone

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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All Mental Health Professionals

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Learning Level:
Everyone

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

Assessing the Mental Health Impact of Racialization

October 5

2PM-4PM

Speaker: Dr. Monnica Williams

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) describes the constellation of symptoms that may occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Anyone exposed to a traumatic event is at risk to develop PTSD, and this typically includes survivors of violent acts or disasters, emergency responders, abuse victims, and combat veterans. However, many other events can be traumatic as well, particularly to people of colour, including police harassment, workplace discrimination, community violence, distressing medical experiences, and incarceration. Immigrants and refugees may suffer racial trauma from experiencing or witnessing torture, ethnic cleansing and persecution, destruction of cultural practices, living in a war zone, immigration difficulties, or deportation. This presentation will provide an overview of the cultural factors relevant for stigmatized ethnic groups, with an emphasis on understanding and assessing PTSD caused by experiences of racism, or racial trauma. The various facets of racial trauma will be described, including the experience of historical, cultural, and individual trauma, and how these may or may not fit into a traditional mental health framework. The presentation will include case examples and Q&A.

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals who administer client assessments

Learning Level:
Introductory

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals who administer client assessments

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Learning Level:
Introductory

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

How Technology, Social Media, and Online Porn is Impacting the Vulnerable Children and Youth of Today: 5 Things Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know

October 6

7PM-9PM

Speaker: Paul Lavergne, RP

Currently, we are living in an unprecedented age – instant, unfiltered access to every kind of explicit violent and degrading porn is available to anyone with a smartphone; the average age of first exposure is 11; kids are getting their expectations and ideas about sex and what is “normal” form porn; social media and apps are now shaping the way teens and kids relate to one another; requests for nude photos from classmates from 15 and 16 year old girls is a daily occurrence; this inter-connectivity is allowing for sexual predators and human traffickers to gain easy access to a huge pool of potential victims, and the laws we have in place are 50 years out of date to deal with these scenarios.

This session will focus on awareness, education, ways that attendees can intervene and assess potential issues, proactive and preventative strategies, actions to take when encountering these situations, and resources. Assessments and examples of ways to approach these situations will be highlighted.

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals

Learning Level:
Introductory to Intermediate

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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All Mental Health Professionals

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Learning Level:
Introductory to Intermediate

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

Indigenous Mental Health

October 10

10AM-12PM

Speaker: Eric Johnston, Cultural Program Manager, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

This presentation will provide an alternative view of colonization, showing it as a North American Indigenous mental experience that prevented an appreciation of the contributing personality of Indigenous people as the aims of colonization hardened to focus upon eliminating the Indigenous political status.

The process of colonization is the political and social creation story that was enabled by the process of Nation-state-ism that legislated into existence an ethnically diverse population of people into single race and society in which Indigenous people would not be allowed to participate in.

The new research now connects human emotional developments as both the beginning and end point to the biological (nervous system arrangement with anger, fear and hormone) responses activated by physical, mental stress, violent experiences linkable to sources as poverty and emotional poor environments. These are environments in which stress, trauma, and aggression are frequent mental conditions associated with First Nations communal environments that are in fact post-colonial conditions.

Indigenous cultural practices and forms of cultural expression are now thought to be able offer contributions in emotional regulatory developments that are required to address the deeper and more difficult aspects of PTSD and behavior modification, placing drumming, vision quest, yoga, meditation, sun dances, sweat lodges as contributing therapeutic possibilities.

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals

Learning Level:
Introductory

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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All Mental Health Professionals

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Learning Level:
Introductory

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Qualifies for:
3 CECs

Autism Spectrum Conditions:
Implications of Neurodiversity in Clinical Practice

October 10

10AM-12PM

Speaker: Laure-Marie Carignan, PhD, RP (CRPO), tcf/rcft and clinical trainer (OTSTCFQ)

Awareness of autism spectrum conditions, particularly at the high end of the spectrum, has increased significantly in recent years. Popularized in the media, yet not always well understood, this most recent frontier of the diversity movement has led to significant advances in our understanding of neurotypical bias and its implications in clinical settings.

This dynamic and very practical workshop aims to develop clinical competence in present and future psychotherapists who will most certainly encounter neurodiversity in their practice.

Participants will be equipped to recognize neurodiversity, an invisible diversity of which many clients themselves are unaware, often as a result of misdiagnosis or incomplete diagnosis.

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals

Learning Level:
Introductory

Qualifies for:
3 CECs

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Intended for:
All Mental Health Professionals

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Learning Level:
Introductory

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3 CECs

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*More details on the pricing options can be found on page two of the registration form. Please see the link below*

SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 10

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