Community news

1.  March 6

The Royal announced an upcoming session in its Coping with Mental Illness: Family Information and Support series entitled Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Dianne Blackburn, MSW, RSW, will discuss how CBT can be used to help caregivers as they support their loved ones.  Location: The Royal, 1145 Carling, Room 1425, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Free; pre-registration not required.

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2.  March 6

The topic of the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre’s next presentation in the Alan P. Sentance Educational Lecture Series will be “Music Therapy.”  The presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at The Good Companions, 670 Albert Street.  The presenter will be Emily Rice, from BrainBuddies.

BrainBuddies Outreach is a student-led knowledge-translation organization.  Its mission is to engage the community to learn about the brain – how it works and changes throughout life.  The goal is to raise public awareness on brain function and promote mental health throughout life by sharing science-backed information through understandable, interactive talks and workshops.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Parts of the brain that perceive music
  • Different types of music
  • Relevance of music
  • Psychological effects of music
  • Music therapist’s perspective
  • Resources for music therapy

This is a free seminar.  Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend.  As space is limited, call 613-236-0428 to register.  Parking is available for $2.50 for the day.

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3.  March 8

The next seminar in the Psychology for Everyday Living series, a monthly series co-sponsored by Saint Paul University and Capital Choice Counselling Group, is entitled “What Are the Creative Therapies and How Do They Work?

The expressive arts and creative therapies are being increasingly recognized for their unique contributions to mental health care by providing alternate ways to explore, express, and understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.  Examples from art therapy, music therapy, dance and movement therapy, drama therapy, play therapy, therapy that involves writing and poetry, as well as creative interventions being used in spiritual and psycho-therapeutic care will be discussed to provide a very basic understanding of these practices.  This lecture will provide a bit about what the creative and expressive arts therapies involve, how they are being used, and what the arts have to offer clients in clinical settings and for general mental well-being.

Thursday, March 8, from 7 to 8:30 pm at Guigues Hall, Room 203, Saint Paul University, 223 Main St. Ottawa.  Cost: general public: $20; Saint Paul University Students: $10.

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4.  March 12

CMHA Ottawa has announced the following upcoming training session to take place on Monday, March 12, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm: ASIST 11 Tune-up.

The ASIST 11 Tune-Up is a half-day seminar for improving participant comfort, confidence, and competence in using the Pathway for Assisting Life or PAL.  The purpose of the Tune-Up is the consolidation and refinement of previous learning.

This session is only for participants who have attended ASIST 11 since 2013.  The Tune-Up cannot be used for participants who wish to upgrade to ASIST 11.  These participants must attend the two-day ASIST workshop.  Visit the CMHA Website for ASIST 11 workshop dates.

This session will be delivered by Renée Ouimet, ASIST Trainer.  Cost: $65.  Register here.  For information, contact Linda O’Neil, Public Education Consultant, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch, at 613-737-7791, Ext. 135, or by Email at loneil@cmhaottawa.ca.

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5.  March 20

The Royal announced an upcoming session in its Coping with Mental Illness: Family Information and Support series entitled Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).  Attendees will be provided with education and information on DBT for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Representatives from the Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder’s (ONBPD) Family Connections program will also be present to give family members information on attending a 12-week workshop to help build better relationships with loved ones with BPD.  Location: The Royal, 1145 Carling, Room 1425, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Free; pre-registration not required.

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6.  March 22-23

CMHA Ottawa has announced the following upcoming training session to take place on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: ASIST.

ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting, first-aid intervention.  Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles.  ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions.  Powerful videos support learning.  All caregivers, formally designated or not; adults and youth 16 plus can attend.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able 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.

Cost: $200-250.  Register here.  For information, contact Linda O’Neil, Public Education Consultant, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch, at 613-737-7791, Ext. 135, or by Email at loneil@cmhaottawa.ca.

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7.  Kids Can’t Wait

A campaign has recently been launched to entreat the Government of Ontario to increase funding for children’s mental health programs.  Ontario children and youth can wait up to 18 months for mental health care.  Caregivers may tell Premier Wynne that child and youth mental health care urgently needs funding by taking part in this campaign by clicking here.

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

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