Symposium Opts

Announcing Our One-Day Symposium: "Thriving in the Mental Health Landscape: A Symposium for Ontario Practitioners."

We Asked, We Heard, We Listened

We’re excited to announce a significant change to our annual gathering! Listening to your feedback, we discovered that you prefer shorter, online workshops and on-demand courses, with a focus on ethics, standards, and navigating regulatory processes. We’ve also heard your requests for more live-streaming options, affordability and accessibility. Taking your feedback to heart – as well as your needs as mental health professionals – we have decided to shift from our traditional multi-day conference to a dynamic one-day symposium: "Thriving in the Mental Health Landscape: A Symposium for Ontario Practitioners," where we tackle the pressing question: What does it truly mean to be a mental health professional in Ontario today?

What to Expect:

  • In-Person OR Live-Streamed: Enjoy real-time access to sessions from anywhere in Ontario.
  • Engaging Content: Dive into sessions that address the challenges of today’s mental health professionals, providing practical insights and strategies.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers and experts in the field, both in-person and virtually.

Sessions to Include: 

  • Trends in Mental Health: An overview of mental health in healthcare, understanding professionals in the field, and fostering collaboration in mental health services.
  • Building Your Professional Toolkit: Discussion around self-awareness, the importance of supervision and peer consultation, and understanding your needs and supports.
  • Professional Identity and Business Acumen: Discussion around business and financial checklists, financial planning and business startup, and marketing your mental health services.
  • Standards of Practice and Ethical Decision Making: A review of revised standards of practice and using them for decision-making. Session will also cover OAMHP’s role in interpreting standards of practice and ethical decision-making framework.

Timing & Basic Overview of Day

**Please note: the agenda and speakers are still being finalized. The following is meant to provide a sense of the flow and timing of the day.** 

8:00am      Breakfast & check-in

9:00am      Welcome

10:00am    Sustainable therapy: Preventing burnout through self-preservation and schedule management

11:00am    Break

11:15am    Who you are, what you do, and how you make that work as a business 

12:15pm    Lunch

1:15pm      Standards of practice and ethical decision making 

2:15pm      Break

2:30pm      Panel discussion

3:30pm      Wrap-up

4:00pm      Annual General Meeting

5:30pm      President's Reception

7:00pm      Event ends

What We're Asking from You

As we prepare for the symposium, we invite you to actively participate in this important conversation. A symposium is more than just a meeting—it's a forum for discussing specific subjects, exchanging ideas freely, and sharing a collection of opinions on a topic.

This event is a taste of what OAMHP believes are the key components of being a mental health professional in Ontario, but we need to hear from you about what you need. Bring your own experiences, resources, and questions. Your insights are crucial to shaping the future of our profession.

Call for Student Posters

We invite students to present their research.
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Date: September 19, 2024 (Symposium 8:00am-4:00pm)

Location: 20 Toronto Street, Toronto (Ontario Bar Association)

Please note that the Annual General Meeting and a President’s reception will follow the symposium. This event is scheduled to end at around 7:30pm.


Preferred Rates at One King West Hotel - Book by August 19, 2024

For those attending in-person and needing accommodation in Toronto, please plan ahead as September books up quickly. Although our event is not at a hotel, we have arranged preferred rates at One King West Hotel for September 18th and 19th. The rate is $345.00 / night and the cut-off for the preferred rate is August 19th.

20 Toronto St