Are you looking for meaningful professional development that is tailored to you helping you:
- understand your obligations as a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario?
- develop more familiarity with informed consent, particularly in complex cases?
- make connections with other RPs?
Informed consent is an important legal concept in health care and is set out in the Health Care Consent Act, 1996. In general, practitioners are required to obtain informed consent for any intervention of a therapeutic, diagnostic, preventive, palliative or other health-related purpose. Practitioners must ensure that clients receive relevant information, including information about possible risks or adverse effects and other treatment options, in order for consent to be considered informed. Cases that involve children, contentious custody issues, couple and family groupings, court proceedings, third-party reports or the need to disclose information to prevent harm can add to the complexity of the informed consent process.
As a group-based learning experience, peer circles will bring RPs together for a deep, collaborative exchange of knowledge to support complex decision-making within Ontario’s legal and regulatory framework.
In addition to completing 2+ hours of your required hours of learning activities, you will leave with a deeper understanding of how Ontario’s health care laws and standards are applied in practice.
Those who attend Peer Circle events will:
- participate in collaborative learning with other RPs
- analyze practice scenarios by applying an ethical decision-making framework
- be better able to make judgement about how to meet the standards of practice related to consent, confidentiality and information sharing
CRPO has partnered with OAMHP to offer RPs an opportunity to work with a trained peer facilitator to discuss and learn about informed consent in a safe, supported way. RPs who participate in the session will be invited to help evaluate the piloting of this learning format, making sure that it is a relevant and useful professional development offering in years to come.
OAMHP is pleased to be offering 6 sessions this winter led by 6 amazing facilitators:
Tuesday January 19
Katharine De Santos
Saturday January 30
Laure-Marie Carignan and Terri Roberton
Monday February 8
Jane Alway and Elizabeth Carey-Scarlett
Tuesday February 23
Katharine De Santos
Wednesday March 10
Saturday March 27
Terri Roberton and Laure-Marie Carignan
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.
Laure-Marie has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years. She is a 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. Laure-Marie has been active with OAMHP, facilitating a peer support group for supervisors and speaking at the 1st OAMHP Annual Conference.
Elizabeth Scarlett is a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Community Consultant based out of Toronto, Ontario. In over 15 years in the mental health field, she has honed her skills of working with individuals with complex needs in a wide range of settings. Elizabeth specializes in trauma, suicidal ideation, substance use, and burnout prevention.
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 and, subsequent to this, the Governance and Risk Management Committee; she currently serves as the President of OAMHP.
(RP, ExAT, BFA, MLIS)
Terri, an Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT) since 2009, considers the Arts the original deep space of healing and transformation. She brings her many years of ExAT experience creating kind, safe community in Arts Drop-Ins serving street-involved and homeless adults, to the work of reconnecting the self to its abundant inner resources and out to life; all through the surprises brought forward as the Arts open to the light of curiosity. Terri’s compassion, authenticity, and presence support a consistent, non-judgemental connection that is open-hearted, accepting and empowering.