OAMHP Knowledge Exchange

The OAMHP’s Knowledge Exchange sessions are one-hour small-group facilitated discussions on topics of relevance to all mental health professionals.

It’s one thing to have read the necessary regulatory documents and the OAMHP’s Standards of Practice; it’s another to encounter a tricky ethical quandary or supervisory issue in your own work. Talking through real-life examples in a safe space with your peers and trained facilitators can help prepare you to meet these challenges with confidence.

Each Knowledge Exchange session starts with a Case Study that illustrates a problem that can arise in practice. Using this story as a jumping-off point, participants dissect the questions and issues it raises, and consider what the best courses of action in such a situation would be.

An OAMHP Knowledge Exchange session will let you

  • Participate in a safe, confidential discussion where you can ask questions and share your experiences freely (groups are small, and sessions are not recorded)
  • Work with a trained facilitator who will guide the conversation, keep it on track, and provide relevant information about applicable regulations and resources
  • Find connection, support, and interaction with your community of practice
  • Return to your workday refreshed and inspired, after just 1 hour of time away

These discussions are for mental health professionals in any stage of their career. Everyone has something to offer and to learn!


Tuesday December 13, 2022 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Ethical Decision Making Discussion Group: Monique and Chloe Case Study

Facilitated by Katharine De Santos, MA, RP

This facilitated 1-hour knowledge sharing program is designed to help participants understand how OAMHP’s Code of Ethics is applied in real-life situations. This session will focus on a case study that raises issues in the context of child and family therapy.

Registration is limited to 15 participants



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Katharine De Santos

Katharine De Santos is a Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto with over 20 years of experience treating adults with various clinical symptoms and concerns including: depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, substance use/addiction issues and eating disorders in Canada and the United States.  She maintains an active engagement in Ontario’s psychotherapeutic community as a Board Director for the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) and as Chair of the Ethics and Conduct committee at the OAMHP.  As a compassionate and understanding therapist, she encourages self-discovery, self-acceptance and provides a positive space to heal and grow.

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Laure-Marie Carignan

Laure-Marie Carignan, PhD, RP, T.C.F./R.C.F.T., has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years in direct intervention and clinical supervision and training within community service agencies in the national capital region. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and part-time professor at Saint-Paul University, teaching psychotherapy and couple and family intervention skills, psycho-spiritual development of children and adolescents, couple and family development, ethics, and relational and clinical implications of neurodiversity. Her current research relates to the psychological impact of climate change. Laure-Marie has been active with CRPO as a quality assurance case writer and peer circle facilitator. She has also been active with OAMHP, facilitating a peer support group for supervisors, presenting a workshop on neurodiversity at the 1st OAMHP Annual Conference, and facilitating a number of peer circle on ethical issues.

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Elizabeth Scarlett

Elizabeth Scarlett has worked in the mental health field for nearly 20 years, specializing in concurrent disorders, complex trauma and suicide intervention in a wide range of settings. Through her work as a clinical supervisor, CRPO trained peer circle facilitator, CRPO practice advisor, and workshop presenter, Elizabeth is committed to providing a collaborative, open and encouraging environment to support the development of mental health professionals at all stages in their career.

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Jane Alway

Jane Alway is an RP with a private practice in York Region who also has experience working within clinics and agencies. She has been a board member of the OAMHP since 2013 and has served as Chair of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, the Governance and Risk Management Committee and as President; she currently serves as the Past-President and Chair of the Nominations Committee for OAMHP.

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Terri Roberton

Terri Roberton, RP, has 15 years experience as an Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice and works alongside clients with concurrent disorders through agencies in the downtown eastside. She was on the original executive, 2009, and is a 3 term ex-officio president of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA) where she continues to sit on the Governance and Ethics Committees.  She researched and co-shaped the OEATA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Terri represents OEATA at the Partnership of Registered Psychotherapist Associations. She has been a member of OAMHP since 2009."

For more information about this program, email services-coordinator@oamhp.ca