Community news

1.  August 21 and September 4

The Royal has announced a series of workshops entitled “Working with Families Skills Training.”

For caregivers looking for ways to enhance their work with families, the series will be offered over the summer in place of the Family Information and Support Groups.  The second and third sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays on August 21 and September 4, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Each session will feature an important component for engaging with families, offered by a variety of guest presenters, including professionals, trained volunteers, and family caregivers.

These sessions are open to health care providers, family caregivers, peer supporters, students – anyone who has an interest in working with families – and will be offered at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue (not by OTN).  Registration in advance is preferred.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For information, see the flyer, or contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, by Email at Juliet.Haynes@TheRoyal.ca, or by telephone at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7573.

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2.  August 23 & 24, and September 6 & 7

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will offer the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop on Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24, as well as on Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7.  ASIST is the standard training experience for suicide prevention, presented in collaboration with LivingWorks.  Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions.
  • Understand a person at risk’s story about suicide as well as recognize turning points that connect the person to life.
  • Conduct a safety assessment and develop a plan that will keep the person at risk safe-for-now.
  • Confirm the person at risk’s faith in the safe plan and their intent to follow it through.

Workshop sessions will all take place at the CMHA Ottawa offices at 1355 Bank Street, in Suite 402, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Cost:  $250 ($200 for students).  To register, click here.

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3.  August 31

The national online Caregivers Needs Assessment Survey is designed to provide greater insight into the social and economic impact of caring for a person affected by an eating disorder.  The National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) is aiming to have 500 surveys competed by September.  Those caring for someone with an eating disorder may fill out the survey online.  The final results will be released in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

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4.  The Royal, in collaboration with Living Healthy Champlain, a program of the Champlain Local Health Integration (LHIN) Network which coordinates, promotes, and facilitates self-management programs, has announced registration is now open for a new six-week family group workshop, entitled “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.”

The workshop will be offered at two different sites:

  • at The Royal, co-facilitated by Martha Wiggin, Training and Outreach Facilitator, Chronic Disease Self-management, Living Healthy Champlain, and by Juliet Haynes, The Royal’s Regional Family Support Program Coordinator; and
  • at the Kemptville District Hospital, facilitated by Juliet Haynes of The Royal.

By the end of this year, 50 Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) workshops will have been delivered in the Central East LHIN since May 2016.  The first two workshops were held in Durham Region and Peterborough.  A Mrs. McNabb attended the workshop in Peterborough and, after the final workshop session, she felt so strongly about the program she sent the facilitators heartfelt testimonials about the positive impact the program had on her relationship with her husband, for whom she was caring, and on her own well-being.  Her testimonials led to a videotaped interview, “Meet the McNabbs.”  The other workshop in Durham Region was also a big success and prompted a video of participants’ feedback which showed the impact PTC had on the people who attended.  (Note: This video was condensed to show the highlights.)  From these videos, it is clear participants enjoyed this program and benefitted from it greatly.

While PTC is useful for all caregivers, the Ottawa and Kemptville groups will focus on supporters of adults living with mental health challenges.

To register:

Kemptville: Fridays, September 7 to October 12, from 10 to 11:30 am, in the Resource Boardroom, Kemptville District Hospital, 2675 Concession Rd.  For information, call 613-258-6133, Ext. 213.  To register for the Kemptville location, click here.

The Royal: Tuesdays, September 11 to October 16, from 1:30 to 3 pm, at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa West.  For information, call 613-258-6133, Ext. 213.  To register for The Royal location, click here.

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5.  September 8 & 9

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) has announced a two-day workshop on “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis Training (CBT-p),” a form of therapy that helps a person become more conscious of their beliefs and patterns of thinking, to take place in the Auditorium of The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Avenue, on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The workshop will offer practical tools and strategies to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and to build greater resiliency.  Caregivers will also be able to practice learned skills and apply them to their everyday care situations.

The $275 fee includes refreshments and lunch (Early Bird rate $250 until August 24th).  To register, click here.  For more information, Email sdeighton@schizophrenia.on.ca or telephone 1-800-449-6367, Ext. 314.  For more details, see the poster.

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6.  September 10 – December 3

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO) will offer a 12-week visual arts and writing workshop called “REAP – Recovery through Expressive Arts Program.”  Participants will be led through an exploration of facets of themselves through simple visual arts and writing exercises under the leadership of peer and arts facilitators.  The first session, compulsory for those interested, will be held on Monday, September 10.  The workshop is free and open to the community, but participants will be expected to attend most of the sessions to fully benefit from this program because sessions build one upon the other.  To register, call 613-526-5406 or Email mdogrp@gmail.com.  REAP is made possible through a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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7.  November 3  (Early bird registration deadline: September 15)

OCD Ottawa, in collaboration with Changing Minds, will hold their first annual OCD Conference, “Changing Minds Conference 2018,” on Saturday, November 3, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road.

This full-day event will bring together individuals living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), their supporters, and mental health care professionals in a supportive, collaborative, and interactive environment.

In addition to a plenary session and catered lunch with speaker, there will be three breakout sessions, giving the opportunity for participants to choose topics that are most relevant to them, including:

  • Advances in OCD treatment
  • Best practices in biological treatment for OCD
  • Step-by-step guide to exposure response prevention (ERP) delivery
  • CBT treatment for children and youth
  • Replacing accommodation with supportive strategies
  • Increasing motivation for treatment
  • Personal pathways to change and recovery

The initial line-up of speakers includes Dr. Peggy Richter (MD Psych), Dr. Connie Dalton (C.Psych), Dr. Jennifer Karp (C.Psych), Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods (Supervised C.Psych), and Mark Freeman (mental health author and blogger of Everybody Has a Brain.  (Full line-up and details to follow.)

Tickets:

  • Adults: $100 (Regular $125)
  • Students/Youth: $65 (Regular $75)
  • Professionals: $150 (Regular $175)

Early-bird pricing is available until September 15.  Refunds up to 30 days prior to the event will incur a $25 administrative fee.  To register, click here.

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8.  September 15

Recruitment Request for the Ottawa Family Mental Health Café research project

Joelleann (Joelle) Forbes, BA (Hons), MSW, a Research Coordinator working for Charmaine Williams, PhD, at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, is recruiting participants for a World Café-style discussion event at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ottawa Branch on Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  The event will be recorded.

Her team is working on the Ottawa Family Mental Health Café, a research study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to investigate relationships and caregiving in families that have an adult member who has been diagnosed with a long-term mental illness.  She would like to hear from people who are diagnosed, parents, siblings, partners, friends – all the people who might have something to say about roles, relationships, and caring when mental illness is part of a family’s life.

While this study will be conducted primarily in English, facilitation for francophone participants will be available.

She is looking for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • A person diagnosed with mental illness, or a child, parent, sibling, partner, close friend, etc., of someone with a diagnosis;
  • Able to provide informed consent; and
  • Comfortable communicating in English.

Service providers, educators, and advocates working with families are also welcome to participate.  To be eligible for study, service providers need to be working with families affected by mental illness or another chronic illness for at least two years.

Potential participants must register for a mandatory screening interview to determine eligibility.  Click here to register.  For further information, contact Joelle at the Project Email address, fmhproject@gmail.com, at joelleann.forbes@mail.utoronto.ca, or by telephone at 416-459-9273.

See the attached promotional poster for full details.

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9.  September 19 – November 21

Jewish Family ServicesThe Counselling Group will offer a ten-week course entitled “Transformations.”  This skills-based, non-denominational anger management program for adults is scheduled to run on Wednesdays from September 19 to November 21, from 6 to 8:30 pm, at 2255 Carling Avenue, 3rd floor (near Woodroffe Avenue).

This ten-week program will provide participants with tools and techniques to deal with anger in a positive and effective way.  This program is not suitable for situations of intimate partner assault.  Participants must be at least 19 years of age.

The cost of the program is $400, plus a $40 pre-screening interview fee.  (Note: many extended health insurance packages will cover this program.)

Registration is essential and limited.  Call Reina at 613-722-2225, Ext. 407, or Jenn at Ext. 352 to register.

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10.  A Family Peer Support Group for caregivers meets each month from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Lanark Community Programs offices, 30 Bennett Street, in Carleton Place.  Join fellow family caregivers for discussions on various mental health topics in a supportive environment.  The group provides an opportunity to learn, share common experiences, and grow in recovery together.  Pre-registration is not required and sessions are free.  For information, contact Linda Camponi at camponi@storm.ca, or Ed McEwen at edmcewen@ymail.com.  In Carleton Place, call 613-257-5915; in Smiths Falls, call 613-283-2170.  See the flyer for full details.

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11.  October 10

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) has scheduled a presentation by Child Psychiatrist Dr. Jean Clinton, entitled “Anxiety in School-Aged Children,” for Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm, at St. Paul High School, 2675 Draper Avenue, in Ottawa.  Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety.  This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.  This session will be hosted by the CSPA, the OCSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), and the Ottawa Catholic School Board OCSB.  For more information, Email ottawacspa@gmail.com.

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12.  The Caregiver Wishlist    A video created by The Change Foundation to stimulate discussion about how small changes to Ontario’s health care system could improve the relationship between caregivers and health care providers to ensure better outcomes for patients and improved support for their caregivers, both during and after treatment.  MICA‘s President Paul McIntyre is one of the participants in the round-table discussion.   Link  See also The Caregiver Wishlist – Co-Design in Action, a documentary on the video’s background, development, and key project participants.  Link)

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13.  Call for participants in a research study on depression and a natural health supplement

Emma Lynn, B.Sc., an M.Sc. Neuroscience candidate in the Clinical Electrophysiology and Cognitive Research Laboratory at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, is conducting a study examining people who are in remission from depression but continue to experience cognitive troubles.

More specifically, she wishes to recruit participants to examine the effects of a natural health supplement (CDP-choline) on cognition in individuals who have been diagnosed with depression, but are now in remission.  CDP-choline is naturally found in many foods (e.g.: eggs), and some evidence suggests that it has pro-cognitive effects.  Ms. Lynn is undertaking this study because it has been noted that people with depression often have problems with attention and concentration (cognition), even after they are no longer depressed.  Antidepressant medications do not always seem to treat these problems.  She also wishes to enlist the assistance of healthy individuals, to act as a control group.

This study has been approved by the REB here at The Royal (REB # 2017030).  For details about this research initiative, see the attached posters either for Remitted Patients or for Healthy Individuals (control group).  For more information about the study, contact Emma at Emma.Lynn@theroyal.ca.

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14.  The Royal has announced the creation of a new monthly Forensic Family Support Group.  The Group will provide an opportunity for caregivers of individuals involved in the forensic mental health system to make meaningful connections with other families while receiving support as well as education in a warm and empathic environment.  Sessions will be offered in English, but a bilingual facilitator will be available.

Sessions will be held every second Wednesday of the month, beginning July 11th, from 6 to 8 pm, at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa.  (Room TBA)  See the flyer for details.

To register, contact a Social Worker at 613-722-6521:
Myriam Bouchard, MSW, RSW, Ext. 6232,
Sarah Telford, MSW, RSW, Ext. 6148,
Juliet Haynes, MSW, RSW, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, Ext. 7573.

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NOTE: The Oasis in Kanata does not endorse the above sessions, programs, research projects, or their content, nor does it derive any benefit from the organizations or individuals involved, but merely wishes to bring the above to your attention.

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